New Orleans, LA, Schools with CPR Classes
In the New Orleans area, the schools that offer courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) include a community college and two universities, which are highlighted in the summaries and table below. Information about one other school option is included at the end of the article.
- The 90-year old Delgado Community College is not only the oldest 2-year school in the state, but also the largest. The college is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system, and its most popular programs include those in general science and nursing. Less than two miles from downtown, the college is the closest from New Orleans and offers a basic life support course.
- Tulane University's School of Medicine is one of the oldest medical schools in the South and the entire United States. The school is located in the city's BioDistrict, a 1,500-acre site just 4.7 miles from the downtown. At the university, students can pursue a combined online and onsite course that provides basic and advanced training in CPR.
- The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, located downtown, is another option for prospective CPR students. Non-degree students at this teaching and research school can take a basic course in first aid that includes instruction in CPR.
Comparison of Schools
Use this table to weigh the cost of a CPR course at the three featured schools.
|Delgado Community College||Tulane University of Louisiana||Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||14,239*||12,384*||2,777*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Cost Per Course (2018)||$120 for Basic First Aid/CPR/AED course**||$80 for BLS course; $200 for ACLS course***||$30 for BLS for Healthcare Providers course ****Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Delgado Community College, ***Tulane University of Louisiana, ****Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans.|
Delgado Community College
CPR classes are available at the school's Maritime and Industrial Training Center. Students can also study topics that include life support, incident management and vehicle rescue through the college's emergency medical services (EMS) department. Individual courses in CPR and life support are offered on a non-credit basis.
Basic First Aid/CPR/AED
This course is offered through the Maritime and Industrial Training Center and can be completed in one day. Students learn about basic life-saving techniques, including CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator. Individuals who complete this class can meet prerequisites for the center's medical care providers course.
Tulane University of Louisiana
As an official training site for the American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care program, the Tulane Simulation Center offers courses in first aid and CPR, ACLS, basic life support (BLS) and PALS. Students can register by e-mail, fax, telephone or mail.
HeartCode BLS and ACLS Courses
The 2-part course in CPR combines online and on-site learning. The first part of the course consists of self-paced modules with interactive questions and videos. The content includes topics in first aid, medical emergencies and choking.
During the second part of the program, participants have an opportunity to work with an instructor from the American Heart Association, practice their skills and take an assessment test. At the end of the program, students receive a card of completion. Training is valid for a period of two years.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
At the LSU Health Sciences Center, students can pursue a variety of courses related to CPR, first aid and basic life support through the nursing school's continuing education department. The center also offers degree programs in medicine, dentistry and various allied health fields.
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider
Healthcare providers looking for courses in basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can find a course designed by the American Heart Association. Instruction provides professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform CPR whenever necessary. Healthcare providers are taught to recognize the symptoms of a cardiac arrest and to start chest compressions as soon as possible. Providers are also taught the use of any available automated external defibrillator (AED).
Other School Options
In addition to the schools listed above, Nunez Community College in Chalmette offers a CNA program that provides students with CPR training. This college is less than ten miles from New Orleans.