CPR and First Aid Certification

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The Area Health Education Center has been educating students and the community on life saving techniques for over 10 years. We offer several course options to meet the training needs of our community. Please feel free to contact our instructors with any questions you may have.

Course options

Training courses and skills testing will be offered onsite at the Area Health Education Center. Blended classes will also be offered for those who would prefer to learn the material online and do a skills test in-person.

Blended learning is a combination of eLearning (online portion), in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on, skills testing session. This type of course provides students with the convenience of completing the course at their own pace wherever they have access to the Internet.

All payments at this time must be in the form of cash or check. Checks should be made out to MSU/AHEC.


Learn how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of healthcare, in-facility and prehospital settings.


Earn a course completion card in CPR and AED, even with limited or no medical training.


Learn first aid basics for the most common first aid emergencies, including how to recognize them, how to call for help and how to perform lifesaving skills.


Take the Heartsaver First Aid and Heartsaver CPR AED courses all at once, instead of individually.

COVID-19 implications

The Area Health Education Center has implemented the following interventions in order to prevent infection transmission during all life support training courses:

  • All students are masked before, during, and after the course. Masks are only removed when providing ventilations by mouth.
  • All students are screened for symptoms, recent COVID-19 testing, and for fever.
  • All students are required to perform 20-second hand sanitation entering the training room and are encouraged to sanitize following the course
  • Eating will be prohibited, however water is allowed in the training room.
  • All students will maintain a distance of at least six feet from other students or instructors.
  • No two-person rescuer CPR is practiced or demonstrated; all two-person activities are simulated.
  • Each student has their own equipment so no equipment is shared.
  • All equipment is de-contaminated per AHA guidelines (2012) using a bleach solution and allowed to air dry before additional use.


* Please register for your course before making a payment. A payment should be made at least 1 business day before your scheduled course date. If an emergency or another special circumstance arises and you are not able to attend your course please contact one of the coordinators to reschedule at least 24 hours prior to your course date. 

* Note to students: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.



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