CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS) training is required of many health-care professionals and lay rescuers to help revive, resuscitate, or sustain a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults and 88% of all cardiac arrest happen in people’s homes. Providing CPR can double a person’s chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest. If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse, and defibrillation is provided within 10 minutes, a person has a 40% chance of survival.


The primary skills taught in the BLS course include CPR (chest compressions to circulate blood) and rescue breathing (C-A-B).


Push hard and fast on the center of the victim’s chest


Tilt the victim’s head back and lift the chin to open the airway


Give recue breaths making sure lungs are filling with air

UC Davis Health offers a number of options for CPR that are appropriate of all levels of UC Davis Health staff and community participants in the Sacramento area. The course matrix below explains the CPR courses available at UC Davis Health. See each class webpage for more detailed course information and registration.


CPR TrainingUC Davis Health CPR courses meet Joint Commission requirements for UC Davis Health staff and are only open to employees. Certificates of achievement will be available upon completion. If you need an AHA CPR card you should take an AHA course. AHA courses are open to employees and community participants. AHA CPR cards will be awarded upon successful completion.

Employees who have taken CPR outside of UC Davis may submit their card to our office by fax, inter-office mail or e-mail. Only AHA cards can be accepted per hospital policy 3010.

* Bag-valve-mask skill is a challenging skill that requires practice regularly to do well. Refers to any person who is required to have the skill of using a bag-valve-mask. Includes, but not limited to, MD, RN, LVN, respiratory therapist, pharmacists. Examples of excluded staff: physical therapist, dietitians, MOSC, HUSC, hospital assistant, medical assistant.

UC Davis Health CPR: Online and Skills Check

Content: Course curriculum follows guidelines based on current research, resuscitative science journals and papers, including the current AHA guidelines for CPR and emergency cardiovascular care. High quality CPR steps for adult/child/infant and AED skills are taught.

Format: This is an online module and skills check course.

Audience: For UC Davis Health employees who need CPR certification to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

Certificate: Upon successful completion of written exam and skills demonstration, health system employees training records in UC Learning Center will be updated to reflect current CPR certification.

AHA Healthcare Provider: Online & Hands-On Skills

Content: Covers critical concepts of high-quality CPR, AHA Chain of Survival, Adult/Child/Infant CPR, AED use, Rescue breathing for all ages, relief of choking for all ages and introduction to CPR with an advanced airway.

Format: This is a 3 part course. The first part is done online and part 2 & 3 are hands-on skills practice and testing sessions with an AHA instructor.

Audience: For health-care professionals seeking an alternative (non-classroom) method for completing and initial or renewal BLS for Healthcare Provider Course.

Completion Card: Upon successful completion of parts 1, 2, and 3 an AHA Healthcare Provider Card will be issued.

AHA Family & Friends CPR

Content: This course teaches adult hands-only CPR/AED/choking, child CPR/AED/choking and Infant CPR/choking.

Format: This is an instructor led course.

Audience: Anyone who wants to learn CPR and does not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements.

Completion Card: No completion card given. A participation card is included in student manual.


Polly Butler, D.T.R.
Health Professions Education Specialist