CPR training programs teach students how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for use in emergency situations. Courses can cover adult CPR, pediatric CPR or both. Some programs aren't limited in scope to CPR alone, but may also include training in using an automated external defibrillator (AED) and providing general first aid care. Online training is sometimes available as part of hybrid learning opportunities; online training modules are typically coupled with supervised hands-on skills practice and testing. The fees for training programs vary; there may also be materials costs involved.
American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay
The American Red Cross (ARC) is an independent, volunteer-supported organization, and the leading U.S. provider of programs that empower individuals to respond to health and safety emergencies. Providing services in 145 cities and towns in the state, the Massachusetts Bay chapter of the ARC - one of the largest in the Red Cross network - offers several types of CPR courses, including CPR for infants, children and adults. Students learn the skills needed to help victims of an emergency while minimizing the consequences of any injuries or sudden illnesses, preventing disease transmission and reducing pain.
Additionally, training can include use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for adult victims. Upon completion of the program, students may be granted CPR and AED certification, which is valid for one year, while first aid certification is valid for three years. Headquarters are located in Cambridge, but classes are located in various areas throughout Massachusetts, including Boston, Fall River, Peabody, Waltham, Brockton, Haverhill, New Bedford and Quincy.
The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association (AHA) also offers CPR courses throughout the state. More than five million people are trained in CPR by the AHA every year. The AHA has locations in Framingham and West Springfield, but partners with several medical centers and training facilities to make CPR courses more accessible throughout Massachusetts. Students learn how to sustain life, manage illness and handle injuries from the beginning of an emergency situation until professional help arrives. Depending on the program, topics include adult and child CPR, AED (defibrillation), basic first aid and airway obstruction.
Courses also cover the management of environmental, medical and injury emergencies. Successful completion of this course earns a completion card that verified learned skills, which is valid for two years. Related classes include advanced cardiovascular life support, basic life support and emergency cardiovascular care.
Organization Comparison: At a Glance
|Organization||Organization Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Training Cost (2019)|
|American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay||Nonprofit agency; varies|| Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Adult First Aid/CPR/AED
Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
|The American Heart Association||Nonprofit agency; varies|| Family and Friends CPR
Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED
|Varies; >$50 with online and classroom options**|
Sources: *American Red Cross, **The American Heart Association