i just took acls this past weekend. it is a requirement for working on my unit (medical/telemetry). we had to pay to take the class ($145 or $175 if you bought the book from them) but we get a $0.50 pay raise if we have acls.
we don't get any pediatric patients, so we don't have to take pals and we also would not get the pay raise, so i didn't take pals.
it really wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. i am a new lvn (graduated in may) and i passed the mega code and i made a 100 on the test.
also, since you're in tx, if leslie hernandez (www.lpmh.org
) offers classes where you live, take them with her. she's great! i have taken several classes with her and she makes things really easy to understand!