PALS Renewal Course Prerequisites:
Students who take the PALS Renewal Course, must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card, complete the mandatory Precourse Self-Assessment and be proficient in the following:
- Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
- Identify—on a monitor and/or paper tracing—the following rhythms and rhythm disturbances:
- Normal sinus rhythm
- Sinus bradycardia
- Sinus tachycardia
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular tachycardia
- Ventricular fibrillation.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the essential drugs used in the management of:
- Cardiac arrest
- Be able to combine ECG rhythm recognition and pharmacology
Students are given direction on how to access the Student website in their PALS Provider Manual. The student website provides important supplementary information and videos, as well as a link to the Precourse Self- Assessment. The mandatory Precourse Self-Assessment requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print the certificate. Students can take the Precourse Self-Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score.
PALS renewal course students should have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation PALS provider course completion card. When a student is unable to present a course completion card, at the discretion of the instructor, a student who frequently uses the skills and knowledge of PALS in their workplace or related volunteer activities may be admitted. If that student does not successfully complete the recertification course, without remediation, they will be required to attend a full PALS provider course.