Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

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In order to certify in PALS, the learner must have a valid BLS certification.

For course dates, times, prices, and registration, please select a course below:

e-PALS Provider and Retraining

The American Heart Association PALS course is designed for medical providers such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals whose daily occupation requires them to either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a pediatric patient, whether in or out of hospital. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is authorized as a Training Center for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Program by the American Heart Association (AHA).

AHA courses at iCELS combine state of the art simulation lab facilities with the latest e-learning software for resuscitation training: HeartCode PALS, brings the classroom to your personal computer. Self directed learning allows for adequate preparation of PALS clinical pathways while computerized simulations allow for deliberate practice of cardiac arrest and peri arrest cases. 

Provider course = HeartCode PALS + 6 Hour Simulation Lab

Retraining (every two years after initial course) = HeartCode PALS + 3 Hour Simulation Lab

Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the infant or child at risk of cardiopulmonary arrest;
  • Identify strategies for prevention;
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest;
  • Demonstrate the use of the various airway and oxygen adjuncts and methods for optimum ventilation & airway control;
  • Identify normal vs. abnormal cardiac rhythms and the appropriate pharmacologic and electrical therapies;
  • State the indications & dosages of medications used in cardiopulmonary arrest and the effects on the cardiovascular system;
  • Perform techniques to obtain vascular access in infants and children via intraosseous cannulation using EZIO
  • Perform advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest in the pediatric patient. 

Course Director:

Mariann Manno, M.D. 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
National PALS Faculty AHA

Course Location & Fees:

Albert Sherman Center- ICELS (3rd Floor) 
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA 01655

PALS Provider - $350
PALS Retraining - $285

Continuing Education Credit:

Physicians:

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Provider: The UMMS designates this live activityfor a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™

Retrain: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™

Physicians should claim onlycredit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses:

PALS Provider: This offering meets the requirements for 17.4 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04).

PALS Retraining: This offering meets the requirements for 9.6 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04). 

Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Others:

PALS Provider: Other professionals will be eligible for 14.5 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. 

PALS Retraining: Other professionals will be eligible for 8 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Statement on Faculty Disclosure:

It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.

In accordance with the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the guidelines of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), it is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to disclose whatever interest or affiliation a speaker might have with any commercial organization whose products or services are related to the subject matter being presented. Such disclosure will be made available on the day of the program.

Confirmation

Registrants will receive confirmation via email. An online key and instructions for accessing online content will be sent 2 weeks before the scheduled skills session. Learners who register within 2 weeks of the course will recieve those materials 1 week before the course. 

To register, or for more information, please visit our website at www.umassmed.edu/icels. If you have further questions, you are welcome to email us at icels@umassmed.edu 

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, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association. 

PALS Online and Skills Session Courses are refundable up until 1 week before the original date, less $150 if an online key has been assigned. Transfers are permitted up to 10 business days before the original program date without penalty. After that point, all transfer requests, if granted, will incur a fee ($135 for Retrain, $200 for initial). If you wish to transfer to another PALS Skills Session date, please submit a transfer request to iCELS@umassmed.edu. Your request must include the name of the registrant, the course the registrant is currently enrolled in, and the course they wish to be transferred to. 

 Classes must be paid in full in order to receive a certification card and continuing education credit(s). A certification card will be awarded on the day of the course to those who successfully complete the course and have paid for the course in full. 

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