PIM CPR Requirements

Medical professionals are required to complete a certain number of continuing education (CE) units per credential period — and CPR certification and recertification is an important part of those CE units. 

Read on to learn all about PIM CPR requirements, approved courses, and profession-specific details so you can choose the best course for your unique situation.

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What Is PIM?

PIM is the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine. It is a national organization that certifies education and issues continuing education units to healthcare professionals such as physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, mental health professionals, and more. 

PIM also works with the American Dental Association, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and other professional organizations to review and approve CE providers

As part of PIM’s continuing education guidelines for healthcare professionals, PIM evaluates and approves CPR training and certification providers such as ProTrainings.

Course Content PIM CPR Requirements

Organizations base their CPR certification requirements on three criteria:
What skills are covered in the program.

How the program is delivered, such as fully online, blended, or classroom.
Who is offering the program

Course Brand PIM CPR Requirements

Some national organizations require that your CPR training come from a specific brand; others don’t have brand-specific requirements and allow you to complete your training with flexible online providers like ProTrainings. 

PIM has explicitly approved ProTrainings’ as an organization, meaning that all of our courses are approved. 

Through ProTrainings, you can also earn CE credits for other courses such as Bloodborne Pathogens and Self-Defense.

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Course Delivery Method PIM CPR Requirements

CPR can be taught in a classroom, online, or in a blended format. Some national organizations that oversee professionals and require CPR certification have set additional standards regarding the type of course you take. 

If you are overseen by PIM, you will need to complete a hands-on skills assessment in order to earn a valid BLS certification that will be accepted by PIM. 

While you can complete a classroom-based BLS program, most professionals prefer to take a blended BLS class. A blended BLS program allows you to complete the video training and written test portions completely online and then complete a hands-on practice and skills assessment with a certified instructor over a live instructor-led video conference. 

Blended programs are often preferred for their flexibility, convenience, and remote-friendly format. We also have local instructors to conduct your skills session in person.
PIM Continuing Ed Information
  • ACCME - Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credential Center
  • ACPE - Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • ADA CERP - American Dentistry Association Continuing Education Recognition Program
This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers involved in the care of patients in cardiac arrest.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills associated with performing resuscitation
  • Apply the knowledge gained from the education delivered by ProTrainings in the use of BLS, ACLS, and PALS skills.
  • Recognize life-threatening cardiac emergencies and perform appropriate interventions based on current scientific guidelines
  • Follow the ACLS assessment and management recommendations in the ACLS algorithms.
  • Apply skills to more effectively save lives as a resuscitation team member or leader in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Identify normal and abnormal electrocardiograms
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the types and dosages of medications used in ACLS and PALS
  • Change the loss of knowledge and proficiency over time by reviewing the cognitive education in manageable time allotments more frequently than the required two-year certification period.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and  ProTrainings. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME),  the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the  American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
You can earn CEs for the following ProTrainings courses: 

ACCME accepts:
  • ProACLS — CE Hours: 8.0
  • ProACLS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProCPR — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProPALS — CE Hours: 8.0
  • ProFirstAid Advanced — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProPALS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0   Training: Required Blended: Optional
ANCC accepts:
  • ProACLS — CE Hours: 8.0     
  • ProACLS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProCPR — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProPALS — CE Hours: 8.0
  • ProPALS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProFirstAid Advanced — CE Hours: 4.0
ACPE accepts:
  • ProPALS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProACLS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProPALS — CE Hours: 8.0
  • ProCPR — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProFirstAid Advanced — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProACLS — CE Hours: 8.0
ADA CERP accepts: 
  • ProACLS — CE Hours: 8.0
  • ProACLS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProCPR — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProPALS — CE Hours: 8.0
  • ProPALS Recertification — CE Hours: 4.0
  • ProFirstAid Advanced — CE Hours: 4.0
Instructors and Curriculum Authors at ProTrainings are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest, and have that disclosure remain on file for a minimum of 3 years. This disclosure includes statements regarding conflict of interest in any of the following areas:
  • Disclosure of any financial relationship one has with other organizations (besides ProTrainings) and describe the nature and purpose of those organizations
  • Disclose one's position of employment, including the nature of the business of the employer, the position held, and a description of daily employment responsibilities.
  • Disclose any outside relationships held with any person or entity from which ProTrainings obtains substantial goods and/or services, or which provides services that compete with ProTrainings where the relationship involves holding a position of responsibility; a substantial financial interest (other than owning less than 1% interest in a publicly-traded company); or the receipt of any unusual gifts or favors.
  • Disclose any financial interests or positions of responsibility in entities providing goods or services in support of EMS practice other than owning less than a 1% interest in a publicly traded company.
  • Disclose any other interest that may create a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest with CAPCE or the CE provider
As of 6/30/2022 at 3:11pm EST, no instructors nor curriculum authors at ProTrainings have disclosed any potential conflicts of interest in regards to the medical training or education at ProTrainings.
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Special USCG CPR & First Aid Requirements for Certification

In addition to the course content, course modality, and course brand requirements discussed above, USCG has additional requirements that professionals must adhere to.

USCG, in particular, requires specific language to appear on CPR certification cards. Many online CPR training providers will issue you a standard CPR certification card that does not meet these requirements.

However, ProTrainings has collaborated with the US Coast Guard to ensure that all CPR certifications for USCG personnel feature the required text.

To ensure that you are taking one of the approved courses and receive a CPR certification card with the USCG special language, sign up here.

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PIM CPR Requirements FAQs

Does PIM accept online CPR certifications?

Depending on your role, you may have more flexibility in earning CEs for online-only programs. However, in many cases, PIM only accepts BLS certifications from courses that require a hands-on skills assessment, such as classroom or blended BLS courses. 

In a blended BLS course, you will complete the training portion of the course online, which allows you to access your course from anywhere, start and stop the course at any time, and replay videos as needed. 

Then, you will complete a hands-on skills assessment with a certified CPR instructor. At ProTrainings, our blended CPR courses are set up so that you can complete the hands-on skills assessment over a live video conference. Your evaluator leads you through those practical skills in the comfort of your own home or office at your chosen date and time.

Is ProTrainings approved by PIM?

Yes! ProTrainings has received explicit approval from PIM for our courses. 

You can earn CEs for the following ProTrainings courses, depending on your overseeing organization.