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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Classes

PALS Course Details

Curriculum Provider: American Heart Association
Certification Duration: 2 Years
Course Format: Classroom Lecture, Small Group Learning Stations, Practical Testing Scenarios and Written Exam.

American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support course

The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is based on science evidence from the most current AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. The goal of the PALS certification course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes. Skills taught in this class include recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; the systematic approach to pediatric assessment; effective respiratory management; defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion; intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies.

Per current AHA program administration guidelines, A BLS CPR card is NOT required for this course, but you must be proficient in child and infant BLS for healthcare provider skills and your skills will be reviewed and evaluated as part of the PALS Provider Course. BLS certification is not included with PALS course registration. Students that are not confident in their BLS CPR Skills should register for a BLS Course prior to attending the PALS Course. Many PALS courses offered through Cascade Training Center include an option to renew your BLS/CPR for Healthcare Providers credential. You may see an option to purchase this as a connected class. If that option is not available at checkout please call our Customer Support Center at (877) 277-6778 for more information.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.

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Books / Online Courses / Medical Equipments

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization - PEARS Provider Manual
15-1052 PEARS Provider Manual
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Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens Student Workbook eBook
15-1405 Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens Online
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Basic Life Support - Provider Manual
20-1102 BLS Provider Manual
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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) - Provider Manual
20-1106 ACLS Provider Manual
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PALS Class Frequently Asked Questions

Your AHA eCard will be sent within 72 hours of course completion.Click on the link to watch a video about how to self-claim your eCard.Click on the link to watch a video about how to claim your eCard from the email sent by AHA.

If you have previously claimed an eCard, it can be found by visiting Under the section titled "Students," input your name and email address OR your eCard credential ID, and then click "Search." You will be prompted to enter the answer to the security question you created upon claiming your eCard.

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 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.

Students must achieve at least an 84% on the written test to pass.

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.

15-1058 PALS Provider Manual, includes PALS Pocket Reference Card Set 15-1046 PALS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)