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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Requirements

Categories: AED CPR clinical Physical Therapy

Students admitted to the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) must maintain current certification in the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) throughout their time in the MPT program. At present this means an annual re-certification to meet Saskatchewan Health Regions’ standards. A recent survey of Regional Health Authority requirements for Physical Therapists in Saskatchewan demonstrated that requirements vary so students must be prepared to meet this standard of CPR certification.

Students entering first year of the MPT must obtain Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification prior to the start of classes in August (unless they have obtained it during the previous twelve (12) months). It is required to obtain the equivalent standard to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Providers (C), which includes the application of an external defibrillator device (AED). There are other CPR providers which offer equivalent certification and these will be accepted.

It is best to contact agencies which provide CPR certification courses in advance to insure equivalency as described above. Clarify with them that this also includes ‘use of an external defibrillator device (AED). Specify that you are a student at the School of Physical Therapy for consideration of a reduced rate. SIAST - Kelsey Campus and the College of Kinesiology, U of S, offer equivalent courses on a less regular basis. Students must inquire to insure the content is equivalent to the Heart and Stroke Foundation course when registering for CPR courses from other agencies. In other centres, inquire at your provincial Heart and Stroke Foundation office or at community colleges. Recent discussion suggests that the rates for CPR courses will be changing due to regulation of CPR trainers. Therefore clarify the fee being charged

The annual re-certification standard is the expected standard as a pre-requisite for students to be assigned to clinical education facilities and therefore for all of the MPT clinical practice courses. It is expected that students will be certified at the above designated standard, before the first day of admission to the MPT.

A Xerox Copy of your certification must be submitted before classes begin in Year One and on yearly renewal to Bev Cuzner, School of Physical Therapy, Room 211, St. Andrew's College or mailed to the following address:

Bev Cuzner
School of Physical Therapy
University of Saskatchewan 1121
College Drive, Room 211 Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3