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PALS Instructor Essentials Online (2015 Guidelines)


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PALS Instructor Essentials Online is the self-directed, online portion of the PALS Instructor Essentials Blended Learning Course. It covers the components of the instructor cycle, including Prepare, Teach, Test & Remediate, Close, and Keep Current. It includes core information about instructing AHA courses, followed by course-specific information.

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How Does This Course Work?

The PALS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format. AHA PALS Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by PALS Training Center Faculty.

Prior to taking this course, candidates must have a current PALS Provider course completion card. Candidates who successfully complete the PALS Instructor Essentials Course, followed by course monitoring, will receive a PALS Instructor card, valid for two years. PALS Instructors are then able to teach PALS Provider and HeartCode PALS Hands-on Sessions, as well as the PEARS Instructor-led Course.

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AHA PALS instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by PALS Training Center Faculty.

Contact the Training Center you are aligned with for information on the in-person skills check required for completion of this course.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course must be completed by candidates who wish to become AHA PALS Instructors. Also, all AHA Faculty (Regional and Training Center) who teach PALS Instructor Courses must complete the online portion of PALS Instructor Essentials.

What Does This Course Teach?

The PALS Instructor Essentials Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA Instructor-led and blended learning courses. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA Instructor teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses.

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1.25 Hour Online Course

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