Healthcare, Medical & Nursing
CPR Certification

A certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known as CPR, provides students with the fundamental and hands-on, technical know-how to safely and effectively provide CPR to someone in distress.

Types of Degrees

Certification in CPR can be obtained on a part-time basis and may only take a few weeks. A typical CPR certification curriculum covers basic first aid and CPR and may also include instruction in how to perform the Heimlich maneuver to relieve choking and how to effectively and safely use an Automated External Defibrillator to help someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.

Admission Requirements

Anyone interested in obtaining a CPR certification can do so, as there is typically no age or educational requirement. Nonetheless, students should be old enough to comprehend the instruction and perform the CPR skills required.

Career Opportunities After Earning A CPR Certification

Typically, professionals in the emergency medical technician field (EMT) or other life safety and health care fields are required to obtain a CPR and first aid certification prior to employment.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic was $35,400 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.