Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Information and Calendar

The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Courses are coordinated by Nursing Professional Development. HeartCode Provider Course fees for NON-COA participants is $185.00 due and payable at registration by check made payable to Nursing Education.

View the calendar of course dates and times.


PALS Provider Initial and Renewal Course Description

The American Heart Association (AHA) PALS Provider Initial Certification and Renewal Classes are taught using the American Heart Association (AHA) HeartCode PALS two-part program (Online Portion and Hands On ) or by completion of HeartCode PALS Complete.

HeartCode PALS Validation  consists of Online Portion & Hands-on Session

  • Online Portion is an internet based, self-paced program that utilizes interactive, realistic patient cases to teach healthcare providers   knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent cardiopulmonary arrests in infants and children. These cases allow participants to build their critical thinking skills by progressing through infant and child patient scenarios. The virtual patients react to treatment provided by the participants, right or wrong, allowing users to learn from errors. After completing the patient scenarios, participants receive detailed debriefings of their actions with suggestions for improvement. Upon completion of a test and evaluation a Course Completion Certificate is generated. The Online Portion takes approximately 10-12 hours.
  • Completion Certificate of the online portion must be turned in at Hands on Skills Testing check-in,
  • Hands-on Session– incorporates a hands-on skills practice then testing session with classroom scenarios by the an AHA Instructor. Upon completion of scenarios debriefing and skills test, learners are issued an AHA PALS Provider card.

HeartCode PALS Complete- is an internet based, self-paced program that utilizes interactive, realistic patient cases to teach healthcare providers knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent cardiopulmonary arrests in infants and children. These cases allow participants to build their critical thinking skills by progressing through infant and child patient scenarios. The virtual patients react to treatment provided by the participants, right or wrong, allowing users to learn from errors. After completing the patient scenarios, participant must then go to a BLS/PALS Skills Station to complete the “Hands-on Skills.”  Upon completion a Certificate of Completion and eCard are generated.  A copy of the Certificate must be sent to nursing.education@childrensal.org. (snapshot, pdf or scanned copy)

 

Request Process

  • The following link will take you to the PALS Request form.
  • Role and location will determine if  assigned PALS Validation or PALS Complete
  • Once submitted, a “Thank you” for you submission appears on your screen.
  • You are registered for the class/date unless you receive notification that date is unavailable.
  • A PALS Textbook is available for checkout in the Nursing Professional Development Department  to Children’s of Alabama Employees and must be returned.
  • A PALS Textbook is available for Non Children’s participants upon receipt of payment of course fees.

HeartCode PALS Validation

  • Date was confirmed at time of Request submission
  • Two weeks (14 days) prior to event the online portion will be assigned in Children’s University, at that time email notification of assigned time to attend Hands-on will be sent
  • Online portion must be completed prior to attending assigned hands on session
  • Print Certificate of Completion and bring to hands on session or email to education@childrensal.org. (snapshot, pdf or scan)

Within two (2) weeks of attending hands on session, ecard will be sent to Children’s email address. (No outside emails will be used)

HeartCode PALS Complete

  • Assigned beginning of each month.
  • Participant will have until the end of expiration month to complete the online skills & hands on at a BLS/PALS Skills Station (please note this is not the Simulation Center).
  • BLS/PALS Skills Stations are located in various areas of the hospital.
  • Certificate of Completion and e-card are generated when complete.
  • Copy of Certificate should be emailed to nursing.education@childrensal.org. (snapshot, pdf or scan)
  • Certificate of completion must be received within two weeks or participant will be dropped from the Children’s University roster.


For further information or questions call
Nursing Professional Development
Phone: 205-638-9127
Fax: 205-638-6066


PALS Instructor Course Description

The American Heart Association (AHA) PALS Instructor course is open to anyone who meets the AHA and Children's of Alabama requirements.

PALS Instructor Request Form

If interest in becoming a PALS instructor, contact:

Elsie Anwah, RN, MSN
Nursing Professional Development
Office: 205-638-9407
Fax: 205-638-6066

PALS Instructor Course fee for NON-COA Employees is $150.00, due and payable before assigment by check made payable to Nursing Education.


Instructor Renewal Information

Instructor status has to be renewed every 2 years per American Heart Association guidelines. An instructor may renew their status by meeting all of the following crtiteria.

  • Maintian current provider status as evident by a current provider card (or) demonstrate acceptable provider skills and successful completion of the provider written examination.
  • Submit an "AHA Instructor Renewal Checklist" with the dates of at least 4 classes taught within the 2 years of your instructor status.
  • Attend updates as required within the previous 2 years.
  • Be monitored teaching a class and have an "Instructor Monitor Form" completed by a Training Center or Regional Faculty Member.

Submit completed paperwork to Elsie Anwah, if you are a COA employee. An instructor card will be issued the month of your renewal.