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PALS Pre-Course Instructions

Welcome to the PALS Provider Course!

NOTE: This page can be downloaded in a pdf to be printed HERE


Address for Class:

CPR Memphis
8014 Club Center Drive,
Suite 8,
Cordova, TN 38016

Please plan to be on time because it will be difficult for late students to catch up once we start. Students are expected to attend and participate in the entire course.

Length of Class:

First time PALS  12 hours
PALS Renewal  6 hours


How to Get Ready:

The PALS Course is designed to teach you the lifesaving skills required to be both a team member and a team leader in either an in-hospital or an out-of-hospital setting. Because the PALS Course covers extensive material in a short time, you will need to prepare for the course beforehand.


Precourse Requirements: 

  1. Complete the precourse checklist in your PALS Provider Manual. Bring the checklist with you to the course.
  2. Review the course agenda and note course activities where you might need to supplement your knowledge before attending the course.
  3. Be prepared to pass the Child CPR and AED Skills Testing Checklist and Infant CPR Skills Testing Checklist. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2015 BLS guidelines, especially as they relate to pediatric patients. You may find this information in the BLS Provider Manual or in other publications based on the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (see
  4. Review and understand the information in your PALS Provider Manual and on the Student Website. Pay particular attention to the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, the evaluate-identify-intervene sequence, and the management of respiratory and circulatory abnormalities.
  1. Review, understand, and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment (mandatory!) on the Student Website ( The code to use when accessing the Precourse Self-Assessment is pals15.
    This test consists of 3 sections: ECG rhythm identification, pharmacology, and practical application. Use this assessment to identify areas where you need to increase your knowledge.
  2. Print your Precourse Self-Assessment score: A passing score of 70% or above is required for the Precourse Self-Assessment. You can take the Precourse Self- Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score. Bring the printout of your score with you to the PALS Course.
  3. Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS Course does not present the detail of each algorithm.


What This Course Does Not Cover:

The PALS Course does not teach CPR, ECG rhythm identification, PALS pharmacology, or algorithms. If you do not review CPR and if you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the PALS Course. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECG rhythm strips in the course, nor will you be taught details about PALS pharmacology.

It is essential that you bring your PALS Provider Manual to class; you will need it during each lesson in the course.

You may refer to the 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional), and you may bring it to the course to use as a reference during some of the stations in the course.


What to Wear:

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require you to work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical conditions that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

We look forward to welcoming you for a stress-free and fun PALS class. If you have any questions prior to the class, please contact us at 901-438-4200 or email us at



× Yes, we are open and holding classes. We are following the American Heart Association guidelines regarding best disinfecting practices, as well as limiting our class size during this crisis. However, since our classes are smaller than usual, registration is limited. Please see our course calendar for online registration or contact us directly by phone, live chat or email with questions. Thank you.