Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Center for Resuscitation Science


CPR Certification

Our team is dedicated to providing an in-depth CPR training course that will both educate your staff on sudden cardiac arrest and teach the skills needed to perform high quality CPR. Our experts are thought leaders in the field and will offer an introduction on sudden cardiac arrest and CPR and share information regarding new practices in the world of resuscitation.

What is CPR?

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and is the first important step to treating someone who experiences sudden cardiac arrest- that is, when someone’s heart stops beating.

Why should I learn CPR

Everyone should know CPR! Each year, over 300,000 Americans suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). Less than 8% of those who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. CPR, along with defibrillation (which can be performed with an automated external defibrillator, or AED) is the only proven way to improve survival from cardiac arrest. In fact, every minute without CPR following sudden cardiac arrest decreases the probability of survival by 7-10% per minute.

Training Team of Experts

The CPR training team at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Resuscitation Science provides a unique CPR training program unlike any other in our area. Our team is composed of the leading experts in the field who actually write the national and international CPR guidelines used by healthcare providers and community members around the world. Our team includes physicians and nurses dedicated to training individuals in high quality CPR and improving the survival rate of those who suffer from cardiac arrest.

Unique and Highly Specialized Trainings Offered

In addition to the American Heart Association (AHA) teaching via video and hands-on practice, the training includes a presentation   by experienced leaders in the field, survivor stories and discussion sessions. Course content will include adult, child and infant CPR as well as hands-on demonstration of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Personalized attention is very important to our staff to ensure that each participant is learning the proper techniques. Easy internal University of Pennsylvania direct payment is available  via departmental journal entry. We offer two types of trainings:

  • CPR certification (card valid for 2 years): AHA teaching via video, short background presentation by leaders in the field, survivor stories, discussion, hands-on practice sessions for both CPR and AED use.
  • Non-certificate training: Hands-on only CPR course that provides the fundamentals of CPR.


  • "This was the clearest, best CPR I've taken. I get certified every few years. I liked the combination of video with live instruction".
  • "Initial PowerPoint with relevant research set this apart and made so relevant".
  • "Best CPR class I have taken. Having Dr. Abella do introduction was a great bonus".
  • "Trainers are awesome - so well informed on CPR. The instructors were absolutely helpful, nice and understanding. Very glad I took this course".
  • "I feel completely confident now to be able to do CPR".
  • "I was so nervous going into this but coming out I feel very educated and I'm comfortable doing this."

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To request more information, please contact our CPR Training Coordinator, Marisa Cinousis at (215) 615-6573 or

Meet our team

Our team at the Center for Resuscitation Science is composed of the leading experts in the field of sudden cardiac arrest that are dedicated to training the public in high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Our team includes physicians and nurses who actually help to write the national and international guidelines that members of the community and healthcare providers learn every time they take a CPR training course. Together we have established a CPR training unlike no other in the region to educate and certify your staff in CPR.


Dr. Benjamin Abella, MD MPhil
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Research Director, Center for Resuscitation Science
Vice Chair of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine


Marion Leary, MSN, RN

Assistant Director of Clinical Research, Center for Resuscitation Science

Dr. Abella is a pioneer in the world of resuscitation and an expert in the field of sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death that claims over 200,000 lives each year in the United States. Dr. Abella has published scholarly work in numerous professional journals including JAMA and Circulation, and has authored review monographs and textbook chapters on cardiac arrest and resuscitation. He serves on the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care task force and has participated in developing both national and international CPR guidelines. He has lectured widely on the topics of cardiac arrest and has won numerous honors for his research, clinical care in the Emergency Department, and his teaching of residents and medical students.

Marion Leary is the Assistant Director of Clinical Research of the Center for Resuscitation Science and a critical care nurse. Ms. Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of CPR quality and post-cardiac arrest, resuscitation care. She serves on the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Nursing subcommittee and also the AHA Emergency Cardiac Care Basic Life Support subcommittee. She has participated in the 2010 resuscitation guidelines and will be participating in the upcoming 2015 resuscitation guidelines. Additionally, she is the co-director of the Hypothermia and Resuscitation Training Institute at Penn. Ms. Leary has been an author on over 20 peer-reviewed publications.


Marisa Cinousis, MHA

Research Coordinator


Jordan Hacker, MPH

Research Assistant

Marisa Cinousis is a clinical research coordinator for the Center for Resuscitation Science and CPR Training Coordinator. She is project coordinator for an in- hospital study looking to improve the quality of CPR throughout the hospital. She is also leading the CPR training initiative to increase the number of individuals certified in CPR. Marisa is co-author on several papers stuyding cardiac arrest and post-arrest care.


Jordan Hacker is a clinical research assistant for the Center for Resuscitation Science. She is an Emergency Medical Technician with several years of pulic health research experience on topics including women's health, HIV/AIDS transmission and managed care