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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Requirements

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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certification Requirements

Students admitted to the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) must maintain current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) throughout their time in the MPT program. At present this means a current proof of certification on entry to the MPT and re-certification every two years to meet most Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and clinical facilities’ standards. A recent survey of clinical facilities representing varying regions of Saskatchewan, and their requirements for Physical Therapists in Saskatchewan, demonstrated that requirements vary in terms of certification currency and level. Therefore students must be prepared to meet at least this minimal standard of CPR certification as described below.

Students entering first year of the MPT must obtain, and submit, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification by July 31 via email in the year of their entry to the MPT program. The requirement is the equivalent standard to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider, or 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. The following link will provide more information about the Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider Course and assist in comparison for equivalence can be found online.

If the student has been certified within the 12 months previous to entry to the MPT, that certification is acceptable and proof of certification must be submitted by July 31 in the year of entry. However, if, on entry to the MPT, the certification is dated well in advance of beginning the MPT, the student will need to re-certify again while in the MPT to maintain basic level of CPR certification currency.

It is best to contact agencies which provide CPR certification courses in advance to ensure 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 Rehabilitation Science 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 ensure 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. Clarify in advance the fee being charged.

At present, the re-certification standard of every two years is the expected standard as a prerequisite for students to be assigned to clinical education facilities and therefore for all of the MPT clinical practice courses. This standard is subject to change if the Saskatchewan Health Authority changes the standard requirement for Physical Therapists. Please note the above statement that, depending on how dated the students’ CPR certification is on entry to the program, a student may need to recertify while in the MPT to maintain the standard expected.

Remember that a scanned copy of your certification, including date of certification, must be submitted via email by July 31, 2018 to the School of Rehabilitation Science.