Class descriptions

Class descriptions to help you decide which class is best for you

 

There are many classes listed here from which to choose. While they are all excellent, there are differences, so please read these class descriptions carefully.

If you are looking for training and certification for your employment or school, it’s best to ask them which class they require for you. If they don’t know the answer to that question, you can always refer them to this page. In the end, however, it is the student’s responsibility to make the correct determination before registering for a class. Thus, if still unclear about what class to choose, please contact us and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Note: “Infant CPR/AED” teaches how to provide care for someone from birth up to age one. “Child CPR/AED” teaches how to provide care for someone from age one up to age 12. “Pediatric CPR/AED” teaches a combination of both Child and Infant CPR/AED skills. And “Adult CPR/AED” teaches how to provide care for someone above age 12.

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BLS CPR/AED certification for health & safety pros

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

In this class for health and safety professionals (nurse, paramedic, EMT, first responder, lifeguard, etc.), you will learn all of the skills of one-rescuer Adult and Pediatric CPR classes. Plus you will learn how to provide two-rescuer CPR, how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), how to use a bag-valve-mask (BVM), how to use personal protective equipment (such as breathing barriers and gloves), and how to assist choking victims. You will also learn about the legal considerations regarding providing care.

CPR-Twin Cities certification, awarded upon successful completion of this class, is valid for two years. This certification is the equivalent of the American Red Cross class, “Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers” and the American Heart Association class, “BLS for Healthcare Providers.”

Note: To take a recertification class, you must have successfully completed this CPR-Twin Cities class (or its American Red Cross or American Heart Association equivalent) within the past two years (with a one-month grace period). If you don’t qualify, please sign up for an initial certification class instead.

Note: There are no prerequisites for taking this class and you don’t even need to be a health and safety professional. All you need is a desire to learn more than in a CPR class for the general public.

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Hands-Only CPR or Compression-Only CPR

CPR Without Breaths

This class teaches a simple, abbreviated version of CPR that provides continuous chest compressions — without any mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-mask contact — for an adult victim of sudden cardiac arrest. The training provides hands-on practice with a manikin. It also covers the basics of how to recognize a medical emergency, how to protect yourself from disease transmission while giving first aid care, how the Good Samaritan Law protects you, as well as simple and safe things you can do until more advanced help arrives.

CPR/AED certification for the general public

Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED, Infant CPR/AED (or any combination)

In these classes, you will learn to how to safely check for signs of life, how to perform one-rescuer CPR, how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED), how to use personal protective equipment (PPE, such as breathing barriers and gloves), and how to assist choking victims. You will also learn about the legal considerations regarding providing care.

CPR-Twin Cities certification, awarded upon successful completion of this class, is valid for two years.

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First Aid certification for the general public

First Aid (standard and pediatric)

In this course, you will learn to care for wounds (bleeding, burns, concussions and spinal injuries) and for sudden illnesses (strokes, seizures, poisonings, diabetic reactions and allergic reactions), as well as how to deal with heat- and cold-related emergencies. You will practice bandaging a wound and applying a sling.

CPR-Twin Cities certification, awarded upon successful completion of this class, is valid for two years.

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Combination CPR/AED and First Aid certification for the general public

First Aid plus Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED, Infant CPR/AED

In this combination First Aid/CPR/AED class, you will meet the State of Minnesota requirements set forth in Rule 3 for child care workers. See above for descriptions of CPR/AED and First Aid for the general public.

CPR-Twin Cities certification, awarded upon successful completion of this class, is valid for two years.

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AED certification for the general public

AED Training

Without rapid defibrillation, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by about 10 percent per minute. Using safe training devices, you will learn how to properly operate an automated external defibrillator. AED training classes are available for groups, held in the convenience of your workplace, practically anywhere in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) area.

CPR-Twin Cities certification, valid for two years, is available upon request.

Note: This class requires that you are currently certified in CPR-Twin Cities, American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR.

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First Aid/CPR/AED lecture for the general public

Recognizing and Responding to Emergencies

In this lecture-demonstration session, you will learn how to recognize an emergency and how to help a victim until qualified help arrives. This in-service is informal and can be customized to fit your group’s needs.

These in-service lectures can be held in the convenience of your workplace or in the comfort of your own home, practically anywhere in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) area. The choice is yours!

Note: Since this option is customizable, and follows no established curriculum, and because there is little, if any, hands-on practice, there is no certification.