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CPR Certification Requirements for EMTs in Colorado


Colorado is a unique and special state, and it’s one of the states that has recently seen a surge of support for online-based CPR certification in recent years. 

Just like any state, it’s important to know what the acceptance is for online CPR certifications. Below we’ve prepared a list of the specific approvals of ProTrainings courses for EMTs in the state of Colorado.
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Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Colorado



 

Course Content


EMS Providers in Colorado usually need a Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification at the Healthcare Provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and use of a bag-valve-mask. Some EMS may also need a First Aid course as well, but this is determined by the employer. 



Delivery Modality

EMS Providers in Colorado are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes a practical skills evaluation through a classroom or blended training process. 100% online CPR will only be an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution and is not accepted by the state licensing department or for continuing education credits for Emergency Medical Services.

Some employers may require a specific type of training, or may leave it up to the State’s requirement. If you are not certain of your employer's requirement, make sure to check with them about both the training type and the required course content.

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CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education)

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Colorado:

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires maintaining CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. As a CAPCE-accredited organization, we have multiple courses available for CE hours listed, covering ACLS, PALS, Ergonomics, Bloodborne Pathogens and others. Go to our courses page and click on sign up for CEs.

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Board Statement:

CAPCE (previously CECBEMS) recognizes that EMS providers are required to maintain certification in a number of disciplines, including:

  • BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR) 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) 
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. The most popular are ACLS, PALS, and BLS, and include practical skills evaluation as a required component.

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Department of Public Health and Environment: Health Facilities and EMS Division

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Colorado:

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environmental Services, Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services Division requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the board or CAPCE approved.

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Board Statement:

ALL EMS provider certification candidates seeking initial or renewal certification must submit evidence of completion of a current and valid professional healthcare provider-level Basic Cardiac Life Support (BLS CPR) from a national or local organization that has been reviewed and approved by the department.

The following list of BLS CPR organizations and courses are currently recognized by the department. It is the responsibility of the individual provider to submit satisfactory evidence that organizations and courses not on this list should be recognized.

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