PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (PALS)

The PALS course is designed to provide pediatric healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children and help improve outcomes.

Course Content:

  • Recognition and treatment of infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • The systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • Effective respiratory management
  • Defibrillation and synchronized cardio version
  • Intraosseous access and fluid bolus administration
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics

PALS training is intended for professionals who must be credentialed as a requirement for doing their jobs, including::

  • pediatricians
  • emergency room, family, and other physicians
  • physician assistants
  • nurses and nurse practitioners
  • paramedics
  • respiratory therapists
  • other providers required to initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies

Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a PALS Provider Course Completion Card.

Course length is approximately 14 hours. Part 1 (cognitive portion) can be taken in an instructor-led training session or on a self-directed basis as an online eLearning course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association PALS instructor.