If you are a trainee looking a great provider of CPR training, then look no further than Portland CPR! We are one of the best providers in Oregon, with a course list that is top-notch and very affordable. No other provider in the city offers better than Portland CPR. You can enroll in either basic or advanced programs, depending on your needs. Healthcare professions usually take more advanced training while people who are studying healthcare or are laypeople take more basic programs.
Enrollment is very easy. We offer our prospective trainees a variety of ways to sign up for a course; the most popular way to enroll is through our website. There is an online form that can be filled our at any time, same with applications sent through e-mail. If you want to enroll in person or call, do it during business hours.
Training programs at Portland CPR
A total of five training programs and three re-certification classes are available with us. Out of those five training programs, three are under Basic and two are under Advanced Life Support. Basic courses teach students how to give CPR when they are alone or with a partner (one and two-person CPR). First aid is also included in training, along with defibrillation.
Basic Life Support
- The basic Heartsaver CPR course is available in two types: the general public program (4 hrs.) and the healthcare provider program (4.5 hours). Both courses vary in terms of content and delivery of topics, depending the knowledge and skill level of the students. However, both have the same topics: chest compressions, rescue breaths, and defibrillation.
- Basic Life Support is a program for healthcare providers, lasting 4.5 hours long. Unlike the Heartsaver courses that teach one-person rescue only, Basic Life Support teaches both one and two-person rescue. First aid and defibrillation training is also included in the program. An additional topic students are introduced to is the 2010 BLS guidelines from the AHA.
Advanced Life Support
ALS classes are more advanced than the previous courses because they deal with the medical management of cardiac arrest. This type of management is done in an organized medical environment with medication, supportive equipment, and diagnostic tools and examinations. Proper medical management goes hand-in-hand with basic CPR given before medical help arrives, and has been studied and proven to improve the survival rates of cardiac arrest victims.
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is a two-day course and runs for 16 hours. It teaches students how to manage adult cases of cardiac arrest.
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a two-day course as well, and runs shorter, for 14 hours. With the same basic structure as ACLS training, PALS covers the management of pediatric cases instead.