CPR Class Content Requirements for Pennsylvania EMTs

EMS Providers in Pennsylvania usually need Basic Life Support(BLS/CPR) certification at  the Healthcare Provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, one and two rescuer CPR 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 Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board or CAPCE approved. CPR card must be current and valid, with specific course titles completed. The Board has a list of approved providers here.

Board Statement

Approved programs consist of in-person classroom instruction, simulation learning, or any form of distributive education, such as video, DVD, CD-ROM, magazine, or on-line blended learning modules. Each must include the following: 

  1. One (1) and Two (2) Person Infant, Child, and Adult CPR (including AED), and maneuvers to relieve choking/foreign body airway obstruction for all patient categories.
  2. Final Written/Cognitive Examination.
  3. Practical/Psychomotor hands-on skills evaluation/examination administered in-person by a current, appropriate-level certified CPR Instructor representing the approved program.

All approved programs must provide a course completion card and/or certificate, indicating the specific course title, to each individual candidate upon successful completion of the program. Instructors can submit Valid Instructor cards representing any of the specifically approved programs.

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Choose Your CPR Training Method

EMS Providers in Pennsylvania 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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