The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children.
This includes 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.
This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course 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.
Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook. THE PRINT EDITION OR EBOOK MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM SESSION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AHA PALS PROVIDER CERTIFICATION CARD.
The required textbook is Pediatric Advanced Life Support Book - ISBN 9781616691127
Textbooks are available through a variety of sources.
The AHA’s eBooks Store at http://eBooks.heart.org provides 24/7 access to purchase, view and download AHA textbooks. The eBooks are the same price as the print edition…but without the shipping costs. These are available online, offline, iPad, and Android.
Access Codes for eBooks may also be purchased through the US AHA Distributors. Access Codes are then redeemed at the AHA eBooks Store.
These are authorized AHA distributors:
Pre-course Requirement: To prepare for the course the self-assessment modules must be completed on the AHA Student Website to identify any gaps in your knowledge. Complete and PRINT YOUR SCORES for the Self-Assessment and bring to class. The website and the code are in your PALS provider manual.
Students may also use the 2010 ECC spiral handbook in class.
Successful completion of this course requires passing the closed-book written examination with a minimum score of 84% and successfully completing 2 PALS core case scenarios (1 cardiac and 1 respiratory or shock) as a team leader, providing appropriate medical treatment and demonstrating effective team dynamics.
To prepare for the course the self-assessment modules must be completed on the AHA Student Website to identify any gaps in your knowledge. The website and the code are in the PALS provider manual.
The PALS provider course recognition period is two years and provides continuing education credit as recognized by the State of Missouri.