CPR Training

An Important Note About Our CPR Training Program

To reduce potential COVID-19 exposure risk, the Health Promotion and Education Center is offering blended learning CPR training by appointment.

Appointments begin in late September.


General Information

CPR at the Health Promotion and Education Center

The Health Promotion and Education Center (HPEC) offers American Heart Association (AHA) CPR training for eligible Cal State LA students who are required to complete CPR training in support of their academic program. The Center's CPR program is conducted in association with CPR for Life, LLC (an authorized AHA Training Center). Students are encouraged to verify their training requirements with their academic departments, internship sites, and/or employers prior to scheduling and paying for training and skills sessions.

Additional Information

Eligibility

Students

Students must be eligible for Student Health Center services to participate in the HPEC CPR program.

Eligibility is based on current Cal State LA enrollment in state-funded courses during the semester in which CPR sessions take place. Proof of current enrollment is required.

In order for students not enrolled in state-funded courses to utilize the HPEC CPR program, students must:

  • Have been enrolled in the immediately preceding term as a matriculated student in state-funded courses.
  • Pay the Student Health Services Fee (SHSF) in addition to applicable training fees.

Additional details on eligibility are available at Student Health Center Eligibility.

Employees

The HPEC does not currently offer CPR training for Cal State LA employees. Employees who require CPR training can find courses through the AHA CPR & First Aid Course Catalog.

Local Community Course Locator and Information

Authorized AHA training centers offer classroom and blended learning CPR and first aid training. For information, visit the AHA's Course Formats for CPR & ECC Training.

Students in need of Basic Life Support, other CPR training, and first aid training can find local training sites by calling the American Heart Association (AHA) at 877.AHA.4CPR (877.242.4277) or through the AHA CPR & First Aid Course Catalog.

Details on blended learning courses are available at AHA eLearning Courses.

Please note that local COVID-19 conditions and related factors may affect course availability.

Training Requirements and Card Expirations

Card Expiration: March-June 2020

The American Heart Association has granted temporary extensions to individuals whose cards expired March through June 2020, as indicated in the table below. 

CPR Renewal Extensions
Card Expiration Extension Date (End of Month)
March 2020 July 2020
April 2020 August 2020
May 2020 September 2020
June 2020 October 2020

Card Expiration: July 2020 and After

Individuals whose cards expire in July 2020 or later are expected to renew their training by the date indicated on their cards. Questions may be directed to the American Heart Association (AHA) at 877.AHA.4CPR (877.242.4277).

Offered Courses and Fees

HeartCode® BLS

HeartCode® BLS Overview

HeartCode® BLS is a blended learning course intended for healthcare providers and those who will be working in clinical settings and who are required to take the BLS course. HeartCode® BLS skills sessions through the HPEC are restricted to nursing students, nurses, paramedics, EMTs; other direct patient care professionals; and those who volunteer, intern, or work in clinical settings that require BLS training.

To complete this blended learning training, students first complete the online portion of the course (HeartCode® BLS). The e-learning module includes interactive activities, simulations, and the required "written" exam. Students then complete an in-person skills practice and testing session with a BLS instructor. Course completion cards (e-cards) are issued to those who successfully complete the e-learning and skills components of the course.

Additional details on the BLS course are available at Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Options.

HeartCode® BLS Fees

Note: Fees* are provided for informational purposes. Students who wish to complete their CPR training through the HPEC should not pay fees until they have a confirmed skills session appointment. The HPEC will begin accepting appointments on September 7.

  • Online module: $28.50 (payable directly to the American Heart Association)
  • HPEC skills session: $30
    • $30 plus SHSF for eligible students who are not currently enrolled in a state-funded course (payable to the Student Health Center)

*Fees are subject to change.

Heartsaver® CPR AED

Heartsaver® CPR AED Overview

Heartsaver® CPR AED trains rescuers in CPR, choking relief, and use of barrier devices for victims of all ages (adult, child, infant). In addition, the course also trains participants in the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) for adults and children. Heartsaver® CPR AED is appropriate for most laypersons who may be first responders to an emergency situation and are required by their employer to complete CPR training (e.g., teachers).

To complete the blended learning training, students first complete the online portion of the course (Heartsaver® CPR AED Online). The e-learning module includes interactive activities, videos, and knowledge checks. Students then complete an in-person skills practice and testing session with a BLS or Heartsaver Instructor. Course completion cards (e-cards) are issued to those who successfully complete the e-learning and skills components of the course.

