“The Heart suddenly stopped!” What parents need to know.

  • Christoph Camphausenby Christoph Camphausen
  • Jul 19, 2018
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Everybody knows, when the heart stops beating, life ends. Sure?

What if you were a bystander and knew how to give CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation)? Or, what if your own child suddenly went into sudden cardiac arrest? Daunting to think about it? You might think this is a rare event. Every year, approximately eight children out of 100,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, the rate for babies is nine times higher with 72 per 100,000. For a city like Philadelphia with a population of 1.568 million, that would mean over 1,100 babies per year. Perhaps not so rare?

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement in June 2018 which encourages CPR training and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) installations during National Emergency Medical Services Week. The statement reminds us that each year, nearly 350,000 adults and over 7,000 children experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Survival in children remains as low as 6.4%. Many survivors have poor neurologic outcomes. The most common causes for sudden cardiac arrest in babies are sudden unexpected infant death and congenital anomalies. The most common cause in children is drowning.


Do you need to learn CPR and learn how to use an AED?

A study from Sweden demonstrated that those who received CPR had a 30-day survival of 10.5% versus only 4.0% when CPR was not performed.  Consider this, it takes at the most a couple of hours to learn CPR and might cost you $50 to $100. You might even have it paid for you by your employer, or a local community group or local hospital.

In-Pulse CPR has many training centers in the Philadelphia area (Harrisburg, York, Lancaster, Reading, King of Prussia, West Chester, Allentown, Pottstown, Philadelphia). There are even online courses or instructional DVDs available but keep in mind that high-quality chest compressions are needed to restore blood flow during cardiac arrest. You need a real-life instructor and a mannequin to get a feel for the right strength of chest compression and the right technique to apply breathing after every 15 or 30 chest compressions.

Regular CPR training gives you the confidence and knowledge to save a life!

To experience sudden cardiac arrest as a bystander is a life-changing event. The amount of knowledge that is needed to effectively help in a life threating situation is surprisingly small. Don’t just be the bystander, be the life saver! Your child, your neighbor, your fellow citizen will thank you for the rest of their lives!



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What is CPR? Philadelphia residents need to know.

CPR is a first aid method of response called “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation”.  This is a technique that is used in an attempt to rescue a person who has gone into cardiac arrest.

CPR training is recommended by the American Heart Association and is something that everyone should learn how to do, even if you are not a trained medical or paramedic professional, in the event that you are able to rescue a person close to you having a medical emergency.

Advice from the American Heart Association regarding the use of CPR includes:

  • For Untrained persons: If you have never been trained in CPR rescue then it is best that you only give the victim chest compressions at the rate of 100 to 120 per minute until medical personnel (EMTs) arrive.  There is no need for any rescue breathing to take place.
  • If you have been CPR trained and confident in your ability to perform CPR, then you should be checking for a pulse as well as breathing; if no breathing in 10 seconds start chest compressions immediately at the rate of 30 chest compressions before two rescue breaths;
  • If you have CPR training but not very confident or feeling a little out of sorts with the procedure, then you should only do chest compressions at the rate of 100 to 120 per minute until help arrives.

Everyone should take a CPR class so they can be prepared to step in and help.  In-Pulse CPR , an American Heart Training Center, is offering CPR, AED, and first aid training certification classes in Philadelphia several times a week with multiple class sites to ensure that everyone (not only nurses and emergency personnel) is well equipped to handle a medical emergency.

Imagine the following scenario: you are at work or the supermarket and the man or woman in front of you suddenly collapses, grabbing onto their chest.  Would you know what to do?  Wouldn’t you rather be able to do as the person in the image is doing and start chest compressions right away? This is a scenario that could happen to anyone – and it does happen every day. CPR is a life saving technique that can mean literally life or death to a person suffering from cardiac arrest.  Do not worry that you may break their ribs—this is usually going to happen anyway.  The main purpose of the CPR technique is to keep the flow oxygen within the blood stream until emergency personnel arrives and can begin a more advanced form of life support.


