Pediatric Advanced Life Supprt (PALS) Provider Course

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course is designed for healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support beyond basic life support through the stabilization or transport of a pediatric emergency, in or out of a hospital. In this course, you will enhance your skills in the evaluation and management of an infant or child undergoing respiratory compromise, circulatory compromise, or cardiac arrest.

  • Understand and be able to perform the systematic approach to pediatric assessment of a seriously ill or injured child, including the general, primary, secondary, and tertiary assessments.
  • Use the assess-categorize-decide-act approach to decision making.
  • Recognize and manage a child in respiratory distress or failure and compensated or hypotensive shock.
  • Describe key elements of effective resuscitation team behaviors and explain why the foundation of successful resuscitation includes both mastery of basic skills and effective team dynamics.
  • Prevent further deterioration of the child’s condition during the stabilization and transfer phases of care.

To complete the course and obtain your certification, you must attend the entire program, score at least 84% on the written examination, and successfully pass a simulated patient scenario as a Team Leader.


$180 per participant


PALS Provider Renewal Course

The PALS Provider Renewal Course must be completed within 24 months of your previous PALS Provider Course. This eight-hour renewal course provides a review of course material and verification of your skills and knowledge.

To complete the course and obtain your certification, you must attend the entire program, score at least 84% on the written examination, and successfully pass a simulated patient scenario as a Team Leader.


Renewal: $150 per participant

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

The American Heart Association (AHA) developed the PEARS Provider Course for healthcare providers who might encounter pediatric patients in their profession but who do not routinely provide care for children with high-acuity illness or injury. This course is NOT intended for those who require credentialing in advanced pediatric skills or who are routinely involved in pediatric resuscitation. Those students should take a PALS Course.

PEARS providers may include:

  • Medical and Surgical nurses
  • EMT-Basics and Intermediates
  • Healthcare Providers who care for children outside the critical care areas
  • Assess a seriously ill or injured child using the general and primary assessments.
  • Describe the “assess-categorize-decide-act” approach to recognition and management of the child in respiratory distress or failure, shock, or cardiac arrest.
  • Demonstrate appropriate actions to take for stabilizing a critically ill or injured child during the initial minutes of response until the next level of care arrives.
  • Recognize and take appropriate actions for a child in cardiac arrest.
  • Use elements of effective communication as a team member.

Attendance of the entire program is required for course completion.


$75 per participant


PALS and PEARS materials are not included in the course fee but can be purchased from

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, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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