Prime Medical Training offers CPR certification for those who are required to be certified by their employer or organization, and anyone who is concerned about knowing how to save a life. If you are a healthcare provider or required to have a BLS certification, please take a look at our BLS for Healthcare Providers class. Prime’s CPR classes are taught by emergency responders (Paramedics, ER Nurses, & Physicians). Training is made easy and engaging.
All of Prime Medical Training’s CPR certifications are OSHA compliant. Classes are offered locally in the Knoxville, TN and Tri-Cities, TN area, but Prime is not limited from travelling extended distances to teach classes. This page will talk about who needs a CPR certification, what topics are covered in a CPR class, the process of getting a CPR certification, and what can be expected when taking CPR classes.
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Who needs CPR certification?
CPR and AED certification is generally required by an employer or an organization. Certifications are required due to regulations from OSHA, state licensing boards, or an organization’s personal policy. Healthcare providers need to take the BLS for Healthcare Providers class. The following are examples of industries that require a current non-healthcare CPR & AED certification.
- Manufacturing facilities
- K-12 Schools
- Foster Agencies
- Daycare centers
- Fitness Trainers
- Boy Scouts
- Recreation and sport centers
- Any organization that owns an AED
Aside from the above list, many people voluntarily choose to be CPR & AED certified because they want to be prepared for an emergency. Most commonly, non-required groups that take CPR classes are:
- New parents
- Proactive employers
- Social clubs
Anyone can and should take a CPR class. The skills are invaluable, and people often take the oppurtunity for granted until faced with a crisis.
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What is taught in a CPR class?
A CPR class is broken down into three modules: Adult, Child, and Infant CPR. Adult CPR is a required module, however the Child and Infant modules are optional add-ons. This different than the CPR for Healthcare Providers class which requires all three modules be taught without exception.
All three modules of the CPR certification teach the same skill with a few key differences. Below are the CPR steps students will learn in all three modules:
- Recognizing cardiac arrest and call 9-1-1
- How to perform high quality compressions
- Giving breaths mouth-to-mouth and with a barrier device like a CPR mask
- Proper use of an AED (automated external defibrillator)
- How to help responsive and unresponsive chocking victims
- Using Naloxone (Narcan) for opioid overdose emergencies
CPR guidelines change every five years (e.g. 2010, 2015, 2020, etc). The American Heart Association sets the guidelines and all other major agencies such as the American Red Cross adopt the guidelines and update their curriculum. Some American Heart Association CPR guideline changes are bigger than others, but it’s all evidence-based research that has been gathered from around the world.
It’s important that students remain life-long learners. Individuals who trust in knowledge and skills from a CPR class 15 years ago are doing the community and potential cardiac arrest victims a disservice.
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How to get a CPR certification?
Depending on where a student seeks out their CPR classes, the process should be very easy. Follow the below steps to make sure you get the CPR certification you need.
#1 Find a Reputable CPR Company
Students looking for where to get CPR certified should start by choosing a professional CPR company. We caution students from using individual CPR instructors that teach occasional classes as a side job. The benefits of using a reputable company include: better quality assurance, better customer service, liability insurance, timely receipt of CPR certifications.
#2 Get the Right CPR Certification
Don’t fall for an online CPR class schemes. These online companies usually make guarantees or offer free printable CPR certificate immediately after the online CPR class. Those certifications are not nationally recognized, and most employers will not accept them. Find a local CPR company that provides hands-on training. Hands on training can be done in a traditional instructor-led class or an CPR online blended learning class. However, almost every state and workplace requires hands on training for the certification to be accepted.
Keep in mind that some employers are no longer accepting American Red Cross CPR certifications. Students should check with their employer before signing up with a class to find out which CPR certification they will accept.
#3 Sign Up for the Class
Signing up for a class should be an easy process and it is! We list all of our upcoming public classes on our website and allow you to register online. When classes reach maximum capacity they are automatically removed from our online calendar, therefore you don't have to check availability. Furthermore, we NEVER cancel classes. Most students need their certification right away and we know you are counting on us, therefore we won't let you down! You can view all our classes and register online.
#4 Take the CPR Class
Prepare for your CPR class by coming well rested and ready to learn. Non-healthcare provider CPR classes are meant to be very easy and there is no need to study before hand. There is a hands-on skills test that students are required to pass, but there is not a required written test.
#5 Get Your CPR Certification
Students will receive their certification after the CPR class in one of two ways. Depending on where they took a class, the card may be a traditional paper card or an eCard sent via email. Depending on the credentialing agency, CPR cards are usually required to be sent to students within 30 days. Prime Medical Training sends eCards and guarantees students will receive them within 24 hours. eCards should not be confused with 'online CPR class' certificates. eCards bear official seals and QR codes for employers to validate them. As of 2018 the AHA is requiring all Training Centers to issue eCards instead of paper cards.
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What to expect in a CPR class?
Not all CPR classes are the same. Prime Medical Training believes the following should be the standard for a student’s experience.
#1 A Professional Atmosphere
A clean and professional facility is important for the learning experience. Instructors should be dressed as professionals and conduct themselves accordingly. CPR training manikins should be clean and in good working condition.
