VCEMS' First Aid/CPR Courses
- Can I take a CPR/AED or First Aid course without joining VCEMS? Yes. VCEMS sponsors two types of courses that are open to the public: Healthcare Provider (HCP) CPR/AED course and a Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED course. Both courses are taught using the American Heart Association (AHA) curriculum and participants will receive certification(s) upon completion of the course(s). Information regarding the availability of these courses is announced on the VCEMS Homepage and in In-The-Pink. Alternatively, you can fill out HCP-CPR Waitlist form and the CPR Officer will contact you once there are spots available. Each course incurs a fee of $25. Group discounts are available to all Vassar College student organizations, departments, and programs. Please contact the VCEMS CPR Coordinator to arrange a course for groups of four or more participants.
- What is the difference between the Healthcare Provider (HCP) CPR/AED course and the Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED course? The Healthcare Provider CPR/AED course teaches adult, child, and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use. This course is intended for healthcare providers (EMTs, nurses, doctors, pharmacists, etc.), but is open to anyone who is interested in learning about these topics in-depth. This course, or an equivalent healthcare provider-level course is required for VCEMS participation. The Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED course teaches first aid basics and covers medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, and adult, child, and infant CPR/AED usage. This course is intended for those have limited, or no medical training (lifeguards, teachers, caregivers, etc.) and is open to anyone who is interested. This course is insufficient for VCEMS participation.
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