Project ADAM Legislation Chart

Project ADAM affiliate programs advocate for state legislation that results in trained staff and students in CPR and AED use, practiced plans to respond to sudden cardiac arrest and the availability of AEDs in our schools and communities.

The chart below depicts the current CPR and AED related legislation in our affiliate states.



School Staff CPR/AED Training Requirements

AEDs in Schools

CPR Graduation Requirement

Pending Legislation


Good Samaritan Law;


CPR and AED use is required in any health education course offered from grades 9 to 12, and grades 7 to 12 beginning in the 2017-2018 school year.



Good Samaritan Law;


Mandated in every health education class beginning 2017-2018 school year.



Legislators are to provide requirements on maintaining and using the AED and to provide for state funding of AED; Good Samaritan Law.


Each public high school which has an interscholastic athletics program is required to have at least one functional AED on site at such school at all times for use during emergencies.


SCA Prevention Act.


Cardiac Emergency Response Plan required; Biannual bidding process for state appropriated funds for up to 2 AEDs per school as requested; requires minimum of 4 people trained in AED use per school with an AED; Schools required to annually report status of AED to state; Good Samaritan Law applies to those who have been certified in CPR/AED only.


Encouraged, not required.

Not required.

CPR training as a graduation requirement (2017).


Good Samaritan Law;

Required for coaches, school nurses, PE teachers, marching band directors, and student athletic trainers.

Required in schools and athletic venues.




Good Samaritan Law;


AED required at all public schools who are members of Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). AED costs are covered by private and public partnerships.



There must be involvement of a licensed physician or medical authority in the site's AED program to ensure compliance with training, notification, and maintenance; A person or entity who acquires an AED shall notify local emergency communications center or dispatch center of AED location and type; A person who renders emergency care to SCA victim by using an AED must activate the EMS system as soon as possible; Good Samaritan Law.

Expected defibrillator users should receive appropriate training in an American Heart Assoc. or American Red Cross  CPR and AED course, or an equivalent nationally recognized course. Alabama state law requires that an AED be placed in all public schools serving grades K-12 ; AEDs must be maintained and tested according to the manufacturer's operational guidelines. The Alabama Dept. of Education's Course of Study for Ninth-12th Grade Health Education requires that students must "demonstrate CPR and AED techniues and other first aid skills."  


Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act; Physician-approved Emergency Action Plan required; Good Samaritan Law.


Encouraged, not required. Requires Project ADAM Heart Safe School plan or those recommended by AHA.




Cardiac Emergency Response Plan required; Good Samaritan Law.



Cardiac Emergency Response Plan; Good Samaritan Law.





Good Samaritan Law;


Encouraged, not required. If acquired, training, inspection, and physician involvement required. AED must be equipped for children and adults and use is limited to school property and events.




Project ADAM National Affiliates, Updated August 2017