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CPR and Life Support Education


Kennedy offers training for healthcare providers and private citizens.
You can become a lifesaver with Kennedy's Life Support Education Services. Each year, more than 5,000 South Jersey residents attend our classes, which are open to anyone age 13 and older.

More than 150 American Heart Association (AHA) trained instructors provide hands-on training for both healthcare professionals and private citizens who want to learn cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support for infants, children and adults.
Healthcare Provider Courses
  • Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) - The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) is a 16 hour course designed to improve the level of care provided in emergency care settings. For class schedule, registration form and more information, please click here.
  • BLS Healthcare Provider - this course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). It is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
  • PALS Provider - the goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is to provide the learner with: 1) information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; 2) information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children; and 3) the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • ACLS Provider - this course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest. Providers are expected to learn to manage 10 core ACLS cases: a respiratory emergency, 4 types of cardiac arrest (simple VF/VT, complex VF/VT, PEA and systole(, 4 types of prearrest emergencies (bradychardia, stable tachyardia, unstable tachycardia, and acute coronary syndromes), and stroke.
  • ACLS Re-Certification - This 4-hour re-certification course is for people who have previously taken the 2-day ACLS course.
Instructor Courses
  • BLS Instructor - This course provides instructor candidates with the knowledge and skills ncesaary to teach Basic Life Support (BLS) courses for health-care providers and lay rescuers. BLS instructors may teach the BLS for Halthcare Providers and Heartsaver-level cfourses including Heartsaver CPR, Heartsaver AED, Heartsaver CPR in schools, and CPR for Family and Friends.
  • Heartsaver First Aid Instructor - This course teaches the knowledge and skills to instruct and evaluate students in HEartsaver First Aid and Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED. Heartsaver First Aid Instructor candidates must complete the Heartsaver Instructor course or the BLS Instructor course.
Lay Rescuer Courses
  • Heartsaver FACTS - this course combines adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with basic level first aid procedures. Students of this course will be taught how to perform adult CPR, relieve a foreign-body airway obstruction, use a barrier device during rescue breathing, use an AED and provider first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses.
  • CPR in Schools - The Heartsaver CPR in Schools course is designed to teach both adult and pediatric lay rescuer CPR to middle or high school students. The course presents information about the AHA adult and infant/child Chain of Survival, signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. The course also covers signs of choking in infants and children, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, and prevention of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children.
  • CPR for Family & Friends - The CPR for Family & Friends course is a modular course that teaches rescuers skills in CPR and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction. It presents information about the AHA adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. The course also presents information on the AHA pediatric infant and child Chain of Survival, signs of choking in infants and children, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, and prevention of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children.
  • First Aid - This seven-hour program covers general principles, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, Adult CPR & AED, along with environmental emergenices. Learn how to perform Adult CPR, remove a foreign-body airway obstruction, use an AED adn provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses. This program is for lay people, firefighters, police, commercial airline crews, security personnel, employees in the workplace and family members of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death. (fee)
  • Pediatric CPR Course - Teaches CPR and choking relief techniques for infants and children.
Click here to view a listing of upcoming CPR classes.