Frequently Asked Questions

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.
Cascade is an authorized Training Center by the American Heart Association in all 50 states to provide PALS training. (AHA TC: WA15590)
YES, a copy of your PALS pre-course self-assessment with a score of 70% or higher is required for entrance into a PALS course. This is a policy implemented by AHA with the release of their 2015 guidelines. The PALS pre-course self-assessment can be accessed by visiting www.heart.org/eccstudent and entering the code found on Page ii of your current PALS student manual (published 10/2016).
•1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use •1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR •Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations •Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care •Management of respiratory emergencies •Resuscitation team concept •Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy •Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment Vascular access
The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.
Initial Provider Course requires approximately 12-16 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 6-8 hours, including skills practice and skills testing. This length also accounts for scheduled breaks within the course.
Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and passing the Child & Infant CPR and AED skills test, respiratory arrest test, a Megacode test and a written test, students receive an official American Heart Association PALS course completion card, valid for two years.
Students must achieve at least an 84% on the written test to pass.
15-1058 PALS Provider Manual, includes PALS Pocket Reference Card Set 15-1046 PALS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)