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Arizona is the latest state to add CPR training to the curriculum for high school students, making it the 32nd in the country.

Legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Doug Ducey offers high school students at least one CPR training session, with hands-on practice. It can be taught at school or as a homework assignment outside of class. The curriculum change goes into effect with the 2019-2020 school year.

“Training students in CPR means equipping more people with the ability to act immediately, appropriately, and potentially save a life during an emergency,” said Annie Dockendorff, a spokeswoman for the Arizona governor’s office. “This legislation makes Arizona one of over 30 states to teach this important life skill in our schools.”

There is a very unique aspect to the Arizona bill that allows schools to purchase equipment with the Arizona tax credit if schools don’t partner with an outside organization.

Arizona will have nearly 60,000 graduating students a year learning CPR. With Arizona, about 61 percent of the nation’s public high school graduates will be trained in CPR.

According to American Heart Association statistics, about 38 people each hour have a cardiac arrest while not in a hospital, and nine of 10 do not survive. Receiving CPR, however, can double or even triple the victim’s chances of survival.

Just in April, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Kentucky passed similar bills, and Michigan is moving ahead on proposed legislation to require CPR training in schools.