Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructors

This instructor course is an intensive course for those individuals who have already successfully completed the discipline-specific provider course. This course is designed to train instructor candidates to conduct provider and update courses on the latest AHA guidelines and skills set for the specific discipline being taught. The role and scope of practice of healthcare providers vary greatly globally, so there are no profession-specific guidelines for becoming an AHA instructor in a specific discipline. Instructor candidates should exemplify integrity, demonstrate strong ethics, communicate clearly, and model a dedication to quality training.

Instructor candidates must meet certain requirements before taking the instructor course. Before attending the PALS classroom portion of an instructor course, all instructor candidates must

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation in which PALS skills are within their scope of practice
  • Be aligned with an AHA Training Center
  • Have a current/official AHA PALS Provider course completion card
  • Be proficient in the skills of PALS
  • Complete PALS Instructor Essentials
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application

Who should take this class?

Paramedics, RNs, RTs, and Doctors.  EMTs and LVNs do not meet the requirements to teach this course.

Course Content

  • 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use
  • 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
  • Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Management of respiratory emergencies
  • Resuscitation team concept
  • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
  • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
  • Vascular access


  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills
  • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

Course Completion Card or Certificate

Students who successfully complete the PALS Instructor Course, including the following components, will receive a PALS Instructor Course Completion Card, valid for two years:

  • Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations
  • Complete the closed-book written exam with a minimum score of 84%
  • 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

Course Materials

Instructor candidates will be provided:

  • PALS Instructor Manual
  • 90-1430 PALS Instructor Essentials


april, 2018

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