Requirement Breakdown

  • Graduation requirement is effective as of the 2014-2015 school year.
  • School districts must provide one time cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instruction as part of the health and wellness curriculum at the high school level.
  • CPR education does not need to cover all victim sizes (adult/child/infant) but does require a hands-on component to training
  • CPR instruction must be taught according to current, evidence-based emergency cardiac care guidelines, incorporating psychomotor skills and the use of AED’s.

Excerpts from Bill

(a) Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, a public school student in grades nine through twelve (9-12) shall be trained in quality psychomotor skill bases in cardiopulmonary resuscitation before the student graduates from high school.

(b) The course shall not be a certification process but shall follow the standards established by… [a] nationally recognized organization that uses current, evidence-based emergency cardiac care guidelines and incorporates psychomotor skill development in the instruction and the use of automated external defibrillators.t

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Excerpts from State Board of Education

Ark. Code Ann. ยง 6-16-143, attached to this memo, requires students in grades 9-12 to be trained in the psychomotor skills needed for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) before graduating from high school, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The current Arkansas Curriculum Frameworks for 9-12 Health and Wellness (adopted by the State Board of Education in 2011) include practicing the psychomotor skills used for basic life support and first-aid procedures and offer CPR as an example.

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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

These programs will qualify for Arkansas's CPR Training Graduation Requirement:
  Student CPR Awareness Level Community CPR Certification Program
Supplies Needed Adult Manikin, AED Trainer Adult & Infant Manikin, AED Trainer
Initial Evaluator Training Time 20-30 minutes 4-5 hours
Online Course Time 1 hour training, 20 minute test 1 hour training, 20 minute test
Hands-On Time (per group) 10-15 minutes 20-25 minutes
Certification Level No certification 2-year Community CPR Certification
Cost for Students & Evaluators FREE FREE

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