Online Blended General CPR Classes
Many of us have had to put a lot of things on hold this year. A CPR certification shouldn’t be one of those things. Luckily, online blended general CPR classes make getting a CPR certification safer and easier for those who want to avoid the classroom setting.
What is a General CPR Course?
If someone goes into cardiac arrest outside of the hospital, it’s up to the bystanders to give CPR—cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Unfortunately, only half of the people who need it will receive CPR before the first responders arrive. CPR courses ensure that the general public is equipped with the knowledge they need to provide this life-saving service.
A general CPR course will teach you basic skills: how to do high-quality CPR on infants, children, and adults, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to help someone who is choking. But it also goes beyond the basics. CPR courses teach you how to identify an emergency and how to respond with confidence.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning is a strategic teaching method that uses both online and in-person work. Instead of a traditional course, which is all taught in one in-person session, blended learning students will take two separate sessions.
Step One: Online Portion
The first portion of a blended CPR course is taught online. This portion utilizes modern tools like e-simulations and an e-book to teach the American Health Association’s CPR curriculum. Students can access all kinds of resources to help learn how to identify emergencies, the steps of high-quality CPR, and more. Students can take all the time they need to review the modules and pass a multiple-choice exam.
Step Two: In-person Portion
The second step of the course is an in-person skills session. Students get to practice CPR skills hands-on with live feedback, helping them perfect their knowledge. This in-person session is much shorter than a full, traditional CPR course would be.
Why Blended Learning?
There are a few reasons why you might choose a blended learning CPR course over a traditional one. First, the first portion of the class is self-paced. That means learning material at your own speed, whether it’s reviewing for a re-certification or taking your time to review a few times over. Second, the American Health Association electronic resources are available to review after you finish your course, in case you need a refresher. Finally, this course style cuts down the amount of time you spend in-person, allowing you to keep up social distancing.
Just like a traditional CPR class, students who take a blended learning course will earn a CPR certification that’s good for two years. You’ll need access to a computer and the internet to take a blended learning course. And if blended learning doesn’t sound right for you, don’t worry—Professional CPR still offers weekly in-person CPR courses, too.
How Do You Take A Blended Learning Course?
There are just four easy steps to take a blended learning CPR course:
Step #1: Sign up for the online portion
First things first, you’ll need to sign up for your self-paced online session through the American Health Association. Access the online materials, do the modules, and take the multiple-choice exam. Once you pass the exam, you’re done with this step!
Step #2: Print your certificate
In order to take the skills session, you need to print proof that you took the online portion. Print a copy of the course completion letter to take with you to your skills session.
Step #3: Sign up for your skills session
Next, find a skills session that fits into your schedule and get signed up. This session is brief and will give you a chance to fine-tune your CPR skills!
Step #4: Get certified!
All you have left to do is show up to your skills session! Bring your course completion letter and get ready to do some compressions! Here you get the opportunity for live feedback so you can really be prepared.
Online blended CPR courses give you the flexibility to get your CPR certification in a time when you might not want to be around others. By combining online and in-person learning, you’ll have the opportunity to learn at your own pace from your own home—without sacrificing the hard skills.
Want to learn more? Call one of our friendly instructors at Professional CPR!