THP Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Course
THP PALS Provider Course
About the Program
The program structure features a combination of small group sessions, multimedia presentations and practical skills stations specifically geared towards the adult learner. Our certified PALS instructors are a combination of nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists with backgrounds in pediatrics. All instructors are actively engaged in clinical practice.
Please allow yourself adequate study time. The PALS Course has been updated to reflect the current Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. The PALS Provider Manual (2015 edition) is for use by a single student and provides information needed before, during and after class. The new materials (2015 edition) include the following: PALS Provider Manual and a PALS Pocket Reference Card (with PALS algorithms)
How to get your PALS Course Materials
Please allow yourself adequate study time.
The 2015 PALS Provider Manual and a PALS Pocket Reference Card (with PALS algorithms) are required for the course. These are sold as a package as Item #RE6100E. Course materials are not included in the registration fee.
PALS course materials can be purchased from:
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (
American Heart Association (
How to Prepare for Your Course
The PALS Course is designed to teach you the lifesaving skills required to be both a team member and a team leader in either an in-hospital or an out-of-hospital setting. Due to the fact that the PALS Course covers extensive material in a short time, you will need to prepare for the course beforehand.
You must adequately prepare for the course by doing the following:
- Review and understand the information in your PALS Provider Manual and on the Student Website. Pay particular attention to the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence, and the management of respiratory and circulatory abnormalities.
- Complete the Precourse Self-Assessment on the Student Website (
https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca). Please note that it is MANDATORY for you to provide your Precourse Self-Assessment results certificate when you check-in for your course. A passing score of 70% or above is required. You can take the Precourse Self-Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score. You must the printout of your score with you to the PALS Course. If you arrive for the course without proof of successful completion of the Precourse Self-Assessment, you may not be allowed to participate in the course. For additional details on how to access the Precourse Assessment, please go to Page 10 in your PALS Provider Manual.
- Current BLS certificaiton required. Be prepared to pass the Child CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist and Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2015 BLS guidelines, especially as they relate to pediatric patients.
- Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS Course does not present the details of each algorithm.
- Review the Learning Station Competency Checklists in your textbook to gain a clear understanding of how you will be evaluated during the course and the
What This Course Does Not Cover
The PALS Course does not teach CPR, ECG rhythm identification, PALS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PALS pharmacology.
It is essential that you bring your PALS Precourse Self-Assessment results certificate with you on Day #1 of the course. Please also bring your BLS certification, PALS Provider Manual, stethescope and wear comfortable close to class; you will need it during each lesson in the course. You will be able to purchase the PALS pocket card for $10.00 on site.