In-Person Event

HeartCode® PALS

Purpose and Audience:To train physicians, nurses, and paramedic personnel on the current concepts in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) as defined

Purpose and Audience:

To train physicians, nurses, and paramedic personnel on the current concepts in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) as defined by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. Participants must complete all parts to receive a PALS Provider card.

This eLearning course is the self-directed online portion of HeartCode PALS blended learning, which is followed by a hands-on session for skills practice and testing.

HeartCode PALS is a comprehensive program that uses a series of videos and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation, and team dynamics. Using eSimulation technology, students can assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students also apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.

Part 1: completed online using interactive case-based micro-simulation technology.

Parts 2 & 3: skills practice and testing by a PALS Instructor at Blank Children's Hospital. 

Course Requirements:


  • Go to the American Heart Association website at (this program is PC & Mac compatible).
  • Find the course titled HeartCode® PALS Part 1 and click "Add to Cart".
  • Complete the online registration and pay by credit card.
  • Complete the PALS Course online, including achieving a score of 84% or higher on the course exam (Access to this program will be available for 24 months from the initial license activation).
  • Print the HeartCode® Certificate of Completion and bring to the skills testing. Skills testing cannot be completed with this certificate.

PARTS 2 & 3

  • Register for your skills evaluation and testing with Blank Children's Hospital.
  • A PALS Provider card will be issued after the successful completion of Parts 2 & 3.
  • The following are required for the skills evaluation:
    • BLS Practice and Testing – Child CPR/AED skills and Infant CPR skills
    • Management of Respiratory Emergencies
    • Vascular Access skills of IO placement and management
    • Management of Rhythm Disturbances

Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing education credit (CEU or CEH) is provided by AHA upon successful completion of the computer portion of this course. No continuing education will be awarded from Blank Children's Hospital for the skills portion of this course.

A PALS Provider card will be issued after successful completion of all portions of this course. Expiration of the verification will occur two years from the date of issue.

Registration Fee:

$168 - HeartCode® PALS Part 1 at (separate online credit card payment to AHA)

$125 - skills testing and evaluation at Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Blank Children's Hospital

Cancellation 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.

Refund Policy: A processing fee of $30 will be retained for cancellations less than 7 business days prior to the course. No refund will be available for cancellations less than 2 business days prior to the course. Participants more than 10 minutes late will not be permitted to enter the class.


Blank Children's Hospital

Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Lower Level Anna Blank Building

1200 Pleasant Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

More Information

For questions regarding this class please contact Terry Neal at or 515-241-4351.

* If registration is closed please contact Terry for further class availability and other options.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands and knees, bending, standing, and lifting. If you have physical conditions that might prevent you from participating in the course, please tell the instructor when you arrive for the course. The instructor will work to accommodate your needs within the stated course completion requirements. In the event that you are ill, please notify Terry Neal at or 515-241-4351 to reschedule your training.

Directions to UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Blank Children's Hospital/Iowa Methodist Medical Center Campus:

Please park on the North side of the hospital visitor parking lot. Take the main hallway towards the Atrium. Turn left at the Powell Crossover. Before the bridge take the Anna Blank Elevator to lower level. We will meet in Conference Room #2. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class begins.

If you need assistance with directions please call Deb Willcockson 515-241-6728. Participants more than 10 minutes late will not be permitted to enter the class. Traffic downtown can be busy throughout the day so please allow extra time for this.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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