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Pediatric Advanced Life Support

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Registration Policies

PALS Registration Form 

PEARS Registration Form

PALS Program Objectives

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Program is designed to meet the needs of all health care professionals, including pediatricians, emergency physicians, family practice physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and others who work with, or may work with, pediatric patients.

The goal of the PALS Program is to provide the participant with:

  • information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children
  • the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest.

PALS Provider course

The PALS Provider course is intended for first-time participants. The course lasts two days, with Day 1 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Day 2 from 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. BLS certification is strongly recommended. The next available classes are:

  • January 7 & 8, 2016
  • February 8 & 9, 2016
  • March 23 & 24, 2016
  • April 7 & 8, 2016

This program has been approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 12.75 contact hours Synergy CERP Category A, File number 00019336.

PALS Refresher course

The PALS Refresher course is intended for anyone currently certified in PALS who wishes to renew their certification. BLS certification is strongly recommended. The course lasts one day from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The next available classes are : 

  • February 1, 2016
  • February 26, 2016
  • February 29, 2016
  • March 3, 2016
  • March 9, 2016
  • March 22, 2016
  • April 6, 2016
  • April 11, 2016
  • April 29, 2016

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

PEARS is an intermediate course designed to enhance the health care provider's basic pediatric life support knowledge to prepare students to initiate and manage the first few minutes of a pediatric arrest or prevent the arrest of a pediatric victim at risk of, or in, severe cardiopulmonary distress. This course is not intended for the advanced provider. The course lasts one day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The next available classes are:

  • February 5, 2016
  • March 18, 2016
  • April 12, 2016

*This program has been approved by Nursing Staff Development of Boston Children’s Hospital #PA149, an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses (MARN), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for 7.00 Contact Hours, Program #140905.

PALS Instructor course

The PALS Instructor course is intended for anyone interested in teaching the PALS curriculum to other health care professionals. Applicants must have a current PALS Provider certification card and a current BLS/CPR certification card at the time of registration. Courses are offered on an as needed basis.

PALS Training Sites

Training site



Beverly Hospital

Carole Hickey

978-922-3000 ext. 5413

Norwood Hospital

Sheila Silva


Lawrence General Hospital

Sharon Blackwell

978-683-4000 ext. 2900

ALS Training Associates

Marc DiMattia

(978) 944-6346

South Shore Hospital

Jesslyn Murphy


Winchester Hospital*

Chris McCular


*Please note that this training site does not offer classes to outside participants*

Related links

American Heart  Association
Basic Life Support

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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