Additional details on the Heartsaver® CPR AED course are available at Heartsaver® CPR AED Course Options.

Heartsaver® CPR AED Training Fees

Note: Fees* are provided for informational purposes. Students who wish to complete their CPR training through the HPEC should not pay fees until they have a confirmed skills session appointment. The HPEC will begin accepting appointments on September 7.

  • Online module: $15.00 (payable directly to the American Heart Association)
  • HPEC skills session: $30
    • $30 plus SHSF for eligible students who are not currently enrolled in a state-funded course (payable to the Student Health Center)

*Fees are subject to change.

Skills Session Appointments and Requirements

Scheduling a Skills Session Appointment 

Proof of Current Cal State LA Enrollment in State-Funded Courses

Prior to scheduling CPR appointments, HPEC BLS instructors verify student eligibility.

CPR Skills Sessions are Available by Appointment Only

Skills session appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.

Appointments must be scheduled directly with an HPEC BLS instructor. CPR sessions cannot be scheduled through an SHC appointment nurse/receptionist or healthcare provider.

  • To schedule an appointment, students start by leaving a message for an HPEC BLS instructor by calling 323.343.3340.
    • The message should include the student name, CIN, call back number, and the name of the CPR course needed. 
      • Note: Our instructors check messages regularly and return calls during Student Health Center service hours.
  • BLS instructors return student calls.
    • Students are provided with eligibility status confirmation, session availability, scheduling details, and payment instructions.
    • Students who wish to complete a course through the HPEC are given skills session appointments, subject to availability.​​
  • Pre-payment at least 10 days prior to the skills session date is required. Appointments are automatically canceled for students who do not meet their payment deadlines. 
  • The Student Health Center is not responsible for the loss of training opportunities due to lack of training availability or delayed payment. 

Pre-Payment is Required to Prevent Appointment Cancellation

Students are provided with payment instructions at the time appointments are scheduled.

Pre-payment a minimum of 10 days prior to the HPEC skills session appointment is required. Failure to pay by the indicated deadline results in automatic appointment cancellation.

The Student Health Center is not responsible for the loss of training opportunities due to late payment or non-payment.

  • Students whose sessions are canceled due to late payment or non-payment may be offered an appointment for a skills session at another date (subject to availability).
  • Students whose appointments are canceled due to late payment will additionally be offered the opportunity to apply for a fee refund (skills session only).

Skills Session Requirements

Pre-Session Requirements

Students must:

  • Pre-pay skills session fee at least 10 days prior to the session appointment refer to the pre-payment section above).
  • Email the appropriate AHA e-learning Completion Certificate to the session instructor at least one day prior to the skills session appointment.
    • Note: Skills sessions are canceled for students who are not able to provide the appropriate AHA e-learning Completion Certificate at their skills session appointment - NO EXCEPTIONS. Sessions are rescheduled (pending availability) or students are provided with instructions on how to apply for a fee refund (skills session only).

Students Must be On-Time for Skills Sessions

Students should aim for arriving at the SHC 10 minutes prior to the session start time to allow for COVID-19 screening prior to entering the SHC.

Students arriving 10 or more minutes after the scheduled session start time will be rescheduled (subject to session availability) or provided with instructions for applying for a fee refund (skills session only).

The Student Health Center is not responsible for the loss of training opportunities due to late attendance.

COVID-19 Exposure Risk Reduction Requirements

To participate in a CPR skills session, students must:

  • Not have respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms on the session date or have had symptoms within 14 days of the scheduled session.
  • Not have been in close contact with anyone who has or likely has COVID-19 within 14 days of the scheduled skills session.
  • Be screened by a Student Health Center (SHC) nurse prior to entering the SHC. Students call 323.343.3300 to obtain screening once they have arrived at the SHC.
    • Note: Students should aim for arriving at the SHC 10 minutes prior to the session start time. Students arriving 10 or more minutes late will be rescheduled (subject to session availability) or provided with instructions for applying for a fee refund (skills session only).
  • Wash hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, before and after the skills session.
  • Properly wear a cloth mask or face covering at all times during the skills session.
  • Properly wear provided non-latex surgical gloves for the duration of the training.
  • Follow all BLS instructor instructions for physical distancing, hand sanitizing, and other COVID-19 risk-reduction steps.

Students who are unable to participate in their scheduled skills session should call 323.343.3340. Students will be offered another skills session (if available) or a fee refund (skills session only).

AHA strongly promotes knowledge & proficiency in BLS, ACLS, & PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. The use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by AHA. Any fees charged for this course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to AHA.