We know that working professionals have a busy schedule and it can be a challenge to fit traditional classes in with the already high workload. This is why we’ve created convenient online courses to obtain your standard BLS certification or the more advanced ACLS certification. We also offer a PALS certification if you find yourself working in pediatrics. We offer these courses to both medical professionals and individuals along with training and certification in First Aid, AED, and CPR. Each of these programs can be completed entirely online at your pace and when it fits into your busy schedule. Our courses are certified by the American Heart Association physicians using the most recent guidelines. The guidelines update once every five years, and they won’t update again until 2020. We also offer re-certification in ACLS, PALS, BLS & CPR courses and they are available now!
The first step is selecting the course in which you want to become certified. If you would like to or need to take more than one course, we offer packages with CPR & First Aid combined or ACLS and PALS certifications combined. Once you have picked the appropriate package, you pay for the class and get instant access to the course materials. There is no time limit to take this exam, so study as much or as little as you need to.
The second step is to take the online Certification or Re-certification Exam. This exam isn’t timed, so you’re able to do it at your pace. If for some reason you don’t pass the first time, you are given two options to retake it at no additional cost.
The final step of the online certification process is successfully passing the exam and printing your digital certification or re-certification card. A hard copy of this card will be mailed out within 5 business days.
Please remember that our courses are entirely online, and this means any Rhode Island resident can fit it into their schedule without worrying about going to a testing center.
More than 33.8% of Rhode Island inhabitants have a chronic condition like arthritis, asthma, heart disease, obesity, or hypertension. The state also shows trends of a rise in physical inactivity, and this coupled with hypertension and heart disease problems makes a perfect storm for stroke and heart attacks. This is one of the primary reasons more schools and employers are insisting their employees have training not just in CPR and First Aid courses but higher training like ACLS & BLS certifications as well as PALS. Rhode Island also has a high number of drowning deaths. In 2010, it was estimated there were 672 deaths related to boat crashes, and out of these 672 deaths, over 85% was attributed to drowning. Did you know the protocol for CPR, BLS, and ACLS changes for pediatric patients who have suffered from drowning? This fact makes it extremely important for lifeguards, pool monitors, and ordinary people to be trained in CPR, as well as have a PALS certification.
Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, and it covers just under 1,214 square miles. This state was one of the original thirteen colonies, and it has no county government. Instead, each municipality has its own form of government. Rhode Island is known for manufacturing silverware, jewelry, boats, and marine technology. Tourism is the secondary booming business for which Rhode Island is famous.
Rhode Island’s population is just over 1 million people in 2016, according to the US Census Bureau. It has a predominantly white population at 84% with just 16% being of Asian, Black, or Hispanic descent. The median household income for 2016 was just over $56,000 annually.
Providence, Rhode Island is the state’s biggest city with a population of just over 179,000 people. Providence is the capital city of Rhode Island, and in 2015 it was ranked as one of America’s Best Cities for Foodies by Travel and Leisure magazine. It is also home to the prestigious Johnson & Wales University.
Asthma and cancer are the two main health concerns in Rhode Island. Rhode Island, and especially Providence have experienced the third highest asthma rate in the United States. A lot of this can be contributed to the poor air quality. A study was done in 2016 linked Providence as being on of the most polluted cities in the region, and this is leading to more asthma and heart issues. This is why it is so important to have at least BLS certification, if not ACLS certification as well with all of the respiratory and heart problems happening. The more training you have, the better prepared you’ll be to respond to a situation like a heart attack. It has been reported that the chances of surviving a cardiac episode decrease 10% with each minute a person goes without help. if a witness or bystander has the training, it dramatically increases a person’s chance of surviving their cardiac episode.
Warwick, Rhode Island is the second largest city with a population of just over 82,000 people. It is a tourist destination with its beaches, salt water bays, various museums and small villages. The Warwick Heritage Trail travels for miles through the scenic town, and it also runs along several beaches. It is also home to the Community College of Rhode Island Knight Campus and features year round festivals and events.
Warwick is plagued by chronic conditions like asthma and hypertension. It is one of the most diverse cities, and this makes it a target for pockets of poverty and restricted access to health care. One of the biggest concerns is obesity and lack of exercise. If it is left unchecked, it can lead to cardiovascular problems like strokes and heart attacks, and heart problems and disease are the leading cause of death in the United States. Sudden onset cardiovascular deaths can be decreased by more professionals who work in the public sector getting proper BLS certifications. These chronic diseases lead back to lifestyle choices and are predicted to get worse unless something shifts.
The city of Cranston is located in Rhode Island has featured a population of just over 81,000 people. In 2006 Money Magazine named Cranston as one of the “100 Best Places to Live in the United States.” It has also been ranked as one of the top 25 safest cities to live in the United States. Cranston is known for its Budlong Pool, and this pool is the largest outdoor pools in the country.
Cranston is ranked higher than the national average for the risks of developing respiratory issues and cancer diagnosis rates. The pollutants in the air coupled with low exercise rates both contribute to respiratory problems like pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis. On days where pollution is higher than average, people with these chronic conditions have a higher risk of having an acute attack. If a bystander is BLS certified, or even CPR certified, they will know the best way to help the person who is having the attack. Thanks to their training, they are also more likely to stay calm and keep the person calm as well. Lung cancer diagnosis rates are also high, and this is partly blamed on the air pollution as well as genetic factors.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island is the fourth largest city with a population of just over 71,000 inhabitants. It has a rich history dating back over 200 years. It is also a bustling hub for artists with hundreds of different galleries and studios throughout the town. Tourists are drawn here for the festivals and museums as well as the historical tours. Slater Memorial Park features an excellent outdoor venue for musicians to showcase their talents daily. This influx of people also means a rise in the potential for a health issue happening in the more crowded festival areas. This fact is why more festival staff and security personnel are required to have training in CPR or a BLS certification.
Pawtucket features a lower rate of pollution than the majority or Rhode Island. This city is facing a problem with chronic conditions that go largely untreated thanks to the large homeless population. This community puts Pawtucket as the third largest homeless population in Rhode Island. Since this population doesn’t have access to routine healthcare, things like hypertension, chronic pain, and asthma go untreated, and this inflates Pawtucket’s rankings on the national scale.
East Providence, Rhode Island has a population of 47,000 people. This large, diverse city features dozens of smaller suburbs and neighborhoods. This city has dozens of year round activities for every age level from water sports to summer camps. There are over a dozen public parks with miles of scenic walking trails, ponds, and lakes.
In spite of all of the outdoor activities, East Providence still has a high level of obesity and cardiovascular related deaths. This is, again, linked to the air quality. High levels of ozone make it difficult for the population to get outside and walk on a regular basis. If there are high levels of prolonged exposure, it has lead to lung tissue damage as well. This damage can lead to worsening overall health and frequent respiratory episodes like asthma or COPD attacks. If you live with someone who has these issues or are a caregiver to someone with these issues, you may be required to have a BLS certification or CPR/AED training in case of an emergency. You’ll have to help them until EMS can arrive and take over.
2017 – There has been a significant change in CPR policies for EMTs. The Rhode Island Department of Health mandated that EMTs and first responders perform CPR for a minimum of 30 minutes before the person is taken to the hospital for further treatment. They stated that studies showed that people who had 30 minutes of continuous CPR had a better chance of survival.