Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Kimberly Buchholz

Second Advisor

Suzan Ayers


Knowing basic medical skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as the medical chain of command are becoming increasingly important on a college campus. The standard college student is now statistically older and more unhealthy, making techniques like CPR even more likely to be needed in an emergency situation. Additionally, students are using drugs such as alcohol and cocaine at higher rates, creating a higher importance on both drug awareness and overdose prevention. Unfortunately, no college in the United States teaches any form of CPR, and most universities do very little in terms of true situational drug awareness. This thesis will explain several reasons why universities should look into teaching their students some basic medical skills that could potentially save the life of someone on or affiliated with the campus. The main form of this teaching can be administered through the use of internet based modules which would reward students on completion, or the addition in person classes teaching skills like CPR which are taught by several organizations, most notably the American Heart Association (AHA). If the proper application and teaching of these medical skills occured, there is no question that campus safety would increase and well-being would go up significantly.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Restricted