PALS Course and Certification

PALS is a two-day course developed by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics for the continuing education of health care providers. The course focuses on identifying pre-arrest states and preventing cardiopulmonary arrest in children. The course covers techniques relevant to effective recognition and pediatric resuscitation.

Course goals

After completing the PALS course, the participant will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • Identify symptoms of respiratory failure and shock in the infant or child.
  • Recognize the infant or child at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Define approaches to the prevention of pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed for the resuscitation of the child or infant in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR 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.

Class size is limited to 16 students.
 

Provider status

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive PALS Provider Status through the AHA. The PALS Provider Card is valid for two years. You must complete a renewal course to maintain provider status.

NOTE: The PALS renewal class is primarily a review and testing format; if you do not regularly use PALS, and if you are unfamiliar with the algorithms and pharmacology, we suggest you take the two-day class.

Continuing education

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a PALS Provider Card.
CME credits are not available.

AHA disclaimer: 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. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.

Class schedule

For information about class dates, please see the 2019 Class Schedule

NOTE: The PALS update class is primarily a review and testing format; if you do not regularly use PALS, and if you are unfamiliar with the algorithms and pharmacology, we suggest you take the two-day class.

Course location

PALS Courses are held at:

Robertson Life Sciences Building
2730 S.W. Moody Ave
Portland, OR 97201

Questions? Contact:

care@ohsu.edu
Phone: 503-346-4425