CPR and ACLS Hands-On Skills Requirement

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The Department has learned that some EMTs are taking CPR or ACLS courses that are entirely online. Sponsors of these courses provide them a completion card or certificate that can look deceptively like those issued by other training entities that do include a hands-on skills evaluation component in their courses. Ambulance services are encouraged to exercise caution when reviewing credentials provided by EMTs, to ensure the course included a hands-on, in-person skills evaluation. Frequently, unacceptable certificates describe completion of course requirements and cognitive evaluation, and not a skills evaluation.