Requirement Breakdown

  • Requirement goes into effect for the 2015-2016 9th-grade class.
  • Schools must provide CPR and AED training to students in either a Physical or Health Education class.
  • Instruction must be taught according to current, evidence-based emergency cardiac care guidelines by a program that is nationally recognized
  • Training must include a psychomotor (hands-on) training component.
  • Licensed teachers are not required to be certified as a CPR/AED instructor in order to instruct students in CPR
  • CPR courses that result in certification must be taught by a certified CPR or AED instructor.

Excerpts from Bill

“Beginning with the 2015-2016 Ninth Grade class, an instructional component on the proper administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) shall be included as part of the physical education or health education curriculum. The curricula shall incorporate into the instruction the psychomotor skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator as follows:

(i) An instructional program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross;

(ii) An instructional program which is nationally recognized and is based on the most current national evidence-based Emergency Cardiovascular Care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator;

(iii) A licensed teacher shall not be required to be a certified trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to facilitate, provide or oversee such instruction for noncertification; and

(iv) Courses which result in a certification being earned must be taught by an authorized CPR/AED instructor. For purposes of this paragraph (b), the term “psychomotor skills” means the use of hands-on practicing to support cognitive learning. Cognitive-only training does not qualify as “psychomotor skills.” …Any local school district shall be authorized to offer CPR and AED instruction for longer periods of time than required herein, and may enhance the curriculum and training components.”

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Excerpts from State Board of Education


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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

These training programs will qualify for the state of Mississippi grant funding.
  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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