Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The American Heart Association’s PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. 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 Content

  • High-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR
  • Recognition of patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognition of cardiopulmonary arrest early and application CPR within 10 seconds
  • Apply team dynamics
  • Differentiation between respiratory distress and failure
  • Early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiation between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiation between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Post–cardiac arrest management

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PALS Provider Course

The PALS Provider course is intended for first-time participants, or for those providers who have let their certification lapse. The course is offered over two days, with Day 1 from 8:00 am-3:30 pm and Day 2 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

Cost:

  • $310/person – BCH employees, BCH / TS Affiliates
  • $410/person – all other participants

The course fee includes the PALS Provider manual and course completion card.

The PALS Provider Course has been reviewed and approved by Boston Children’s Hospital’s Continuing Interprofessional Continuing Education Committee (IPCE). Course number 180104.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive:

  • Physician - 13.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.
    AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.
  • Nurse - 13.25 contact hours
  • Pharmacist - 13.25 credits

Please review the PALS Provider Course Learning Objectives.

PALS Update Course

The PALS Update course is intended for anyone currently certified in PALS who wishes to renew their certification. The course is offered in one day from 8:00 am -4:15pm. If your last PALS certification was not obtained through the Boston Children’s Hospital Training Center, proof of current certification is required. Please upload a copy of your current PALS card.

Cost:

  • $210/person – BCH employees, BCH / TS Affiliates
  • $310/person – all other participants

The course fee includes the PALS Provider manual and course completion card.

The PALS Update Course has been reviewed and approved by Boston Children’s Hospital’s Continuing Interprofessional Continuing Education Committee (IPCE). Course number 180106.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive:

  • Physician - 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.

AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

  • Nurse - 7.25 contact hours
  • Pharmacist - 7.25 credits

Please review the PALS Update Course Learning Objectives.

Important Notes

Registration

  • All participants must submit a completed registration form.
  • Participants will be accepted into classes on a first come basis. Class size is limited.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you within two business days. If you do not receive this email, please contact our office for further assistance.
  • Providers who intend to take an Update course must show a valid provider card to enroll in an Update course. Anyone who exceeds the recommended renewal date by 3 months will be required to take a full Provider course

Cancellations and Refunds

  • All requests for refunds must be submitted at least 21 days prior to the first day of class. An administrative processing fee will be charged for all refunds.
  • Cancellations within 21 days, “no show” candidates, participants who are more than 15 minutes late to class and/ or do not have the mandatory pre-course evaluation certificate will not allowed to participate and forfeit all fees.
  • Additional information is available in the Life Support Program Registration Policies and Procedures link located on our website.

PALS Precourse Self-Assessment and Preparation

  • All participants must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. This is a mandatory requirement for participation in all PALS courses and must be completed prior to the start of the course.
  • The Precourse Self-Assessment consists of 3 sections: ECG rhythm identification, pharmacology, and practical application. Use this assessment to identify areas where you need to increase your knowledge.
  • Per American Heart Association guidelines, all students are required to have the most current PALS Provider Course manual available to them before, during and after their PALS course. The PALS Provider Course manual will provide you with the information necessary to access the Student Webpage and Self-Assessment.