Florida has many course options for people seeking CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certification. Commonly, the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Red Cross (ARC) provide CPR classes for those wanting to learn proper life-saving procedures. Classes are also offered at 4-year colleges and universities. The ten schools that are profiled below offer classes that typically secure certification for 2 years or less. The following programs are featured, among others:
- Basic Lifeguard Class
- Basic Life Support/PALS Course
- First Aid, CPR and AED Techniques for the Workplace Class
- Adult CPR/First Aid/AED for the Lay Responder Class
- CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
- Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED Class
- BLS for the Healthcare Providers Class
The Aspen Institute awarded Fort Lauderdale's Broward College the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence for 2013. The Basic Lifeguarding class, held at the Tigertail Lake Recreational Center in Dania Beach, includes CPR training. In addition, the course offers instruction in first aid and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use. CPR certification is granted by ARC.
Florida Atlantic University
Over 30,000 students attend Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The AHA's classes in Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) are available separately and as combined BLS/ACLS and BLS/PALS courses. ACLS instruction includes teaching bag-masking techniques and managing acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Certification entails passing written, CPR, and AED tests. The PALS class teaches how to care for children and infants in times of emergencies.
Florida International University
Florida International University serves about 50,000 students in Miami. As part of Recreational Services, the BLS for Healthcare Providers course is taught, though the school specifies that being a healthcare provider is not necessary to enroll in the class. The course teaches CPR, infant and adult resuscitation, AED use, and how to handle choking.
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Through the college's Military Public Safety and Security Division, this 4-year school in Jacksonville offers a course in CPR, first aid, and AED techniques. The class is taught at the Urban Resource Center and focuses on procedures recommended by the ARC. Students learn skills that can be used in treating infants, children, and adults. Graduates of the class gain ARC certification good for one year.
Florida State University
Florida State University, located in Tallahassee, offers the Adult CPR/First Aid/AED for the Lay Responder course to non-medical personnel. The five-hour class examines warning signs of injuries and treatment options, and teaches students in the use of AEDs. A CPR/AED class, offered with and without first aid training, is available specifically for professional rescuers. Additionally, CPR/AED training is offered through the school's lifeguard training class.
Based in Miami, this college serves students at eight campuses. The college's School of Continuing Education and Professional Development offers CPR-BLS course for healthcare professionals that leads to certification. This class spans six hours and covers administering oxygen for all ages and the use of an AED. Additionally, the school offers a re-certification CPR-BLS course.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is located on a 1,415-acre campus in Orlando. CPR courses are available at the Recreation and Wellness Center through the ARC. Additionally, the courses cover first aid, use of an AED, and how to care for people having seizures and showing other medical symptoms.
University of Florida
The University of Florida (USF) in Gainesville is part of the Association of American Universities. In conjunction with the AHA, this university offers three programs with CPR training. The basic First Aid/CPR/AED course teaches how to identify and treat people in emergency situations until medical personnel arrive. USF also offers a CPR course for healthcare personnel. Those interested in becoming lifeguards can gain CPR and AED training through the school's ARC Lifeguarding course.
University of South Florida
Tampa's University of South Florida serves more than 47,000 students. Through Student Affairs, a variety of programs are available to the community. These include the Community CPR Ready program, which includes training in CPR, AED use, and first aid. This program also is available to corporate-sized groups.
Valencia College in Orlando offers instruction to more than 42,000 undergraduate students. AHA certification and re-certification are available through CPR/BLS classes. These courses are designed for healthcare professionals.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||CPR Certification Courses Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Broward College||4-year, public, large suburb||Basic Lifeguard Class|| $2,830 in-state
|Florida Atlantic University||4-year, public, small city|| Courses in BLS, ACLS and PALS,
| $4,381 in-state
|Florida International University||4-year, public, large suburb||Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Class|| $6,556 in-district
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, public, large city||First Aid, CPR and AED Techniques for the Workplace Class|| $2,878 in-state
|Florida State University||4-year, public, midsize city|| Adult CPR/First Aid/AED for the Lay Responder Class,
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid Combination Class,
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer Class,
| $5,656 in-state
|Miami-Dade College||4-year, public, large city|| CPR-BLS for Health Care Providers,
CPR-BLS for Health Care Providers (Re-certification)
| $2,838 in-state
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public, large suburb||Adult CPR with AED|| $6,368 in-state
|University of Florida||4-year, public, midsize city|| Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED Class,
BLS for the Healthcare Providers Class
| $6,381 in-state
|University of South Florida||4-year, public, large city||Community CPR Ready Program|| $6,410 in-state
|Valencia College||4-year, public, midsize city||Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Certification and Recertification Classes|| $2,474 in-state
Source: *NCES College Navigator