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CPR Certification Requirements for EMTs in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.
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Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Pennsylvania

  • EMS professionals in Pennsylvania are required to have a Healthcare Provider level CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support) certification. 
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services requires Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR, AED for all ages with a Hands-on component.
  • Most employers will require a Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR.
  • For continuing education; Emergency Medical Responders through Paramedics can claim 4 basic CE credits for BLS/CPR Certification with a practical portion 
  • CAPCE requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers with practical skills component.

Course Content

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 EMS may also need a First Aid course as well, but this is determined by the employer.

Delivery 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 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 Pennsylvania:

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) 

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. Basic Life Support (BLS) must always include a hands-on component.

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Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Pennsylvania:

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.

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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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