Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Information and Calendar

The American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Courses are coordinated by the 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.

Click here to see a 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 ).

HeartCode PALS 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,

HeartCode PALS 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 Provide card.

Registration Process

  • The following link will take you to the PALS registration form. Once it is completed and submitted and email will be sent to confirm receipt.
  • A PALS Textbook is available for checkout in the Nursing Professional Development Department


  • The HeartCode PALS Online Module in Children’s University will be assigned within 21 days of the “Hands-on” session.
  • This module will appear on your “View Transcript” tab in Children’s University within 24-48 hours after it has been assigned
  • Once finished with the module, print the Completion Certificate

Hands-on Session

  • On the day of the Hands-on session, arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the session to sign-in
  • Be sure to bring the online portion completion certification to your session.
  • NOTE:  You will not be allowed to sign-in to the hands-on session without a printed certificate

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

Registration Process

  1. A completed registration form and payment must be received by Nursing Education and then a confirmation email will be sent. See the link above for the dates and times of the skills practice and testing sessions.
  2. HeartCode PALS Online Portion will be assigned to participants about 30 days prior to the date of the Hands On skills practice and testing session you registered for.
    • An email will be sent notifying that the HeartCode PALS has been assigned with a direction on accessing the program.
    • A PALS Textbook, is available for Non Children's of Alabama participants which includes a PALS-pocket reference card.


  • To gain entrance to the Hands On Session the Online Portion Completion Certificate MUST be turned in.
  • Withdrawls from the Skills Validation must be done at least 48 hours prior to the class
    Children's  employees withdraw from your Children's University & contact Nursing Education.  NON-COA must contact Nursing Education to notify of withdrawl
  • If you do not withdraw within the 48 hours, or you are a "No Show" at the Hands On session you will be charged for the course fee.

Please call if you have any questions.
Nursing Education and Research Department
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 COA requirements.

If interested 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 at registration 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.