How Much Does a CPR Certification Cost?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency practice done manually to keep oxygenated blood flowing to a victim’s brain until further measures are performed. Cardiac arrest, which is one the top culprits of sudden death, can happen to anyone. Statistics show that over 350,000 people die from heart-related incidents before reaching the hospital each year, which could have been prevented if someone in the vicinity was there to relieve the victim. Unfortunately, not many of us are trained to do the simple techniques of CPR. In order to become certified in administering CPR, you will need to take a training class to learn the proper techniques.
How much does it cost?
- On average, to receive your certification, you should plan on budgeting anywhere from $20 to as much as $85 for the course.
- The CPR Company charges $45 for its CPR for the Healthcare Provider Training (AHA).
- CPRToday.com offers its Comprehensive Basic Life Support (BLS) course at $54.95.
- CPR Today also offers courses for specific groups, such as:
- Adult CPR Course — $ 24.95
- Adult and Pediatric CPR Course — $ 29.95
- Healthcare Provider Course — $ 39.95
- The Lifesavers First Aid Training offers the course at $70; while Jackson Community College offers its Basic Life Support, CPR for Healthcare at $65.
What are going to be included?
- The cost of the CPR course at The CPR Company, for example, includes the participant’s textbook. This class will take approximately 4.5 hours to complete the training.
- A CPR course caters to healthcare professionals or students who have not yet experienced medical professional CPR; individuals whose cards have expired; and Emergency Medical Service personnel, doctor assistants, physicians, dentists, nurses, and respiratory therapists who are required to have credentials in CPR course.
- Most training provides a comprehensive BLS Course that actually covers more than just CPR. In this curriculum, you will first learn to perform CPR on an adult. Once that is complete, you will learn the techniques of performing CPR on a child or infant. After you have mastered CPR, you will also review basic first aid, such as how to effectively stop bleeding. Part of this training that has been recently added is the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. This is a machine that the average person can use that resembles the paddles that are used to shock a person’s heart, and it can now be found in almost any public building.
- When learning CPR, the trainer will usually use three different sized dummies: an adult, a child, and an infant. He will use these dummies to show you the proper technique, and then you will be allowed to try it on the dummy to make sure you understand.
- Once you have completed the course, The Standard and Healthcare Professional has wall certificates available for you to display. You will also receive wallet cards showing that you know the proper technique of CPR.
- Certification normally lasts for two years, and re-certification may be done at the end of the period.
- The Basic Life Support program for healthcare providers prepares the participant to identify common life-threatening situations, such as:
- heart attack or stroke;
- cardiac or respiratory arrest;
- choking, and other incidents.
What are the extra costs?
- You have to pay additional costs for the textbook or additional study materials if they are not already provided.
- If you want to get certified in basic first aid in addition to your CPR certification, you may have to pay an additional amount.
- Every time you need your certification renewed, you will need to take another class. The reason that this is required is to ensure that you are aware of any changes that have been made since your last class.
Tips to know:
- Sudden cardiac arrest happens when the victim’s electrical impulses in the heart rapidly become inconsistent, causing the heart to suddenly stop beating.
- Eighty-eight percent of all cardiac arrest incidents occur at home.
- Cardiac arrest attacks more men than it does women.
- A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is obstructed.
- Studies reveal that heart attack victims have twice the chance of survival if they are immediately revived through CPR.
- An increasing number of government agencies, large corporations, medical offices, and non-profit organizations are now making CPR training mandatory.
- CPR was invented in 1960 by an Austrian surgeon, Peter Safar.
- If you opt to take an online course on CPR, make sure that the e-course provider you choose is nationally acknowledged and has a verifiable business license so that your certification can be validated.
- If you are nervous about performing CPR on a stranger, there are mouthpieces that have been made so there is no physical contact necessary. If you purchase one of these, keep it handy at all times or it will go to waste.
How can I save money?
- The CPR Company, for instance, offers discounts to church groups and other non-profit organizations. It also provides lower training cost for groups with more than 10 participants.
- If you take your CPR training from Red Cross, you can save money with its free digital class materials or reasonably priced print versions.
- Chances are there are a handful of organizations in your area that offer this type of certification. Talk with at least three to see what they are going to charge.
- If your business or company requires that you become CPR certified, you should be able to get them to pay for it.