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CPR Requirements

CPR Certification

Every actively licensed Oregon optometrist must ensure continuous CPR certification.

At initial licensure, a hands-on skills and knowledge-based CPR course is required. 

After initial licensure, online CPR courses are acceptable to the Board. 

Oregon law requires BLS Healthcare Provider CPR certification as a condition of optometry license renewal. 

A copy of the current CPR card must be submitted with the inital license application. At renewal or reporting a new certification, licensees may upload a copy of their CPR certification, but are not required to.

A CPR course is not considered continuing optometric education and no CE credit is given for CPR certification. The Oregon Administrative Rule which applies to CPR certification requirements for AT and ATI certification is OAR 852-080-0040(2)(e).

As of February 2, 2018, the Board has limited allowable CPR to the courses listed on the website. If you want to have a course added, please contact OBO staff for consideration. 

Accredited CPR Course Providers

ACLS Certification Institute

ACLS Medical Training

ACLS Training Center

American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc. (must be Health Care Provider CPR program--does not include a hands-on portion so not eligible for initial licensure)

American CPR Care Association

American Health Care Academy (Healthcare Provider Combo or Healthcare Provider CPR/AED)

American Health Training

American Heart Association (must complete the blended class that includes a hands-on component, and cannot be completed online only for initial licensure)

American Red Cross

American Safety & Health Institute

Be a Life Saver 

Cascade Training Center


Community 911 Training (Massachusetts)

CPR Certified (online-only program)

CPR Certification Institute--(online-only, links to specific course accepted by OBO)

CPR Today (online-only program)

EMS Safety 

Enjoy CPR

Essential CPR

Health & Safety Institute

Health Solutions of America

International CPR Institute

Lifeguard and Safety Training (links to specific course)

National CPR Association

National CPR Foundation (online-only --not for initial licensure. Select BLS course)

National Health Care Provider Solutions

NewLifeCPR  (online-only --not for initial licensure. Select BLS for Healthcare Provider)

Pacific Medical Training


ProMed Certification (online only--not for initial licensure)

Salem First Aid and CPR Center (in-person only)

Simple CPR

Wilderness Medical Associates International  (only Wilderness First Responder Course qualifies)