If you combine Arizona’s large retirement community, the rapidly expanding population, and the influx of residents in the winter months, you have a recipe for traffic congestion. Any busy working professional simply doesn’t have time to sit in traffic to attend a four-hour in-person training class or travel to a testing site to take their certification exams. We understand this, which is why we offer completely online CPR/AED and First Aid training classes and certification exams. For added convenience, we have PALS, BLS, and ACLS online certification and recertification as well.
When you think of heroes in the medical field or someone you admire, a nurse usually ranks on top of the list. Nurses have a passion for helping people and sometimes they’re simply in the right place at the right time. In Scottsdale, a nurse was at a restaurant and noticed a family needing help. A family’s mother had become unresponsive and the mystery nurse did CPR until help arrived. Because of her, the mother was breathing again by the time paramedics arrived.
Every nurse wants to stay on the top of their game. This is why it’s mandatory that they get their PALS/ACLS certifications. They’ll take their ACLS/PALS recertification classes every two years to brush up their skills and stay compliant with state regulations. To understand why this is so important, click here and read about an off-duty nurse who saved a four year old’s life.
The first step in our online certification and training process is to select the class or classes you need to have certification in. If you need more than one, we have packages with CPR & First Aid, PALS/ACLS and BLS. You are also able to recertify your current certifications if they are about to expire.
Once you’re sure that you’ve picked the appropriate classes or packages, pay the fee. This will give you immediate access to the online study materials and the exam or exams. Because there is no time limit, you can study until you’re positive you know the course materials.
If you’ve studied enough and you’re feeling comfortable with the course material, you can attempt the online multiple choice exam. Please remember that you lose access to your study materials once you start the exam process. If you don’t pass on your first attempt, don’t worry, you get unlimited additional attempts to take the exam. When you pass, you’ll get a digital copy of your certification card. You can print this and keep it until your hard copy comes in the mail 3 to 5 days later.
Arizona ranks as the 15th most populous state as of 2013 with over 6 million people. Nicknamed the Grand Canyon State, Arizona is a major tourist destination and retirement spot. It was the 48th state to join the Union in 1912. This state has a hot, arid climate with soaring temperatures in the summer and cool, dry winters.
In the state or Arizona, alcohol and drug abuse are major issues. Also, the number of residents with high cholesterol places Arizona in the top ten worst states in the United States. Because of the fact that illegal drug use and overdoses are so high in this state, more individuals are becoming interested in getting their BLS certifications in addition to their CPR and First Aid certifications.
Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona, as well as the largest city in the state with over 1.6 million people. Currently, Phoenix sprawls over 500 miles and it is the 6th largest city in the United States. It officially became a city in May of 1868. Phoenix was originally a farming town with large land parcels that were sold or auctioned off to the pioneers.
This city ranks as one of the worst in the nation for illegal use of prescription drugs and overdose deaths. Estimates suggest that 90% of children under 18 who abuse prescription drugs get them from home. This is contributing to the rising number of overdoses. The key to improving a person’s chance of survival if they become unresponsive for some reason, such as if they suffer an overdose, isn’t just doing CPR, it’s doing CPR correctly. For example, a child was found unresponsive and firefighters did CPR for over 40 minutes to save her. To find out what happened, click here.
Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona. The area has a rich cultural history. Originally owned by the Spanish, who sold it to the United States in 1853, it began to thrive in 1880 with the Southern Pacific Railroad’s arrival. Today, over 530,000 people call this city home and it is a hub of technological innovation. This city is the perfect place to get outside and enjoy many recreational activities because of the warm temperatures, arid climate, and breathtaking views.
The poverty levels and the lack of health insurance play large roles in the health problems in Tucson. Almost 20% of adults don’t have health insurance, and the poverty level contributes to people purchasing unhealthier foods. This is believed to be a leading factor in the city’s surprisingly high obesity rate.
The third largest city in Arizona, Mesa’s population is over 25% Mormon. With over 484,000 people, this city continues to be fast-growing. Settled by Mormons in 1878, it became part of the United States after the Mexican American War. This city has a rich culture and a passion for the arts. There are festivals year round. Many locals and tourists alike also enjoy the 100 pristine golf courses in and around this city.
Mental health issues and limited access to help for mental health problems ranked Mesa and Arizona as a whole as 50th out of 51 states. Mental health includes everything from depression and anxiety up to schizophrenia. This is also a contributing factor to the high rate of suicides. The warning signs of suicidal ideation can be difficult to look for unless you have training in First Aid or a BLS certification. Since the suicide rate is so high, the general public is beginning to get their First Aid and CPR certifications, and the online classes are a convenient way to get them.
Chandler is the fourth most populous city in Arizona with a population of 247,000 residents. This city has a very hot and arid climate with the lowest temperatures in the mid-60s in January. Chandler has several arts and entertainment spots and it hosts over 20 unique festivals each year. The Golf Academy of America calls this city home as well.
One of the biggest health concerns in this city is heat-related illnesses like heat stroke. Last year, there were 157 confirmed deaths from this alone, and as of July, there were 5 confirmed and 57 suspected heat-related deaths that are being investigated. Chandler sits in Maricopa County and in 2015; this county had 25% of all heat-related deaths in the nation. If you have to go outside in the heat, bring water and stay hydrated.
Scottsdale was originally called Orangedale. The name was changed in 1894. It was not considered a town until 1951 and it has been growing rapidly ever since. Every spring, nine major league baseball teams come to practice around this city. The Tournament Players Club hosts the FBR Open Golf Tournament each summer here as well.
Obesity and a lack of health insurance are the two primary concerns for Scottsdale. Despite having dozens of golf courses and outdoor entertainment venues, the heat keeps many people indoors and Scottsdale is one of the hottest locations in the United States. This city is a popular destination, with thousands of people flying to and from it each year. The chances of someone having a health issue on a plane is 1 in 10. In the event that something happens and life-saving methods have to be performed either in the air or on the ground, there is a law that protects them from backlash called the Good Samaritan Law. To read more about this law, click here.
In 2016 a thirteen-year-old boy saved his coach’s life after the coach collapsed during practice and the boy began administering CPR. He performed CPR for four minutes until help arrived. For more on this story, click here.
Arizona became the 32nd state in the United States to make CPR part of the high school curriculum. It will be mandatory beginning in the 2019-2020 school year for Arizona’s students. This means there will be close to 60,000 students each year graduating with CPR knowledge. If you would like to know how this will impact the state, click here.