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American Heart Association
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Course Description

The PALS Provider Course is designed to prepare participants to identify and treat cardiopulmonary arrest and common conditions that may lead to cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children.

The goals of the PALS Course are that the participant will:

  1. Have the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk of the most common causes of cardiac arrest and death in infants and children.
  2. Be able to identify and treat pediatric patients in a pre-arrest condition.
  3. Be able to perform resuscitation and provide immediate post resuscitation care based on his or her expected level of care.

Participants should leave the PALS course with a reasonable expectation that they can recognize an infant or a child with respiratory or circulatory compromise that requires an emergency intervention and that they can perform CPR, use adjuncts for breathing, provide effective ventilation, use an AED and manual defibrillator, obtain rapid vascular access, and provide appropriate drug therapy in pediatric victims.

A PALS course consists of a series of lectures, videos, and practice sessions, which are designed to help consolidate the skills and techniques necessary to effectively treat pediatric emergencies. To successfully complete this course, the student must be able to demonstrate proficiency in certain skills as well as pass a written exam. Therefore, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the information in the textbook before class. It is expected that the participant will be proficient in BLS before participating in the Pediatric Life Support Course. Your BLS skills will be evaluated during the PALS Skill stations. Please be familiar with the American Heart Association's Guidelines. If excessive remediation is required, or basic skills and EKG recognition is not proficient, you may be required to repeat the course.

Courses Offered

Initial PALS Provider Course - 2 days
This course if for providers that have never been through a PALS course, or have expired PALS >30 days.

Renewal PALS Provider Course - 1 day
This course if for providers that have previously completed a PALS course, and have a current PALS card. You will be allowed to take this course if you are expired <30 days.

Alternative Renewal BLS
This option is for those attending an advanced ECC course such as PALS or ACLS. Due to the reinforcement of BLS skills and skills checks in advanced courses, an additional 1.5 hours at the end of the advanced class to cover the remainder of the curriculum of the BLS Healthcare Provider course. This option is highly recommended, especially if your BLS card is set to expire within 6 months, but is available to all attending an advanced course. There currently is a wait list for BLS classes. Attending this section alleviates the need to return to the educational lab on another day for a 4 hours class. This option also allows you to keep your certifications expiring at the same time so you do not have to keep up with 2 different renewal dates. Click here to download the CPR Packet.

Registration Costs

Please click here to go to the calendar and register for your class.

PALS Courses are free to all UTMB employees, staff and students. The cost for non-UTMB persons are $50 for PALS Renewal Course and $100 for PALS Initial Course. All course fees must be paid within 5 days of registration.

To course fee payment contact the Cashier's Office at 409-772-2503 Please click here to see our registration fees.

What to Bring to Class

  1. UTMB ID
  2. Current BLS Card
  3. Textbooks and algorhythm cards
  4. Signed "Precourse Preparation Checklist"(found in your ACLS textbooks)
  5. Pre-test with score > 80

Physicians

The UTMB-Galveston campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor CME credits for physicians.

2-day ACLS course has been accredited for 16 hours of Category I credit toward the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award.

1-day ACLS renewal course has been accredited for 7 hours of Category I credit toward the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award.

There is a fee charged to process the necessary paperwork for these credits.

Please click here for CME forms.

Student Expectations

You will be expected to:

  1. Read the PALS Provider manual before attending the course,
  2. Complete the Pre-test before the start of the course with a score of 80 or above; and
  3. Demonstrate mastery of BLS skills during the course

To successfully complete this course, the student must be able to demonstrate proficiency in certain skills as well as pass a written exam. Therefore, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the information in the textbook before class.

It is expected that the participant will be proficient in BLS before participating in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. Your BLS skills will be evaluated during the ACLS skill stations.

Please be familiar with the American Heart Association's Guidelines.

If excessive remediation is required, or basic skills and EKG recognition is not proficient, you may be required to repeat the course.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purchase. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Successful participation in one of these classes alone does not imply certification to perform the skills learned in the class.

If you have any questions, email cpredlab@utmb.edu or call the Education Lab at 409-772-2823.