APLS Course Schedule


APLS can be taught as a two-day course with more options (including a PALS renewal), as well as a one-day course with prescribed self-study. Wallet-sized, time-limited Course Completion Cards will be issued to participants who successfully complete course segments.


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How Should APLS Course Material Be Presented?
How Do I Select an APLS Course Schedule?
What is the Recommended 2-Day APLS Course Schedule?
What is the 1-Day APLS Course Schedule?

How Should APLS Course Material Be Presented?


There are three formats for presenting the APLS modules during a course:


 
Lecture

The Lecture format is designed for presentation to the entire group by one Faculty member. On the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM, there is a Lecture folder. Inside the folder are ready-to-use PowerPoint Lecture presentations. Each Lecture includes at least three cases and supporting images, and covers diagnosis, testing, treatment, disposition, complications, and other relevant information on case outcome. Each Lecture is designed to be presented in 45 minutes.


Why Do Some Lectures Have Two Parts?
Six of the key APLS modules-Airway, Cardiovascular, Metabolic, Trauma, Medical, Radiology-simply were too big to be covered in one 45-minute Lecture, so the APLS Steering Committee created a Part I and a Part II for each module to give Course Directors more options. In general, the Part I Lecture is the preferred of the two, but Course Directors have the flexibility to choose either. Course Directors also can use Part II Lectures in the Course Director's Option section of the 2-Day Course Schedule.


 
Small Group Discussion

The Small Group Discussion format is designed for smaller breakout sessions, such as those for Central Nervous System and Cardiovascular System on Day 1 of the 2-day schedule. Ideally, these small groups will comprise six to eight students per Faculty member. Case scenarios for the Small Group Discussions are in the Small Group Discussions folder on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM. They follow a different template from the Lecture format, but use the same content. In general, the Small Group Discussion presentations feature more student interaction than the Lecture presentations. Each one is designed to be presented in 45 minutes.

 
Skill Station

The Skill Station format is designed for demonstrating and teaching hands-on skills and allowing students to practice these skills under the Faculty's supervision. There are six APLS Skill Stations, and the teaching materials are found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM in the Skill Station folder. Each one begins with general information on setting up the Skill Station, room and equipment requirements, and suggestions on how to demonstrate and teach the skills. There is a detailed Skill Sheet for each procedure that includes step-by-step instructions, so they can be used as student handouts. The six Skill Stations are Airway Procedures, Advanced Airway Procedures, Cardiovascular Procedures, Wound Closure, Splinting, and Advanced Trauma Procedures.

APLS Course Equipment Lists of equipment needed for Skill Stations are found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM or by clicking here. Select the Skill Station you plan to conduct, then compile your master list of equipment needed for each Skill Station

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How Do I Select an APLS Course Schedule?


The APLS Steering Committee wanted to make the APLS Course and the teaching-and-learning materials more flexible to meet the needs of Course Directors and their students. There is still a traditional 2-day course schedule, but the materials are designed as modular teaching units for those who want to present the material in a different order or conduct APLS Courses over parts of several days. There is also a 1-day course option, in which students complete prescribed self-study on their own and then attend a 1-day APLS Course for key didactic sessions and Skill Stations. Plus, the recommended 2-day course schedule includes 4 hours that can be chosen from the APLS curriculum, based on the topics the Course Director believes will be of most benefit


APLS Curriculum
This is the APLS body of knowledge, as reflected in the student resource manual and the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM. It is the didactic sessions (Lectures and Small Group Discussions) plus the six Skill Stations on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM. All of the chapters, or modules, in the student resource manual are covered in the teaching- and-learning materials found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM.

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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 Lecture 45 minutes
Airway Procedures Skill Station 60 minutes
Cardiovascular Procedures Skill Station 60 minutes
Pediatric Airway in Health and Disease I Lecture 45 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 Lecture 45 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 Lecture 45 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 Lecture 45 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 Examination 60 minutes

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


  • Preparedness for Pediatric Emergencies
  • Pediatric Airway in Health and Disease II
  • Cardiovascular System II
  • Metabolic Disease I (if not already chosen)
  • Metabolic Disease II
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Toxicology:Ingestions and Smoke Inhalation (if not already chosen)
  • Trauma II
  • Nontraumatic Orthopedic Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies II
  • Neonatal Emergencies
  • Procedural Sedation and Analgesia
  • Interface With EMS
  • Disaster Management
  • Preparedness for Acts of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism
  • Medical-Legal Considerations
  • Mock Codes
  • Pediatric Emergency Radiology I
  • Pediatric Emergency Radiology II
  • Preparing for Advanced Trauma Procedures
  • Preparing for Office Emergencies
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation
  • Advanced Airway Procedures Skill Station
  • Advanced Trauma Procedures Skill Station
  • Splinting Procedures Skill Stations
  • Wound 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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What is the 1-Day APLS Course Schedule


Following is a general description of how the 1-day APLS Course will work. APLS Course Directors who want to conduct the 1-day APLS Course should plan and proceed as follows:


  • Select the date for the 1-day classroom instruction and announce it to prospective students.
  • Plan for course implementation according to a timetable similar to that for a 2-day course (with regard to Faculty, facilities, equipment, registration, etc.), keeping in mind that students will need a longer lead time to complete their six prescribed self-study chapters and submit their answers to the Course Director for verification.
  • Get the course approved in the same manner as the 2-day course.
  • As students register, communicate with them individually regarding the prescribed self-study. Each student must:
    • Receive APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition and a copy of the schedule for the 1-day classroom instruction.
    • Select six chapters from the student resource manual for self-study, and communicate these selections to the Course Director for his/her approval. The chapters selected must be different from the modules that will be covered in the 1-day classroom instruction.
    • Complete all six chapters and verify completion of the chapters by answering the Check Your Knowledge questions for those chapters at least 2 weeks prior to the 1-day classroom instruction.


NOTE: When students submit their answers, they will be given the option to e-mail the answers to their Course Directors. Students should then receive verification from their Course Directors that their answers to the Check Your Knowledge questions for the six chapters have been received.

Following is the schedule for the 1-day classroom instruction portion of the 1-day APLS Course, as recommended by the APLS Steering Committee. It comprises 7.5 hours of education: 4.5 hours presented in Lecture or Small Group Discussion format, 2 hours presented in Skill Station format, and 1 hour for the APLS Course Completion Examination. A printer friendly 1-day schedule can be found on the Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM or by clicking here.

Day 1 (7.5 hours)

Pediatric Assessment Lecture 45 minutes
Airway Procedures Skill Station 60 minutes
Cardiovascular Procedures Skill Station 60 minutes
Pediatric Airway in Health and Disease I Lecture 45 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
  • 45 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 45 minutes
Trauma I Lecture 45 minutes
APLS Course Completion Examination 60 minutes
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