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Blended to reflect updated 2015Guidelines CPR & ECCHeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development.

To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.

Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor or with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM). Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card.

  • Web-based, self-paced eSimulation instructional program for PALS cognitive training
  • Students apply knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development
  • Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning
  • Access to the PALS Provider Manual, the 2015 Handbook of ECC, and 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC 
  • Access to all information in course for two years following activation of course

Purchase Options

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Course Content

  • Performing high-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR per AHA BLS recommendations
  • Differentiating between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognizing cardiopulmonary arrest early and beginning CPR within 10 seconds
  • Applying team dynamics
  • Differentiating between respiratory distress and failure
  • Performing early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiating between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Performing early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiating between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Describing clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Implementing post–cardiac arrest management

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

15-1047 PALS Instructor Manual 
15-3122 PALS Instructor Manual eBook

15-1051 PALS DVD Set

15-1049 PALS Poster Set (set of 10 folded posters)

15-1050 PALS Emergency Crash Cart Cards (set of 4 cards)

Student Materials

15-1412  HeartCode PALS

This blended learning course includes an online portion and a hands-on session. The online portion must be successfully completed to gain entry to a hands-on session

  • Online Portion: approximately 6-9 hours depending on the level of knowledge and clinical experience of the student
  • Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor – approximately 3-4 hours*
*Course time based on ratio of 1 Instructor:6 students:2 manikins

Successful completion of the full PALS course (using HeartCode PALS) includes:

  • HeartCode PALS Online Portion. Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the written exam, students receive a certificate of completion, which must be presented for the hands-on session with an AHA PALS Instructor or a voice-assisted manikin (VAM).
  • Hands-on session with an AHA PALS Instructor.

Students will receive an AHA PALS course completion card, valid for two years, upon successful completion of course components.


The American Heart Association is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AMA Credit Designation Statement – Physicians
The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 7.25 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.

AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
**AMA Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of participating.

ANCC Credit Designation Statement – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 6.50 contact hours.
**ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of participating.

ACPE Credit Designation Statement – Pharmacists
ACPE Credit: 8.00 Contact Hours | Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-17-914-H01-P
**ACPE credit must be claimed within 30 days of participation. ACPE credit will no longer be available to claim after one month of participating.

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 5.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F3-0346
**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after the 6-month claiming period.

Suggested Courses
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor-Led Training

None at this time.