Some of the topics that the CPR training offers include:

  • Early warning signs of a heart attack or stroke
  • How to verify whether your victim is responsive and/or breathing
  • How to administer CPR to an adult, child, or an infant
  • Doing a one- and two-person rescue
  • Aiding a victim that is choking
  • Using mouth-to-mouth breathing techniques vs. the bag mask device
  • Operating an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • There will be a written exam as well as hands-on training techniques


Sign up today for one of the In-Pulse CPR classes being offered in the Philadelphia area today.  Training classes are offered in groups of five to all private, corporate and non-profit organizations.








Multiple CPR Classes in Delaware Valley Greater Philadelphia region

American Heart Association certification Training

The AHA is a Red Cross alternative for a 2 year CPR certification class.  Did you know that Healthcare workers are required to retake the American Heart BLS certification class every two years.  Not in Healthcare?  We have about 30 percent of our students who are not in the medical field.  You are welcome to take any of our classes.  We have many laypersons who attend including teachers, new parents, scout leaders, childcare, baby sitters, and others.

Click on the calendar image to view our training schedule & CPR training class locations including class sites across Southeastern Pennsylvania Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD. We have a class near you.

Public Class Schedule

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We have CPR training classes in Philly area about 3 to 4 times a week.

These classes include:

BLS Provider or also known as BLS for Healthcare ProfessionalsBasic Life Support requirement: Nurses, dentists, hygienists, nursing students, dental students, pharmacists, emergency medical technicians, physicians, professional rescuer, respiratory therapists or anyone in the health-care industry required to have CPR training.

BLS Provider / Heartsaver CPR with AED
(Often if on a Saturday we may also offer)
Heartsaver CPR with First Aid (often needed for Daycare Providers)

All non-medical individuals can also take the BLS Provider course, including daycare providers, warehouse staff, massage therapists, lifeguards, teachers, office staff, church staff, daycare providers, safety committee staff, yoga or fitness instructors, parents or grandparents, scout leaders, teens, etc.
Healthcare Provider: Has been renamed BLS Provider.


Our CPR classes in Philadelphia are held at the following venues:

Philadelphia Airport
Center City
Franklyn Mills area
Darby / Media
North / South Philly
West Chester
Plymouth Meeting

and more.


Updated Process for submitting rosters

  • Christina Bassanby Christina Bassan
  • Jan 23, 2018
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Coinciding with the AHA’s move to electronic distribution of certification cards, we at In-Pulse CPR have moved to only electronic submission of roster paperwork.  The following guidelines are to be followed, effective immediately. (if you do not have or cannot get a scanner, you can photograph your pages, one photo per doc and close up […]
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CPR 101 – Common questions you might ask


Common CPR questions


How do I know if the CPR is actually working?


While it is difficult to know if applying chest compressions are having an effect on a person’s pulse, you can take note of whether or not the victim’s chest is rising when you breathe into their mouth.


Can I accidentally kill someone while giving them CPR if I do it incorrectly?


While injuries such as cracked ribs can be sustained by victims receiving CPR, this is typically determined by both the age of the victim and the manner in which CPR is applied. It’s important to understand that someone who has suffered cardiac arrest is already clinically dead and therefore even if CPR is not administered to textbook perfection, it is still better than nothing.


If a person is moving do I continue with CPR?


No. Someone who can move their arms and legs do not require CPR. It is to be used on unconscious victims who are not breathing.


If the victim has had previous bypass surgery, does the CPR technique need to be modified at all?


No. CPR can be performed in the normal fashion.


Can someone get AIDS from administering CPR?


There are no documented cases of anyone contracting HIV from performing CPR.  More Info about other concerns


Aren’t I just breathing carbon dioxide into the victim’s lungs?


The air you exhale contains roughly the same percentage of carbon dioxide as the air around us. The victim’s lungs will function normally as a result.


What is the best position to put someone’s head in to clear their airway?


A head tilted backward with the chin up will provide the clearest airway for victims of all ages.


How much of a functioning heart’s pumping does CPR stimulate?


About 25%. While that may not seem like much, it is far better than the alternative of 0%.


What if the victim has a pacemaker?


CPR can still be applied normally to someone with a pacemaker.


Can CPR cause brain damage?


No. Brain damage is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. CPR aims to increase the flow of blood, thereby limiting the chances of any damage to the brain.


Can CPR help someone who has fallen unconscious after an asthma attack?


While the goal in cases of allergic reaction are to get medical assistance in order to control the swelling of their airways, it is possible that performing mouth to mouth respiration can help.


