HeartCode PALS

HeartCode PALS

Updated to reflect science in the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, HeartCode® PALS 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. Using eSimulation technology, students assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings where they can 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.  First time users can expect the on-line portion to take 8-10 hours to complete.  Instructions on how to access the on-line portion of this course will be emailed to the participant 45 days before before their scheduled skills session.

After completing HeartCode PALS Part 1, students must successfully complete a hands-on skills practice and testing session (parts 2 and 3) with an AHA PALS Instructor. The skills testing stations include, I/O insertion, Respiratory adjuncts and bagging effectively, CPR, and Zoll 101.  The students will then participate in a Mock Code in our simulation room, focusing on Resuscitation Team Concept.

Students will receive an AHA PALS course completion card, valid for two years, upon successful completion of all three parts.


The goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course is to equip the student with the cognitive & psychomotor skills necessary to recognize, resuscitate, and stabilize the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest.

Register for a Skills Practice and Testing Session (Heart Code Pals 2 and 3)
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Contact Information
PALS Training Center Coordinator
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: (614) 355-0574
Email: PALS@NationwideChildrens.org
Web: www.NationwideChildrens.org/PALS

*All Heart Code Skills Sessions:
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m
255 East Main St
Columbus, OH 43215
(*unless noted otherwise)

Directions to 255 E. Main St.
PALS is held in Skills Lab Room MA-256
Take Elevators to 2nd floor, & Exit turning Right.
Turn Right again through Metal Double Doors.
Follow Hall to the Skills Lab MA-256

Course Information

Intended Audience

The course is intended for healthcare providers. For example, medical, nursing, paramedical, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists, or allied health professionals whose daily occupation demands proficiency in the knowledge and skills of pediatric life support.

Registration Fees

The registration fee is $175.00 per person.

Class Size

The Renewal class size is limited to 18 and registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline for all courses is 4 weeks prior to course start date.


Regional Pediatric Advanced Life Support Faculty and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructors.


Although a current BLS (Healthcare Provider) card is no longer required, all participants must demonstrate proficiency in these skills.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Cancellations received after the registration deadline (4 weeks prior to class) will be subject to a 30% cancellation fee.
  • No refunds will be made within ten (10) days of course start date.
  • Confirmed registrants who do not attend the course are liable for the entire fee.
  • Online PALS - If you start the online course you are responsible for the fee - non-transferable.
Parking & Shuttle
  • NCH staff MUST park in their assigned lot and ride the shuttle to 255 East Main St. Employees not assigned to the 255 East Main lot may be towed.
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000