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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
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PALS - Essential Course Details

Below are important details regarding the PALS course, please take the time to read through it to ensure you are well-prepared for the course.

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 materals are not included in the tuition fee. 

PALS course materials can be purchased from:

McMaster University Health Sciences Book Store (  (paper copy)

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ( (paper copy)

American Heart Association ( (e-book or paper copy)

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.

Precourse Requirements

You must adequately prepare for the course by doing the following:

    1. 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.
    2. Complete the Precourse Self-Assessment on the Student Website ( 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 bring the printout of your score with you to the PALS Course (only page #1 is required). 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. Once you are signed-in to your HFSC portal account, you will be able to access the pre-course assessment under the "Training Resources" tab. For additional details on how to access the Precourse Assessment, please go to Page 10 in your 2015 PALS Provider Manual.
    3. Ensure that your BLS skills are current. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Review the Learning Station Competency Checklists in your textbook to gain a clear understanding of how you will be evaluated during the course and in the practical case testing.

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 PALS Provider Manual to class; you will need it during each lesson in the course.

Our goal is to offer an exciting and practical learning experience in a relaxed environment. We look forward to meeting you during the course and know that you will leave the course with important knowledge and skills critical to caring for ill children.  If you have any questions prior to this course, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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