HeartCode® PALS (Online Part 1) And Skills Tests
HeartCode® Pediatric Advanced Life Support (Online Part 1) is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that teaches healthcare providers knowledge and skills needed to recognize and prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children.
This program uses eSimulation technology to allow 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.
To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass.
Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the written exam with a score of 84%. Students then are able to attend the hands-on session required for full course completion.
After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.
Skills sessions can be sold separately or, more commonly, with a bundle package.
HeartCode PALS Part 1 is for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies, specifically those seeking an alternative (nonclassroom) method for completing an initial or update PALS Course. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.
HeartCode PALS is the AHA’s PALS blended learning delivery method. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session.
The online portion of this comprehensive eLearning program uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings.
- Updated science and education reflecting the AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
- Enhanced learning experience through eSimulations, life-like animations, and realistic scenarios
- Advanced, evidence-based resuscitation education and skills critical to the Chain of Survival
- Enhanced course structure and scenarios to ensure immediate preparedness in real-world situations
- Self-paced and accessible 24 hours a day
- Students apply knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development
- Debriefings and coaching provided immediately after each simulation, with hyperlinks to the referenced section of the PALS Provider Manual
- Online access to the PALS Provider Manual, the AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC and the Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers
- Provides access to all information in course for 24 months (two years) following activation of course key
- Continuing education credits available
Course Content and Description:
HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow 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.
To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.
After successfully completing the HeartCode PALS Course, including the online portion, followed by the hands-on skills session, students should be able to understand the following:
- Key changes in Pediatric Advanced life support, reflecting the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- 12 pediatric, hospital-based, patient cases with up to four healthcare providers, presented though eSimulation technology.
- Define systems of care
- Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes
- Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of pediatric patients
- Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use
- Recognition and management of respiratory emergencies
- Recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest, failure, and cardiac arrest
- Basic and advanced airway management
- Recognition and management of shock emergencies
- Recognize and perform early management of different types of shock cases in Hypovolemic, septic, anaphylactic, cardiogenic, obstructive, and neurogenic states
- Recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
- Recognition and early management of periarrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia and tachycardia
- Related pharmacology
- Recognize and perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
- Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
- Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
- Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team
- Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
- PALS Provider Manual
- May Be Sold Separately
- The PALS Provider Manual contains all of the information students need to know to successfully complete the Instructor-led, classroom PALS Course. It is designed for use by a single student, and as a reference tool before, during and after the course. The manual provides students access to a website containing mandatory and supplemental information and reference materials, including the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment (must pass with score of 70% or higher), to help them successfully complete the course.
- 8.375” x 10.875”
- Bound within a full-color soft cover
- Includes the new science from the 2020 Guidelines for CPR and ECC with pages full-color images and text
- Includes 1 (one) sheet of tab labels
- Includes 1 (one) PALS Precourse Preparation Checklist Card (4” x 6.5”)
- PALS Pocket Reference Card Set
- May Be Sold Separately
- Updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & ECC
- The PALS Pocket Reference Card is sold separately. It includes the following:
- Vital Signs in Children
- Definition of Hypotension by Systolic Blood Pressure and Age
- Summary Steps of CPR for Adults, Children, and Infants
- Pediatric Septic Shock Algorithm
- Drugs Used in PALS
- Pediatric Color-Coded Length-Based Resuscitation Tape
- Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm
- Doses/Details for the Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Algorithm
- PALS Systematic Approach Algorithm
- Pediatric Bradycardia with a Pulse and Poor Perfusion Algorithm
- Pediatric Tachycardia with a Pulse and Poor Perfusion Algorithm
- PALS Postresuscitation Care
- PALS Emergency Crash Cart Cards (set of 4)
- Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on session)
- This blended learning course includes an online portion and a hands-on session. The online portion must be successfully completed to gain entry to a hands-on session.
- The online portion can be completed in 6 to 9 hours, depending on the student’s level of experience. The hands-on session for HeartCode PALS will take approximately 3-4 hours without breaks.
- Course time may vary for online and hands-on sessions initial provider or renewal course and based on 1 instructor: 6 students: 2 manikins.
HeartCode PALS Part 1 requires prior knowledge that will be applied in using the PALS treatment algorithms. Unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time to complete HeartCode PALS Part 1. To be successful in any PALS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the PALS course materials contained within the program and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to attempting the patient cases.
