HeartCode® PALS (Online Part 1)

HeartCode® PALS (Online 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. 

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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.

After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.

Skills sessions can be sold separately or, more commonly, with a bundle package.

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Course Content:

  • Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • 12 pediatric, hospital-based, patient cases with up to four healthcare providers, presented though eSimulation technology
  • Systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • Recognition and management of respiratory and shock emergencies
  • Recognition and management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Immediate post-cardiac arrest care
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

Course Materials:

  • PALS Provider Manual
  • PALS Emergency Crash Cart Cards
  • PALS Pocket Reference Card
  • PALS Provider Manual with Pocket Reference Card 

Course Format/Time:

  • Online-based
  • Part 1 Online:
    • Approximately 6-9 hours depending on the level of knowledge and clinical experience of the student
  • Parts 2 & 3 (Skills Practice and Testing) with an AHA PALS Instructor:
    • If students prepared/Instructor experienced, with 6:1 student: Instructor ratio, approximately 3-4 hours
  • Course time may vary for online initial provider or renewal course

Course Prerequisites:

  • An unexpired and valid American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Card
    • We do not accept non-AHA provider cards
    • Please sign up for PDRE’s accredited BLS for Healthcare Providers course and receive the most globally recognized AHA provider card
  • Knowledge and recognition of basic ECG heart rhythms
  • A student must be able to identify basic ECG heart rhythms before the start of the course
  • Please sign up for PDRE’s BART (Basic Arrhythmia Recognition and Treatment) course and learn basic ECG heart rhythms
  • PALS Provider Manual
  • A current ACLS Provider Manual is required to start the course
  • Purchase the book from PDRE for $50 during online class enrollment or before the start of the course at our facility
  • Please disregard this prerequisite if you own the most up-to-date version

HeartCode PALS Part 1 requires prior knowledge that will be applied in using the PALS treatment algorithms. Unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time to complete HeartCode PALS Part 1. To be successful in any PALS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the PALS course materials contained within the program and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to attempting the patient cases.

Technical Requirements:

  • This course has been tested on Windows XP and Mac OSX, with Internet Explorer 8+ or Firefox 2+. Please do not use the Internet Explorer 10 browser with this course. HeartCode programs are not supported by Apple Safari.

Course Fee:

  • Purchase the online access key and classroom-based skills assessment
  • Initial (first-time) Providers: $115 (Access Key) + $140 (Skills Tests)
    • Bundle Package: $255
  • Renewing Providers: $105 (Access Key) + $130 (Skills Test)
    • Bundle Package: $205

Certification:

To receive an ACLS course completion card using this program, students must complete three parts:

  • HeartCode PALS 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.
  • HeartCode PALS Part 2*
    • A hands-on skills practice session with an AHA PALS Instructor or using a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system
  • HeartCode PALS Part 3*
    • A skills test with an AHA PALS Instructor or using a VAM system
  • HeartCode PALS Parts 2 and 3* should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.
  • Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of psychomotor skills competency in all learning stations by passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, and a Megacode test in addition to a written test, students receive an American Heart Association (AHA) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course completion card, valid for two years.

Continuing Education:

  • PALS Provider Course (initial/full course)
    • This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 14.50 Advanced CEHs, activity number 14-AMHA-F2-0239.
  • PALS Update Course
    • This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 14.50 Advanced CEHs, activity number 14-AMHA-F2-0230.

