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CPR Certification Programs in San Diego with Class Information

Oct 26, 2018

Several schools near San Diego, California, have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification programs. Read an overview of CPR certification courses, requirements and admission info at three schools within 15 miles of the city and find out which school is the right one for you.

San Diego Schools with CPR Certification Classes

Students wishing to enroll in a CPR certification program have many options in the San Diego area. This article looks at programs at three schools no more than 20 minutes from the city center. Some programs are open only to enrolled students; others accept the general public. All offer CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid courses that enable students to gain varying degrees of certification, which can last for up to two years. These courses typically can be completed in a day-long session.

This article also includes a table of information that prospective students can use to choose a school. It includes facts about enrollment and costs that individuals looking for a program will want to know. There's also a little information at the end of the article about other area schools with CPR courses.

  • Students who would like to take the course at a large institution can attend San Diego State University, which offers CPR and First Aid classes through its recreation center. It is almost 10 miles from downtown.
  • Additionally, the University of California San Diego, about 12 miles from the city center, also offers AED, CPR and First Aid certification courses to students and the general public.
  • Grossmont College, a nearby community college, offers a variety of CPR and emergency response certification courses for enrolled students. Grossmont is almost 15 miles from downtown San Diego.

Comparison of Schools

The following table sets forth important facts about these schools, offering basic information to individuals looking for a CPR course.

San Diego State University University of California San Diego Grossmont College
School Type 4-year university; public 4-year university; public 2-year college; public
Total Enrollment (2017-2018) 35,158* 35,772* 18,288*
Campus Setting Large City Large City Large Suburb
Cost Per Course (2018) $55-85** $51*** $46.00-$258.00 per unit****

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **San Diego State University, ***University of California San Diego, ****Grossmont College.

San Diego State University

San Diego State University's recreational department offers a wide variety of courses. Among them are a two-part, day-long CPR, First Aid and AED class, which covers all the skills one needs to know to perform various safety procedures. Groups, such as fraternities, sororities and clubs, may register for this course. Upon finishing the class, students receive a course-completion certification from the American Heart Association, which is valid for two years. Additionally, this course is available to non-students.

Group CPR/AED and First Aid Class

Students in San Diego State's CPR certification class first learn the basic skills in order to perform CPR, First Aid and AED on adults, children and infants. Students complete hands-on training and practice using scenarios to hone their skills. Students gain knowledge on how to operate an AED machine and practice identifying First Aid, CPR and AED emergency situations. The course includes in-person lectures.

University of California San Diego

The University of California San Diego allows students to gain certification through the UCSD Recreation Department. University students, as well as the public, can register for American Red Cross based CPR and AED certification training.

CPR, AED & First Aid Courses

The University of California San Diego CPR, AED and First Aid certification classes are hands-on training programs that focus on responding to a variety of emergency situations involving adults, children and infants. Upon completion, students are certified to deal with burns, bleeding and CPR situations while awaiting an emergency medical response. Certification is valid for two years after course completion. Participants who have already completed training hours but need to get re-certified can register for an exam-only course.

Grossmont College

Grossmont College, a community college located in a suburb of San Diego, offers several CPR, AED and First Aid certification courses. All courses are approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA).

CPR Course

The course offered at Grossmont College covers basic emergency response techniques, such as how to remove breathing obstructions, treat allergic reactions, operate an AED defibrillator, treat minor cuts, and assess other emergency situations. Students receive hands-on training with test dummies for practice and learn how to treat people of all ages.

Other School Options

Certification courses are also available at Southwestern College located 11 miles from downtown San Diego, and at Palomar College, located 30 miles away.

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