31 States Now Require CPR Training Before High School Graduation

Thirty-one states have passed laws or adopted curriculum changes to require hands-on, guidelines-based CPR training for high school graduation. Each year, more than 1.6 million public high school graduates will have been trained in CPR. Following is a list of states as of April 2016.

Alabama
42,920 graduates
Passed: 1983
Implemented: 1983
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Arkansas
28,540 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year
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Connecticut
35,540 graduates
Passed: 2015
Implemented: 2016-2017 school year 
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Delaware
8,120 graduates
Approved: 2014
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year
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Georgia
92,010 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2013-2014 school year
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Idaho
17,170 graduates
Approved: 2014
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)
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Illinois
130,340 graduates
Passed: 2014
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year
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Indiana
65,940 graduates
Passed: 2015
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year 
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Iowa
32,310 graduates
Passed: 2008
Implemented: 2011-2012 school year
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Kentucky
38,490 graduates
Passed: 2016
Effective: 2016-2017 school year
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Louisiana
35,720 graduates
Passed: 2014
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year
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Maryland
56,990 graduates
Passed: 2014
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)
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Minnesota
56,320 graduates
Passed: 2012
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year
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Mississippi
25,720 graduates
Passed: 2014
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year (starting with ninth-grade class) 
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New Jersey
92,220 graduates
Passed: 2014
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)
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New Mexico
18,480 graduates
Passed: 2016
Implemented: 2017-2018 school year (starting with ninth-grade class) 
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New York
193,480 graduates
Curriculum changed: 2015
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year
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North Carolina
88,040 graduates
Passed: 2012
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year 
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North Dakota
6,980 graduates
Curriculum changed: 2015
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year
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Oklahoma
37,300 graduates
Passed: 2014
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year
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Oregon
34,490 graduates
Passed: 2015
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year
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Rhode Island
9,460 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2013-2014 school year
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South Carolina
39,450 graduates
Passed: 2016
Effective: 2017-2018 school year
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Tennessee
58,600 graduates
Passed: 2012
Implemented: 2012-2013 school year
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Texas
291,830 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year 
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Utah
31,860 graduates
Curriculum changed: 2014
Implemented: 2014-2015 school year
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Vermont
6,070 graduates
Passed: 2012
Implemented: 2012-2013 school year 
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Virginia
79,900 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2016-2017 school year (starting with ninth-grade class)
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Washington
65,310 graduates
Passed: 2013
Implemented: 2013-2014 school year
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West Virginia
16,740 graduates
Passed: 2015
Implemented: 2015-2016 school year
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Wisconsin
60,460 graduates
Passed: 2016
Effective: 2017-2018 school year
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SOURCE: American Heart Association

 

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