CPR Classes and Certificate Programs in Los Angeles

Students in Los Angeles have multiple school options to choose from to complete CPR training. Read an overview of three of these schools, none more than 20 miles from downtown, and learn about program requirements to decide which school is right for you.

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Los Angeles CPR Programs and Classes

Many schools in Los Angeles offer CPR training. Some programs are aimed at healthcare providers, while others are for the general public. This article looks at two schools within a 25-minute drive of downtown Los Angeles. It also includes a table of information that individuals can use to compare important aspects of each school, such as costs. Another school in the area that offers CPR training is listed at the end of the article.

  • For healthcare providers interested in certification, California State University-Los Angeles offers basic life support CPR certification classes. It is about five miles from the city center.
  • Another option is the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), which is almost 16 miles from the heart of the city. UCLA offers several CPR classes for healthcare providers and lay persons.

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Comparison of Schools

This table offers pertinent information about these schools and their CPR training programs in a format that makes it easy to compare them.

California State University-Los Angeles University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 28,531 44,027
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Cost of Courses BLS for Healthcare Providers $40 (students)
HeartCode BLS Online $58.50 (students)
HeartSaver CPR & AED $35 (students)***

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **California State University-Los Angeles, ***University of California-Los Angeles

California State University-Los Angeles

CPR training at this school is presently open to students of the university, staff and faculty members. Training is offered through the university's Health Promotion and Education Center and CPR for Life LLC, which is an AHA training center.

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

Students learn how to apply CPR techniques and methods of getting foreign objects unblocked from airway passages. Training is provided to administer care on both adults and children. Students also learn how to use AEDs and perform 2-rescuer CPR.

HeartCode BLS (Hybrid)

Students seeking certification can enroll in this online class. This class is comprised of two phases, which includes an online portion and a classroom portion. During phase 1, students receive training online and are required to complete a written exam. In phases 2, students are required to perform skill and testing assessment in front of an instructor.

HeartSaver CPR/AED

Those enrolled in this course will learn how to perform choking relief and CPR treatment on persons of all ages. The course also covers training in how to operate AEDs on adults and children. Upon completion of this class, students will receive a course completion card.

University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

CPR training at UCLA is available to enrolled students, staff, faculty members and the public at a low cost. HeartSaver training is offered through the Student Welfare Commission's CPR and First Aid Program and is taught by certified AHA student instructors. The university's Center for Prehospital Care offers basic life support training in CPR for healthcare providers.

Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED Course

This course offers training on how to provide CPR and first-aid care. Students learn how to perform life-saving procedures on infants, children and adults during choking. Students also learn how to use AED devices. Students wishing to learn how to respond to choking incidents involving infants can enroll in this course, though lifesaving procedures for children and adults are covered as well. The course is geared towards those who have frequent contact with persons who are likely to have cardiac problems and those who serve as first responders.

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR)

Training provided in this program teaches students how to perform 1-rescuer and 2-rescuer CPR, infant and child CPR, choking relief, heart disease prevention and how to use an AED. Students will spend 4 hours in training and will qualify for a 2-year BLS certification. Students also earn 4 hours of continuing education units (CEU) that can be applied towards an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic program. Recertification now requires students to retake the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers program. This course is also offered online with a 1- to 2-hour hands-on session.

Other Options

Another option is the American Red Cross Glendale-Cresenta Valley Chapter located about 9 miles from downtown Los Angeles. This local chapter offers an Adult First Aid/CPR/AED course.

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