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. This program is designed for physicians, nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists, who either direct or participate in resuscitation of a infant or child, whether in or out of the hospital. The update course is for those who have had PALS within the last 2 years.


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

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


Includes Student Manual and certification card
General Public $160.00
Student $135.00 (beginning 2015)

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

Course Length: 8 hours

Certification Length: 2 years

Educational Credit:

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 6.5 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.