- Present your unexpired American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Card to be considered a renewing provider and pay a reduced price for the course
- We do not accept non-AHA provider cards
- Please sign up for PDRE’s accredited BLS and PALS for Healthcare Providers course and receive the most globally recognized AHA provider card
- Knowledge and recognition of basic ECG heart rhythms and Pharmacology
- PALS Provider Manual or Handbook for ECC
- A current PALS Provider Manual or Handbook for ECC is not required to attend the course
- Purchase the updated book from PDRE for during online class enrollment or before the start of the course at our facility
- Please bring your book if you own the most up-to-date version
- This course has been tested on Windows XP and Mac OSX, with Internet Explorer 8+ or Firefox 2+. Please do not use the Internet Explorer 10 browser with this course. HeartCode programs are not supported by Apple Safari.
- Purchase the online access key and classroom-based skills assessment
- HeartCode® PALS (Online Part 1) and Skills Tests: $250.00
- Access Key + Skills Tests Bundle Package
- HeartCode® PALS (Online Part 1): $150.00
- HeartCode® PALS Skills Tests Only: $150.00
To receive an PALS course completion card using this program, students must complete three parts:
- HeartCode PALS Part 1
- Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the written exam, students receive a Part 1 certificate of completion, which must be presented for parts 2 and 3.
- HeartCode PALS Part 2*
- A hands-on skills practice session with an AHA PALS Instructor or using a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system
- HeartCode PALS Part 3*
- A skills test with an AHA PALS Instructor or using a VAM system
- HeartCode PALS Parts 2 and 3* should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.
- Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of psychomotor skills competency in all learning stations by passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, and a Megacode test in addition to a written test, students receive an American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (PALS) course completion card, valid for two years.
- A certificate of completion is available to print when the online portion has been completed successfully
- For greater success, it is recommended that the hands-on skills session be conducted shortly after completing the online portion
- Upon successful completion of both the online and hands-on portions of the course, students will receive an AHA PALS Provider course completion card (print or eCard), valid for 2 years
Note: Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Educational Credits (CEUs) may be subject to professional occupation and may vary depending organizational and associational policies, terms, and conditions. AHA, AAP, and other education organizations and associations may be only currently offering CME and CEUs for specific and designated online courses.
Continuing Education Accreditation
- ACCREDITATION TERMS/JOINT ACCREDITATION TERM/CAPCE:
- The American Heart Association is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
- AMA Credit Designation Statement – Physicians
- The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. **AMA Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of participating.
- AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
- AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTMfrom organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 7.25 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
- AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
- ANCC Credit Designation Statement – Nurses
- The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 6.50 contact hours.
- **ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim for this activity after six months of participating.
- ACPE Credit Designation Statement – Pharmacists
- ACPE Credit: 8.00 Contact Hours | Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-17-914-H01-P
- **ACPE credit must be claimed within 30 days of participation. ACPE credit will no longer be available to claim after one month of participating.
- Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
- This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 5.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F3-0346.
- **CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after the 6-month claiming period.
Scheduling & Discounts:
- Once the course fee has been received, our staff will give the student a HeartCode PALS Part 1 Key Code through email, phone, or at the facility to be used for online access to activate the course.
- Codes will be emailed as soon as possible or within 48 hours of orders placed between 7:30am to 5:30pm PST Monday through Friday. If order is placed on Friday after 5:00 pm PST, then the key code may be emailed Monday morning.
- Upon receipt of your access key code, activate and complete the PALS course online at www.onlineaha.org, print out your online course completion certificate, and call our PDRE office to schedule your skills tests.
- Please bring a copy of your course completion certificate to our PDRE facility.
- Once you have successfully completed your skills testing, you will receive an American Heart Association (AHA) Provider Card that same day or it will be emailed to you as soon as possible.
- PDRE offers some desktop and laptop computer access for the course. Limited seating(s) apply.
- Please call us if you have any questions or for discounted group rates and seasonal promotions!
The American Heart Association (AHA) strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in AHA ECC Courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.
Policies, terms, conditions, and prices may be subject to change without prior notice at any time depending on market value and vendor pricing in addition to yearly, seasonal and daily discounts and specials. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education (PDRE) reserves the right to update or modify these policies, terms, conditions and prices.