Syllabus for FIT-190

First Aid, CPR, and Safety


First Aid, CPR, and Safety is intended to be a primer in basic safety procedures and preventive safety in the recreation and sports industries with an emphasis on the fitness segment of the industry. The course explores the basic skills required to give emergency care in a fitness facility including basic first aid, CPR, and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED). The course also includes an orientation to the basics of accident prevention in fitness and related facilities.


The overall objective of First Aid, CPR, and Safety is twofold:

  1. Provide the basic skills necessary to engage in emergency first aid procedures that are pertinent to health and fitness-related facilities, including life-threatening emergencies such as heart attack.
  2. Provide an overview of the prevention of accidents in health and fitness-related facilities as well as other recreation and functionally related facilities. The goal is that the student can take notice of potential hazards in such facilities and report them to the senior management or correct them when appropriate.

Students will be required to demonstrate competency in both objectives listed above by showing appropriate certificates in relationship to # 1 and by completing the required work as described in the modules for # 2. Evidence of successfully completing both certifications is required in order to pass this course.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct, at

Required Textbooks

ISBN: 978-1449609405

ISBN: 978-0736096003

ISBN: 978-1400007127

Additional Materials


This course is divided into seven modules. Modules 1 and 2 are prerequisites for completing the course. Modules 1 and 2 are completed by enrolling in outside activities and presenting the appropriate certifications to the mentor. The other modules are completed as described in each module.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to successfully complete two certifications, participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, and complete a final project.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

First Aid and CPE/AED Certificate

You will enroll in and show evidence of successfully completing a First Aid Certificate and a CPR/AED Certificate. These certifications must be from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross and must include a “hands on” or practical component. Students please note: Evidence of successfully completing both certifications is required in order to pass this course. If you do not satisfy the requirements for both certifications, you will receive a failing grade of 0 for the course.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be costs associated with obtaining these certifications unless you are already certified at the time you are enrolled in this course.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete eight discussion forum assignments. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignment

You are required to complete six written assignments. For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Final Project/Paper

This course requires each student to complete a final project. The project will be your opportunity to demonstrate that you have the ability to transfer and utilize knowledge learned throughout this course.


Evidence of successfully completing both certifications is required in order to pass this course. If you do not satisfy the requirements for both certifications, you will receive a failing grade of 0 for the course regardless of any other work you complete.

If you satisfy the requirements for both certifications, your grade will be calculated as follows:

First Aid Certificate—12%

CPR/AED Certificate—12%

Online discussions (8)—16%

Written assignment (6)—30%

Final project/paper—30%

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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