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Advanced Life Support Certification

Thank you for your interest in the Advanced Life Support Courses at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In 2015 the American Heart Association released the updated guidelines for resuscitation based on the latest science. Therefore, we are ready to provide the latest information to our attendees in the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).

The URMC American Heart Association Training Center is honored to have Faculty that have had a significant role in authoring the new PALS materials. Additionally, several Training Center Faculty have appointments as State and Regional Faculty members, therefore enhancing the quality of our programs.  We also pride ourselves that all of our instructors are current active clinicians.

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

The ACLS program teaches the healthcare provider how to recognize patients experiencing a life threatening cardiovascular emergency and management of a patient in sudden cardiac arrest. The ACLS program integrates both didactic and hands on learning. Students have to pass a written evaluation and a megacode skills station for successful completion.

The cost of the Provider Course is $329 and the cost of the Renewal Course is $279. If your Provider certification has expired you will need to enroll in the Provider (as there is no longer a grace period). You will need to check with your employer as to whether you need to be certified in ACLS.

Provider Courses Renewal Courses

March 2, 2018
May 4, 2018
October 5, 2018
November 2, 2018   

February 2, 2018
April 13, 2018
August 3, 2018
December 14, 2018

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The PALS Program is designed for healthcare providers who are involved in the care of critically ill children. The PALS curriculum consists of both didactic sessions and skill stations. The program is designed around the Evaluate, Identify, and Intervene model.

The cost of the 2 Day Provider Course is $349 and the cost of the 1 Day Renewal Course is $279. If your Provider certification has expired you will need to enroll in the 2 Day Provider (as there is no longer a grace period). You will need to check with your employer as to whether you need to be certified in PALS.

Please see the listing below for courses available, and click on the links to view more information and register online.

Provider Courses Renewal Courses
February 28, 2018 & March 1, 2018
May 2, 2018 & May 3, 2018
September 5, 2018 & September 6, 2018
November 15, 2018 & November 16, 2018
February 1, 2018
April 12, 2018
August 2, 2018
October 4, 2018
  December 13, 2018

The University of Rochester Medical Center American Heart Training Center PALS program offers agencies the opportunity to host a PALS provider or renewal course onsite. We will work with your staff to schedule and present the complete PALS program at your facility. Minimum class sizes and some restrictions apply. If interested, please contact David Leven, Clinical Skills Administrator at (585) 275-7411 or

Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition & Stabilization (PEARS)

The PEARS course is offered to agencies and institutions needing staff trained in the “Assess, Categorize, Decide and Act” model of PALS, but does not provide patient care to acutely ill children on a regular basis.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is designed for medical, mid-level, nursing and emergency medical transport providers who care for newborns.  In the NRP Provider Course, the learner will be introduced to the basic concepts of neonatal resuscitation and learn how to evaluate and establish appropriate treatment interventions in the stabilization of the acutely ill neonate.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, learners should be able to:

Completion of an NRP Provider Course does not imply competency in neonatal resuscitation.

Please Note:
All participants registered for the Provider Course must successfully complete the “NRP Online Evaluation” within 30 days before the course.  After completing the online exam, print out a “verification of completion” to present to your course instructor as evidence of successful completion of the exam. If you do not have the exam successfully completed prior to the course, you will not be allowed to participate. Upon registration you will be sent a link and login information to access the NRP online exam. If you do not pass the exam within the two attempts allowed, you will need to pay for subsequent attempts.

For more information about the online exam, go to the NRP website:

Course Listings

Provider Courses  

February 8, 2018
February 22, 2018
April 20, 2018
April 24, 2018

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a neonate in cardiorespiratory distress.
  • Explain the indications for and perform the steps of neonatal resuscitation.
  • Perform effective airway management, including bag-mask ventilation, endotracheal intubation and the use of T-piece resuscitators.
  • Explain the indications and contraindications of medications used during neonatal resuscitation.
  • Demonstrate effective neonatal resuscitation as the team leader and/or team member.
  • Describe special circumstances that require a different approach to newborn care, including the presence of meconium at deliveries, premature deliveries and ethical considerations.