Colleges, universities and organizations throughout Maryland offer CPR classes geared toward experienced healthcare professionals, students, child care workers and community members. Some courses lead to American Red Cross (ARC) or American Heart Association (AHA) certification, while others lead to a participation card or are just taken for personal enrichment. Course options range from those that teach CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use to courses that also include basic first aid training. After receiving their training, students seeking certification can take written and skills tests, and they will later need to take a renewal course to maintain certification.
Located in Rockville, Montgomery College is a 3-campus learning institution that offers non-credit classes through its Workforce Development and Continuing Education programs. One of these classes is the 6-hour Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers class, which teaches current healthcare professionals how to perform CPR, manage a patient's airway and correctly use an AED. Healthcare providers who need to maintain their AHA or ARC CPR credentials can complete the 4-hour renewal course, which is held at the Takoma Park Campus and the Gaithersburg Business Training Center.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Situated on 500 acres in Baltimore, the University of Maryland - Baltimore County (UMBC) offers undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, as well as professional education and training, such as CPR classes. Classes are available for students, the general public and medical professionals.
Intended for individuals who may need to administer CPR in the workplace, the 3-hour Heartsaver CPR class teaches choking relief and CPR for adults, children and infants. Those who also want instruction in using an AED can enroll in the 3.5-hour Heartsaver AED class. Middle and high school students can enroll in the Heartsaver CPR for Schools course, which teaches CPR, choking relief and AED use.
The Heartsaver First Aid course, which provides CPR and AED training, teaches students how to respond to environmental and medical emergencies as well as administer first aid to injured patients waiting for emergency response units to arrive. Those who want to learn CPR for their own purposes and aren't seeking certification can enroll in the 2.5-hour Family and Friends CPR course. The school's Family and Friends First Aid for Children course is focused on the needs of children and infants and doesn't lead to certification.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees Cost (2019-20)|
|Montgomery College||2-year, public; small city|| Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers,
Renewal Basic Cardiac Life Support
|$5,178 in-district; $9,966 in-state; $13,602 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland-Baltimore County||4-year, public; large suburb|| Heartsaver CPR,
Heartsaver CPR for Schools,
Heartsaver First Aid,
Family and Friends CPR,
Family and Friends First Aid for Children
|$11,778 in-state; $26,872 out-of-state *|
Source: *NCES, College Navigator