Professional and Continuing Education

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

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Course Overview (HeartCode PALS)

What is HeartCode PALS Part 1?

HeartCode® PALS Part 1 is a web-based, self-directed 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.

PALS Certification or Re-Certification is 3 Easy Steps:

Successful completion of the full PALS course (using HeartCode PALS Part 1) includes three parts:

  • 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.
  • Part 2: A hands-on skills practice session with an AHA PALS Instructor. *
  • Part 3: A skills test with an AHA PALS Instructor. *

* Parts 2 and 3 should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.

Students will receive an AHA PALS course completion card, valid for two years, upon successful completion of all three parts.

Intended Audience

HeartCode PALS Part 1 is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card and are seeking an alternative (non-classroom) method for completing an initial or update PALS course.

Student Materials

The UMBC issued access code for the course is included with the fee.

Pre-course Preparation:

As per the new 2010 AHA guidelines all students MUST complete the following BEFORE attending the PALS provider/renewal class.

  • Understand the 10 core cases on the Simulation Technology web based program manual.
  • Understand the PALS algorithms for the core cases in the electronic version of the PALS student manual.
  • Complete the PALS written exam and pass with an 84%.
  • Print out the completion certificate and bring it with you to the on site portion of the PALS course. Without this certificate you will not be allowed to participate in the on site PALS portion of the course.
Course Policies

A copy of the general course policies can be viewed by clicking here.

General Course Information

Continuing Education Credits for Emergency Medical Services

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 12.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 09-AMHA-F3-0058. These CEU's are being issued via American Heart Association, not UMBC.

Continuing Education Credits for Nurses

This program (090701-TX-IS) has been approved by ENA for 11.74 contact hours (clinical). This continuing nursing education activity is approved by the Emergency Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Continuing Education Credits for Physicians

The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Heart Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Credits for Physicians Assistants

AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME


Early registration is encouraged to ensure space availability. Class size is limited.


Please check the individual registration forms for the fee.

Tuition includes a UMBC issued Access Code for PART 1 and a UMBC site test for PART 2 & 3 along with a certification card.


All registration fees are non-refundable. Registrants may transfer to another course one time (within one year of initial registration) for an additional fee of $45.00.

A $45.00 fee will be charged for any returned check.

UMBC reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation tuition will be refunded or transferred to another course date at UMBC's expense.

Authorized Provider of CPR and ECC Courses, by American Heart Association

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS 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 materials, do not represent income to the Association.