2018 PALS: Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Course

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2018 PALS: Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Course

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Course

Purpose & Intended Audience

This 2 day course is intended to provide physicians, nurses, paramedics and respiratory therapists current concepts of advanced pediatric life support as defined by the American Heart Association.

Precourse Requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Pre-course Assessment with 70% or higher. Please print your score and fax to Terry Neal at 515-241-6732 prior to the course in order to allow participation in the courseBring AHA PALS Course manual with you to class.

  • To access Pre-course Assessment, visit the PALS Student Website:  www.heart.org/eccstudent and enter code:  pals 15.


$125-Registration fee includes nursing contact hours and American Heart Association card. Lunch is on your own.

**A 2015 AHA PALS Provider Manual is required for the course. You may purchase this paperback book from any supplier you wish. Below are a few options.

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.-https://worldpoint.com/aha-pals-provider-manual-2015.html

Leardal Medical Corporation-https://www.laerdal.com/us/item/15-1058

Channing Bete Company-https://shop.aha.channing-bete.com/onlinestore

Course Objectives

At the completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  1. Understand and be able to perform the systematic approach to pediatric assessment of a seriously ill or injured child, including the general, primary, secondary, and tertiary assessments.
  2. Use the "assess-categorize-decide-act" approach to decision making.
  3. Recognize a child in respiratory distress or failure and/or compensated or hypotensive shock.
  4. Manage a child who has life-threatening bradyarrhythmia, tachyarrhythmia or arrest rhythm.
  5. Describe the key elements and foundation of effective resuscitation including mastery of skills and effective team dynamics.
  6. Describe management of the child's clinical condition during stabilization and transfer phases of care.   


Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructors

Continuing Education Credit

  • Nurses: 13 Nursing Contact Hours approved by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines.

The American Heart Association will issue a card verifying the successful completion of the PALS course. Expiration of the verification will occur two years from the date of issue.

Course Schedule

  • Day 1: Class meets from 8 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
  • Day 2: Class meets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • Minimum class size required. Classes may be cancelled if minimum registration is not met two weeks prior to course. 


All PALS Courses are held in our Simulation Lab, unless otherwise stated.

Blank Children's Hospital and Methodist Medical Center campus

Simulation Lab, 2nd Floor ERC

1200 Pleasant Street 

Des Moines, IA 50309 

*To get to the class, park in the ramp on level one at the south end and take the southeast elevators to level 2.

Refund Policy

Blank Children's Hospital reserves the right to cancel the program due to insufficient enrollment or inclement weather. In this event, you will be notified and your entire registration fee refunded.

Cancellation Policy

A processing fee of $30 will be retained for cancellations less than 14 business days prior to the course.

Please Note:

Since this is a two-day course, the dates  reflect the first day of the class only. When you register, you are registered for both days even though only one day is shown.  For example, when you register for the 04/25/2087 class - the course is held April 25 & 26, 2018.

More Information

Terry Neal at Terry.Neal@unitypoint.org or 515-241-6611.