HeartCode PALS Online

American Heart Association® HeartCode PALS

The American Heart Association® HeartCode® PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certification course is taught via their blended learning format. Students receive the American Heart Association® PALS certificate, which is valid for 2 years. This course format greatly reduces your in classroom time commitment (4-hours versus 8-12 hours).

The online study guide can be completed in a few hours, depending on the student’s level of experience, and prior training. You may start and stop the study guide at anytime, making this course flexible and convenient. The instructor-led, in-person classroom course for HeartCode® PALS will take approximately 4 hours. This course is recommended for both new students and renewing students.

Course fee: $200.00


  1. Register and pay for the PALS Initial Course
  2. Your online access code and instructions will be emailed to you.
  3. Complete the online course prior to the classroom course.
  4. Print you online course completion certificate & bring to class.
  5. Attend the in-person skills session & receive your AHA PALS certificate.

The American Heart Association® HeartCode® PALS course combines an online pre-class study guide with an instructor led, in-person classroom course including hands-on skills training and skills testing. For this course, students begin by completing the AHA online pre-course study guide which allows 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. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning about pediatric advanced life support. Upon completion of this online study guide, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you will present to your instructor at your in-person classroom course. This online pre-class study guide includes the full PALS student manual. Completion of the online pre-class study guide is mandatory, and must be completed prior to attending the classroom course.

Upon receipt of course registration fees, you will be emailed your online pre-class study guide access key (which includes the PALS student manual). Once you successfully complete the online study, print your certificate and  bring it to your in-person, instructor led, classroom course.


This course is intended for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children, including personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics.

After successfully completing the HeartCode® PALS Course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the timely recognition and interventions required to prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in any pediatric patient
  • Describe the systematic approach to pediatric assessment by using the initial impression, primary and secondary assessments, and diagnostic tests
  • Describe priorities and specific interventions for infants and children with respiratory and/or circulatory emergencies
  • Explain the importance of effective team dynamics, including individual roles and responsibilities, during a pediatric resuscitation
  • Describe the key elements of post resuscitation management
  • Perform effective, high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when appropriate
  • Perform effective respiratory management within your scope of practice
  • Select and apply appropriate cardiorespiratory monitoring
  • Select and administer the appropriate medications and electrical therapies when presented with an arrhythmia scenario
  • Establish rapid vascular access to administer fluid and medications
  • Demonstrate effective communication and team dynamics both as a team member and as a team leader
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