Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 2-Day Provider Course

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2019 Dates


Course Information


Description and Target Audience

This American Heart Association workshop is designed to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. The program is designed for physicians, nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists, who either direct or participate in resuscitation of an infant or child, whether in or out of the hospital.



At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the timely recognition and interventions required to prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in any pediatric patient.
  • Describe the systematic approach to pediatric assessment by using the initial impression, primary and secondary assessments, and diagnostic tests.
  • Describe priorities and specific interventions for infants and children with respiratory and /or circulatory emergencies.
  • Explain the importance of effective team dynamics, including individual roles and responsibilities, during a pediatric resuscitation.
  • Describe the key elements of post-resuscitation management.
  • Perform effective, high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when appropriate.
  • Perform effective respiratory management within scope of practice.
  • Select and apply appropriate cardio-respiratory monitoring.
  • Select and administer the appropriate medications and electrical therapies when presented with an arrhythmia scenario.
  • Perform rapid vascular access to administer fluid and medications.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and team dynamics both as a team member and as a team leader.
  • Verbalize and demonstrate the initial trauma assessment and stabilization of the injured infant and child.


Day 1

You must be in the classroom ready to start at 0800. Please do not be late. You will need to reschedule PALS if you have not arrived before the class starts or are late returning from lunch.

0715-0759 Registration – the course will start promptly at 0800
0800-0815 Lesson 1: PALS Course Organization
0815-0835 Lesson 2: Overview of 2010 PALS Science
0835-0845 Break
0845-0945 Lesson 3: AHA CPR/AED Practice and Competency Testing or Lesson 4: Management of Respiratory Emergencies Skills Station ~
0945-1045 Change groups and repeat Lessons 3 and 4
1045-1145 Lesson 5: Rhythm Disturbance/Electrical Therapy Skills Station and
Lesson 6 Vascular Skills Station
1145-1230 Lunch (on your own)
1230-1300 Lesson 7: Resuscitation Team Concept
1300-1330 Lesson 8: Overview of Pediatric Assessment and
Lesson 9: Overview of Core Case Discussions and Simulations/Learning Stations
1330-1345 Break
1345-1545 Break into small group sessions with rotations through:
Lesson 9 D: Discussions and Simulations: Respiratory Cases
Lesson 9F: Discussions and Simulations: Shock Cases
1545-1600 Questions and Answers


Day 2

0800-0815 Questions and Answers
0815-0900 Continue: Break into small group sessions with rotation through:
Lesson 9E: Discussions and Simulations: Cardiac Cases
0900-0915 Break
0915-1100 Lesson 10: Putting it all Together: small group sessions
1100-1130 Coping with Death and Dying
1130-1215 Lunch
1215-1230 Lesson 11: Course Summary, testing details and questions/answers
1230-1330 Core Case Testing: Cardiac Cases 1-4
1330-1430 Core Case Testing: Respiratory Cases 1-4/Core Case Testing: Shock Cases 1-4
1430-1500 Written Test
1500 Remediation if required



Written exam (50 questions) which must be passed with an 84%. One-on-one skills testing required.


Course Length

15 hours


Certification Length

2 years

Your certification includes a Student Manual and certification card.



General Public $275.00
Students $250.00


Educational Credit

CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

12.75 Contact Hours

Per the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, Division 2255-Missouri Board for Respiratory Care, 20 CSR 2255-4.010 Continuing Education Requirements, Section 6-C, “Six (6) hours will be awarded for the successful completion of a course (excluding preparatory courses) related to Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS/Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Programs identified within this subsection will not require pre-approval by AARC, its state affiliates or the board for acceptance as hours towards fulfilling the continuing education requirement. However, not more than a total of twelve (12) hours will be awarded for any combination of the above mentioned programs during a two (2)-year period.” Contact hours are 6.0 for this activity.

CoxHealth Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS. This activity has been approved for 12.75 contact hours. The Training Center number is 07710C.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through course attendance. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk; demonstrate the skills necessary to complete this course; satisfactorily pass core case testing stations and written exam; and turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program.

Information presented during this activity represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.

No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity. No Off Label medications or medical devices will be discussed.

All speakers and planning committee members for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies. American Heart Association created this activity.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials; do not represent income to the Association.