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How To Earn Continuing Education For PALS Certification

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Many healthcare professionals are required by their employer to have a valid PALS certification, which renews every two years. If your job requires it, it’s understandable that you have to do it. But what if you could get continuing medical education (CME) credits with your PALS certification? Awesome, even better! So now you ask, “How do I earn continuing education for PALS certification?”

Luckily, CME credits for your PALS course, or any other AHA training, is easier to obtain than you would expect. And keep reading to find out how to do it.

Who Can Get CMEs from AHA Training?

The American Heart Association (AHA) offers continuing education, or CMEs for some of their CPR and first aid training courses, whether in person or online, for certain professions. Currently, the AHA is accredited by:

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians – maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for physicians assistants.
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) – 12.00 contact hours, Category A, File number 00014666
  • Accreditation council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education for pharmacists – 12.00 contact hours or 1.200 CEUs, Universal Program Number: 256-000-08-569-H01-P.
  • Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) – 12.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 08-AMHA-F3-0053

Here are the following courses that have continuing education available:

Instructor- Led Courses:

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • ACLS for experienced providers (ACLS EP)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS©)

Blended-Learning Courses:

  • HeartCode© BLS
  • HeartCode© ACLS
  • HeartCode© PALS
  • Heartsaver© First Aid CPR AED Online
  • Heartsaver CPR AED Online
  • Heartsaver First Aid Online
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Online

eLearning Courses:

  • Heartsaver© Bloodborne Pathogens Online

How Many Hours of CME For My PALS Course?

The amount of continuing education for PALS certification varies for a number of reasons. Some factors are the type of class, online versus face-to-face. Whereas another factor if the class is more extensive, with additional modules to complete.

Credits for Physicians/Physician Assistants

  • ACLS Certification – 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • BLS Certification – 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • PALS Certification – 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Credits for Nurses

  • ACLS Certification – 8.0 hours
  • BLS Certification – 4.0 hours
  • PALS Certification – 8.0 hours

Credits for EMS

  • ACLS Certification – 8.0 hours per licensure period
  • BLS Certification – 4.0 hours per licensure period
  • PALS Certification – 8.0 hours per licensure period
  • PEARS© Certification – 8.0 hours per licensure period

How To Claim Your Continuing Education for AHA Courses

One you have claimed your eCard with AHA, you can claim your CME/CE credits.

  1. Once logged in, go to My Profile
  2. Click Claim CME/CE Credit
  3. Select the type of certificate from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click Claim and Print to receive your certificate

For help claiming your continuing education, contact the American Heart Association customer support at 1-888-242-2453 (Monday-Thursday 8AM-5PM CST, Friday 8AM-12PM CST) or email

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