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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 $195.00 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 Class 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)

HeartCode PALS Class (in person, live class)

  • The following link will take you to the PALS Class Request Form
    (Please note that your role and location determine if you are eligible to take the live class)
     
  • Once form is submitted, a “Thank you” for your submission checkmark will appear on your screen
     
  • You will be registered for the class unless you receive notification that it is unavailable.
     
  • Two weeks (14 days) prior to event, the online portion will be assigned in Children’s University, at that time an email notification will be sent.
     
  • Complete online portion prior to attending class/hands on session.
     
  • Print Certificate of Completion and bring to class/hands on session or email to nursing.education@childrensal.org (snapshot, .pdf or scan)
     
  • Ecard will be sent to Children’s email address two (2) weeks after class/hands on session. (No outside email will be used.)
     
  • View the PALS Marathon/Class Information for 2024


HeartCode PALS Complete (RQI Skill Stations)

  • The following link will take you to the PALS Complete Request Form
    (Please note that your role and location determine if you are eligible to take PALS Complete)
     
  • PALS Complete is assigned at the beginning of each month
     
  • Participant will have to complete the online modules and perform the “hands-on skills” at one of the BLS/PALS Skills Station (please note this not the Simulation Center)
     
  • Station Locations: 6th Dearth Team Room, NICU, ED Resuscitation Room, any time. One is available in Nursing Education, Suite #410 (M-F only from 8a-4p)
     
  • Participant will have until the end of the month assigned to complete.
     
  • Upon completion a Certificate and Ecard are generated.
     
  • Participant should take a picture of information and send to their work email address for filing.
     
  • PALS Complete is offered each month.


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 assignment 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.