Pediatric advanced life support classes


Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is pleased to provide Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses. These courses follow the most current International Guidelines for Resuscitation published by the American Heart Association (AHA) Council on Emergency Cardiac Care. 

The AHA developed the PALS Provider Course for currently active health care providers who initiate and direct advanced life support beyond the first few minutes through the stabilization or transport phases of a pediatric emergency. PALS providers may include nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, paramedics and physicians. A current basic life support (BLS) health care provider who cares for seriously ill or injured children can take this course. 

Attending the PALS course will build on the current knowledge base to enhance the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills. Study and preparation for a PALS course is essential. Students must adequately prepare to complete the PALS Provider Course successfully. This course does not teach interpretation of rhythm strips or basic PALS pharmacology.

Required proficiencies

  • Performing CPR skills using the most recent AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECG 
  • Reading and interpreting basic ECG rhythm strips
  • Knowledge of basic PALS pharmacology 
  • Evaluating a seriously ill or injured child using the systematic approach to pediatric assessment outlined in the PALS Provider Manual


Corewell Health employees, please register in Workday. Non-Corewell Health employees, email program coordinator Amanda VandenBerg or email administrative coordinator Rhonda Hoyle  for more details. There is a $175 fee for Renewal courses that must be prepaid prior to class attendance. We are currently offering Renewal courses only, if you are interested in an Initial course, email Amanda or Rhonda directly. Select Renewals at Regional locations may be available, contact Amanda or Rhonda.

2023 -2024 Grand Rapids Renewal Schedule

10/4/23 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

10/11/23 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

10/11/23 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

11/1/23 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

11/1/23 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

11/8/23 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

12/6/23 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

12/6/23 2 p.m. - 6 p.m

1/3/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

1/3/24 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

1/23/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2/6/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2/6/24 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

2/21/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2/21/24 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

3/6/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

3/6/24 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

3/13/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

4/18/24 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

4/18/24 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.


Course sessions are held on the 3rd floor of Doug Meijer Medical Innovation Building (DMMIB). The address for the DMMIB is 109 Michigan St NW, Grand Rapids, 49503. Parking information will be sent with pre-course materials.