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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Clinical Training Center
Department of Emergency Medicine

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The American heart Association’s PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, Instructor-led course uses 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. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.


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

Target Audience: MDs, PAs, RNs, NPs, Paramedics, Respiratory Therapists, etc...

  • Students certifying the first time - The initial course is approximately 13 hours (Over 2 days)
  • Students that are Updating (recertifying) - The update course is approximately 5 hours

Schedule and Registration

Important Notes

PALS Course Pretest

Students must complete the American Heart Association PALS Pre Course Evaluation before taking the program. Access to this test is included with your textbook. If you have difficulty locating the code, please contact the CTC for assistance.

Pharmacology and ECG Recognition

Students entering the PALS program are expected to have a basic understanding of ECG recognition, and basic completing the Pre-Course Assessment, this will help you identify what areas you may review before class. (Consider taking the ECG and Pharmacology Prep Class prior to your PALS class)


The American Heart Association requires all students to have a current provider manual available to them “before, during and after” the certification program. In our experience, students that have the book prior to class, and take the online pre-course assessment are able to participate more fully in the class, and score better in the practical and written exams.

Provider manuals are available for purchase with your online registration, can be purchased at our office, or are available the day of class.