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    CPR Certification Online: What to Expect

    Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC

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    Dr. Mary Williams, RN, DC

    Dr. Mary Williams, R.N., D.C is a Doctor of Chiropractic with an extensive background as a Registered Nurse and experienced Core Instructor for the American Heart Association. She has over 30 years of hands-on medical and instructional experience.

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    Earning your CPR certification online has a lot of advantages, including flexibility, cost, convenience, and high quality of instruction. Here are a few things to expect when you sign up for CPR and first aid certification online.

    Expect a self-paced learning environment

    Every online CPR training program is a bit different. But in general, you can expect that your classes will take place in a self-paced virtual environment. Most CPR training online uses a combination of video modules, online interactive elements, and resources you can download for further study.

    The length of time it takes to get through the course depends, at least in part, on how quickly you can finish it. However, if you complete it all in one sitting, the total length of time for each course can vary widely. A basic CPR course for laypeople may take under an hour to finish, while a more complex BLS course for healthcare providers may take several hours.

    Expect cost savings

    While every program is different, it is generally true that earning your CPR certification online is more affordable than in-person training. That includes both fees and expenses for travel.

    This is generally because the overhead costs of an online course are smaller. It costs less to run an CPR training online, as the organization doesn’t need to pay for a facility, instructors beyond those filmed in the training, or the costs for various hands-on materials such an CPR manikins, Ambu bags, CPR barrier devices, or training AED machines.

    Expect a streamlined testing and certification process

    While some of the details may vary, most online CPR and first aid training programs will tell you immediately if you have passed or failed the exam. If you don’t pass the test the first time, you will often be allowed to take the test again at no cost until you pass.

    Most online CPR and first aid certification programs will email you a printable e-card as soon as you pass the test, and mail you an official card within the next few business days. However, many companies no longer ship out professionally printed cards because they are not located in the US. Be sure to select a reputable USA based company with 1-800 number customer support you can reach. Ask if they ship out cards before starting the program if you are unsure.

    Some online CPR certification programs include an in-person assessment as part of the testing process. This is not universally true, however.

    Expect your employer to accept your certification—but ask if you’re not sure

    When CPR and first aid certification online was new, it was a bit controversial among employers. However, online CPR training is widely accepted today—especially after the pandemic. Employers in all 50 states now accept online training programs—including hospitals and other healthcare employers.

    That said, some employers still prefer classroom CPR certification, or a program with a blended learning component or in-person skills assessment. Check with your workplace if you’re not sure.

    There are plenty of online CPR training courses that address every type of learner—from laypeople interested in learning how to provide CPR outside of a hospital setting to healthcare professionals who need a BLS certification for work, there is an online training program to fit every need. With a little background research, you should be able to earn your CPR certification online easily and at your convenience.


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