How often do I stop to check for signs of life?


You should not stop administration of CPR to check for signs of life. Your goal is to keep as much blood and oxygen as possible flowing through the victim’s body until the paramedics arrive on the scene.


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AED anecdote

claire needs cpr

A young woman still in high school would seem to be the least likely of candidates to suffer from cardiac arrest and require the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) in order to save her life. However, for 17 year old Claire Crawford of Loganville, GA, that was exactly what happened.

Claire had been participating in a volleyball match in her high school gym during senior’s night when she started to feel faint and dizzy. To the horror of her parents and onlookers, she grabbed her chest and fell down to the floor. Her heart had three critical blockages and, as a result, the teenage athlete was suffering from a kind of cardiac arrest that can only be fixed with an electrical shock.

While a crowd quickly gathered around her, Julie Sirmans, an academic dean at the school who was also a member of the district’s CPR certified “Code Blue” team, went through the motions of her training with the assistance of an athletic trainer who was on the scene as well as a parent who also knew CPR.

After instructing someone to call 911, Sirmans went to work with the school’s AED. The device played its automated recorded instructions which Sirmans followed, shocking Claire and administering CPR when directed.

As a result of the life saving combination of Sirmans’ training, CPR, and the availability of an AED machine on site, Claire was already conscious and sitting up when paramedics arrived on the scene. She immediately underwent triple bypass surgery and had an internal defibrillator implanted.

It is estimated that increased AED availability and more training on how to use them could save an incredible 50,000 lives each year. The American Heart Association states that a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival decrease by 7 to 10 percent for every minute that passes without the application of defibrillation and strongly advocates for greater access to AEDs in office and public buildings. Proper knowledge of the machines and heart health in general would have a long lasting and empowering impact on the general public.

In much the same way as we have codes and regulations that determine reliable access to fire extinguishers, schools, businesses, and public buildings would do well to take a proactive approach and learn from Claire Crawford’s harrowing ordeal in which CPR/AED education and readiness made all the difference.

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Becoming a CNA offers Versatility

  • Laura Criderby Laura Crider
  • Nov 02, 2017
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If you are feeling stuck in your current career, or if you are trying to plan for a  more secure future for yourself and your family, now is a great time to consider a career in healthcare. Healthcare is one of those fields that is never going to go away, and CNAs, or Certified Nursing Assistants, are in particularly high demand. Today’s CNAs enjoy many benefits, and one of the most exciting benefits is the amazing versatility that this field offers.


Versatility in Tasks

Through your work as a CNA, you will discover that no two patients are exactly the same. You will learn best practices and industry standards in your training classes, but then you get to use your knowledge to provide personalized, attentive care. Many CNAs state that one of the best parts of their job is the fact that each day is different. This keeps your mind sharp as it helps your work days pass by quickly. It also gives you satisfaction as you experience personal growth while making a positive difference in the lives of your patients.


Versatility in Work Environments

If you read job postings for current CNA positions, you’ll see that there is a huge variety of work environments available. Some CNAs find joy working with babies and young children in a private pediatric practice, while others commit their lives to working with senior citizens at assisted living facilities. Other CNAs travel to local homes giving individualized care to patients. Whether you thrive in a fast-paced critical care environment or you prefer a more relaxed nursing pace that gives you time to know your patients, you can choose a work environment that fits your schedule and your personality.


Versatility in Location

Since there are so many wonderful job possibilities available for CNAs, you can also choose where you would like to work. Your CNA training will allow you to take the plunge and move to that city you’ve been dreaming of, whether that is in another part of Florida or across the country. If you prefer a quieter pace of life, there is also a need for talented CNAs in rural areas throughout the United States. Acquiring your CNA degree is like getting a passport that opens up an amazing variety of new opportunities for you and your family.


At In-Pulse, we are excited to announce that we now offer high quality CNA classes in Tampa, FL. Please contact us to learn more about how this course can positively affect your future.

Becoming a CNA offer Flexibility

  • Laura Criderby Laura Crider
  • Nov 02, 2017
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Your job is an important part of your life, but it is not the only important part of your life. The best careers help make the other areas of your life, such as your finances and family relationships, even better. At In-Pulse CPR, we talk with a lot of people who are considering careers as Certified Nursing Assistants. One of the major draws to this career is the flexibility that it offers.


