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CPR/First Aid Classes

CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation – is a lifesaving technique that is crucial to a variety of emergencies, ranging from heart attacks to drownings. But is learning and performing this skill limited to just EMT’s and paramedics? Absolutely not. The national average for EMS response time is about 9 minutes, during which you may be the only helper nearby. These “Golden Minutes” can be the matter between life and death.

Being able to provide a pulseless patient compressions and ventilations during these Golden Minutes is absolutely vital. It’s far better to do something than to do nothing, as the difference between action and inaction could be someone’s life. To learn more about how you or anyone else can learn this essential skill, see below.

Watch Vinnie Jones’ 2 minute hands-only CPR below! It really is that easy.

Click here to visit our PAD Sites Subpage to discover where Rice’s Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) are located and learn how to operate an AED.

REMS CPR Classes

Rice EMS is an accredited training site associated with the University of Texas Health Science Center’s American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center. REMS is pleased to be able to offer CPR and First Aid Certification classes for all interested individuals and groups on campus.

Classes are always held on Rice campus in either Duncan Hall 1042 or Rayzor Hall 123. If you would like to sign up, please sign up through this link here. Space is limited so sign up early! Please email remscpr@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The American Heart Association increased the price of certification cards in October 2017.  Rice EMS is updating prices for each class in order to meet the increase card costs starting May 2018.

Four classes are offered regularly:

BLS for Healthcare Providers Class

This is a four-hour class that covers adult and infant basic cardiac life support skills for healthcare providers and emergency responders (EMTs, medical students, lifeguards, etc).  If you are a healthcare provider and require certification, please contact us for details.

Cost for this class is $35 for Rice students, faculty and staff, and $55 for non-Rice participants.

Contact REMS for information on available classes this semester.

HeartSaver CPR/AED Class

This is a four-hour class  that covers adult and infant CPR skills, including appropriate use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Taking this course is a great way for anyone to learn specialized lifesaving skills and upon completion of the class, all participants receive a certification card – valid for two years – detailing training completion.

Cost for this class is $25 for Rice students, faculty and staff, and $50 for non-Rice participants.

Upcoming classes:

Saturday, 22 September, noon – 4p

Saturday, 20 October, noon – 4p

Saturday, 17 November, noon – 4p

HeartSaver First Aid Class

This is a four-hour class that offers an introduction to basic life-saving skills including proper biosafety, splinting, bandaging, and bleeding control.

Cost for this class is $30 for Rice students, faculty and staff, and $50 for non-Rice participants.

Upcoming First Aid classes:

Friday, 7 September, 1-5p

Saturday, 10 November, noon – 4p

Sign up here.


Hands-Only CPR Class

This 15-minute class that is great for a large group!  A one to two hour session can be scheduled, and anyone in departments, clubs, campus groups, or buildings can stop in for a quick introduction, or refresher, course on CPR and AED skills.  There is no charge for this class.  To schedule, contact remscpr@gmail.com.

Check back soon for when REMS will be hosting public Hands Only CPR this Summer.

Scheduling Classes

Click here to sign up for HeartSaver First Aid or CPR/AED classes and pay the registration fee. No refunds will be offered – please sign up for a class and a date you know you’ll be able to attend.

Future BLS Instructors

Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructors are certified by AHA Guidelines to teach lifesaving practices such as CPR and AED usage. For Duty Crew Members interested in becoming BLS Instructor certified, click here.