CPR Class Content Requirements for Ohio EMTs

EMS Providers in Ohio 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 EMTs' may also need a First Aid course as well,  but this is determined by the employer. 


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

Summary of Board Requirement

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. CAPCE accredited organizations listed here.

Board Statement

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

  • CPR 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 CPR, and include practical skills evaluation as a required component.

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Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

The Ohio Department of Public Safety requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board or CAPCE approved.

Board Statement

4765-19-01 Continuing education for EMS providers.

(B) In order to count for continuing education credit, an EMS continuing education course shall meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Each course shall be related to EMS operations or patient care;
  2. Written documentation of successful completion of the course shall be issued to the student by the sponsoring agency upon successful completion of the course;
  3. A single session of continuing education shall be at least one-half contact hour;
  4. Each EMS continuing education course shall be provided or approved by one of the following entities:
  1. An EMS accredited institution or EMS approved institution;
  2. An EMS licensing agency in another state;
  3. A branch of the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, the Ohio military reserve, the Ohio naval militia, or the national guard of any other state;
  4. A medical or nursing board of this state or another state;
  5. Federal, national, or state entities, as follows:
  1. Emergency management agency;
  2. Homeland security;
  3. American red cross;
  4. American heart association;
  5. American safety and health institute;
  6. Any other agency or organization as approved by the board.

    f. CAPCE- or CECBEMS-approved courses.

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Choose Your CPR Training Method

EMS Providers in Ohio 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 Responders.

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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