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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor (INS 401)

Course Category: 

Version 1 and 2: 16 hours (2 days).

Fort Totten, Bayside, New York.

Version 1: September 1993 - May 2021. Version 2: June 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Versions 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: teach the theory and principles of pediatric advanced life support care, administer PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) courses; possess the knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of the most common causes of cardiac and death in infants and children, identify and treat pediatric patients in a pre-arrest condition; perform resuscitation and provide immediate post resuscitation care in infants and children; apply the concept of being a team leader during the resuscitation of critically ill patients and apply the treatments learned in the algorithm to real life situations; employ leadership ability skills under stress; and teach this course.


Major topics include: administration, teaching and learning in the American Heart Association PALS courses, children with special healthcare needs, trauma and spinal immobilization, rapid sequence intubation, newly born resuscitation, coping with death, toxicology and toxidromes, and sedation of pediatric patient. Methods of instruction include: lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual materials, observation and student presentation.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Educational Methods, Health Science, Emergency Medical Services Administration, or Fire Science Administration (9/03 - review conducted by the American Council on Education) (10/07) (6/11 revalidation) (7/16 revalidation). Version 2: In the lower baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Emergency Medical Services, Health Science, or Physical Education (6/21 revalidation). NOTE (Versions 1 and 2): Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor (INS 400), Certified Instructor Coordinator (INS 302), Certified Lab Instructor (INS 300),  CPR Instructor (INS 200), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor (INS 401) overlap in content. The maximum credit recommendation for any combination of these courses is 3 semester hours.