Training and Simulation

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Classes are available for Seattle Children's Hospital employees and faculty affiliated with Seattle Children's Hospital at this time. Some exceptions are made for University of Washington staff and faculty on a case-by-case basis. Please email us for evaluation of your case. Seattle Children's Hospital employees can find registration information on the Life Support Certifications page on CHILD.

Current Recommendations by the AHA and AAP:

The American Heart Association has recommended all Providers and Instructors of AHA programs be granted a 120-day grace period on expiration. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has similar recommendations to grant a 120-day grace period on expiration for those individuals whose NRP expiration date falls in March, April or May. Please note this recommendation may change as the COVID-19 situation is continuously evolving. 

Please note that it is at the discretion of employers and regulatory bodies who require current life support cards. Please check with your employer regarding your organization’s policy on allowing extensions of expiration for PALS, PEARS or NRP certifications. 

Get with the guidelines badgeThe Seattle Children’s PALS Training Center is an American Heart Association (AHA)–designated PALS Training Center. We follow the AHA Curricula for PALS Provider, PALS Renewal, HeartCode PALS Part 2 and PALS Provider for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners (adapted). Upon successful completion, participants are issued an electronic PALS Provider eCard effective for two years.

These official AHA PALS Courses train healthcare providers in the skills needed for assessment and management of infants and children with conditions of respiratory distress/failure, shock and cardiac rhythm disturbances, using the team approach. PALS certification is required for work in high-risk areas where advanced therapies are provided.

  • All courses assume proficient, high-quality BLS-HCP skills using current AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. For HeartCode PALS, the Part 1 online Certificate of Completion is required prior to attending the Part 2 in-class session.

  • The 2015 PALS Provider Manual (published 2016) is required for preparation, during, and after the course. For HeartCode PALS, course fee includes electronic access to the manual for two years.

    • Borrow: Check out a copy from your department library or the hospital library.
    • Purchase hard copy or electronic version:

Course Descriptions and Fees

Please note: Registration closes at 12 noon Friday of the week prior to all courses conducted Thursday through Sunday.

  • The two-day Provider course is for healthcare providers taking the PALS course for the first time, or for those whose PALS Provider certification has expired. It includes both classroom teaching and hands-on practice with manikins in advanced airway management, vascular access, performance of basic life support, cardiac rhythm recognition and electrical and medical therapy. Fee includes morning beverages and lunch.

    Fees

    • Seattle Children's staff (non-physicians, not NPD-subsidized): $260
    • Seattle Children's residents/fellows: $260
    • Physicians/dentists: $375
    • All other participants: $285
  • For first-time PALS certification or renewal. Not open to contract RNs.

    HeartCode is an appropriate alternative for experienced pediatric healthcare providers who are comfortable with computer simulation, and may have class-time limitations. As a first-time PALS course, it is a good option for experienced providers practicing PALS in their daily work. Part 1 provides online self-paced learning (average 4–8 hours), interactive case simulation and a written exam. In the half-day Part 2, participants practice and test team leader and team member skills using case scenarios. Completion of Part 1 is required for participation in Part 2.

    Part 1 online key code is included in fee. If you already purchased a key code directly from https://shopcpr.heart.org/, you can register for Part 2 only for a discounted fee.

    Information on computer technical requirements for Part 1 can be found at https://elearning.heart.org/static/faq.

    Fees

    • Seattle Children's staff (non-physicians): $200
    • Seattle Children's residents/fellows: $200
    • Physicians/dentists: $245
    • All other participants: $225
    • HeartCode Part 2 only (must have completed Part 1): $140
  • For PALS Providers whose current PALS certification will not expire before the course date (no exceptions). Fee includes morning beverages and lunch.

    Fees

    • Seattle Children’s staff (non-physicians, not NPD-subsidized): $200
    • Seattle Children's residents/fellows: $200
    • Physicians/dentists: $245
    • All other participants: $225
  • For first-time PALS certification for physicians, ARNPs, PAs and CRNAs, as an alternative to the two-day PALS Provider course. This one-day course is designed for the experienced pediatric provider who has a firm knowledge base of advanced life support procedures. Fee includes morning beverages and lunch.

    Fees

    • Advanced practice providers: $260
    • Residents/fellows: $260
    • Physicians/dentists: $320
  • 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 by complete application only. To learn more, email us.

How to Register for PALS Courses

All Seattle Children’s employees with badge ID numbers starting with 0–1, except APPs:

  • Register through Seattle Children's Learning Center.

All others, including those practicing at Seattle Children’s with badge ID numbers starting with 2-9 and APPs:

  • Use the registration links on the Life Support Certifications page on CHILD.

Registration Information

  • Payment options

    • Credit card
    • Company checks (no personal checks)
    • Budget transfers (Seattle Children’s employees only)

    Payment is due at time of registration.

    How to submit checks

    Mail company checks made out to Seattle Children’s to:

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

    • A $25 fee will be assessed for cancellations or transfers prior to registration closure.
    • A $50 fee will be assessed for cancellations or transfers after registration closure.
    • No refund for cancellations with less than 48 hours notice.

    Please be aware that in the event of a late cancellation or failure to attend the 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.

For More Information

Seattle Children's PALS Training Center
P.O. Box 5371/S-219
Seattle, Washington 98145
Email

Seattle Children’s Hospital is an approved provider of continuing education contact hours through the State of California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #16541). As of September 2015, all PALS Courses are approved for continuing education hours through the State of California Continuing Nursing Education Program.

Official AHA Statement for Authorized Provider of CPR and ECC Courses

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Claiming Your eCard

After the course, you must claim your eCard online. If you do not claim your card, it is not considered valid. If you are having trouble receiving the email from eCards@heart.org inviting you to claim your eCard, you can do so by entering your name and email address at the AHA website.