Students in Utah can seek CPR training at a handful of 2-year colleges and 4-year universities in the state. Most offer CPR courses, which provide training in first aid techniques and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). In some cases, it may be possible to complete a portion of the coursework online. There may be flexible scheduling options. Students can also learn how to perform CPR by completing an American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) certification course.
In addition, a few schools offer advanced CPR training included in the AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification course. The majority of these classes are designed for health care providers and first rescuers, but some are open to the general public. Students who complete a BLS or ACLS American Heart Association class receive a certification card that is valid for two years. Consider the following six schools that offer CPR programs.
Brigham Young University
Based in the city of Provo, this university was founded in 1875 as the Brigham Young Academy. As part of the Risk Management program, professional healthcare rescuers, pre-nursing staff and students can complete a CPR/AED class. Participants in this class complete three hours of hands-on training and also take a multiple-choice exam. Students can also complete two CPR classes for certification with the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI). Classes offered include a two-hour community first aid and safety course that covers adult CPR and infant and child CPR. Professional rescuers can complete a two-hour certification class that deals with adult, infant and child CPR, as well as one- and two-man CPR.
Davis Applied Technology College (DATC)
DATC was founded in 1978 as the Davis Area Vocational Center and is located in the suburban town of Kaysville. Through the continuing education division, students can register for an American Heart Association CPR and first aid class for healthcare providers. Participants in this course learn how to perform one- and two-man CPR on adults, administer CPR on infants and children and use AEDs. The course runs for three hours and is offered on various dates. Also offered is an ACLS course that covers training in responding to cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular emergencies.
Mountainland Applied Technology College (MLATC)
Based in the rural town of Lehi, this school was founded in 1989 and serves students at five locations. Students can choose from a few course options to learn CPR at the Thanksgiving Point Campus in Lehi. The courses include a heartsaver CPR/AED, a BLS for healthcare providers and an ACLS certification course. The heartsaver and BLS course is open to high school students, who are eligible for free tuition.
For the heartsaver course, students complete three hours of training that deals with infant, child and adult CPR, child and infant choking, adult choking and adult CPR with AED. Students in the BLS class receive instruction that includes how to use AEDs and bag valve masks, respond to two-rescuer scenarios and perform CPR on adults and children. This class last for six hours and is open to both non-certified and certified healthcare workers. Students wishing to enroll in the ACLS class must be at least 18 years of age and have a current BLS card. The class runs for 14 hours over a two-day period. Topics covered include first rescuer CPR AED, high-quality CPR techniques and post-cardiac arrest care.
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)
SLCC has 13 campus locations, including the Larry H. Miller Campus in Sandy, UT. The school is also the largest college in the state and serves a population of over 60,000 students. The Larry H. Miller Campus houses the Institute of Public Safety, which offers a CPR certification class. The class is offered as part of a 13-week EMT program for students who are not currently certified. Classes are taught on weekdays during evening hours. In addition to the tuition for the EMT program, students pay a separate fee for the CPR class.
University of Utah
Established in 1850, this Salt Lake City school is the premier institution for Utah. Through the Department of Health Promotion and Education, students may complete initial or refresher training in CPR. For students wishing to work in the healthcare field with no prior training in CPR, the department offers a healthcare provider/professional rescuer course. This non-credit course is offered every Saturday each month and typically runs for four hours. Students receive instruction on how to perform one- and two-person CPR, use adjunct respiratory equipment and AEDs. Healthcare professionals who are already CPR-certified can complete a recertification course. This class is also taught on Saturdays and is generally two hours long. Students also have the option to complete a recertification course online. This course is designed for those who are already comfortable with performing CPR techniques and wish to take the practical exam.
Westminster College is located near the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City and is the only private liberal arts institution of higher education in the state. The college offers CPR programs through its Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department. The college offers various classes that are geared towards healthcare workers and rescuers, as well as classes for the public. Professionals can complete a CPR/AED course and a CPR/AED review course that includes training for lifeguards. For the general public, including groups and organizations, the department offers a training course that combines adult and pediatric CPR/AED, as well as a course that focuses only on adult CPR/AED.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||CPR Certification Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees|
|Brigham Young University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| CPR and Basic Life Support,
CPR for the Professional Rescuer and AED,
Community First Aid and Safety
|Davis Applied Technology College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid,
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
|Mountainland Applied Technology College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification,
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers,
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification
|Salt Lake Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Emergency Medical Technician Program (CPR Certification Class)||$1,480 for EMT Program; $15 for CPR Certification Class (2019)*|
|University of Utah||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer CPR,
Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer Recertification-CPR,
Healthcare Provider/Professional Rescuer CPR-Recertification Online
|$35 per session (2019)*|
|Westminster College||Four-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city|| CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider,
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider Review,
Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED,
Adult CPR/AED class,
Adult CPR/AED Review class
Sources: *Schools' websites, **NCES College Navigator.