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First Aid Certification - Online CPR and First Aid Training Course

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Whenever someone sustains an injury or experiences illness, their condition may improve with the initial care commonly known as first aid. While this type of immediate care is routinely provided by healthcare professionals to treat both minor and severe ailments, people with no background in medicine can also learn with the proper training. It may seem simple at first, but knowing how to perform it can be the determining factor in whether you are able to save a life.

The American Academy offers an exceptional online basic first aid training course for healthcare workers seeking to learn or review necessary medical skills. It is also appropriate for anyone who would like to better ensure the safety of their family or those in their care. Regardless of your reasons for wanting to learn, our course will help you earn your certification and leave you better prepared to deal with some of life's more unpleasant surprises.

After you have successfully completed the course and passed the test, you will be able to print out your certificate as proof of your certification. You may also request to have your wallet card and certificate mailed to you.

What you will learn during the course

Our fully online training course is appropriate for adults and children. It covers techniques for providing initial care for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. You will learn how to:

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  • Provide care for bodily injuries such as lacerations, rashes, and burns
  • Immobilize a broken bone or sprain until medical professionals arrive
  • Stop, minimize, or prevent bleeding
  • Administer treatment for insect stings and animal bites
  • Properly warm someone who is suffering from hypothermia
  • Provide treatment for fevers and other illnesses
  • Reduce the effects of exposure to poison or other toxic material until help arrives
  • Appropriately treat and minimize the risk of allergic reactions

We also offer online courses in BLS CPR, Adult CPR, and BLS for healthcare providers. Our extensive online inventory of courses also includes a certification course for bloodborne pathogens training.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The course and exam will take 60-90 minutes to complete. We provide quality instructional materials that will help you master the concepts and skills while also fitting in with your daily schedule, as well as your budget. The first aid certificate is valid for 2 years.

Principles of First Aid

The main goal is to provide immediate care in order to prevent an illness or injury from worsening. There are 3 principles of infant, child and adult first aid that encompass this goal:

  • Preserve life - To sustain life and increase the chances of survival in life-threatening emergencies. When performed correctly, the techniques and treatment should relieve pain and reduce the patient or victim’s anxiety during evaluation.
  • Prevent further harm - This includes examining external factors to remove the victim from any further harm, as well as preventing an illness or injury from worsening by providing specific techniques.
  • Promote recovery - Techniques and treatment also aim to promote recovery from an illness or injury. This may include a complete treatment such as applying a bandage to small abrasion, or providing initial care until professional medical help can be provided, such as icing a fractured ankle.

First Aid Training on COVID-19 Positive or Suspected

The free course includes updated recommendations suggested by the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control to promote awareness and preventative measures surrounding the health risks associated with performing CPR and first aid on a COVID-19 positive or suspected person, including:

  • Liminiting on-scene personnel and observing safe social distancing
  • Utilizing personal protective equipment to prevent against airborne droplets
  • How to reduce exposure

Train with professional-quality course content developed by Board Certified physicians

The American Academy’s training courses and nationally accepted certification programs are designed by physicians with extensive years of experience.

Since people experiencing a medical emergency rarely have immediate access to a physician, it is important for people to learn how to perform the lifesaving techniques that physicians teach through courses like this one.

Enjoy the benefits of online education with detailed illustrations, comprehensive diagrams, and in-depth reading materials

Our free online courses are supplemented by clearly detailed illustrations and diagrams to make the process of learning how to save lives as accurate, realistic, and straightforward as possible.

While our courses are designed so that they can be completed much more quickly than an in-person course, they provide the same quality of instruction that you would expect to receive in a traditional classroom.

We are confident that our standard of excellence is unmatched by any other provider; and upon completion of each course, you can be assured of your ability to perform the emergency care techniques you’ve learned.

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Why take your training and certification courses online?

Taking an online CPR first aid course is one of the best ways to acquire the skills and knowledge you’ll need to perform basic lifesaving procedures. While a basic first aid certification is commonly required for healthcare workers, medical professionals often recommend that any able-bodied adult should learn the lifesaving techniques.

This training can be completed for free, in a short amount of time, and on your own schedule; and the knowledge you’ll gain from it will sufficiently prepare you to respond to a wide range of emergency medical situations.

We know you’ll appreciate the convenience of being able to learn from anywhere, at your own pace, and having access to all the training materials you’ll need in one place.

Mission and Vision

Vision: To teach actionable steps in all aspects of first aid to preserve life, prevent further harm, and promote recovery.

Mission: We are dedicated to providing affordable and impactful training online that can help anyone provide care to those in need in the event of an accident, injury or illness.

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Begin your first aid training now and earn your certification. The course is designed for fast and informative learning. The course is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Click below to begin!


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