Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

2020 CPR Guidelines

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Ill or injured children/infants often hide or compensate for symptoms that could quickly become life-threatening. To prevent the decline of these pediatric patients, providers must be able to quickly diagnose the underlying cause, treat the symptoms, and closely monitor the patient.

In the AHA’s advanced pediatric course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, identify the underlying cause, and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations. Students interact with real pediatric patient cases, realistic simulations, and animations to assess and treat these pediatric patients. This includes applying basic life support, following PALS treatment algorithms, and practicing effective resuscitation skills and team dynamics. Through a combination of cognitive learning and psychomotor skills practice, the PALS Course improves students’ confidence and skill levels for delivering effective emergency pediatric care.


Healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and paramedics.


  • The systematic approach to assess and treat a seriously ill or injured infant/child
  • Recognition and management of cardiac arrest
  • Basic child and infant life support skills
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Recognition and management of respiratory distress and failure, including airway management
  • Recognition and management of shock, including vascular access
  • Recognition and management of arrhythmias, including electrical therapy
  • Post-cardiac arrest care

Course Formats

PALS can be delivered in 4 formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for Instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same PALS course completion card which is good for two years from content completion.

In-person, AHA Instructor-led classes remain the number one choice among most learners and deliver both the cognitive and psychomotor components in a classroom setting.

Blended learning merges the self-directed online HeartCode PALS eLearning cognitive information with either an in-person or virtual, AHA Instructor-led hands-on learning experience. With the blended learning option, learners can cover content at their own pace and even get CMEs!

To get started, purchase and complete the online HeartCode segment before attending our AHA Blended Learning PALS Skill Session.

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is an AHA approved training option which offers and PALS online recertification option, AHA PALS provider manual, and covers advanced cardiac life support information that is useful for both PALS recertification and first time PALS providers.