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PALS Course Options

PALS is available in two different training methods – blended learning and classroom training. All PALS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills and result in the same AHA PALS Course Completion Card.

Is AHA PALS the right course for me?

PALS is geared towards healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course.


Compare PALS Course Options

Blended Learning HeartCode® PALS

Classroom PALS

Format

Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on skills session)

HeartCode 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.

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

Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

A series of videos and 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.

Course Completion

Complete the online portion + hands-on skills session with an AHA Instructor, or with a VAM or Simulation Station

Contact an AHA Training Center in your area to sign up for an Instructor-led class

Time

Online Portion: approximately 6-9 hours depending on the level of knowledge and clinical experience of the student

Hands-on Skills Session with an AHA PALS Instructor: approximately 3-4 hours*

*Course time based on ratio of 1 Instructor:6 students:2 manikins

Full course: 13 hours 30 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch

Update course, with all optional stations: 8 hours 20 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch

Update without optional stations: 6 hours 20 minutes, plus additional time for breaks and lunch

Completion Card

Students who successfully complete the PALS Course will receive a PALS Provider course completion card, valid for two years:

  • 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 skills session with an AHA PALS Instructor, or with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) or Simulation Station.
  • Hands-on skills session with an AHA PALS Instructor, or with a VAM or Simulation Station.

Students who successfully complete the PALS Course will receive a PALS Provider course completion card, valid for two years:

  • Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations
  • Complete the open-resource written exam with a minimum score of 84%
  • Pass the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS With AED and 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS Skills Tests
  • Pass 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

Accessibility

No accessible blended learning version at this time.

Contact your Training Center to inquire about their facility’s accommodations.

CE/CME

Available – See FAQs for Details

Available for EMS – See FAQs for Details

FAQ

HeartCode PALS FAQ

PALS FAQ

Features

  • 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%.
  • 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

  • Includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike simulations
  • Comprehensive and includes our systematic approach to assess and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations
  • Hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency
  • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Student Materials

15-1412 HeartCode PALS

15-1058 PALS Provider Manual (includes PALS Pocket Reference Card)

15-3120 PALS Provider Manual eBook (includes PALS Digital Reference Card)

15-1050 PALS Emergency Crash Cart Cards

15-1046 PALS Pocket Reference Card

15-3121 PALS Digital Reference Card

Instructor Materials

15-1047 PALS Instructor Manual

OR

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)

15-1051 PALS DVD Set

15-1047 PALS Instructor Manual

15-3122 PALS Instructor Manual eBook

15-1048 PALS Instructor Package, including:

PALS Instructor Manual

PALS Provider Manual

2 PALS DVD SetsPALS

15-1049 PALS Poster Set

PALS Emergency Crash Cart Cards

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

For additional resources, visit the AHA Instructor Network

Training and Purchase Options

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AHA Training Centers

Contact an AHA Training Center to sign up for a classroom course.

Course Materials

Visit ShopCPR.Heart.org to purchase PALS course materials.

Related Training

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

The AHA’s PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) Course has been updated to reflect science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. In this classroom-based, Instructor-led course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize a pediatric patient in an emergency situation.