The next time a person requires CPR, a high school student may be doing it. The Kentucky General Assembly has passed a bill that would require all public high school students to receive basic CPR training.

Kentucky Senate Bill 33 states high school students be taught cardiopulmonary resuscitation by a emergency medical professional. The training would be taught as part of a student's PE class, health class, or as part of a student's JROTC training. It was signed into law in April. At least 34 states have passed similar legislation as the skill has been encouraged by the American Heart Association.

The law will not require students to be certified in CPR but it does require the training to be based on the American Heart Association's guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. It is believed hands-only CPR will be the quickest method to teach and it can be completed during a normal class period.