Scheduling & Discounts:

  • Once the course fee has been received, our staff will give the student a 90-1420 HeartCode PALSPart 1 Course Key Code through email, phone, or at the facility to be used for online access to activate the course.
  • Codes will be emailed as soon as possible or within 48 hours of orders placed between 7:30am to 5:30pm PST Monday through Friday. If order is placed on Friday after 5:00 pm PST, then the key code may be emailed Monday morning.
  • Upon receipt of your access key code, activate and complete the ACLS course online at www.onlineaha.org, print out your online course completion certificate, and call our PDRE office to schedule your skills tests.
  • Please bring a copy of your course completion certificate to our PDRE facility.
  • Once you have successfully completed your skills testing, you will receive an American Heart Association (AHA) Provider Card that same day or it will be mailed to you as soon as possible.
  • PDRE offers some desktop and laptop computer access for the course. Limited seating(s) apply.
  • Please call us if you have any questions or for discounted group rates and seasonal promotions!
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Our AHA ACLS instructor, Dr. Nuqui, was very knowledgeable, experienced, supportive, and entertaining. Most of all, I really appreciated how well organized and engaging the initial provider course was conducted in a pleasant and comfortable learning environment. Not only was the training site facility brand-new but everything from the student materials, training AEDs, intubation equipment and manikins were up-to-date and in excellent condition.

William, MD

I was very impressed with how professional and enjoyable my ACLS and PALS renewal classes were at Palm Desert Resuscitation Education! As an emergency medicine registered nurse working at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, I wanted to be educated with the most commonly seen cardiac arrhythmias and their treatment but also needed classes that were attention grabbing and fun. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education instructors definitely kept my attention during the lengthy courses by having a balanced sense of humor, pertinent and brilliant instructions, and excellent case scenario discussions.

Rickey, RN

I highly recommend this training facility as your go-to CPR certification site for your healthcare job because Dr. Nuqui is not only passionate about saving lives but is awesome when it comes to teaching you the proper techniques of resuscitation including compressions, airway management, and defibrillator use. He shares his medical and teaching experiences while making you feel relaxed, stimulated, and well informed with the current AHA guidelines. He taught me exactly what I needed to know to be ready when cardiac arrest happens.

Ashley, LVN
During my Basic Life Support (BLS) class, I was given all of the necessary skills to be confident and not be afraid if ever one of my patients or family members collapses due to a heart condition, such as a heart attack. PDRE’s instructors and staff provide a very friendly, informative, humorous, interesting, and stress-free class that makes me want to personally refer all of my friends and family to do their CPR training at PDRE. Do not hesitate to try the best American Heart Association courses in the Desert Cities!
Karina, medical assistant and phlebotomist
As an elementary teacher who needed to be responsible for many students, I wanted to learn first aid basics and CPR in case I encounter a time when one of my students may either be choking, bleeding, seizes, faints, breaks a bone, sprains a muscle, becomes allergic, passes out, and experiences other first aid emergencies. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education’s first aid basics and CPR classroom course, which were held in our elementary school, was the perfect out-of-site learning setting to practice first aid basics and CPR for medical and injury emergencies. All of the staff and school employees are truly thankful and now self-assured to be able to provide possible practical first aid basics and CPR to our students, associates, friends or relatives. From my experience, Palm Desert Resuscitation Education quite honestly has the greatest, most efficient and personable instructors teaching top-of-the-line healthcare certification courses.
Gary, elementary teacher
Dr. Nuqui and his staff were truly amazing when I needed my BLS certification for my personal training business. He was very efficient and thorough with all of the course content and materials including the new guideline changes so that we are all up-to-date when it comes to performing effective CPR and step-by-step use of an AED. It was very easy to listen to him because he is not only a great instructor but is outgoing and personable. He really made the class enjoyable and easy to understand. I would definitely go back here for my BLS recertification.
Roel, personal trainer
Being a member of an exclusive golf club in the Palm Springs area, I was surprised by how much I learned in adult CPR and AED use, first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies during an exciting and educational course held by Dr. Nuqui and other instructors in our private Club House. You never know when someone needs help, especially when we are out in the golf course, and those minutes before the first responders get to our location can be vital. Thus, those important medical techniques that Dr. Nuqui presented to us clearly could possibly save one of our participant’s lives. I now feel very comfortable that our golf club members were trained the proper way and can respond to almost any medical emergency.
Pat, General Manager
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