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CPR /AED Certification

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CPR (Adult / Child / Infant)
Recovery Position
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For Lay Responders
Includes CPR (Adult/ Child and Infant) Training
Includes First Aid (Bleeding,Shock,Poisoning)
Universal Precautions
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For Lay Responders
Includes Bleeding, Shock, Poisoning Other
Universal Precautions
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We offer CPR certification courses accessible to all South Dakota residents, including those in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. CPR classes make it easy to gain the skills needed to respond to a wide range of medical emergency situations like cardiac arrest and first aid emergencies. Thousands of institutions and organizations accept our course certification worldwide. As a result, we are trusted by hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers and public safety professionals all over the United States and worldwide for their employment requirements.

Online CPR Certification in South Dakota

Our Online CPR classes take only a few short hours to complete but can help you save a life when every second counts. We follow the latest American Heart Association & Emergency Cardiovascular Care/ILCOR guidelines. We are also OSHA Standard-compliant to ensure that you get a quality education. From receiving your training materials, studying the curriculum, and taking the certification exam, you can count on us. In addition, our CPR certification cards are nationally accepted, and the certification process is simple. You can instantly print your digital certificate from your printer after the successful completion of our CPR class.

What is CPR?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique used when a cardiac emergency occurs. Cardiac arrest happens if the heart unexpectedly stops beating. Without a heartbeat, the heart cannot pump blood to the body’s major organs like the brain and liver. Blood contains oxygen, which these organs require to survive. Without oxygen, severe brain damage occurs within four minutes, and death occurs within ten minutes. CPR manually pumps oxygenated blood to the organs when the heart cannot do so due to cardiovascular complications.

What is the correct way to perform CPR?

Using the latest American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations, rescuers should perform CPR with the following guidelines:

  • Check the victim for signs of life. If they are unresponsive and do not have a pulse, have another bystander call 911 and begin CPR. Immediate action is critical to a victim's survival, so rescuers should not delay beginning CPR or pause CPR for more than 10 seconds at a time once they have begun.
  • Deliver chest compressions, pressing down a minimum of 2 inches on the victim's chest at a rate of 120 compressions per minute and allowing the chest to recoil between compressions.
  • If another rescuer is present, take turns performing chest compressions to prevent fatigue. Continue compressions until emergency medical assistance arrives and can take over.

What is the procedure for rescue breathing?

Rescuers who are CPR certified can perform rescue breathing in cases where the victim is not breathing on their own, using the following steps:

  • Open the victim's airway by tilting the head back and lifting the chin upwards. Place your mouth on top of the victim's mouth to form a seal.
  • Give one rescue breath, looking to see if the victim's chest rises. If it does inflate, check to see if the victim's regular breathing returns, in which case the rescuer may return to performing compressions only.
  • If the chest does not expand, give the second breath, then resume chest compressions.
  • Continue the pattern of delivering two rescue breaths for every 30 chest compressions. Repeat this 30:2 ratio of compressions to breaths until the victim is breathing normally or emergency medical support arrives. Do not stop chest compressions until emergency care staff can take over.

What is the recommended way to treat shock?

Any severe injury, such as blood loss or trauma, can cause victims to experience shock. Signs of shock include confusion, cold and clammy skin, dilated pupils, nausea, or unconsciousness. Shock can cause a decrease in the amount of oxygenated blood that reaches the organs, and as a result, untreated shock can be fatal. Rescuers should perform CPR to treat shock if the victim is unresponsive and doesn't have a pulse. Position the victim to lie down and elevate the feet twelve inches above the heart to increase blood pressure and prevent fainting. Check for other injuries while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive and treat them accordingly.

South Dakota CPR Data

  • South Dakota ranks 22nd out of 50 states for cardiovascular deaths in one year.
  • Annually, there are 234 cardiovascular deaths for every 100,000 people in South Dakota.
  • Cardiac arrest is a top cause of death in America.
  • Only 46% of Americans who died from cardiovascular complications had received CPR before emergency medical support arrived.
  • Over 350,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests happen across the US every year.
  • In South Dakota, men are 54% more likely to die from cardiovascular complications than women are.

5 Reasons Why American Training Association for CPR are the leaders in CPR/AED/First Aid Certification in South Dakota:

  • Our training courses follow the latest guidelines from the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), and the International Committee Responsible for Coordination of all aspects of Cardiopulmonary and Cerebral Resuscitation (ILCOR), and is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant.
  • Our certification card is valid for two years from the course completion date. Our courses allow participants to print their certification card immediately, with an official completion card mailed the next day.
  • Our certification programs are nationally accepted, meaning that a participant's credentials are valid in any state.
  • Our interactive learning model is easy for any individual to follow, regardless of a participant's preferred learning style.
  • An expert team writes our reputable courses of board-certified, AHA-trained physicians and experienced instructors.

Earn your CPR/First Aid Certification Today

CPR and first aid certification have never been more accessible than with American Training Association for CPR. Don't postpone earning CPR certification any longer. Register for our online courses that allow participants to learn the skills they need to save lives and provide emergency medical care when needed. Through our online classes, participants will learn critical lifesaving techniques. Visit us at to start training.


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Browse through our frequently asked questions to learn more about our courses. Our support team is always standing by for further assistance and questions
Q. What information will a basic first aid course teach?

All first aid classes, including free ones, will cover basic first aid procedures for treating a range of injuries, such as burns, choking, poisoning, head injuries, wounds, and bone fractures. Both in-person and online courses will teach individuals these first aid procedures. Many will also offer American Red Cross or American Heart Association first aid training to complete the class. In addition, many courses will teach child CPR, CPR for infants, and instructions for first responders.

Q: What are the options for BLS, CPR, and first aid classes near me?

Basic life support (BLS) and CPR classes are available at hospitals, community health centers, fire halls, and other training centers across South Dakota, including Aberdeen and Watertown. There is a variety of certification training such as classroom type, blended learning styles, and online training.

Online classes are a convenient alternative to attending in-person skills sessions for individuals who prefer independent learning. Participants should confirm that classes have a CPR or first aid certification component for the most reputable training. While many courses are available free of charge, individuals should be aware that these are intended for instruction only and do not offer formal AHA or Red Cross CPR or first aid certification.

Q. How do I keep my certifications current?

CPR renewals ensure that an individual's knowledge is up to date with the latest American Heart Association guidelines for Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Individuals can easily renew their certification by completing a refresher CPR and first aid course and exam. Experienced medical professionals or health providers have the option of bypassing the course and completing the testing portion only, allowing them to save time when renewing their certification.

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