How do you get certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support?


Quick Answer

To become certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, a candidate must attend a two-day instructor-led, video-based classroom course that consists of 14 hours and 10 minutes of instruction with additional time for lunch and breaks. In addition, students must actively participate and pass a closed-book written exam with a minimum score of 84 percent.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Students must also pass the 1- and 2-rescuer Child BLS and Infant BLS Skills Tests and two PALS core-case scenarios as a team leader. Once all of these requirements are met, the student receives a PALS Provider Course Completion Card which is valid for two years. The PALS course is a training program from the American Heart Association for health-care providers who are emergency responders for children and infants. These include personnel in emergency medicine, emergency response, critical-care units and intensive-care units, such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others. Content included in the PALS course includes topics such as management of respiratory emergencies, resuscitation-team concept and systematic approach to pediatric assessment. There is an update course available that consists of eight hours and 20 minutes when all optional stations are included or six hours and 20 minutes when they are excluded, as well as additional time for lunch and breaks.

Learn more about Career Aspirations

Related Questions