American Red Cross
Adult First Aid

Adult First Aid Course Description:

The Adult First Aid course incorporates the latest science and teaches students to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies such as burns, cuts, scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck, back injuries, heat and cold emergencies. Successful students will receive a certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how to recognize an emergency and gain confidence to act.
  • Explain how to lower the risk for infection when giving care.
  • Understand legal concepts as they apply to lay responders, such as consent.
  • Describe the emergency action steps: CHECK—CALL—CARE.
  • Identify when it is necessary to call 9-1-1 or the designated emergency number.
  • Explain how to check an injured or ill person who appears to be unresponsive.
  • Explain how to check a responsive injured or ill person.
  • Demonstrate high-quality CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for a person who
    is in cardiac arrest.
  • Demonstrate first aid care for a person who is choking.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following
    sudden illnesses: shock, asthma attack, anaphylaxis, heart attack, opioid overdose, diabetic
    emergencies, high fever, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.
  • Describe methods used to control life-threatening bleeding, including the application of direct pressure
    and the application of a commercial tourniquet.
  • Demonstrate the application of direct pressure to control life-threatening bleeding.
  • Explain when a commercial tourniquet should be used, and describe the basic principles of using a
    tourniquet.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of, and describe appropriate first aid care for, the following injuries
    and environmental illnesses: burns; head, neck and spinal injuries (including concussion); heat stroke;
    hypothermia; poison exposure.

The two delivery methods for the curriculum are listed below:

Adult First Aid (Traditional)

  • Delivery: Traditional/Instructor-Led
  • Duration: 2.25 hours
  • Price: $70 (Includes the eBook, certification, & a face shield key chain)

Adult First Aid (Blended)

    • Delivery: Blended Learning/Hybrid
    • Duration of Online Simulation: 2.5 hours
    • Duration of In-Person Skills Session: 1.25 hours
    • Price: $60 (Includes the skills session, certification, & face shield key chain)

**The online course is assigned after you complete registration. Please be on the lookout for your assignment.**

You must complete the online course prior to your testing session. Bring a hard-copy of the Completion Certificate with you to your skills session. We cannot test you without this certificate.

ARC Account Assistance & Tech Support: 

    • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
    • Email support@redcrosstraining.org
    • Chat at redcrosslearningcenter.org after logging in. When an agent is available, you will see the icon “CLICK TO CHAT” located in the lower right of the page.
*Lesson times are estimates and vary from course to course. Adding “Skills Boosts” will extend the course length

**The class listed on this page is not for those in a healthcare field. Please check with your employer to ensure that this is the class you need.

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