The mission of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad CPR program is to decrease morbidity and mortality of cardiac arrests by providing accessible American Heart Association CPR classes to the general public and healthcare professionals in the region.

There are two different CPR courses that will be offered throughout the year:

AHA Heart saver CPR and AED: “This course will teach you to recognize cardiac arrest, get emergency care on the way quickly, and help a person until more advanced care arrives to take over. The course also covers adult choking and naloxone.”

AHA Heart saver CPR and AED is a great option for any lay-person who wants the information and practice that will allow them to initiate effective by-stander CPR.

AHA Basic Life Support: “Basic Life Support training reinforces healthcare professionals’ understanding of the importance of early CPR and defibrillation, basic steps of performing CPR, relieving choking, and using an AED; and the role of each link in the Chain of Survival.”

AHA BLS is the industry standard CPR certification for any healthcare profession or rescue/public service profession. This certification is usually required to work in the field as an EMT, nurse, physician, or life-guard.

Available classes:

Scheduled classes have not been finalized yet.  Please check back to see when classes are being offered.

Payment Information:

$25 per person

If you are paying by credit card or e-check please follow this link:

Please contact Charlotte Breeding at or 540-231-7097 if paying by HokieMart or journal entry.   Payment is required 1 week prior to the class.  Payment is refundable only if registrants provide at least 7 days notice prior to scheduled class.

It is recommended that all students purchase an AHA manual before coming to class through the following link:

If you wish to schedule a separate CPR course for an organization or group, please contact the VTRS CPR coordinator at: