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PEARS or PALS: Which course is right for me?

Both PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) are American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) standard courses that use uniform tools to train assessment and management for infants and children at risk for respiratory failure, shock and cardiopulmonary failure. PEARS is the foundation of pediatric assessment that supports PALS providers for advanced care.

 PEARS ProvidersPALS Providers 
Healthcare settings with well children or moderately ill childrenHealthcare providers whose area of practice includes primary care, acute care and emergency/urgent care, critical care, anesthesia/sedation. Healthcare providers whose scope of practice includes advanced airways, cardiac rhythm monitoring, electric and pharmacologic interventions for cardiac dysrhythmias, shock and respiratory failure.
Healthcare providers whose scope of practice does not include emergency and critical care or sedation for procedures, nor prescriptive authority
Ambulatory and acute care nurses, school nurses, student nurses Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, dentists


PALS and PEARS traditional Provider and Renewal course learning is via student manuals, video instruction, instructor-led discussions and practical assessment, identification and intervention skills using a variety of illustrative scenarios in a team approach.

HeartCode PALS provides Part 1 online self-paced learning, interactive case simulation and written exam. Part 2 PALS practical evaluation tests team leader and team member skills using case scenarios.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The PALS Provider Course, PALS Renewal Course and HeartCode PALS Parts 1 and 2 Course participants will be granted a PALS card through the AHA-designated Seattle Children's PALS Training Center. Current BLS for Health Care Provider certification is highly recommended for all participants.

Exams

AHA PALS reference guides are allowed in the Practical Evaluation stations. No reference materials are allowed in the Written Exam station. PALS Written Pre-Course Self Assessment is optional as a study affirmation. Please access the Self Assessment test with the password palsprovider.

PALS Manual

All participants are required to use a current 2011 PALS Provider Manual.

When you register for a course you will have the option to purchase a PALS Manual for $43. You may order one directly from one of the product vendors: WorldPoint or Channing-Bete.

More information

For more information, read the brochure (PDF) or contact us at:

PALS Training Center
Seattle Children's
P.O. Box 5371/S-219
Seattle, Washington 98145
Phone: 206-987-5319
Fax: 206-987-5705
Email

Registration

PALS Renewal Update Courses

The Renewal course is available to those having current AHA PALS Provider status with an issue date not exceeding two years through the end of the month in which the card was issued. Current BLS for Healthcare Provider certification is highly recommended for all participants.

Location:
Seattle Children’s, NE 70th St. and Sand Point Way NE, Seattle 

Time:
8 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Register for one of these dates:
April 25, 2014
April 27, 2014
June 20, 2014
June 21, 2014
September 5, 2014
September 7, 2014
November 7, 2014 

  • PALS science, team approach and pediatric assessment
  • CPR and AED competency testing and core case practice
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock evaluation stations
  • Written exam

Fees (include morning beverages and lunch):

  • All physicians/DDS/DO: $245
  • Employees of Seattle Children's (ARNP, PA, Pharm, RN, RT, resident MD/fellows): $200
  • All other participants: $225

Two-Day PALS Provider Courses

The two-day Provider course is for those taking the PALS course for the first time, or for whose PALS Provider status has expired.

Location:
Seattle Children’s, NE 70th St. and Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Register for:
April 26–27, 2014
June 21–22, 2014
September 6–7, 2014
November 8–9, 2014

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

  • PALS science, team approach and pediatric assessment
  • Skills for airway, dysrhythmias, BLS and vascular access
  • Respiratory and cardiac core case practice

Sunday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Shock core case practice
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock evaluation stations
  • Written exam

Fees (include morning beverages, lunch and refreshments):

  • All physicians/DDS/DO: $375
  • Employees of Seattle Children's (ARNP, PA, Pharm, RN, RT, resident MD/fellows): $260
  • All other participants: $285

One-Day PALS Provider Courses for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners

The One-Day Provider course is designed for the experienced healthcare provider who has a firm knowledge base of assessment and management of respiratory failure and shock and cardiac rhythm disturbances with advanced resuscitation of infants and children. Practice skills in advanced airway management, vascular access, performance of basic life support, cardiac rhythm recognition and electrical and medical therapy. Recommended audience: Physicians and advanced-practice health professionals (ARNP, PA, CRNA).

Location:
Seattle Children’s, NE 70th St. and Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Register for:
September 6, 2014

Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.

