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Our course teaches you life-saving techniques for responding to adults having a cardiopulmonary emergency. When you learn how to do CPR on adults, you gain valuable skills that prepare you to save the lives of loved ones, those in your care, and strangers in need.

Earning an official certification also provides you with a necessary qualification for a variety of service jobs such as healthcare roles, firefighters, police officers, and educational positions. While the coursework is designed to be quick and easy, the skills you’ll gain from it are priceless and will last a lifetime. If you’ve never learned, or just in need of a refresher course, the best time to train is now.

When you complete the training course and pass a short cardiopulmonary resuscitation exam, your certificate can be printed directly from our website, or you may also elect to have it delivered by mail. The course is designed to be completed in 60-90 minutes, however, you can take as much or as little time as you need in order to earn your certification.

Complete Access to CPR training for adults

Our mission is to deliver professional-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation training that you can complete anytime, anywhere. Each American Academy course is supplemented by instructional CPR steps with pictures, diagrams, videos, charts, and accurate depictions of proper techniques. The training course covers the chest to compression ratio for CPR on adults, as well as how to appropriately respond to a number of common medical emergencies.

We enhance the benefits of taking the course online by teaching knowledge and skills related to CPR and beyond. You will learn:

  • Methods of assessing an emergency
  • COVID-19 recommendations
  • How to use an automated external defibrillator, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and deliver first aid
  • How to stimulate blood flow
  • How to properly restore ventilation for patients who cannot breathe
  • How to properly clear obstructions from a blocked airway

Adult CPR training course content

Beginning your training is quick and easy. Simply click the link below and you can start working toward your Adult CPR AED online certification immediately. From there, you can take the free online course and continue to the multiple choice exam. Once you’ve passed the exam, you can print your certificate for just $14.99. No need to wait for test results—your certificate can be printed instantly, and it will be valid for a full two years.

Whether or not you need the official certification, the course can be accessed for free. The guidelines for administering adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation are always kept up-to-date, so it is always a good idea to have the latest information. The American Academy recommends regularly refreshing your skills and knowledge by reviewing the CPR steps for adults at least every two years.

How to perform CPR on adults with COVID-19 Positive or Suspected

Our training and certification teaches you how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation with updated guidelines to manage the increased health risks associated with exposure to COVID-19.

This an essential component of care for both out-of-hospital individuals and in-hospital patients. We are dedicated to ensuring that your adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation training includes the latest preventative measures prescribed by the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization with a focus on correct resuscitation steps when there’s a potential exposure to COVID-19.

Our training teaches you how to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in the event of cardiac arrest, stroke, or other breathing emergencies. Our updated course provides the necessary COVID-19 adult CPR steps including:

  • Limiting on-scene individuals to those essential for patient care.
  • Proper use of personal protective equipment to protect against airborne droplets
  • Reducing exposure by covering the patient or victim’s mouth and nose with a cloth
  • Starting chest compressions
  • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED) as soon as it’s available

Continue your training with our other available courses

At the end of your training, you will have learned everything you need to know to save the life of an adult who has stopped breathing or whose heart has stopped—but you don’t need to end your training there.

To enhance your emergency preparedness and add to your qualifications, we recommend exploring the American Academy's online library of additional healthcare-related courses. With our courses in bloodborne pathogens, child or infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and first aid courses, you can learn how to respond to other types of life-threatening emergencies for even more people in even more ways.

Why is it important to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation?

There is hardly a better way to prepare for a medical emergency than by taking a training course. Medical emergencies can occur at any moment, and it is entirely possible that someday you will be the only other person around when someone is choking or stops breathing. In the United States it’s estimated that only 15-30 percent of bystanders actually perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation during out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. In order to save a life, you’ll need to stay level-headed and have an understanding of how to administer one person adult CPR. If performed within the first few 2-3 minutes, cardiopulmonary resuscitation can potentially triple the chance for survival.

When a person has a heart attack, the heart muscle is deprived of blood, which prevents it from delivering oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. Without sufficient blood flow, the body suffers oxygen deprivation, which can quickly cause irreversible damage to the internal organs—including the brain—and without immediate care, a person may die. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, if someone is having an emergency in which their blood flow or breathing stops, every second counts.

Because the aftereffects of a heart attack can cause so much damage or even loss of life in such a short amount of time, it is vital for people to know how to respond quickly to such a sudden and life-threatening emergency. One of the most effective ways a person can aid someone who is suffering a heart attack is by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, so it is essential that the person responding is properly trained.

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Remember, all the coursework on this site is free, and the certification is available for a low fee. An emergency situation such as a heart attack can arise without warning, and should you be present in such a situation, the lifesaving skills you’ll learn here could very well be the deciding factor in how it unfolds. The sooner you prepare, the better—so sign up for an online course today!

Mission and Vision

Vision: Learn how to save lives during stroke or cardiac arrest.

Mission: Teach the world how to save a life. The American Academy’s experience in training stretches more than a decade. Our dedication to continued education translates to ensuring our surrounding communities are prepared with life saving skills to protect the lives of others.

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