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Certification / Recertification


Minnesota Classes in BLS, ACLS, PALS, CPR and AED

Nationwide Health Training is the leader in online classes for BLS, ACLS, PALS, CPR/AED first aid certification training. Created by accredited AHA instructors, the classes are based on AHA and ECC guidelines. Whether you’re looking for initial certification or want to recertify, we make it fast and easy. Assistance via phone or email is available 24/7. Courses from Nationwide Health Training in ACLS certification are available via your computer or mobile device and are 100 percent web-based. Hands-on skills testing is not required. Our BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification classes are accepted in all 50 states, Canada, the UK, and Europe. The material is not time-limited, allowing you to work at your own pace. The courses cover CPR and AED for all age groups, along with first aid training, comprehensive first aid training, and CPR. In addition to first aid basics, you’ll also learn the skills needed to provide care in severe injury situations.

Courses are all-inclusive, with all necessary materials included; you will not need to purchase anything else. These courses are building blocks for more advanced courses such as BLS, ACLS and PALS, which we also offer. The courses are updated every five years as standards are reviewed and/or changed, so they will always provide you with the most current information.

Cost of the Courses:

CPR/AED: $20

First Aid/CPR/AED: $35

ACLS/PALS: $249 for initial certification and $149 for recertification

Each course includes the following:

  1. All online training material necessary to pass the exam.
  2. The exam itself.
  3. A printable PDF card for immediate proof of certification.
  4. A hard copy provider card with free shipping anywhere in the continental US.
  5. Two full years of certification coverage.
  6. Support for all major device types, including desk and laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Minnesota Information:

Known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota is the 21st most populous state in the US, with nearly 60 percent of its residents living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. The state is home to the famed Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota Medical School – a highly rated medical teaching institution. In 2015, Minnesota was home to nearly 5.5 million people, the majority of whom live in urban areas. About 11 percent live in small towns and 8 percent live in more remote rural areas. In rural areas, health care may be more limited, which makes CPR classes and first aid more important. Emergency care may be an hour or more away and especially in winter, travel time can be extensive. The population of people age 65 and older is expected to grow significantly, and by 2035 is projected to eclipse the under-18 population. This projection means an increase in age-related health issues such as chronic and degenerative diseases. Historically a center of Scandinavian and German American culture, current immigration patterns in Minnesota are changing to include many Asians, Africans, Latin Americans and individuals from the Middle East.

Health Issues in Minnesota

Although Minnesota has low rates of premature death, infant mortality, occupational fatalities and cardiovascular disease, BLS, ACLS and PALS classes ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality. There is a relatively high rate of binge drinking and public health funding is comparatively low. Approximately 25 percent of the population will be people of color by 2035. Two percent of the population of Minnesota are American Indians, with Anishinaabe, Chippewa, Ojibwe and Dakota Sioux being the most numerous. This group is more likely to live in poverty, to have low high school graduation rates and to suffer from chronic diseases like diabetes, compared to Caucasians and other people of color. They are also twice as likely to die from unintentional injury and have a high lung cancer rate. American Indian youth are more likely to attempt suicide. Disability rates are also higher among the American Indian groups, according to the 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment.

Compared to other states, Minnesota has high rates of health insurance, although rates are lower among people of color and American Indians. Ethnic disparities in Minnesota include higher rates of colorectal and other cancers among nonwhites, and higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as lower rates of prenatal care and breastfeeding. Dental care is lacking in many rural areas.

Average temperatures are rising in Minnesota, leading to more air pollution and longer allergy seasons, as well as increased rates of disease from animal vectors, including Lyme disease. Flooding from severe rainfall is also an issue and causes health problems from mold and mildew as well as direct injuries and drowning risks. Lead exposure is still an issue due to the prevalence of older housing in many areas. Obesity is a problem, with one in four adults obese. Obesity rates are much higher for American Indians (40.9 percent). Opioid use in the state is increasing, with a 10-fold jump in opioid-related deaths between 2000 and 2015. CPR and ACLS skills are important in helping resuscitate patients who have overdosed.


Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota, with a population of 400,079 in 2016. Home to three of the state’s four major sports teams, it hosted the 2008 National Republican Convention. Minneapolis adjoins St. Paul and the two are commonly known as the Twin Cities. Rich in water, such as the Mississippi River, many lakes, and streams, the city is the economic hub of the region. Commerce, finance, healthcare, industry, and rail and trucking services are the primary economic activities. The city is also known for cultural activities such as music and theater. In common with the rest of the US, the leading causes of death in Minneapolis in 2014 were accidents, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, heart disease and stroke. The high levels of heart and stroke-related problems mean CPR and AED skills are vital in this locale. BLS, PALS and ACLS classes allow you to provide high levels of care.

St. Paul

St. Paul, the state capital, has a population of 294,873 and boasts the most Mississippi River shoreline of any other city in the US. Second in the US in terms of higher education institutions per capita, St. Paul boasts three public and eight private colleges or universities as well as five-post-secondary institutions. It is home to several major businesses, including Gander Mountain and the 3M company. Health issues in St. Paul are similar to those in Minneapolis, which means BLS, ACLS and PALS skills are necessary.


Rochester, population 110,731, is home to the Mayo Clinic and the technology firm of IBM. Lying along the Zumbro river, the area is humid and has significant snowfall in winter. Health care, and especially the Mayo Clinic, are the core of the city’s economy. Mental health, obesity, diabetes and vaccine preventable diseases are the primary health issues in the city, according to the 2013 Olmstead County Community Health Needs Assessment. Financial stress is also an issue for 26 percent of adults. Obesity and stress both increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, for which CPR, ACLS and PALS skills are frequently necessary, as is the use of AED. Our BLS, ACLS and PALS classes help you meet this need


Bloomington, with a population of 86,321, lies only 10 miles south of downtown Minneapolis. Settled in 1852, the economy was once based on farming, blacksmithing and flour milling but today the Mall of America is the primary source of jobs. However, the Bloomington Airport and other headquarters of organizations such as Health Partners, Seagate Technology, and Wells Fargo are also located in Bloomington. Maternal/child health, nutrition/obesity/physical activity, and social/emotional well-being are the top three health issues in Bloomington, according to the most recent Community Health Board Report. PALS is an important component of care in any area that has maternal/child health problems, While BLS and ACLS classes help prepare you to meet the needs of adults and seniors.


Duluth is roughly equivalent in size to Bloomington, with a population of 86,125. The city borders Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest and is a major port city in the region. Original immigrants to the area were fur traders, who displaced the local American Indians. Economic declines in shipping, mining and the steel industry in the 1950s led to a gradual shift to tourism. The climate is humid and winters are typically snowy, long and cold due to the proximity of Lake Superior. Obesity/physical activity/nutrition, alcohol and drug use, access to preventive care and screenings are the major health issues in the area, according to the St. Lukes Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment of 2013. Drug use increases the risk of overdose, for which CPR/ACLS and PALS may be necessary; classes help you prepare for this level of care.

No matter where you are in Minnesota, you can access our online courses to certify or renew certification in CPR, BLS, ACLS, PALS, the use of an AED or first aid. Please contact us for more information or to sign up.