Schedule Flexibility

From a regular 9-5 weekday schedule to overnight shifts and everything in between, a career as a CNA offers schedule options for everyone. If you choose to work in a private practice, you will normally enjoy a regular weekday schedule that allows you to spend the evenings and weekends with your family and friends. If you need to care for your young child during the day, you can secure overnight shifts at a hospital or other healthcare facility. Being able to choose a position that fits with your desired schedule is one of the top perks that CNAs state when they are asked about the benefits of their career choice.


Location Flexibility

In addition to having flexibility regarding your schedule, a CNA degree also gives you flexibility regarding your location. Since CNAs are in such high demand across the United States, you should be able to secure a job no matter where you live. Whether you need to relocate for your spouse’s career or you simply want a change of scenery, your CNA degree gives you the flexibility you need to make these exciting changes happen.


Income Flexibility

It’s no secret that there is currently a nursing shortage in this country. Although this can be bad news from employers who need to hire nurses and nursing assistants, the vast amount of available work can be very good news for CNAs who are trying to make a good living. As a CNA, you will often have the opportunity to pick up extra shifts. This is especially helpful when you want to save money for a special occasion, such as a family vacation, or before the holidays when you know that your expenses will be higher. Conversely, you can choose to just pick up a few shifts here and there to keep your skills fresh during the periods when you need time more than you need money.



Get ready to take advantage of the flexibility a CNA career provides by enrolling in CNA courses through In-Pulse.

Becoming a CNA offers Emotional Satisfaction

  • Laura Criderby Laura Crider
  • Nov 02, 2017
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We’ve discussed CNA career benefits such as flexibility, job security, and versatility, but some of the most important benefits of this type of career cannot be quantitatively measured. You can’t put a number or a price tag on the emotionally rewarding benefits of working as a CNA, but this is one of the top reasons why many people enter this field.


Making a Difference

When you work as a CNA each day, you aren’t just earning a paycheck. Instead, you are truly making a difference in the lives of others. As a CNA, you have the opportunity to help people during some of the most challenging times in their lives. We all feel scared and vulnerable when we are dealing with illness or injury, so having a calm, professional presence to provide care makes all the difference in the world. When you care for someone, you are not just making a difference in their life. You also have a positive impact on their family members and close friends. Knowing that their patient is being treated with care and compassion is one of the best gifts that you can give to loved ones.


Developing Patient Relationships

You will likely work with thousands of different patients throughout your CNA career. You certainly won’t be able to remember each one by name, but there are some relationships that you will never forget. Although CNAs provide care to their patients, they often find that they are learning from their patients, too. The CNA role lends itself to long-term relationships with patients in many cases. Perhaps you will work as a caregiver for an elderly person during the last few years of his life, or maybe you will get to cheer a patient’s progress as she proceeds through recovery and rehabilitation after a major surgery. Human connection and mutually beneficial relationships are beautifuls part of providing care for a living.


Providing Support

We’re not going to pretend that working as a CNA is easy. The days can be physically and emotionally demanding. However, the most worthwhile things in life are rarely easy, and CNAs report that they gain great emotional satisfaction through spending their days caring for others. As a CNA, you will see patients with great strength through physical trials, and these examples will strengthen you when you experience hard times. It’s a wonderful gift to be able to support someone at their lowest moments, and the lessons we learn through these types of situations are priceless. Your body will likely be tired at the end of each CNA shift, but you can leave work knowing that you provided support and made a positive difference.


Turn your caring nature into a rewarding career by enrolling in a CNA course through In-Pulse CNA program.

Becoming a CNA offers Career-Building Experiences

  • Laura Criderby Laura Crider
  • Nov 02, 2017
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If you have wondered if a career in the medical field is a good fit for you, becoming a CNA is an excellent place to start. Although this is an entry-level position, it provides compensation that is well above minimum wage. More importantly, it gives you a chance to explore the medical field hands-on while making a difference.

Learning from Other Nursing Professionals

As a CNA, you will work alongside licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and other talented medical professionals. This is a valuable tool for many reasons. First, it allows you to learn from those who have been working in the medical field for years or even decades. As you share experiences, you will develop best practices that will continue to help you in your career.

