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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Course plus BLS Provider Status

Below is some information regarding the the course offerings under the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Program. If you are interested in attending, please sign up using the link provided at the bottom of the page.



About this Course

Our Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course uses a series of hands-on skill stations and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, high-quality basic life support skills, advanced life support treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation, and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

PALS is available as a two-day PALS Provider course and as a one-day PALS Renewal course, for those seeking to "recertify" their PALS Provider status.

*New in 2018*  We now include the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider certificate as a component of all of our PALS courses. We are providing this additional certificate to PALS participants at no additional charge, with the goal of further enhancing our courses and facilitating barrier-free access to PALS training. 

All of our PALS Courses are accredited through the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and have full recriprocity with the American Heart Association. Our PALS instructors are a combination of nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists with backgrounds in pediatric emergency and critical care.

Course Prerequisites

(1) Successful completion of the online PALS Pre-Course Assessment (included in tuition) with a minimum score of 70%*,
(2) Previous CPR Training at the Health Professional-level (infant/child/adult/AED)**,
(3) RN, RPN, RRT, MD, DDS, PA, NP, PCP/ACP/CCP, or IMG, ***

* A paper copy of Page 1 of the PALS Pre-Course Assessment must be submitted during course check-in.

** In order to participate in this course, you must have previously taken healthprofessional-level CPR and be current in your CPR knowledge and skills. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) requires all PALS course participants to hold a valid HFSC BLS Provider card prior to being eligible for HSFC PALS Provider status.  To facilitate this requirement, all of our PALS courses now include HSFC BLS Provider.  

 *** Students of a health profession are eligible to enroll in the PALS Provider course if: (1) they are in their final stage of training before licensure / entering practice and (2) they have successfully completed the PEARS Provider course within the past 12 months. For information on the PEARS Provider course, please see Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS).

For PALS Renewal (Recertification) Candidates:

(4) Valid PALS Provider card **** (please see your card for expiration date)

**** A paper copy of your valid PALS Provider card must be submitted during course check-in

Course Materials and Precourse Preparations

Please allow yourself adequate study time.  Adequate preparation is required for successful participation and completion of the PALS Program.

The PALS Provider Manual (2015 Edition) is a required resource and provided information needed before, during, and after the course. PALS course materials include the PALS Provider Manual and a PALS Pocket Reference Card (with PALS algorithms). Please note that the PALS Provider Manual is not included in the PALS course tuition.

Click here for details on how to obtain course materials and how to prepare for your course

Course Director

Emma Wyatt, MBBS, FRACP

Course Coordinator

Kevin Middleton, RRT, BSc, MEd


If you are interested in attending any of these courses, you can Register for Upcoming Courses




Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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