West Des Moines EMS


You can now take the first part of your CPR class online and then come in for skills practice and testing to complete your certification. Please follow the instructions below to take advantage of the online learning through WDM EMS and the American Heart Association.

Go to www.onlineaha.org 

Use the dropdown menu under “find a course.”

Select Heartsaver (for Heartsaver CPR or First Aid/CPR) or Basic Life Support (Heartcode BLS). 

Add the course you want to your cart and check out.

Print off the certificate at the end of the course and bring it with you when you come do your skills test. 

Send an email to Vicki.steward@wdm.iowa.gov when you are finished and would like to schedule a skills test.   

Testing Prices (cash or credit card only): Heartsaver $70; BLS $60; Heartsaver CPR with First Aid $80  

Public CPR Program

    The City of West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services is proud to offer CPR courses. Our CPR courses are taught according to the standards of the American Heart Association (AHA). Course instructors are certified by the AHA. Course completion cards are distributed at the time of the class or mailed within 30 days after course completion. 

    Currently we offer the programs described below. All classes are held at West Des Moines Public Safety Facility #19. PSF #19 is located at 8055 Mills Civic Parkway, in West Des Moines (west of Jordan Creek Pkwy on Mills Civic pkwy) unless otherwise noted. Call the CPR Coordinator at 515-273-0768 or email vicki.steward@wdm.iowa.gov to register for classes.


Basic Life Support Initial/Renewal

    The Healthcare Provider course is meant for persons who provide healthcare as part of their job responsibilities. In the purest sense, healthcare providers work for emergency medical services, hospitals, medical clinics, etc., but a childcare worker or employee in any business who is required to provide emergency care may be deemed a healthcare provider in his or her employment setting.

    This course provides learners with group interaction and feedback from an instructor while learning skills.

Adult/Child/Infant CPR with mask and BVM

Adult/Child/Infant Choking

Adult/Child AED

Heartsaver AED

    Designed for employee training at companies, corporations, businesses or other entities.

    For employees and/or designated first responders who have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements.

    Modular format creates course flexibility. Ideal for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback from an instructor while learning skills.

Adult/Child CPR with mask

Adult/Child Choking

Adult/Child AED


Infant CPR with mask

Infant choking

Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED

    Designed for employee training at companies, corporations, businesses or other entities.

    For employees and/or designated first responders who have a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Modular format creates course flexibility you can add or delete the CPR or AED module to fit your needs.

Family & Friends CPR

    The Family & Friends CPR program contains information on how to perform the basic skills of CPR in adults, children, and infants and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking.

    This classroom-based, video, and instructor-led CPR course offers families, friends, and community members the opportunity to learn basic CPR in a dynamic group environment.


    The Family & Friends CPR program is for family members, friends and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a certification card. This program is specifically designed for those who prefer to learn in a group environment with feedback from an instructor. 

    This program also can be a non-credentialed option for teaching CPR to middle and high school aged students in school settings. This program can be used in a variety of creative ways to teach lifesaving CPR skills to communities.

    Some examples include:

Workplace wellness program
Neighborhood or condo association meeting activity
Parent/teacher meeting program

Bloodborne Pathogens/Universal Precautions

    This Bloodborne Pathogens/Universal Precautions Course is a classroom course that teaches employees how to protect themselves and others from being exposed to blood or blood-containing materials.

    This course is designed to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site-specific instruction.


    This course is designed for anyone with a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens such as:

Correctional Officers
Childcare workers

Security guards
Maintenance workers
School personnel
Hotel housekeepers

Health and fitness club staff

Tattoo artists

Class Scheduling:

    Participants may register for classes by calling the CPR Coordinator at 515-273-0768 or emailing vicki.steward@wdm.iowa.gov. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

Groups or businesses who wish to schedule a class separate from those offered on the regular calendar can contact the CPR Coordinator to make arrangements. Group discounts are not given.

*Cancellation Policy*

Training Center: Classes have a minimum requirement of 6 participants. Courses not meeting this requirement will be rescheduled at no additional cost and participants will be notified two days prior to the course.

Participants: Refunds will not be given if participant does not show up on the course date.
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.

Fee Schedule:

    Basic Life Support Courses

Initial $100.00
Renewal $60.00
    Skills Check Off (for online classes) Only $60.00

Heartsaver Courses

CPR/AED $85.00
First Aid/CPR/AED $140.00

Skills Check Off (for online classes) $70.00

Skills Check Off plus First Aid $80

Course Books & Miscellaneous

Bloodborne Pathogens Class $45.00
Family and Friends CPR Course (at least six people) $35.00
Card Replacement Fee $10.00

Instructor Class $250.00

Instructor Renewal Fee $50


Travel Fee

Outside of WDM $30.00/hr.