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How do American Heart Association online CPR classes work?

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The American Heart Association offers online CPR certification courses through a system called OnlineAHA. A person must register for an account before starting online classes. However, before getting a CPR card, a student must attend an in-person skills session and evaluation at a local training center.

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To get started, the student needs to visit the Find a Course page on the AHA website and click the Online button. This directs to the OnlineAHA system. The Classroom & Skills Session button helps students to find classes and training centers near them. Most of the online courses are Part One of a three-part blended study approach to complete the CPR training. Parts Two and Three, which are skills sessions, require in-person attendance. It is essential to note that skills sessions are not part of the Part One online course. Students who need e-books and course catalogs can buy them from the site.

CPR certification offered by the AHA is valid for two years; an individual needs to renew it before it expires. The AHA offers CPR certification courses for both health care providers and others. It also offers other courses without certification. This program is designed to reduce the number of deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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