State acceptance in Washington
Physicians: We are accepted by the WA Board of Medicine because we are accredited by AMA (category 1)
Click on Physician (MD) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Requirements (PDF) Categories of creditable continuing medical education activities The following are categories of creditable continuing medical education activities approved by the commission: Category I Continuing medical education activities with accredited sponsorship
Nurses: We are accepted by the WA Board of Nursing because we are ANCC accredited
Registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) are required to keep documentation showing at least 531 hours of active practice and 45 clock hours of continuing education within a three-year cycle. The Nursing Commission does not have the authority to accredit or approve continuing education courses. Many professional organizations approve these activities. An example is the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Washington State Nurses Association. You can count activities relevant to nursing practice, including: Certification/recertification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Dentists: We are accepted by the WA Board of Dentistry because we are accredited by ADA CERP
WAC 246-817-440 (3) Requirements. Licensed dentists must complete twenty-one clock hours of continuing education, each year (4) Acceptable continuing education - Qualification of courses for continuing education credit. types of continuing education courses may include, but are not limited to: (a) The American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, National Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Association specialty organizations, including the constituent and component/branch societies. (b) Basic first aid, CPR, BLS, ACLS, OSHA/WISHA, or emergency related training; such as courses offered or authorized by the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society; or any other organizations or agencies
Pharmacists: We are accepted by the WA Board of Pharmacy because we are ACPE accredited
Renewal Requirements Pharmacists must renew their license annually on or before their birthday. Licensee must submit a fee and a signed statement indicating 15 credit hours of pharmacy related continuing education has been earned during the previous year.
WAC 246-861-040 Applications for approval of continuing education program—Post-approval of continuing education program. (4) All programs approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education or the board, are accepted for continuing education credit and do not require that an individual provider approval be obtained in each case.
If you prefer sit-down, in-person training for ACLS, we have you covered.
NW Regional Training Center / 511606 NE 66th St. Suite 103 Vancouver, WA 98662-5480
Emergency Medical Training Center / 53403 Steamboat Is Rd NW #464 olympia, WA 98502
Healthcare Certifications — Bellingham / 54220 Meridian Street Ste. 104 Bellingham, WA 98226
South Sound CPR Training / 5719 Sleater-Kinney Rd. SE, Suite 200 Lacey, WA 98503
Total number of locations: 52. These locations CAN provide American Heart Association-branded provider cards if needed.
To schedule a session, please see our in-person scheduling page.
Life saving stories
Here's a few stories that warmed our heart. Just sharing and thanking you for choosing a career that helps people that need it most.
Off-duty life saving
It was a first for detective Cookie Bouldin when she managed to save a life through CPR "It just happened that this woman was enjoying herself at a social birthday party event where everyone was having a good time, and then all of a sudden she just lost consciousness," said Bouldin, relating the events when she came to the assistance of the woman and through rescue breathings and chest comprssions managed to save her life.
Santa's Elf saves the day
Mathew Rios is a longtime Costco worker, he decided to dress according to the festivities by wearing an Elf costume. He began his usual day shift at the mall when he heard people screaming and crying for help. “I looked back and noticed a crowd standing over someone. I don’t know who, but someone said, ‘Mat, Mat, this lady needs help, I looked and immediately realized something was wrong.” said Rios. He noticed a woman with no breath and no heart beats. That is when he realized the woman needed CPR. He sat next to her and began doing chest compressions and rescue breathings. Five minutes passed and the fire rescue team arrived to the scene, being the first responders, they assisted Rios with much needed help until paramedics arrived to take her to the medical center.
Son saves father by doing CPR
Ninth grader William Arnold is a hero. It all happened in South Hill when a gym day turned into chaos. William arrived with his father at the LA Fitness Gym and they both had a regular training day. Mr. Mike Arnold had problems with his breathing after a game of racquetball. When William and his father were getting into the car, William suddenly noticed his father was having a heart attack. The heroic teenager jumped into action. He called for 911 and began doing chest compressions on his father until EMTs arrived two minutes later. They transported Mr. Arnold to a medical center where he remained in coma for 8 days, but successfully managed to recover.
Teenage friends work together to save man’s life
Two girls were just within earshot of people who were apparently trying to revive a man who had fallen unconscious in a Tulalip parking lot. They looked to see what was going on. The girl had just recently received CPR training in their school, so it’s just great that they were near that place. They placed the man on the ground, propped his head on a pillow, and proceeded to do chest compressions. They alternately did what they were taught to do, and they were able to revive the man. Paramedics appeared a short while later and they were able to wheel the man to the hospital.