PALS training is intended for professionals who must be credentialed as a requirement for doing their jobs, including:
  • pediatricians 
  • emergency room, family, and other physicians
  • physician assistants 
  • nurses and nurse practitioners 
  • paramedics 
  • intensive care and critical care providers
  • other providers required to initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a PALS Provider Course Completion Card.

Course length is approximately 14 hours for the full course, and approximately 6.5-8.5 hours for the update course. Part 1 (cognitive portion) can be taken in an instructor-led training session or on a self-directed basis as an online eLearning course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association PALS instructor.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
The PALS course is designed to provide pediatric healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children and help improve outcomes.
The PALS course covers:
  • pediatric emergencies
  • concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • BLS
  • PALS treatment algorithms
  • effective resuscitation
  • team dynamics