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PALS Training Courses

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PALS Course Options

We offer four different ways to earn and maintain your AHA PALS Certification.

*You can add BLS on to any discipline.  BLS done by eLearning with Skills Validation performed on site.  After registering for the PALS course, simply select the BLS course you want from the menu, and register.

Per the AHA, "The PALS Provider Course does not teach CPR, ECG rhythm identification, PALS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you do not review CPR and if you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Provider Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PALS pharmacology. You must know this in advance."

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Course Registration and Fees

**Please note that the course price does NOT include a textbook for any of the disciplines.** See the Materials section below for the AHA Position Statement on textbooks.  You will have the option to purchase a book with your registration and payment.

PLEASE NOTE - ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES 3 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE, but you can still call the office to register.

PALS Provider Course (2 days)

PALS Provider with BLS eLearning

(2 days)

Course Registration Fee: $195
PALS Manual (required): $50
ECC Handbook (optional): $30
Shipping for Text/ECC (optional): $10

Course Registration Fee: $265 (save $10)
PALS Manual (required): $50
ECC Handbook (optional): $30
Shipping for Text/ECC (optional): $10
No BLS text required for eLearning courses!

Southern California Campus
Southern California Campus

PALS Update (Renewal) Course (1 day)

PALS Update (Renewal)

with BLS eLearning(1 day)

Course Registration Fee: $145
PALS Manual (required): $50
ECC Handbook (optional): $30
Shipping for Text/ECC (optional): $10

Course Registration Fee: $215 (save $10)
PALS Manual (required): $50
ECC Handbook (optional): $30
Shipping for Text/ECC (optional): $10
No BLS text required for eLearning courses!

Southern California Campus
Southern California Campus
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PALS Detailed Course Description

This program focuses on the knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking skills necessary to provide emergency resuscitation of infants and children. Lecture, material and case presentations from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics core curriculum will be followed by practice teaching stations to integrate the knowledge and skills needed. Evaluation stations are provided for issuance of AHA course completion cards.

The course is recommended for physicians, nurses and other healthcare personnel who work in pediatric or emergency department settings.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the “assess-categorize-decide-act” approach.
  2. Explain the purpose and components of the general assessment (pediatric assessment triangle).
  3. Summarize the ABCDE components of the primary assessment.
  4. Summarize the life-saving interventions you should institute if a life-threatening condition is identified.
  5. Explain the implications of clinical findings during the general and primary assessment.
  6. Evaluate respiratory or circulatory problems using the ABCDE model.
  7. Categorize the clinical condition of a seriously ill or injured child by type and severity.
  8. Recall the components of the secondary and tertiary assessments.
Curriculum
  • Advanced Airway Management
  • Basic Life Support and Bag-Valve-Mask Ventilation
  • Vascular Access, Fluids and Medication
  • Respiratory Failure in the Infant and Child
  • Rhythm Disturbances in the Infant and Child
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest in the Infant and Child
  • Shock in the Infant and Child
Pre-requisites
  1. Understanding of life threatening events in children.
  2. Responsibility of delivering medical care to infants and children.
  3. Current BCLS certification within the last 24 months is strongly recommended.

Per the AHA, "The PALS Provider Course does not teach CPR, ECG rhythm identification, PALS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you do not review CPR and if you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Provider Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PALS pharmacology. You must know this in advance."

Successful Completion

Prior preparation is required for completion of this course. The PALS materials must also be obtained. These materials consist of the most recent PALS Provider Manual and/or the ECC Handbook from the AHA. Supplemental material is available on this website. This helps the learner measure pre-course strengths and weaknesses, and gives the learner areas for pre-course review.

Successful completion of this course is dependent upon the learner demonstrating satisfactory skills in the following areas:

  • Pediatric arrhythmia recognition
  • Algorithm application
  • Pediatric airway management
  • Pediatric shock management
  • CPR

A score of at least 84% must be achieved on the final written examination.

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PALS Provider Course Materials and Process

The following are the course materials required to successfully complete the PALS Provider Training.  To access the items that are password protected, you will receive a code upon successful payment and registration into the course.  There is no textbook included in the price of the course. Please see the AHA Position Statement below.

AHA Position Statement/Policy:
The textbook is an integral part of the educational process and the student should have the current textbook throughout the time that the information is required. Each student must have the current appropriate textbook for use before, during and after the course. The American Heart Association promotes knowledge of and proficiency in CPR/BLS, PALS and PALS, and has developed instructional material for this purpose. Although this course is not sponsored by any AHA component, some or all materials utilized by faculty or students may be American Heart Association materials supplied on a cost basis. Any fees charged for this course do not represent revenue to the AHA. The American Heart Association endorses only those products that are developed by the AHA.

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PALS Provider Training

Please bring the following with you to your course:

  • Print out your completed (>80% is passing) PALS Precourse Self-Assessment (see below)
  • Reference Material

You may use the other study material below to help successfully complete the assignments.

 

PALS Materials to be Completed

Click on the item below to open the link in a new window. The password can be found in your provider manual or your registration confirmation email.

  • **PALS Precourse Self-Assessment (This link takes you to an external page developed and hosted by the AHA. Follow the prompts on the page to access their Precourse Self-Assessment.) **WE RECOMMEND YOU COMPLETE WITH >80% and print and bring to class.

 

PALS Reference Materials (print and bring to class)

Click on the item to download and open. These are password protected and will need a ".pdf" reader to open and view. You may download a free one from Adobe by clicking HERE.

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