Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)

We offer both PALS Initial and PALS Update Courses

  • PALS Update Courses are eight hours and offered multiple times throughout the year. Class starts at 8 a.m.
  • PALS Initial Courses are two days. Day one is a full day starting at 8 a.m.  Day 2 is 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  There is also three hours of pre-course work required.
  • Registration Fee for Non-Legacy Employees: $200


The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Pre-course Self-Assessment. Throughout the course, students are presented with 12 In-hospital pediatric patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%. Topics include:

Course Objectives:

  • High-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR
  • Recognition of patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
  • Recognition of cardiopulmonary arrest early and application of CPR within 10 seconds
  • Apply team dynamics
  • Differentiation between respiratory distress and failure
  • Early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
  • Differentiation between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
  • Early interventions for the treatment of shock
  • Differentiation between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
  • Clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
  • Post–cardiac arrest management

The PALS course targets pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists and other health care providers who initiate, direct or participate in advanced life support during pediatric emergencies.