Coronary heart disease is responsible for an estimated 330,000 out-of-hospital and emergency department deaths in the United States each year. Community lay rescuer programs have reported high survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest because they provide early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation using computerized automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that can be operated by trained lay rescuers. Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills that could help you save a life.

Emergency Cardiovascular Care Courses at the Herbert Wellness Center

The Herbert Wellness Center operates as a satellite center of the University of Miami’s Center for Research in Medical Education. The emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) courses offered by the HWC are conducted in affiliation with the American Heart Association, and follow the updated 2005 guidelines for performance of basic life support.

The Heartsaver ECC courses are designed for lay persons who may or may not have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. All aspects of adult, child, and infant resuscitation and basic first aid are covered, using a very practical and easy-to-follow, hands-on approach. Our 3 to 1 student to manikin ratio provides participants with ample time to practice actual skills resulting in enhanced retention. As a part of each course, participant will receive a student workbook, as well as quick reference guides for future use. Upon successful completion of an ECC course, a 2-year American Heart Association card will be issued (excludes Family and Friends CPR).

How To Register for a Class

Visit or call the Sales Office at 305-284-LIFE (5433) to reserve a space in a scheduled ECC course. You may also register online.  The Sales Office accepts cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, MC, AMEX).

CPR Course Schedule:
The CPR course schedule can be found on our Schedules page. Classes are offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Private ECC Courses

University of Miami departments and organizations, as well as non-affiliated community groups, may request private training courses. Wellness Center Instructors will work with you to find a convenient day and time; however, private training courses will be scheduled based on instructor and facility availability. While a 6 to 1 student to instructor ratio is recommended, classes may accommodate up to 12 students at a time, but no less than 6 students. A minimum of one month advanced notice should be provided to ensure instructor and course material availability. A room rental fee will be assessed for requested trainings, in addition to the course fee per participant. 


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The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center are pleased to be sponsored by the University of Miami Citizens Board.