Frequently Asked Questions

Why are CPR & First Aid important?
At any given time, anyone may find himself or herself in a situation where they need to provide First Aid care or CPR to a stranger or a loved one.  Knowing basic First Aid skills and CPR will give you the tools to properly and effectively assist someone or yourself in need and offer peace of mind.

Who can take a CPR course at UVAC?
Anyone and everyone who is physically/mentally able is encouraged to get CPR certified! Members of the University of Maine community (students, staff, professors, employees, ect.) as well as people with no affiliation with the University are encouraged.

Where are classes located?
Classes are located on the University of Maine campus downstairs in Cutler Health Center. Enter through the side door on the Long Road face of the building; the double doors at the end of a short concrete ramp. The door will have a CPR sign on it.

Which course is right for me?
Please see our course description page.

What forms of payment are accepted?
Payment is due at the beginning of the class or you will be refused admittance unless prior arrangements have been made. We can accept three different types of payment: online payment via credit card, personal check OR inter-department order (IDO). We cannot accept cash.

Personal Check:
Please make your check payable to University of Maine. Include all other pertinent information. Ensure that the attendee’s name is present on the check.

If your employer or department is paying for the class you may hand in an IDO (interdepartmental order) as payment.  A signature along with price needs to be included on this form.  If your employer or department has questions about the IDO they may call 207.581.4198 or email

I have a cold, can I participate?
CPR is a hands-on skill and may require you to work with a partner.  Although the manikins are cleaned after every class and alcohol wipes are used between skills practices it is not recommended that you participate if you are not feeling well. If able, the instructor may give you your own manikin.  Discuss this with the instructor before attending the class.

What are the legal rights of an individual administering CPR or using an AED?
In the state of Maine, the Good Samaritan Laws encourages people to assist others in distress by granting them immunity against lawsuits.  You must provide a level of care in which you were trained. The same laws apply for AED use, by a trained or untrained bystander in a suspected cardiac arrest emergency

I have physical limitations, may I take the class?
CPR classes are physically demanding. If you have a medical condition that could be aggravated by performing CPR skills, please consult with your physician and inform the instructor before class so appropriate accommodation can be arranged.