Washington, DC, Schools with CPR Certification Programs
There are several institutions of higher learning within the Washington, DC, area that offer CPR training to the general public and healthcare professionals. This article looks at those schools, none more than 50 minutes from the city center, and the CPR training programs they offer. There's also a table of information about the schools that students can use to make a decision regarding their CPR training. Information on one other school with a CPR program is offered at the end of the article.
- Prince George's County Community College, about 14 miles from the city, offers first aid and CPR training to both aspiring medical professionals and laypersons.
- Almost 30 miles from downtown Washington, Anne Arundel Community College is another community college that offers first aid and CPR courses, but unlike Prince George's, it offers a series of courses of varying levels of complexity. Moreover, it also offers basic life support courses to complement its first aid and CPR offerings.
- Montgomery College has first aid and CPR courses that are specifically designed for healthcare professionals. It is about 15 miles from downtown Washington.
Comparison of Schools
Here is some information about these schools that may help prospective students make a decision about their CPR training.
|Prince George's Community College||Anne Arundel Community College||Montgomery College|
|School Type||2-year; public||2-year; public||2-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||12,113||13,354||22,875|
|Campus Setting||Large Suburb||Large Suburb||Small city|
|CPR Course Costs (2018)||$44-$280**||$75-$112***||$65-$120****|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||75%||39%||66%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||N/A-Open Admission||N/A-Open Admission||N/A-Open Admission|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||56% full-time; 44% part-time||72% full-time; 53% part-time||75% full-time; 55% part-time|
|Graduation Rate (Students entering in 2014)*||9%; 20% transfer-out rate||20%; 27% transfer-out rate||23%; 23% transfer-out rate|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Prince George's County Community College, *** Anne Arundel Community College, **** Montgomery College.
Prince George's County Community College
This school offers CPR and first aid training as noncredit courses. These courses may be taken alone or as part of a certificate program, such as that required to become an emergency medical technician.
First Aid/CPR Training
Prince George's County Community College offers several courses that include CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillator (AED). One is designed to provide training in the fundamentals of basic emergency response. Students who successfully complete this program will earn certification for two years. Other courses are aimed at healthcare providers, CPR instructors, pediatric CPR, and another offers training for certification renewal.
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel's first aid and CPR training is offered through its extensive range of continuing education courses in health care. These courses may or may not be part of wider professional certificate programs in areas such as massage therapy, social work, medical assisting and occupational therapy.
Basic Life Support/CPR/First Aid Training
All of the courses in this training program were developed by the American Heart Association (AHA). Course topics include CPR for healthcare providers, CPR recertification for healthcare providers, Heart Saver automatic external defibrillator (AED) and Heart Saver First CPR and AED. These courses, taken together, train students for a variety of tasks, such as using defibrillators (AED), bag-masks and airway clearance techniques.
Montgomery College offers CPR and first aid courses through its Health Sciences Institute, which also offers training in areas such as sterile processing, nursing assistance and medical aid.
CPR and First Aid
There are two courses, one directed to healthcare providers and one for those who just want to learn CPR. The school also offers a renewal course for healthcare providers. Courses are designed according to American Heart Association guidelines. Once students complete the basic CPR and first aid course and have obtained certification, they will be certified for two years before needing recertification.
Other School Option
CPR courses are also available at Baltimore City Community College, located 43.3 mi. (60 min.) from downtown Washington, DC.