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CPR/First Aid

CSUSM offers a comprehensive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillator (AED), First Aid (FA), and Basic Life Support (BLS) Training Program. The program aims to equip the campus community with the necessary skills to provide early defibrillation and emergency medical response in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

The CPR Training Program aligns with the American Heart Association's (AHA) Chain of Survival, as it reduces the time to defibrillation and emergency medical services (EMS) response. It supports the mission of the AHA's Emergency Cardiovascular Care Program, which aims to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, by improving the Chain of Survival in every community.


Courses Offered

  1. AHA HS Adult CPR/AED/First Aid: This course trains participants to provide high quality CPR, basic first aid skills and the use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. This course is suitable for those requiring a course certification card.
  2. AHA HS Adult CPR/AED: The CPR AED course trains participants to give CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. This course is suitable for those requiring a certification card.
  3. AHA BLS Provider: This course covers CPR, ventilation techniques, and pulse checking for Healthcare Providers who require BLS certification for employment.
  4. Hands-Only CPR + AED for Laypersons: This online course focuses on quality chest compressions, AED deployment and is suitable for individuals who do not require a course certification card.

Training Descriptions

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

    Includes chest compressions and rescue breaths.

    • Participants will learn and practice adult CPR, rescue breathing, choking rescue and first aid skills such as bleeding control, treatment of burns, fractures, shock and seizures. This class also instructs participants in the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED) which can help sustain the life of a victim of sudden cardiac arrest until the Emergency Medical Responders arrive and take over. 
  • Basic Lifesaving Skills (BLS)
    Includes chest compressions, ventilation, and aftercare.
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

    An electronic medical device. An AED can check a person’s heart rhythm, and it will recognize if a rhythm requires a shock and will automatically provide a shock if needed.

  • First Aid (FA)

    Basic lifesaving support that includes heat illness, bleeding control/wound care, patient assessment/care, & environmental emergencies.

Periodically, and upon request, SH&S provides regulatory guidance on applicable standards and procedures for the campus CPR/AED/EFA Program, including course equipment/maintenance, response, plans, and protocols.

Eligibility for Training:

The following individuals are eligible to receive CPR certification training at CSUSM:

  1. Employees/Staff
  2. Student Employees
  3. Faculty
  4. Designated Volunteers

Required CPR/AED Certifications

Who is required to receive employer-provided CPR/AED/FA certifications?

CSUSM provides CPR certification training to employees who are required to maintain CPR certification based on their job description and state and local requirements. The certification is valid for two years. Additionally, departments that do not mandate CPR training for employment may submit a course request through the Safety, Health & Sustainability (SH&S) office for consideration.

  • Required

    Certain departments and personnel at CSUSM are required to maintain CPR/AED certifications and renew them every two years. These include:

    • University Police Department (UPD).
    • Healthcare Providers.
    • Athletics (managers, leads, trainers, and delegates).
    • Campus Recreation (managers, leads and delegates).
    • Designated Volunteers (Sports Club, Athletic Coach, and Referee).
  • Optional

    For all other departments, SH&S conducts training by request.  Depending on availability and resources, SH&S can provide training to campus departments. 

    In the event that SH&S cannot deliver training to your department, SH&S will facilitate bringing in an off-campus vendor at cost to conduct CPR and/or First Aid training. Please contact SH&S to inquire about cost and availability.

Training Delivery Options

  1. In-person Classroom Training: CSUSM's authorized American Heart Association Training Centers and Instructors offer in-person classroom training and skills sessions. To schedule training, contact the respective departments mentioned below:
      1. Campuswide: Abigail Knox/Cai Steffler.
      2. Athletics: Paul Signorelli/Daniel Melara/Ryan Cacha.
      3. Campus Recreation: Lisa Dickinson/Celeste Torsney.
      4. Emergency Management: Jennifer Ralph.
  2. Additional Resources: SH&S provides the campus with additional CPR training courses through Express Training Solutions. These courses are suitable for non-CSUSM employees, including visitors, students, and non-registered volunteers.