What is the Recommended 2-Day APLS Course Schedule?

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​What is the recommended 2-Day APLS Course Schedule?


​The 2-day APLS Course Schedule strongly recommended by the APLS Steering Committee comprises 14.5 hours of education: 11.5 hours presented in Small Group Discussion or Lecture format, 2 hours presented in Skill Station format, and 1 hour for the APLS Course Completion Examination. A printer-friendly 2-day schedule can be found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM or by clicking ​here.

Note: Course Directors who want to offer PALS Provider renewal as part of their APLS Courses must follow this recommended schedule and add 60 minutes to review the PALS pretest, along with 60 minutes to conduct the PALS post-test, to satisfy requirements of the AHA.

Day 1 (7.5 hours)

Pediatric Assessment Lecture45 minutes
Airway Procedures Skill Station60 minutes
Cardiovascular Procedures Skill Station60 minutes
Pediatric Airway in Health and Disease I Lecture45 minutes

Small Group Discussions-the Course Director will divide students into groups to rotate through the following sessions:

Central Nervous System

Medical Emergencies I

Cardiovascular System I

45 minutes

45 minutes

45 minutes

Trauma I Lecture45 minutes
Course Director's Option (The Course Director will choose a topic and delivery format from the remaining modules in the APLS curriculum.)60 minutes


Day 2 (7 hours)

Nontraumatic Surgical Emergencies Lecture45 minutes

Small Group Discussions-the Course Director will divide students into groups to rotate through the following sessions:

Children with Special Health Care Needs

Metabolic Disease I

OR

Toxicology Ingestions and Smoke Inhalation

45 minutes

45 minutes

 

45 minutes

Child Maltreatment Lecture45 minutes
Course Director's Option (The Course Director will choose a topic and delivery format from the remaining modules in the APLS curriculum.)180 minutes
APLS Course Completion Examination60 minutes​


Remaining modules which may be chosen as Course Director's Option:

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Preparedness for Pediatric EmergenciesDisast​er Management
Pediatric Airway in Health and Disease IIPreparedness for Acts of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism
Cardiovascular System IIMedical-Legal Considerations
Metabolic Disease I (if not already chosen)Mock Codes
Metabolic Disease IIPediatric Emergency Radiology I
Environmental EmergenciesPediatric Emergency Radiology II
Toxicology: Ingestions and Smoke Inhalation (if not already chosen)Preparing for Advanced Trauma Procedures
Trauma IIPreparing for Office Emergencies
Nontraumatic Orthopedic EmergenciesRapid Sequence Intubation
Medical Emergencies IIAdvanced Airway Procedures Skill Station
Neonatal EmergenciesAdvanced Trauma Procedures Skill Station
Procedural Sedation and AnalgesiaSplinting Procedures Skill Stations
Interface With EMSWound Closure Procedures Skill Station​​


APLS Course Options

Didactic sessions are listed in the recommended course schedule as either Lecture or Small Group Discussion according to the format the APLS Steering Committee believes is best for presenting the material. But for all of the didactic sessions, the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM includes ready-to-use presentations in both Lecture format and Small Group Discussion format. APLS Course Directors have the flexibility to choose the format that best meets the needs of his or her Faculty and students.​

Course Directors can change the order in which the modules are presented. 

The APLS Course can be conducted over more than 2 days. For example, the Course Director can opt to conduct it over 4 half days, or even as 1-hour sessions over 14 days, if such a schedule is more effective for his or her Faculty and students. The key is to do all of the sessions listed.

The APLS Course Completion Examination is optional; the Course Director has the flexibility to decide whether taking the examination and getting the Course Completion Card provides benefit to his or her students. However, the 60 minutes allotted for the examination are included in the 14.5 total hours for the course. Course Directors who opt out of the examination should replace it with a 60-minute Lecture, Small Group Discussion, or Skill Station from the APLS curriculum.

Remember: The Course Director's Option sections listed at the end of Day 1 and Day 2 in the recommended schedule-a total of 4 hours-are left open for the Course Director's choosing. That means that almost 30% of the 2-day schedule will consist of APLS modules chosen by the Course Director. Again, Course Directors who want to give their students the opportunity to renew their PALS Provider status by attending an APLS Course must follow the recommended 2-day schedule and meet the other requirements established by the AHA for PALS Provider renewal. However, Course Directors who do not plan to add the PALS Provider renewal option have more options.​​

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