Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

PALS Registration

PEARS Registration Form

PALS Program Objectives

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Program is designed to meet the needs of all health care professionals, including pediatricians, emergency physicians, family practice physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and others who work with, or may work with, pediatric patients.

The goal of the PALS Program is to provide the participant with:

  • information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children
  • the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest.

PALS Provider course

The PALS Provider course is intended for first-time participants. The course lasts two days, with Day 1 from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. and Day 2 from 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m. BLS certification is strongly recommended. 

The PALS Update course is intended for anyone currently certified in PALS who wishes to renew their certification. BLS certification is strongly recommended. The course lasts one day from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. 

Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Nursing Staff Development (Clinical Education & Informatics) is an approved provider #PA149 of continuing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

PEARS is an intermediate course designed to enhance the health care provider's basic pediatric life support knowledge to prepare students to initiate and manage the first few minutes of a pediatric arrest or prevent the arrest of a pediatric victim at risk of, or in, severe cardiopulmonary distress. This course is not intended for the advanced provider. The course lasts one day from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

PALS Instructor course

The PALS Instructor course is intended for anyone interested in teaching the PALS curriculum to other health care professionals. Applicants must have a current PALS Provider certification card and a current BLS/CPR certification card at the time of registration. Courses are offered on an as needed basis.

Related links:

Life Support Registration Policy & Procedures

American Heart  Association


Basic Life Support