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, two rescuer CPR, and use of a bag-valve mask. Some EMTs may also need a CPR and First Aid course but this is determined by the employer.


CAPCE and NREMT CPR Certification Requirements

Summary of Board Requirement

CAPCE requires to maintain CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes the practical skills evaluation component.  See CAPCE accredited organizations.

Board Statement

Section 3. Certified EMT Basic Continuing Medical Education Recertification Criteria. To be eligible for recertification within the certification period, the EMT Basic shall complete: 

(a) CPR certification. Regardless of the teaching agency, all CPR training must adhere to the Healthcare Provider standards of the American Heart Association or its equivalent;

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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 BLS/CPR, AED with adult child and infant skills. The card must be current and valid, with specific course titles completed. The Board maintains a list of Approved Providers.

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 CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes a practical skills evaluation or blended training. 100% online CPR is only an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution.

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

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