The American Heart Association reports that in the case of a sudden collapse, immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chances of survival. Learning CPR can save lives and is an easy way to keep you from feeling powerless if disaster strikes.
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don’t be afraid. Your actions can only help. When calling 911, you will be asked for your location. Be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed address. Answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
Take a CPR Class
Parkland College offers a CPR course through Community Education that’s geared towards Health Professions students but is still accessible to community members. More information is available here.
Classes are also available at both Carle and Presence Hospitals that are more directed toward general community members. Further information on those classes can be found at their sites:
CPR at Carle
CPR at Presence
[Ben Boltinghouse is a public safety officer with Parkland College.]
Most likely, if you are a current or potential Parkland Health Professions student, you will need valid CPR certification. Don’t have it yet? Not a problem; Parkland College Business Training can hook you up!
CPR Class Delivery Options
Choose from either our online CPR class with a hands-on skills assessment or our traditional classroom course. Upon successful completion of either class, you will be issued an American Heart Association BLS-Healthcare Provider course-completion card.
Option 1— Online and Hands-on Skills Session & Test
- Complete the “BLS for Healthcare Providers Online part 1” session here and print your certificate of completion. The fee is $22.00 (to be paid online).
- Register for one of our hands-on skills sessions here.
Option 2— Instructor-led and Hands-on Skills Session & Test
Complete a 4-hour traditional instructor-led class, hands-on skills session and skills test with an American Heart Association Instructor to ensure skills proficiency.
Book Purchase (Option 2)
A book is required if you choose to take the instructor-led, 4-hour course option. The book is additional and must be purchased prior to attending class. Books are available at Business Training, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign.
Receiving the CPR Card
Typically it takes about 2 to 3 weeks to process. However, if you need proof ASAP, let your instructor know and s/he can issue you a temporary card upon your successful completion of the course.
You may request a replacement CPR card from the Carle Education office at 217/383-3022.
Upcoming CPR Classes and Fees
Check out the upcoming classes and fees here.