Requirement Breakdown

  • Graduation requirement effective immediately or 2017/2018 school year.
  • Training must include CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillator) and basic first aid.
  • School districts are encouraged to offer the training in a health enhancement class at the high school level.
  • The CPR training must include a hands on component.
  • The training must comply with current evidence-based guidelines from the American Heart Association or another national science organization.

Excerpts from Bill

(1) The office of public instruction shall, in consultation with school districts, the department of public health and human services, the American heart association, and the American red cross, provide guidance and technical support and make available a program of study to Montana schools on:
(a) basic first aid;
(b) basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and
(c) the use of automated external defibrillators.
(2) The guidance and program of study under subsection (1) must comply with current evidence-based guidance from the American heart association or another national science organization.

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Excerpts from State Board of Education


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Student CPR Programs that Meet This Requirement

  Student CPR Awareness Level Community CPR Certification Program
Supplies Needed Adult Manikin 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) 5-10 minutes 20-25 minutes
Certification Level No certification 2-year Community CPR Certification
Cost for Students & Evaluators FREE FREE

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