#2 Proper Equipment
The instructor should provide every student with a CPR student manual. Also, instructors are required to provide at least 1 CPR training manikin and AED for every 3 students along with plenty of practice time.
#3 Instructors with Experience and Personality
Prime believes that instructors should teach with authority. Instructors must meet three criteria to teach for us:
- They have a medical background and extensive real-world experience practicing the topics that they teach.
- Instructors must conduct themselves professionally in appearance and character.
- Our instructors are evaluated on their personability, dynamic teaching style, and skill level of topics they teach.
Every CPR certification card issued by Prime Medical training carries our reputation and our instructors take that seriously. Classes are made easy, but students will still be challenged and have to earn their CPR certification.
#4 Top Notch Experience
CPR training does not have to be boring and Prime is proof of that. The minute you walk through Prime’s door you'll experience a different vibe compared to previous classes you may have taken. Our staff is friendly, the environment is welcoming, and our classes are active and engaging. Prime Medical Training does training like no other! Not everyone enjoys taking a CPR class but our goal is to make it as painless as possible. If a student is in a CPR class, our philosophy is to make the best of it, have a few laughs and maybe teach them something new (things are always changing).
96% of students say our class is the best class they have ever taken. Listen, don't take our word for it. Check out what a few of our raving fans have to say about our CPR classes.
Testimonials for CPR Certification
“This is my second time there. They not only care that you learn CPR, they care about you also. I feel comfortable asking questions if I am not sure about something. Instructors are very patient, knowledgeable, and professional. I will be back in 2 years for recertification.” – Tanya Cooper
“Andrew is a natural instructor and all the staff from scheduling to any information that you need is available here at Prime Medical.” – Charles Graves
“Fantastic facility, make a fun and informative session. Highly recommend this place.” – Grace Woods
“Great teachers in a small, cozy environment. Takes the sting out of giving up a Saturday morning for CPR recertification! We will be sending all of our personal trainers here at Fitness Together to Prime from now on!” – Andrew Henderson
“Very convenient times and they don't cancel classes on you! Andrew is a rare find. There are few people I have met that are as attentive, present, and willing to help everyone around themselves. His services come from the heart and his desire to help those around him. I would highly recommend Andrew Randazzo and his company Prime Medical Training to anyone that is wanting someone who is totally bought in on helping you and your business.” – Colby McLemore
Frequently Asked Questions about CPR Classes
How can I get an American Heart Association CPR card replacement?
Read this article if you lost your CPR card. Those who initially received an eCard via email can login to the AHA and retrieve it. If you initially received a traditional paper card, you will either need to contact the instructor who taught your class or the training center the instructor was aligned with at the time they taught your class. You may be charged a fee for replacement paper cards.
What is an AED?
An AED stands for automated external defibrillator. This device is used to detect and shock an abnormal rhythm called Ventricular Fibrillation (or V-Fib) in the heart during cardiac arrest.
Where can I find CPR certification classes near me?
Prime Medical Training offers local CPR classes at their offices and they travel to student’s locations. Search Prime’s class registration page to find upcoming classes in your location.
Do you offer Baby / Infant CPR classes?
Yes. Take a look at Prime’s class registration page to view our upcoming Baby CPR classes.
Are there practice CPR tests?
No. In 2015, when the American Heart Association released new guidelines, they removed the requirement for testing of non-healthcare students.
Can’t I get free CPR classes at the Fire Department?
There's no such thing as free! Certification cards from the AHA, American Red Cross, and ASHI all cost money. Some Fire Departments may offer 'free classes' but you will stay have to pay for the card. ($20-$40) Not all fire departments offer CPR classes or any CPR classes at all. Due to budget cuts and internal demand, less and less fire departments are offering CPR to the community. Those that still do generally have limited availability.
Why can’t I find hospitals offering CPR classes?
Increasingly, hospitals are no longer providing CPR classes to the community (non-employees). The reason for this is due to budget cuts and/or a rising demand internally for CPR classes.
Do you offer free CPR certification classes?
Periodically throughout the year, Prime offers free CPR awareness training in the community, but there is no certification. Certification cards must be purchased by a training center from the AHA, Red Cross, ASHI, or equivalent organizations and are far from free!
How are your classes different from YMCA CPR classes and Red Cross CPR classes?
Prime Medical Training offers nationally recognized and accepted CPR classes. Many employers are no longer accepting Red Cross CPR classes and traditionally the YMCA uses Red Cross curriculum. Furthermore, Prime's training is typically less expensive then YMCA CPR classes as the cost for Red Cross certification cards is more than double that of the AHA.
How long is a CPR certification valid for?
Students are issued a 2 year CPR certification upon successful completion of class. Certifications expire 2 years later, at the end of the month. So if you took a class on Jan 1, 2020 you would expire Jan 31, 2022.
Do you offer an accredited online CPR certification?
Yes. The American Heart Association online blended learning class is nationally recognized and widely accepted. This class includes a hands-on skills session. After completing the CPR training online and the in-person skills session, students will receive a CPR certification. This certification is the same AHA certification provided to students that take the class traditionally.
Is the CPR online certification a renewal class?
The AHA CPR classes online is the same regardless if this is your first or fourth time taking the course. Prime Medical Training is an authorized training provider of American Heart Association CPR online classes.