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This course replaces HeartCode PALS Part 1 (15-1412)


Hands-On session information

A separate psychomotor skills assessment using voice-assisted manikins with real-time audio and visual feedback or a skills assessment with an AHA Instructor is required to earn a valid AHA PACLS Provider eCard that is valid for two years.

Who should take this course?

The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS Course Completion Card for job or other requirements.

What does this course teach?

HeartCode® PALS Online is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses adaptive learning technology to allow learners to acquire and demonstrate Pediatric Advanced Life Support skills using a personalized learning path that adapts in real time to a learner’s performance. The program is designed for healthcare professionals who need Pediatric Advanced Life Support training for their clinical duties. Utilizing a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, Cognitive Assessment Activities, illustrations, knowledge checks and interactive activities, this program teaches PALS knowledge and skills. This method of learning provides training consistency and adaptability to different learning styles. Students can work at their own pace applying their knowledge to real-time decision making. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each knowledge check and each Cognitive Assessment Activity. Topics covered in this course are:

  • High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Differentiation between patients who do require and do not require immediate interventions
  • Performance as a high-performance team member
  • Differentiation between respiratory distress and respiratory failure
  • Management of respiratory distress and respiratory failure
  • Differentiation between compensated and hypotensive (decompensated) shock
  • Differentiation between types of shock
  • Early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Bradycardic and tachycardic rhythms
  • Clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Cardiac arrest and post-cardiac arrest management


Students who successfully complete the cognitive portion and the hands-on session (skills) will receive an AHA PALS Provider course completion card (eCard), valid for two years.