Health 57D

Health 57D (HLTH 57D) a 1/2 unit class designed for recertification in American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, is not currently offered at De Anza.

Students told me that they had much easier success in CPR when they took the first aid class, HLTH57A before they took CPR/AED, even if they did not need a Red Cross first aid certification.


If you enrolled or intend to enroll you need to read this entire page. This webpage is the course syllabus for HLTH 57D.

The prerequisite is a current certification in American Red Cross Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers or the American Heart Association equivalent.

These are not accepted by the Red Cross as prerequisite certifications:

The old (2006-2010) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for the Professional Rescuer. Notice that it sounds the same but does not have the same name. Please look at your card to verify you have the correct, current certification

Adult CPR

Citizen CPR

Family and Friends CPR

Family and Friends First Aid

First Aid

Heartsaver CPR

Heartsaver First Aid

Infant and Child CPR

Lay Rescuer CPR

Medic First Aid

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Safe Babies Guide to First Aid Care for California Childcare Providers

Standard First Aid

ABC CPR, American BLS, American A.C.A, American AED/CPR Assn., American CPR Care Assn., American Health Care Academy, CPR Academy, CPR Care, CPR Class Org., CPR Online, CPROnline, CPR Professor, CPR Pros, CPR Today, ECPR Certification, Emergency University, Free Online CPR, First Aid Web, Inc., Fun CPR, Less Stress CPR, Legit CPR online, National CPR, Nursing Education Company, Online CPR Certification, Inc., Pro Home Safety, Professional Training Institute CPR, Pro CPR. Org, Pro First Aid, Star CPR.


The Student Learning Outcome for the class is “Demonstrate lifesaving skills in respiratory and cardiac emergencies as specified by the American Red Cross.”

The Red Cross instructor’s manual says:

“The challenge is intended as an opportunity for a person to demonstrate skills and be evaluated. Those taking part in the challenge should be tested for their ability to perform the skill, NOT take part in instructor-led practice sessions or be coached.”

Students enrolling in Health 57D are encouraged to review their Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers text, watch videos and/or practice in preparation for the challenge test. There is only one try at the skills testing allowed.

There is a copy of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers video at the De Anza Learning Center that you can watch for review. The library catalog number is RC87.9.C6414 2011. You can check it out and watch it in the Library Express, room LC 123, but you can’t take it home. Go to the campus map at The door to the room is on the south side of the Library building, the door faces the grassy area. Hours it is open are at

Skills tested will be based on the 2010 Consensus on Science for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular care (ECC).

DO NOT use the 2002 or 2006 textbook (American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer) shown below on the left to study from. You need the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillation for
Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers handbook shown on the right:

2 covers of Cpr aed text: 2 covers of a textbook cpr text 2011: cover of a textbook

You can download a PDF version to your laptop for free, or print the booklet at:

The American Heart Assn uses a few different skills than the Red Cross. You are responsible for knowing the current methods the Red Cross uses.

You will take a multiple choice exam (80% equals passing). As is the policy at the Silicon Valley chapter of the Red Cross for challenge tests, you will have only one try at the written test. Go to How to pass a Red Cross written test for tips.

You will be tested on the following skills (not necessarily in the following order):

Primary Assessment, adult;

Giving ventilations (Adult and Child or Infant);

Conscious Choking (Adult or child);

Conscious Choking (infant);

CPR (Adult or Child);

CPR (Infant);

Two-Rescuer CPR (Adult or Child);

Two-Rescuer CPR (Infant);

Using a Bag-Valve-Mask Resuscitator (Two Rescuers).

AED skills (adult, child or infant).

The instructor(s) (Mary Donahue or a teaching assistant who is a Red Cross certified CPR instructor) will provide the student with signals of the victim’s condition, and the student will provide proper care. If the student can’t pass all of the first few skills tests the test will not continue through all the skills, and it will be considered a no-pass. There will probably be no privacy for the test as it will be taken with other students around.

The schedule of classes lists this class as TBA (to be announced) and has a link to this webpage for people to get the information they need. The testing dates for each quarter I teach the class will usually be posted here within two weeks after the start of the quarter.

For Fall quarter, 2014, the written (multiple choice) test and one or two skills tests, will be given on Friday, Nov. 14, at 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m. in (location to be determined). If you pass the first skills tests and written test, you will be given the rest of the skills tests at at at 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, in the same classroom.

For Winter quarter, 2015, the written (multiple choice) test and one or two skills tests, will be given on Friday, March 6, at 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m. in (location to be determined). If you pass the first skills tests and written test, you will be given the rest of the skills tests at at at 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m. on Friday, March 13, in the same classroom.

There are no makeups of the exam or skills testing allowed after class time, everything must be completed during the class sessions you tell me you will attend.

The class is not offered summer quarter.

