PALS provider

AHA Courses - Pediatric Advanced Life Support

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course that uses a series of 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. 

PALS course is completely redesigned by the American Heart Association based on new scientific evidence from the latest AHA Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) and a new teaching methodology. The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.


Course Contents

  • Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the American Heart Association.
  • 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use.
  • 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR.
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations.
  • Management of respiratory emergencies.
  • Resuscitation team concept and dynamics.
  • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy.
  • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment.
  • Different vascular access techniques in children and infants.


Target Audience

The PALS course is for healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies. These include pediatricians, emergency physicians, family practice physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other providers that might encounter such situations.


Course Format

PALS Provider Course requires approximately 16 hours to complete, divided into two days, including skills practice and skills testing.



American Heart Association PALS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card valid for two years. In addition to a certificate of course completion.



Students are required to successfully complete the PALS course, including the following components:

  • Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations.
  • Complete the closed-book written exam.
  • 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.



AHA certified Life Support training center and certified PALS instructors.


Student Materials

American Heart Association PALS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual (includes Pocket Reference Card and Emergency Crash Cart Cards).


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