I am currently attending school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Before I can apply to the program, I have to have a copy of a current Basic Life Support/CPR and AED certification for Healthcare Professionals. My teacher told me today that there were such things as online courses where you could take the course online and then go to an agency in your town and take a skills test to get the card. I googled the courses and found several, but decided to choose the American Health Care Academy's course. I was lead to believe that the card would have either the American Red Cross or American Heart Association seal. I came to this conclusion because on their website, they state that the instructors are certified by these agencies and that the Academy follows the guidelines of the agencies. Here's what it says verbatim (copied from their website):
Our instructors are trained by American Red Cross and American Heart Association so our curriculum follows their guidelines and we are widely-accepted.
So, naturally, I thought that they would be accepted by my school. WRONG! When I finished the quiz online, I received the card, which does not meet the standards of my school. It possesses neither ARC's or AHA's seal. Since I accessed the website from an outside link, I was unable to view the sample card that is on their website before I paid for the course.
Their website is: http://www.cpraedcourse.com
The link I followed is: http://onlinecourseserver.com
The website is very misleading with testimonials that say that their certification is widely accepted. I took this course because I need certification very soon so I can apply for the LPN program. The course I took online was $29.95 which was a huge waste. Now, I have to take an in-person class and pay over $50. I contacted the academy for a refund, but according to the main website policy:
American Health Care Academy is nationally accredited and our certification cards are widely accepted. If American Health Care Academy certification does not comply with your requirements, we will issue a full refund when you can confirm your denial. If you are not satisfied with the content that we have available within our courses, it is your responsibility to stop using our website. We cannot refund you for a course that you have already completed. Once you pass the quiz and are able to print your wallet card, we will not offer any refunds. We will provide refunds if your employer / institution does not accept our online course, and if this denial can be confirmed.
I have information that says that their card is not accepted. I have emailed them, and I'm waiting to hear a response.
I just wanted to warn everyone about these online CPR classes. Before you pay any money or take the course, make sure that it is American Red Cross or American Heart Association accepted, otherwise, you just doled out money for a crap-card.