Many CNAs also find that working with other nurses allows them to gain a clear picture of what it looks like to work in those types of roles. If the life of a RN looks like an excellent fit for you, you can decide to study on and further your training.

Experiencing Various Specializations

The medical field offers a long list of specializations, and you’ll see different practice areas as you begin your CNA career. Although you are not required to specialize in a specific area as a CNA, many workers are naturally drawn to fields that are a good fit for their nursing styles and personalities. If you love being around children, working as a pediatric CNA allows you to make money while doing what you enjoy. Other CNAs specialize in maternity care, elder care, or surgery.

Enhancing Your Skills

Although our company provides excellent CNA training, we all know that there are some things in life that you simply can’t learn only in a classroom. Each day that you go to work as a CNA, you are enhancing your skills. Since no two patients are ever exactly the same, each patient gives you the opportunity to learn something new.

As you develop these new skills, you can continue to update your resume and find new career opportunities. Your CNA degree provides an open door that you can walk through to continue down a path that leads to bigger and better things.

In-Pulse CPR is here to help you turn your dreams of working as a CNA into reality. Contact us to learn more about our CNA classes in the Tampa Bay area.

Becoming a CNA Offers Job Security

  • Laura Criderby Laura Crider
  • Nov 02, 2017
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No one wants to get sick or suffer and injury, but these things are an inevitable part of life. That’s one of the many reasons why CNAs and other nursing professionals enjoy a high level of job security. Whether the economy is high or low, and whether the stock market is going up or down, millions of people are still going to need the care that CNAs provide.

Current Nursing Shortage

Although nursing is one of the fastest-growing careers in the United States, this growth still cannot keep up with the current demand for nursing professionals. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be more than 1.2 million nursing position vacancies from 2014 to 2022, with shortfalls continuing to increase after that. No one wants to deal with a nursing shortage in this country, but these statistics show that the demand for CNAs will continue to increase.

CNA Career Outlook

Due to this high demand in the United States and in many other countries around the globe, CNAs enjoy a healthy, positive career outlook with plenty of opportunity for growth. Projections show that the demand for CNAs could increase by as much as 20 percent by the year 2020, which is well above the national average for growth in most other fields.  It can be challenging to understand how these big statistics actually affect your life and career. To put it simply, more than 300,000 new CNA positions will likely be created over the next several years, and one of these jobs might be the perfect fit for you!

Peace of Mind

Positive career projections and a high level of demand combine to give CNAs peace of mind regarding their career paths. Even though salary increases might not be as prevalent during trying economic times, you won’t have to worry that your job will no longer be needed. It’s wonderful to know that you are an important part of the medical community as a CNA, and skills like yours will continue to be in high demand in a variety of medical settings throughout the next decade and beyond.

Invest in yourself and your future by learning more about Tampa CNA classes through In-Pulse Rapid CNA program.


Becoming a CNA Offers Rewarding Employee Benefits

  • by Derek Walborn
  • Oct 26, 2017
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Employee benefits sometimes go under the radar when people are looking for a career. It’s easy to look at the salary offered and make a decision based solely on that number. However, savvy job hunters are very familiar with the additional value a job can carry with a robust list of benefits attached to it. Certified nursing assistants are seen as entry level positions in the medical field. However, those working as CNAs can take advantage of the benefits that are offered with the role, thereby saving money that people in other positions with comparable wages would have to spend out of pocket.

Medical expenses can be a serious financial challenge, even for those in good health. Most CNAs are offered medical insurance packages that can not only help employees save money on doctor’s office visits and prescriptions, but can also provide a bit of serenity in your day to day life as accidents tend to happen when they are least expected, and any program that decreases stress is an asset.

Dental and vision plans are also commonly offered to CNAs, which is an additional perk. Dentist and optometrist visits are some of the most often skipped medical appointments as they are costly and many people opt not to pay for preventative or diagnostic care. Instead waiting until a toothache reveals the need for a costly procedure or they find themselves squinting in traffic, CNAs can take advantage of their benefits in order to make these crucial visits more affordable.

Life and disability insurance are also very often part of a CNA’s employee package. While these two benefits are, thankfully, the least commonly used, they afford people a peace of mind that few jobs at a similar level can provide.

