HomeHealthcare Provider CPR VS HeartSaver CPRBLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Renewal CourseBLS for Healthcare Provider CPRHeartsaver CPR/AED TrainingHeartsaver First Aid and CPR/AED TrainingHeartsaver First Aid TrainingACLSAHA Instructor CourseWorkplace Onsite TrainingBlood Borne Pathogen CourseFamily & Friends CPR, non-certification CPR courseBabysitting CourseCPR History!



HeartStarters was founded by Mary Houska in July 2001.  EMT-Paramedic since 1984, she has responded to victims of cardiac arrest and horrific scenes of accidents in which citizens trained in CPR and First Aid have made a dramatic difference in how the victim survived and recovered. We need more first responders.
A resident in Sioux Falls since 1992, Mary discovered it was near-impossible to find CPR and First Aid classes. Thus the idea of Heartstarters was born. HeartStarters mission is to provide a greater number of quality life saving programs in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas. Our mission is simply to "Save That Life".

In 2002 HeartStarters received recognition as an American Heart Association Training Center.
Use of American Heart Association 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.
HeartStarters is also recognized as an American Safety and Health Institute Training Center.

HeartStarters offers a wide variety of workplace and community courses. We can bring the training to your facility. We travel anywhere! Classes outside a 50 mile radius of HeartStarters will have additional mileage fee. Email us for details.

Course descriptions and fees are listed for each course on each title page.

HeartStarters can now offer online training for business and individuals. This is a 2 part program, fees are applicable to each part. The first part is to go to onlineaha.org and take the online portion and print out the course completion page. The 2nd part is to register for the skills evaluation through Heartstarters. Evaluation times are listed on the schedule page. The fee for part 2, (the skills test and certification) is $30.  
ACLS 2nd part is the ACLS renewal course and the fee for this is $70. The skill evaluations takes as long as the renewal class minus the written test which will usually deduct 30 minutes from the course. Remember if you are already certified in HCP CPR or ACLS you do not need to take the online course. 

The workplace training program meets OSHA recommendations.

I know first hand the consequences of a victim when no help was available, don't be the bystander who has not been prepared to save the life of a co-worker or loved one. Schedule your training today. To Save That Life you need to be prepared, 80% of all cardiac arrests happen in the home! The best chance of survival is given to the victims who receive help immediately. Allow HeartStarters to help you be prepared.
Classes are often held in my home office at 4600 S Nathan Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57103. Below are some photos of the training site and equipment.


Email HeartStarters or text a message to 605-310-7109. Texting is quickest way to reach me.

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