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CPR and Safety Education

CPR/AED training center. Our instructional staff are able to meet your CPR and First Aid training needs, both at the lay rescuer and Professional Rescuer levels. Our first aid and CPR/AED programs will help give you the confidence needed to respond in an emergency situation with skills that can save a life. Most accidents occur at work or at home, so be prepared to take action - you may very well save a life! 

The Recreation Department offers training for on-campus organization, departments and groups as well as off-campus community groups.  There are customized group options and pre-scheduled dates and times. Contact with any questions.

Monthly Community CPR/First Aid/BBP Group Training

The community group training in CPR/AED/FA/BBP will teach you how respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies using rescue breathing, CPR and AEDs. Upon successful completion of this course, participants receive American Red Cross Adult, Child & Infant CPR, AED (2 yr.), First Aid (2 yr.) and Blood Borne Pathogens (1 yr.) certifications. Participants in all courses must be able to demonstrate skills on each other (e.g. bandaging, or rolling an injured person into a recovery position, choking) or on CPR training manikins. Therefore, participants are encouraged to dress comfortably as skills are practiced on the floor. This course is intended for the community, Indiana State Certified and Licensed Teachers, Education Majors, Pharmacy students, Social Work Agency staff and Foster parents.  

This class will include:

  • Adult and Pediatric CPR and AED skills (2 year certification) including
    • One and Two-person CPR,
    • The use of a CPR mask 
    • Using an AED
  • First Aid skills (2 year certification)
  • Blood-borne Pathogen training, also known as Universal Precautions (1 year certification)

FALL 2019 and SPRING 2020 DATES:​​

  • 9/21/2019  Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • 11/16/2019 Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • 1/18/2020  Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • 3/21/2020 Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
  • 5/16/2020  Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM  

COST: $75/person (includes all course materials)*

TIME: 4 hours

LOCATION: Butler University Health and Recreation Complex

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Cash, check, credit card


Butler Organization/Department Emergency Preparedness Trainings

Want your departmental staff to be prepared in an emergency? Our HRC risk instructors will prepare a BU building specific protocol for your department. 

We will equip your staff with preparedness in the following scenarios:​

  • Cardiac emergency - CPR skills overview and AED locations*
  • First aid skills - sudden illness care and First Aid Kit locations*
  • Epi-pen Administration

TIME: Varies by training (15 minutes - 2 hours)

LOCATION: At your BU building or at the HRC Large Conference Room

WHEN:  We will work together to determine a time that works best for your staff


*If your staff would like to beAmerican Red Cross Certified, we can include that component into the training for a cost  of $40 per person for CPR/AED and an additional 2 hours of training time for the experiential skills and assessments.

Customized Community Group Trainings

American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED Community Courses 

We offer a variety of course dates and times to best meet your training needs. Our experienced American Red Cross instructors will help prepare you to adequately respond in times of crisis. 

This class will:

  • Train you in the skills of Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED, and Infant CPR/AED and First Aid.
  • Provided hands-on training that will prepare you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies.
  • Teach skills and knowledge to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
  • Offer a 2-year Certification to those who successfully pass the written exam (80%) and the practical skills evaluations.

This particular certification is required for Indiana State Certified and Licensed Teachers and is a valuable for Education Majors upon graduation.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENT: A minimum of 6 participants

COST: $75/person (includes all course materials)*

*Discount rates for Butler University Student Groups

TIME: 4 hours

LOCATION: Butler University Health and Recreation Complex

WHEN:  We will work together to determine a time that works best for your staff

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Cash, check, credit card

Schedule a private group training or join one of our monthly scheduled trainings below.

Printed Certification

All of our courses result in official certification from the American Red Cross. You will receive your digital certification via email from the American Red Cross within 1 week of your course.  For more information on the digital certifications and how to obtain one if you lost yours please CLICK HERE.

Download Course Materials

If you are taking a Red Cross First Aid or CPR/AED course, please download the free textbook that accompanies your course. This text is an excellent resource both before and after your course.

Butler University HRC risk staff recommend that all participants review the class manual before attending class.  A digital copy of the class manual may be downloaded using the link provided on this below.

Manuals you will need to review for the training



Course fees include access to electronic textbooks / PDFs in addition to printed skill worksheets.  Exams, Exam Answer sheets, Latex gloves, uses of disposable CPR Mask, use of Manikins, use of Trainer AEDs, use of Trainer BVMs



Course participants will be expected to kneel and move on the ground. Therefore we recommend that you dress appropriately in comfortable, easy to move in clothing. 


Class Size: 

Class size is limited to 10-12 participants.



Registration is first-come, first-served. Registrations will only be accepted with full payment.  

A minimum of six (6) people are needed to run a course, therefore we recommend that you allow yourself ample time to complete your certification in the event that your class in cancelled due to lack of registration (see "Course Cancellation Policy" below).



An On-Campus Journal Vouchers is accepted, provided budget information is provided. 

Please make checks payable to: Butler University. 

Credit cards are also accepted.


Course Cancellation Policy:

A class may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is cancelled, you will be offered the option to transfer your enrollment to an alternative date or a full refund.


