First Aid & CPR

Class Descriptions

Adult/Child/Infant CPR/AED and First Aid Course
This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adults, children and infants and meets OSHA/workplace requirements.

Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider
This class is designed for any individual who has a duty to respond to emergencies. This class includes giving rescue breaths, relieving choking, practicing group and solo CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). It is the pre-requisite for most nursing and EMT programs. BLS or equivalent required for all Recreational Sports employees.

Heartsaver CPR/AED Adult and Child (Options to Include Infant)
This class teaches easy-to-learn emergency procedures that prepare lay responders to act in emergency situations that recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults. Topics include proper CPR technique, rescue breathing, responding to conscious and unconscious choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Heartsaver First Aid and CPR/AED Adult and Child (Options to Include Infant)
Designed for the lay responder, this course combines Heartsaver First Aid and Heartsaver CPR/AED into one course for those who want to get certified in both sections in one sitting.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Health Care Provider (Re-Certification)
Participants must provide the instructor a copy of their current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider certification.  Please email Krista at for a re-certification test out.

American Red Cross Courses Lifeguarding (Re-Certification)
Participants must provide the instructor a copy of their current American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification.  Recertification courses are available as a program lesson Spring Term.

Class Formats

Online Training
UCCS Campus Recreation offers Online Training in a blended course format. We offer AHA Skill Checks for select AHA online courses as well as American Red Cross Skills Checks for select ARC courses. After taking the online AHA or ARC course, you will schedule your in-person Skills Check with our Guest Services desk or you can purchase online. Campus Rec also offers on-campus classes which combine lecture, video and hands-on skill training (see below). 

How to register for Online Training
Visit our Online Training page for instructions. 

On-Campus Classes
Program classes are group classes that have a ratio of up to 10 students per instructor and are taught at the Recreation and Wellness Center.

All courses combine lecture, video and hands-on skill training.  We incorporate real-life rescue scenarios and lessons that reinforce decision-making skills. All classes are taught by certified American Heart Association instructors or American Red Cross instructors under the current American Heart Association or American Red Cross guidelines. We strive to provide a welcoming class environment for all students, no matter what their current skill level or physical capacity.

How to register for On-Campus Classes
To register for a safety course, please visit or our Guest Services desk located in the Recreation Center.  Please feel free to call the Guest Services desk at 719-255-7515 for additional information or email Krista at

Frequently Asked Questions

Lost or missing certification?
We maintain copies of all certifications that we issue.  If your certification is current, we can e-mail you a copy or issue a new certification.  We will only e-mail the certification to the address that you provided on the class roster or your UCCS e-mail address.  Electronic copies are free. Please email to request a certification replacement.

Why should I take a Safety Certification Class?
Having the skills and knowledge to respond in an emergency will allow you to assess the scene and respond in the most effective way.  Community responders are essential in a health community.

How long does my certification last?
All certifications from the American Heart Association and American Red Cross are valid for two years from the class date.