PALS Courses

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The American Heart Association's (AHA) PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, instructor-led course 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. The goal of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

*Please note, attending a PALS class does not also certify staff in BLS. Please refer to Policy 9905 for clarification.

*Student manuals may be loaned out from the Matthew Fuller Library on the fifth floor of the main campus.

Dartmouth Hitchcock offers two-course options when clinical staff have to complete their initial or recertification for PALS:

  1. Traditional 2-day instructor-led course: A traditional course that consists of 2 days of classroom lecture, video, practice, simulation lab learning, and practical/written exam.
  2. Heartcode PALS blended learning: HeartCode PALS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the AHA’s PALS Course. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session.

    HeartCode PALS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. Upon successful completion of all the online lessons and eSimulations, students will take a multiple-choice exam and must pass with a minimum score of 84%.

    Once students complete the online self-directed course, they must complete a 4-hour hands-on skills practicum in the simulation lab. Online courses are required to be completed prior to and students will not be granted admission if the course is not complete.