The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC) offer CPR classes at colleges and universities throughout Georgia, and such classes can lead to CPR certification. Some offerings are introductory courses in basic life support and are designed for the general public. These courses usually include hands-on training in performing CPR, recognizing the signs of choking and providing basic first aid. Other courses are designed for healthcare professionals. These advanced courses go into such topics as pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiovascular life support, and they cover rescue techniques beyond CPR.
Ogeechee Technical College
The continuing education offerings at Ogeechee Technical College, located in Statesboro, include two classes that provide CPR instruction. These CPR classes are typically offered in the evening at the Allied Health Building on the college's campus, and all classes award a 2-year AHA certification.
Through group practice and instructor feedback, the Heartsaver CPR and First Aid course teaches students to perform CPR on an adult, child or infant. Students also learn the basics of first aid, injuries and other medical emergencies. The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers course is comprised of eight classroom hours and teaches healthcare providers (such as nurses and EMTs) CPR and choking assistance for adults and children. Students also learn to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) on those experiencing heart arrhythmia.
North Georgia Technical College
Located in Clarkesville, North Georgia Technical College is located in the far northeast corner of Georgia. The school's Community Training Center is an affiliate of the AHA Training Network, and it offers CPR classes for both individuals and professional healthcare workers. Hands-on practice and instructor feedback are incorporated.
Lasting 1-2 hours, the Basic Life Support CPR for Family and Friends course teaches students to perform CPR on an adult or child, as well as what to do when someone is choking. The school also offers the same course geared toward the pre-teen and adolescent audience. The Basic Life Support Heartsaver AED course is created for employees at the workplace, lasts two or three hours and teaches students to perform CPR and use an AED.
The 14-hour long Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Course is designed to teach health professionals to recognize and treat children and infants who are at risk for heart problems. The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider course is also for healthcare professionals and teaches them to perform CPR and recognize early signs of a heart attack. This 13-14 hour course also covers team dynamics and cooperation.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Program Cost (2019)|
|Ogeechee Technical College||2-year, public; remote town|| Heartsaver CPR and First Aid
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers
|$89 for Heartsaver CPR and First Aid, $59 for Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers*|
|North Georgia Technical College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| Basic Life Support CPR for Family and Friends
Basic Life Support CPR in Schools
Basic Life Support Heartsaver AED
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider
|$50 (CPR/AED/First Aid Training)**|
Source: *Ogeechee Technical College, **North Georgia Technical College