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Top 5 Ways to Prepare Yourself Before Taking an Online CPR Certification Course

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie

Life Saver, NHCPS

posted on May 14, 2015 at 4:48 pm

ONLINE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION COURSES ARE ALL DIFFERENT, Online medical certification courses are all different, so choosing one that adheres to the latest ILCOR guidelines is crucial. Before discussing ways to prepare yourself prior to commitment, be sure your course is divided in organized sections. Online CPR courses that adhere to the 2010 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation standards and guidelines are typically laid out in about 8 sections, each covering different material.

nursing taking online cpr courseThe content covered will include the following:
1. CPR, AED & First Aid Manual
2. First Aid
3. Medical Problems
4. Injuries and Trauma
5. Environmental Injury and Illness
6. CPR & AED for Adults
7. CPR & AED for Children
8. CPR & AED for Infants

Top 5 Ways to Prepare

1. Preview the course
Different online CPR certification courses operate on different platforms. One of the most popular means of teaching is through MOOCs, or massive open online courses, which are open for most people to take.

Some programs offer a free preview, introductory video, and even free study materials or guides similar to that of how the course is operated. Some providers offer the content for free, with the option to purchase the final exam after the course is taken to receive an official certification card. Previewing the course before enrolling can ensure that you will feel comfortable and familiar with the instructors and material.

2. Create a space conducive to learning
This often-neglected step could be one reason why online cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification courses can feel so daunting. While many online programs can be taken from your smartphone or tablet, use a computer if possible, and try studying at home.

While your bed may seem like the most comfortable space to learn, it might not be the most efficient. Instead, we recommend creating a study space with a desk and computer in quiet area. This way, you’ll be less distracted and better retain information.

3. Gather all materials you’ll need

Most CPR online certification courses don’t require any more than a simple Internet connection, although it’s best to double-check. Some offer an option to purchase a supplement or other resources to help you along the way. Regardless, it’s important to do a little research before committing to be sure you have everything you need.

4. Make sure your employer accepts online CPR certification courses
Although about 98% of employers accept CPR online certification, be sure to ask your employer beforehand just to make sure he or she is not within the 2%. Many courses are also internationally accepted because the ILCOR guidelines are considered the “gold standard” around the world.

5. Just relax!
Online courses can seem scary but take a deep breath. They are all geared towards the success of their students. Some online CPR courses offer free unlimited retakes, meaning you can review the material you struggled with if you do not pass the first or even second time. CPR is a complex skill, but you can be successful with patience and dedication.

The shift into eLearning has already seen a huge impact on bridging the accessibility gap for providers in need of CPR certification. There are considerations and questions to ask yourself before committing to an online course, so be sure you conduct some research and ask questions to the staff on each website.

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at [email protected]


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