The PALS online test is for health care and emergency response professionals certifying or recertifying in pediatric advanced life support. Training and certification in pediatric advanced life support is intended to improve care to seriously ill or injured children. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association designed the two-day PALS training curriculum, which covers basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation specific to children. Completion of this training and the online test are often required for health-care employment.
PALS training, in addition to infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation, includes a review of the use of automatic external defibrillators and the assessment of and response to pediatric respiratory and cardiac emergencies. An extensive overview of related invasive procedures and the use of resuscitative medications is also included in the training, which engages trainees in interactive clinical simulations.
The American Heart Association recommends that students take the AHA PALS pre-course self-assessment to ensure they meet basic course prerequisites that include knowledge and use of basic airway management tools and infant and child basic life support skills. Providers holding PALS certification must recertify every two years by taking a refresher class and successfully completing an online exam. Training and testing is available online through a variety of authorized distributors.