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Local School's CPR Instructors Not Qualified To Teach

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We're reporting here on former teachers at the Harris School of Business in Wilmington, Delaware, and a life-saving CPR instructor class they say they never completed.

But what makes this story so alarming, is that the teachers claim the school knew they weren't qualified CPR instructors but urged them to teach students anyway.

That's why it makes sense to learn the life saving technique by taking a class taught by a certified CPR instructor.

Fox 29 Investigates has learned there are dozens, maybe hundreds of medical assistants and technicians working in the tri-state area or out looking for jobs, who are not qualified to perform CPR, even though they were taught the procedure at the Harris school of business in Wilmington, Delaware.

One woman is one of four former teachers at the Harris school who say they were given CPR instructor cards and taught students, even though they never completed a two-and-a-half-day instructor course developed by the national safety council.

The sources say they began the CPR class at Harris last September, but it lasted only half a day before it was abruptly halted.

The former teachers who spoke on camera, asked us to conceal their faces and alter their voices. This instructor tells us she resigned in august. She says the students she taught...are not prepared.

Jennifer Shaughnessy of Middletown, Delaware graduated from Harris last year. She was stunned to learn that some teachers at the school are not certified CPR instructors.

Shaughnessy says it's been tough finding a job as a medical assistant. She says not being CPR certified will only make landing a job more difficult.

One man also taught CPR at Harris before he says he was let go earlier this year over an unrelated issue.  He says school officials knew he and other instructors weren't properly trained, but urged them to teach students anyway.

According to the national safety council, candidates must complete a two and a half day instructor development course and pass a written test in order to be certified. Once the course is completed, the instructor signs a instructor certification request form and the council issues CPR cards.

We informed the council about the allegations at Harris. No one would do on on-camera interview.

But in an email, a spokesperson wrote that the "council does not tolerate any deviation from the prescribed curriculum and credential process," and if that process is not adhered, the "credentials of the instructor and/or instructor trainer will be immediately revoked."

This former instructor says Harris did her students a disservice. She says the school let a lot of people down.

The national safety council tells us they're taking a look at the Harris Instructor Program.

We'll let you know if we learn anything more from the National Safety Council.

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