The PALS program focuses on the knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking skills necessary to provide emergency resuscitation of infants and children. Lecture, material and case presentations from the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics core curriculum will be followed by practice teaching stations to integrate the knowledge and skills needed. Evaluation stations are provided for issuance of AHA course completion cards. The course is recommended for physicians, nurses and other healthcare personnel who work in pediatric or emergency department settings.
Per the AHA, "The PALS Provider Course does not teach CPR, ECG rhythm identification, PALS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you do not review CPR and if you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Provider Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PALS pharmacology. You must know this in advance."
WE USE THE AHA eLEARNING MODULE FOR THE BLS PORTION. The purpose of the Basic Life Support course is to convey the proper sequence and application of Basic Life Support techniques. This course will emphasize standard assessment and application skills as recommended by the American Heart Association, International Guidelines for Emergency Cardiac Care. Upon completion of this course, an AHA BLS (CPR) card will be issued signifying attainment of the skill level which each individual participant has obtained.
There are three components to the Heartcode and eLearning courses.
- Part 1. Students complete the online, cognitive portion of the course, either at the workplace or anywhere with Internet access. When students finish the online portion, a certificate of completion will be available for them to print. The certificate is required to complete Part 2 at an authorized American Heart Association Training Center.
- Part 2. Students complete the skills training / practice test with an American Heart Association Instructor.
- Part 3. Students complete the skills validation test with an American Heart Association Instructor.
Upon successful completion of all three parts, students will be issued an American Heart Association Provider Course Completion Card for the discipline completed.