Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) – Online
HeartCode® PALS Part 1 is a web-based, self-directed program that teaches healthcare providers knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children.
This program uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning about pediatric advanced life support.
Who should take this class?
The PALS Course is designed for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.
*If online course is purchased during non-business hours, online course will be sent the following business day (business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).
- After successfully completing this course, students will be able to
- Perform high‐quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) per American Heart Association (AHA) basic life support (BLS) recommendations
- Differentiate between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
- Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early and begin CPR within 10 seconds
- Apply team dynamics
- Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
- Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
- Differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
- Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
- Differentiate between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
- Describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
- Implement post–cardiac arrest management
- Updated to reflect new science in the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC
- HeartCode® PALS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the AHA’s PALS Course. HeartCode® blended learning delivers quality resuscitation education regardless of where providers are located and gives them more control to complete the course at their own pace.
- Providers first complete the online portion of HeartCode® PALS and then complete a hands-on skills session with an AHA PALS Instructor or on a simulation station.
- To enter the course, participants must complete a pre-course self-assessment.
- The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients.
Successful completion of the full PALS course (using HeartCode PALS Part 1) includes three parts:
- HeartCode PALS Part 1. Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the written exam, students receive a Part 1 certificate of completion, which must be presented for parts 2 and 3.
- Part 2*, a hands-on skills practice session with an AHA PALS Instructor.
- Part 3*, a skills test with an AHA PALS Instructor.
*Parts 2 and 3 should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.
Students will receive an AHA PALS course completion card, valid for two years, upon successful completion of all three parts.
- 20-3555 HeartCode® PALS
- 20-1119 PALS Provider Manual, includes PALS Reference Card (20-1118)
- 20-3120 PALS Provider Manual eBook, includes PALS Digital Reference Card (20-3121)
- 20-1118 PALS Reference Card
- 20-3121 PALS Digital Reference Card
Online Class & Skills Test (Part 1, 2 & 3)
Skills Practice and Testing (Part 2 & 3)
Students have the right to reschedule their reservation for up to but no more than six (6) months from the date of their registration. Students also have the right to cancel their reservation and obtain a full refund as long as arrangements are made 24 hours prior to the class. For students who are completing the ACLS Online and Skills test, there will be a $25 rescheduling fee if less than 24 hours notice. Please Note: Refunds cannot be issued to those students who have purchased the AHA Online Course.