About Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The American Heart Association recognizes Children's Medical Center Dallas as a Community Training Center for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS.)

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be the preeminent learning center to provide physicians, nurses, allied healthcare providers and emergency personnel with the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the critically ill or injured infant or child.

Mission Statement

Our mission, with respect to getting kids safely to the other side of childhood, is to provide professional development opportunities for participants that teach the basic and advanced life support techniques for infants and children recommended by the American Heart Association, and to be progressive in anticipating and providing future learning services to our community.

Course Overview

The American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics have developed PALS courses to emphasize the early recognition of pre-arrest states in infants and children in order to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest. The current courses were developed to meet the needs of pre-hospital and hospital pediatric healthcare providers.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of a PALS course participants should be able to:

  • Recognize and treat the infant or child at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • Discuss the strategies for preventing cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children.
  • Demonstrate the assess-categorize-decide-act systematic approach to assessment and management of a seriously ill infant or child
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the infant or child using effective resuscitation team dynamics



CMC Eligible Employees HeartCode PALS Instructions
Outside Participants (including Medical Staff) HeartCode PALS Instructions
HeartCode PALS Skills Check Off Dates
Register Online

The American Heart Association has introduced an exciting new program for healthcare providers called PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization). It is focused on the early recognition and stabilization of the patient until the code team or EMS arrives.

Clinical Education and the CPR Committee are collaborating with key groups to launch the new PEARS course here at Children's Medical Center.

This new course allows Children's to better meet the educational needs of nursing staff and care needs of patients. Whether you take PEARS or PALS will depend upon the acuity of your patient population. Nurses on units with lower acuity patients where codes are rare will transition to the PEARS course with their next renewal. Staff working in areas of high acuity and a greater chance of codes will continue with PALS.

First, a group of PALS instructors will be trained in PEARS. The first PEARS course is scheduled for March. Below is a breakdown of PALS vs. PEARS requirements by department. If you are PALS certified but your unit is now going to be a PEARS unit, you will not take the PEARS course until your PALS certification is nearing expiration.

PALS Required

  • Critical Care RN/RCP/PNP
  • Radiology sedation nurses/RCP
  • All OR & PACU areas (inpatient and outpatient)
  • ED
  • All RCP
  • All transport staff
  • RPh/Pharmacy Cath Lab

If you require a PALS Provider Course register online.

PEARS Accepted

  • Inpatient services Nurses (A2, B4, C4, C5, B6, C6, C7, C8, C9, C10)
  • Critical Care & C8 clinical techs
  • All clinics
  • All Psych areas
  • Day Surgery (inpatient and outpatient)

If your postion (department) only requires the completion of PEARS training, view the schedule, then choose a date and register online.

Staff who have sedation privileges will also be affected. The sedation policy will be updated to state that sedation credentialed personnel may have either PALS or PEARS certification.

If you have questions please contact:

Tammy Adams
Phone: 214-456-1691
Email: tammy.adams@childrens.com