  • PALS science, team approach and pediatric assessment
  • Skills for airway, dysrhythmias, BLS and vascular access
  • Case management for shock, respiratory failure and cardiac dysrhythmias
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock evaluation stations
  • Written exam

Fees (include morning beverages, lunch and refreshments):

  • All physicians/DDS/DO: $350 
  • Advanced-practice other (ARNP, CRNA, PA): $260
  • Seattle Children's resident MD/fellows: $260

HeartCode PALS Parts 1 and 2 Online and In-Class PALS Course

Who is it best for?

The AHA 2012 edition online HeartCode PALS Part 1 is perfect for the experienced pediatric healthcare provider with savvy computer simulation skills who has class-time limitations. It is a good option for PALS renewal.

How much time does it take?

Online time is 6 to 12 hours. The Part 2 in-class Practical Evaluation session for skills and team approach time is 3¼ hours. Successful completion of Part 1 is required to participate in the Part 2 in-class skills sessions. 

See the chart below for specifications needed to support the scenario analysis requirements.

  MinimumRecommended 
Operating systemWindows XP or Mac OS XSame
Processor speed2 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent2.4 GHz or higher
Memory786 MB RAM1 GB or higher
Internet connection speed512 kbit/s1 Mbit/s or higher
Web browserWeb browserInternet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 2+
Plug-insAdobe Flash Player 10.1Same

Helpful instructions

From OnlineAHA.org – for full function for successful completion of PALS Part 1 online:

This course requires Windows XP or Mac OS X, with Internet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 2+. HeartCode programs are not supported by Apple Safari. Internet Explorer 10 is not a supported browser with this course. If you are in IE10, you can hit the Alt key on your keyboard, select Tools, select Compatibility View Settings, and select Display All Websites in Compatibility View – this will allow your system to view the site as IE9, which is supported by this course.

What happens after I register for HeartCode PALS Parts 1 and 2 through Seattle Children’s?

  • You will be issued a “key code” that allows you to register for HeartCode PALS Part 1 at OnlineAHA.org. Once your key code is registered with AHA, it is linked to your name and selected password and is not refundable.
  • You will perform online:
    1. PALS self assessment test
    2. PALS videos
    3. Twelve scenarios with simulated cases of respiratory distress and failure, shock and cardiac rhythm disturbances
    4. Written exam
     
  • Print and/or electronically send your Certificate of Completion of HeartCode PALS Part 1 to qualify to attend the Part 2 in-class session.
  • Attend the in-class HeartCode PALS Part 2 Practical Evaluation session for BLS performance, the Cardiac Rhythm Disturbance Evaluation and Respiratory Failure and Shock Evaluation Stations using the team approach facilitated by our PALS Training Center faculty.
  • Upon successful completion, you will be issued a PALS Provider Card.

Location:
Seattle Children’s, NE 70th St. and Sand Point Way NE, Seattle

Register for one of these dates:
April 24, 2014
April 26, 2014
June 17, 2014
June 19, 2014
June 21, 2014
September 6, 2014
November 8, 2014

Saturday, 12:30 to 3:45 p.m.

  • PALS science
  • CPR and AED competency testing
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock evaluation stations

Fees (include beverage and snack):

  • All physicians/DDS/DO: $245
  • Non-contract employees of Seattle Children's (ARNP, PA, Pharm, RN, RT, resident MD/fellows): $200
  • All other participants: $225

PALS Instructor Course

Experienced PALS providers train to become new PALS instructors by integrating learning and teaching principles with mentored practice teaching during the concurrent PALS Provider Course. Limited registration. Acceptance only by complete application. To learn more, call Annette Voeller-Starheim at the PALS office at 206-987-5319 or email her.

Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policy

  • A $15 cancellation fee is charged for cancellations with more than one week’s notice.
  • An $80 cancellation fee is charged for cancellations with less than one week's notice.
  • No refund if cancellation is made less than 48 hours prior to the course.
  • An $80 processing fee will be charged for course transfers with less than one week's notice.
  • In the event of a late cancellation, failure to attend the course or incomplete or failed course employers may choose not to pay for a subsequent course.
  • All fees are the responsibility of the registrant, and are required no later than one week prior to the course.

Location

  • Location information and driving directions will be sent in your confirmation packet. Confirmation packets that include books will be sent via the mail. All others will be sent electronically approximately one month prior to the course with timely registration.
  • PALS courses are held at Seattle Children's 70th and Sand Point location, 6901 Sand Point Way NE, located 1.5 miles north of Seattle Children's main campus.

Payment

Credit cards, company checks (no personal checks) and budget transfers (Seattle Children’s employees only) are accepted. Payment is due at time of registration. Personal checks are not a payment option.

Please mail company checks made out to Seattle Children’s to:

PALS Training Center
Seattle Children's
PO Box 5371/S-219
Seattle, WA 98145

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