An unspoken benefit to working in the medical field is job security. While high paying roles in technology and other business industries are both coveted and profitable, they are subject to the whims of forces outside of your control. Corporations may have to lay off employees after a particularly bad year. The poor decision making of a few high powered individuals may force a company to shut down. Additionally, economic recession and instability can wreak havoc on peoples employment. Thankfully, CNAs are one of few careers that are often deemed “recession proof.” The need for medical staff and services are not at the mercy of shareholders, the stock market, or politics, making for a degree of stability that is unheard of in almost all other fields.

Did you know that In-Pulse CPR now offers CNA classes?

Becoming a CNA Offers a great Starting Salary

  • by Derek Walborn
  • Oct 26, 2017
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As an entry level position in the medical field, certified nursing assistants make, on average, between $24,000 and $32,000 a year, or around $12 to $15 an hour depending on location. Considering the fact that being a CNA requires a certification process and not years of costly tuition, it can be an excellent career choice for those who are considering a more advanced future in medicine and would like to get a feel for the industry. CNAs are also often offered good benefit packages such as medical and dental insurance which is an additional value.

Many CNA positions are flexible and can work within various schedules. Oftentimes shifts are offered at various times of the day and night. Many CNAs take advantage of this flexibility in order to work full time while still furthering their education goals and career aspirations. It is not at all unusual for a CNA to work their shift during the day and take classes at night. Alternatively, some people choose to schedule their work during the nighttime hours. Depending on the type of facility one is working in, help is typically needed at all times of the day, seven days a week leading to a good environment for those who have unorthodox or particularly full schedules.

People who work as CNAs will find their job to be busy, active, and varied. While many CNAs work in hospital settings, they are also needed in retirement communities, daycare centers, nursing homes, rehabilitations centers, clinics, and long term care facilities. This provides an additional degree of flexibility as your certification will allow you to seek employment in a setting that interests you the most and also potentially change facilities if you find your first choice was not the most idea fit or have new goals. The work is more fulfilling and meaningful than a typical day job, and CNAs can be proud that their time is being put towards bettering the lives of others. Working as a CNA provides real world experience that can be an asset when it comes time to seek further or outside employment. Those with experience in medicine are universally well respected as the field carries with it a tremendous degree of responsibility, compassion, and dignity.

Gaining employment as a CNA can not only be a gateway to more advanced work, but also an opportunity to build your resume, earn money, and expand your horizons in a work environment that has positive goals and meaningful purpose.

Did you know that In-Pulse CPR now offers CNA classes in Tampa area?

CPR Class Online vs Classroom

Online learning has made tremendous advancements in the last decade. What used to be a series of digitized articles and essays has advanced to 360 degree video lectures and even virtual rarity demonstrations. It’s now easier than ever to attain education in areas of personal and professional interest, and excuses for not doing so are quickly running out.

Many employers will not accept an online CPR certification

However, there are still cases in which taking a class over the internet doesn’t fully measure up to an in-person, physical experience. You’d be hard pressed to truly learn karate over the web without an instructor helping you maintain form, and it would be silly to accept that you could learn how to dribble a basketball or style someone’s hair without a tactile component to practice with.

The same can be said about CPR. While there are online courses that can get you CPR certified, it is best learned (and taught) in person with live, hands-on demonstrations and teachers. When it comes to something as important as this potentially life-saving technique, the importance of a live coach cannot be understated. Proper form is key to performing CPR at its highest level of functionality both to provide assistance to someone in need and also to help avoid injury to the person it is being administered to.

You Can’t stop an online video to ask questions

Using dummies, visual aids, and hands-on instruction, an in-person class will result in a more confident level of expertise. You may unknowingly fall into a bad habit in your administration of CPR that an online video will not be able to correct for you. Feeling your weight against the resistance of a practice dummy or the placement of an infant dummy on your lap are real world experiences that can’t be accurately expressed with online instruction.

Taking a class in person also has the added benefit of meeting professionals who are knowledgeable and at your disposal when it comes to questions and inquiries into CPR techniques and anecdotes relating to its effectiveness. You may have questions that an online course can’t address, or you may wish to explore other courses or certifications available at the facility. Some may even provide additional courses and information on administering CPR to pets.

While online certification will get the job done, you can’t beat the additional degree of education that is attained in a live setting. When it comes to CPR, a true matter of life and death, there are no downsides to making the choice to take advantage of the benefits of in-person instruction.