This PALS Skills Session or Pediatric Advanced Life Support is a course created by the American Heart Association. This 2 hour classroom course is designed for those who work in an advanced medical setting, including Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedics. This Skills Session is done after completion of the online course Heartcode PALS e-learning course. The online portion is part 1 of the course, and the Skills Session is part 2 (practice) and part 3 (testing). Upon completion of all three parts of the course a 2-year AHA PALS certification will be awarded.
HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development.
To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.
Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor. Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card (print or eCard).