Please call the main CoxHealth Education Center office if you are interested in taking a PALS Instructor Initial Course, 417-269-4117. Thank you.


Description and Target Audience: This American Heart Association workshop is designed to prepare current PALS Providers to become PALS Instructors. PALS instructors are required to have an in-depth knowledge of and experience base in all 12 of the PALS core cases as well as the ability to effectively deliver and discuss this knowledge. The course is appropriate for physicians, nurses, and paramedics. This course is for students seeking certification in basic healthcare, life support skills. The Initial Course is for first time students or those whose certification was longer than 2 years ago.

Steps to becoming a PALS Instructor after registration is complete:

  1. You will attend the live course of your choice.
  2. You will make an appointment to be monitored at your first course within 90 days after the PALS Instructor course. Arrangements will be made at the live course. Please do not schedule courses until after you have attended your instructor course.


Pre-requisites – All 3 must be completed before entry into the course:

  1. Copy of your current AHA “BLS for Healthcare Providers” card and “PALS Provider” card (front & back)
  2. Letter of recommendation (from supervisor, another instructor, or someone who has knowledge of your teaching ability)
  3. Please contact the Education Center prior to registration to affiliate with the CoxHealth Training Center. You must be pre-approved.


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

  • Discuss how to utilize PALS course DVDs and lesson maps.
  • Discuss team concepts.
  • Evaluate another student leading one of the 12 PALS core cases while correctly using the core case testing checklist.
  • Demonstrate the team leader role in one of the 12 PALS core cases according to the testing checklist.
  • Discuss how to successfully remediate a student.
  • Describe how to facilitate discussion of the 12 PALS core cases.
  • Demonstrate infant and child CPR utilizing the testing checklists.
  • Verbalize CoxHealth Training Center PALS policies.
  • Discuss AHA web resources and Training Center resources.



0700-0715: Registration

0715-0730: Welcome, Introductions, Course Overview

PALS Instructor requirements
PALS Science Update
PALS Course Design
Instructor Materials
PALS Course Outline
Lesson Maps
Technology and Equipment
Room Set-up
Provider Course Provider and Update Course pre-requisites

0930-0945: Break

Rhythm Disturbances/Electrical Therapy
Respiratory Emergencies
Vascular Access
Resuscitation Team Concept
Overview of Pediatric Assessment

1145-1230 Lunch (on your own)

Core Case Discussion and Simulations
Cardiac Cases 1-4
Shock 1-4
Respiratory 1-4

1400-1415: Break

Putting it all Together
Core Case Competency Testing
Written Exam

1615-1700: BLS Skills Testing with video

AHA Instructor Network
PROAD Manual
Instructor Update
Course Monitoring, CoxHealth Training Center

1730-1745:  Questions, Answers and Course Evaluations

*role playing during these time frames (vascular access, electrical therapy, core cases simulations, putting it all together, core case competency testing)

Testing: Written exam which must be passed with an 84%. One-on-one skills testing required.

Course Length: 5-6 hour web based program, 10 hour live class program, and course monitoring at your first course

Certification Length: 2 years

Includes: Manuals, certification card, Instructor Essentials Course, 8 hour course, and initial course monitoring.

Fee: $425.00

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.

  • 9.0 Contact Hours


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 9.0 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. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk, turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program, pass a written test, and demonstrate the skills necessary to complete this course.

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. The 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.