To find the classroom, go to:

Most students who enroll in the 57D challenge format class do not attend, either because they do not follow through and find out when the class is held, or because they realize it is not the class for them when they read this page. You must email me before the testing date if you intend to follow through with this class, and tell me what time you will be there, or there will not be an instructor to test you. In your email also tell me what certification you have, from what agency, and the expiration date (describe what it says on the card).

Grading: This is a pass/no pass course. If you pass the Red Cross skills tests and written test you pass the De Anza class. If you do not pass the written exam, or any of the initial skills, you will not earn a certification and will be encouraged to drop the class with a “W” (IF there is time for you to do so).

If a student provides a self-addressed, stamped envelope they can usually expect their card in the mail within three weeks after the end of the quarter, unless the Red Cross chapter is swamped with work, as it often has been recently. A letter to employers, etc. verifying passing can be provided if requested two weeks before the testing day. Students who do not bring the stamped, self-addressed envelope to the testing session, may need to contact the Red Cross for a replacement card, at 1 800 733-2767, because the instructor is not responsible for keeping your card on file.

There is a $27 fee for the Red Cross card, which you usually pay when you register for the class. The fee is charged by the Red Cross if you pass or if you fail.

You must bring to class your current CPR certification card (and copies of the front and back to leave with the instructor), a pencil, your adult and pediatric sized pocket masks, a self-addressed, stamped envelope, and, if you want it, something to kneel on. Any unused SASEs can be claimed during class but will not be returned after class is over.

If you realize after reading this, that Health 57D is not the right way for you to renew or earn your certification, look into information at: Health 57E or contact the Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter.

If you are enrolled and decide to not follow through with the class, you are responsible for dropping in time for a refund if you want one. I will make every effort to be sure to drop people who do not make an appointment for testing before the college deadlines that would require me to give them a failing grade, but the college still considers any needed drops to be the responsibility of each student, not the instructor.

You can read the curriculum (course outline or course content, usually designed by a division then reviewed and approved by the college) for any De Anza class at:

Please also note:

You will be kneeling or even lying on the floor, so dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothes, (pants or shorts preferred over skirts). You will also check a member of the class for consciousness and breathing, and roll them from their back to their side. Bring something to kneel on if you want it.

Visitors are not allowed in the classroom, according to division policy. Video or audio taping of this class is not allowed. Please turn off ringers on cell phones or pagers during class, unless you are having an emergency at home, in which case let me know.

The De Anza Health Policy
says (in part) “A De Anza student will:
Not attend college if he/she has a contagious condition (i.e., T.B., measles, hepatitis, etc.).
Not attend college if he/she is under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs.
Obtain a physician’s note and cooperate openly and honestly with college officials about medical problems that may threaten the health and/or welfare of self and others.
Adhere to safety regulations and use safety equipment and protective devices as required.”

Report any injuries and equipment or facilities problems immediately to your instructor.

Use the restroom before an exam begins. Once you have begun an exam you will not be allowed to go to the bathroom and return to finish the test. No books, notes, computers, dictionaries, translation devices or other aids are allowed during exams. Do not wear ear buds. Do not talk to anyone during an exam except the instructor, a co-instructor or teaching assistant.

You will be required to comply with all rules and regulations as outlined in the De Anza College Student Handbook (especially the section on academic integrity ) as well as any in the De Anza College Catalog ).

All information in the student handbook(s) applies in this course and students will be held accountable for this information.

In the handbook you will find descriptions of cheating and plagiarism: “Cheating is the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of dishonest, deceptive or fraudulent means… Plagiarism is representing the work of someone else as your own” (and the Student Handbook gives many detailed examples),

and these statements: “It is the students’ responsibility to know what constitutes academic dishonesty…When students are caught cheating or plagiarizing, a process is begun which may result in severe consequences.” The consequences can include “receiving a failing grade on the test, paper or exam…receiving a grade of F in the course…being placed on disciplinary probation…suspension.”

If disruptive behavior occurs in a class, “the instructor may remove the student from his or her class for that day and the next class meeting if the student interfered with the instructional process,” and the behavior will be reported to the Office of Student Development for possible disciplinary action/reprimand/suspension.

You can be subject to being dropped on the first instance of any such behavior.

It would be impossible to list all the ways a student could be disruptive, but the basic definition is: a disruptive person is one, who through his/her behavior, speech or actions, interferes with academic activity. This can be as obvious as physical or verbal abuse; willful damage to person or college property; disorderly conduct; lewd, indecent or obscene behavior or use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs & alcohol.