Refund Policy: 

If you choose to cancel your registration for a course, refunds will only issue if written notice is received at least two (2) weeks prior to the class date.

  • Refunds will not be provided for cancellations made within two weeks of the start date.
  • Refunds are not provided to individuals who complete the class but do not meet the minimum American Red Cross course completion requirements, including skill assessments and written exams.
  • Refunds will not be issued to students who fail to show up on the date of the course for which they are registered.

Please contact if you wish to cancel your registration.


Inclement Weather Policy:

The University may cancel campus activities, including an HRC sponsored certification class, because of inclement weather. If the University is closedat the time of a scheduled class, the class will be cancelled. Those enrolled in the class will be offered a choice of an alternative date to complete the course or a full refund.


Reasonable Accommodations: 

All risk programs include a written exam to help assess your understanding of course content.  If you need special testing accommodations, please let us know in advance of the course.  Exams are only available in English. Requested accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of the skills will not be granted. For example, participants must be able to kneel on the ground to perform chest compressions at an appropriate rate and depth.  

Free Skill Fresher

Because skills and knowledge deteriorate with time, the American Red Cross makes available FREE refreshers to help you remember the steps needed to save a life. While no substitute for recertification, refreshers are an excellent means of helping keep first aid and CPR/AED skills fresh in your memory. We encourage all participants to visit the refresher page quarterly (every 3 months) at

Free First Aid App for Iphone and Android

Simply text "GETFIRST" to 90999 or search "American Red Cross" in iTunes or Google Play App Stores.

The First Aid App is an excellent (and FREE) resource you can use whenever you find yourself in a position to provide emergency care.  The app comes with video clips you can download or stream online to help further illustrate first aid procedures. 

Concussion Education

Concussion Educational Video:

This video is a great tool for anyone regarding signs of a potential concussion, what proper care entails, and how to advocate for proper care from your family, school and organizations.

Concussion Awareness and Care Video

Concussion Baseline Testing:

The Butler University Health Services Office can conduct baseline testing for all Butler students.  This information is important for the University to have on file in the case that a student does suffer a concussion.  The baseline information will then allow the Health Services Staff to assess the student for severity of concussion symptoms and assign proper care for recovery.  Please make an appointment with Health Services if you'd like to have your baseline testing completed in their office.  

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion:

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not be immediately apparent. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer.

Common symptoms after a concussive traumatic brain injury are headache, loss of memory (amnesia) and confusion. The amnesia, which may or may not follow a loss of consciousness, usually involves the loss of memory of the event that caused the concussion.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or "seeing stars"
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed
  • Fatigue

Some symptoms of concussions may be immediate or delayed in onset by hours or days after injury, such as:

  • Concentration and memory complaints
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological adjustment problems and depression
  • Disorders of taste and smell

Excerpted from the MAYO CLINIC

(BU Concussion Guidelines Appendix B)

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course (American Red Cross)

Dates: TBA

Time: TBA

Registration Deadline: TBA

Description: If you're at least 16 years old and a proficient swimmer, you can become an American Red Cross Water Safety instructor. Learn to teach children and adults to swim, and give water safety presentations to kids and their parents. It's a fun and meaningful job that's in high demand. Plus, Red Cross certification is recognized nationwide so you can work anywhere in the United States. Fundamentals of Instructor Training (FIT) is included in this course.

Become certified to teach the following: Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, Learn-to-Swim, Safety Training for Swim Coaches, Longfellow's WHALE Tales, Water safety courses and presentations


Must be at least 16 years old
Swim 25 yards of the following strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke.
Swim 15 yards of butterfly
Float on back for 1 minute
Tread water for 1 minute

Course Length: FIT—4 hours, WSI—31 hours

Cost: $250 (books included)

WSI Registration Form:  Please print off and bring completed form along with payment to the Front Desk of the HRC.

Questions? Contact

Lifeguard Training (American Red Cross)

Spring Semester Course Dates: April 9–21, 2018

  • Monday, April 9th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 10th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 11th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, April 12th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, April 14th 9:00am - 12:0pm
  • Monday, April 16th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 17th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Thursday, April 19th 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Saturday, April 21st 9:00am - 12:00pm

*Participants must attend all class days and times.

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2018

Learn lifesaving skills. This American Red Cross lifeguarding course will provide necessary minimum skills to serve as a non-surf lifeguard. Other areas that lifeguarding will cover are:

CPR/AED For The Professional Rescuer
Preventing Disease Transmission (PDT)
First Aid
Spinal Management
Recognizing Life Threatening Situations
Emergency Action Plan

Prerequisites - The water portion will take place on Monday, April 9th.

Must be at least 15 years old
Must swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl with rhythmic breathing for 100 yards, breaststroke for 100 yards, and either breaststroke or front crawl for 300 yards
Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 ft, retrieve a 10 lb brick, return to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the brick in 1:20.

Course Length: 27 hours

Cost: $150 *This price does not include the necessary materials participants must purchase.

Need to purchase for class: ARC Lifeguard Manual and pocket mask (adult size). Instead of purchasing the manual, you could also bring a digital copy to look at on your laptop or tablet. Must have these by start of course and bring with you every day. 

Lifeguard Review (American Red Cross)