The Shelden Clinical Simulation Center offers course options for pediatric care.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

PALS Instructor-Led

The American Heart Association (AHA) PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This instructor-led classroom course uses a series of videos and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

  • Course Length: 11 hours and 45 minutes (two days)
  • Certification: Two years
  • Fee: $350
  • Includes: PALS Student Manual, high-fidelity education and certification card.

Heartcode® PALS

HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual health care settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development.

To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 in-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases might be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84 percent.

Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS instructor. Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS provider course completion card (print or eCard).

  • Course length: Six hours and 15 minutes
  • Certification: Two years
  • Fee: $350
  • Includes: PALS Student Manual, high-fidelity education and certification card.

Heartcode Skills Check Off

  • Course length: Four to six hours
  • Certification: Two years
  • Fee: $350
  • Includes: PALS Student Manual, high-fidelity education and certification card.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

The American Heart Association’s PEARS® Course has been updated to reflect science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC.

This instructor-led classroom course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by teaching students to assess, recognize, and manage respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest until the child or infant is transferred to an advanced life support provider