Disruptive behavior also includes anything that distracts or intimidates students or disrupts teaching, including, but not limited to: using cell phones, pagers, and other electronic devices other than those approved by me or allowing them to ring; using a laptop during class to do homework, email friends, etc.; engaging in private conversations; inappropriate language (profanity or vulgarity) or gestures; requesting excessive (in the opinion of the instructor) breaks; taking breaks of your own choosing; inconsiderate personal hygiene habits including, but not limited to: noticeably offensive body odor, cologne or the use of chewing tobacco; smoking in or near the classroom; wearing/using headphone or earbuds-type music/tape playing devices; packing up early; disruptive noise making, including but not limited to uncontrolled laughter, pen, pencil or foot tapping, loud gum popping, loud or attentiondistracting drinking and paper/book rustling; inappropriate body language, including, but not limited to propping feet up on a desk, refusing to remain seated, glaring or making faces; inappropriate physical contact; refusal to comply with instructor’s directions; open and persistent defiance of the authority of the instructor or teaching assistants. Day packs and other gear should be left on the floor, not the desk top, so you won’t be tempted to hide your cell phone from view of the instructor while you text message a friend.

Disruptive behavior also includes inordinate demands for time and attention, including, but not limited to, monopolizing discussions; persistent questioning; wasting class time by repeatedly asking unnecessary questions, such as those that have been answered in class or class materials or giving excuses for not doing homework; attempting to debate with the instructor over teaching style, the need for required homework, attendance, attention; interrupting the flow of class with interjections or questions; incoherent comments and off-topic discussions; interrupting the flow of class by not staying organized during drills, especially not following along with simultaneous practices.

Disruptive behavior also includes overt inattentiveness and engaging in activities inappropriate to learning, including, but not limited to: sleeping (or appearing to sleep, as in eyes closed); reading nonclass related materials (newspapers, magazines, etc.); reading class materials at inappropriate times, such as when attention should be focused on videos, lecture, discussion or skills practice; completing homework during class time; applying makeup; staring out the window. Wearing ear buds, even if they are not attached to a device, makes it look to everyone as if you are not paying attention in class.


The American Red Cross has trained millions of people in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
(CPR) using manikins as training aids.

The Red Cross follows widely accepted guidelines for cleaning and decontaminating training
manikins. If these guidelines are adhered to, the risk of any kind of disease transmission during
training is extremely low.

To help minimize the risk of disease transmission, you should follow some basic health precautions
and guidelines while participating in training. You should take precautions if you have a condition that
would increase your risk or other participants risk of exposure to infections. Request a separate training
manikin if you:

Have an acute condition, such as a cold, a sore throat or cuts or sores on the hands or around your

Know you are seropositive (have had a positive blood test) for hepatitis B surface antigen
(HBsAg), indicating that you are currently infected with the hepatitis B virus.

Know you have a chronic infection indicated by longterm seropositivity (longterm positive blood
tests) for the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or a positive blood test for antihuman
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (that is, a positive test for antibodies to HIV, the virus that causes
many severe infections including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [AIDS]).

Have had a positive blood test for hepatitis C.

Have a condition that makes you unusually likely to get an infection.

To obtain information about testing for individual health status, visit the CDC Web site at

After a person has had an acute hepatitis B infection, he or she will no longer test positive for the surface antigen but will best positive for the hepatitis B antibody (anti-HBs). Persons who have been vaccinated for hepatitis B will also test positive for the hepatitis antibody. A positive test for the hepatitis B antibody (anti-HBs) should not be confused with a positive test for the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAG).*

If you decide you should have your own manikin, ask your instructor if he or she can provide
one for you to use. You will not be asked to explain why in your request. The manikin will not be used by
anyone else until it has been cleaned according to the recommended endofclass decontamination procedures. Because the number of manikins available for class use is limited, the more advance notice you
give, the more likely it is that you can be provided a separate manikin.


In addition to taking the precautions regarding manikins, you can further protect yourself and other participants from infection by following these guidelines:

Wash your hands thoroughly before participating in class activities.

Do not eat, drink, use tobacco products or chew gum during class. Please remove lipstick.

Be sure to keep track of which face is on the manikin so you don’t share germs. During some two rescuer skills you will pretend to breathe into the victim instead of breathing on another person’s manikin face.


Successful course completion requires successful
performance in knowledge and skill evaluations. You will be participating in strenuous activities,
such as performing CPR on the floor.

*A person with a hepatitis B infection will test positive for the HBsAg. Most people infected with hepatitis B will get better within a period of time. However, in some people hepatitis B infections will become chronic and will linger for much longer. These people will continue to test positive for HBsAg. Their decision to participate in CPR training should be guided by their physician. After a person has had an acute hepatitis B infection, he or she will no longer test positive for the surface antigen but will test positive for the hepatitis B antibody (anti-HBs). People who have been vaccinated for hepatitis B will also test positive for the hepatitis antibody. A positive test for anti-HBs should not be confused with a positive test for HBsAg.

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