Life Support Courses

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition & Stabilization (PEARS)

Who should take the course?

This course is designed for physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pre-hospital providers, respiratory therapists, outpatient clinic staff and school-based providers.

Course Covers

The PEARS Course prepares the student to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until a child can be transferred to an advanced life support provider. The course includes:

  • Systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • Assessment and management of respiratory distress and shock
  • Identification and management of cardiac arrest
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics

Course Delivery

Instructors deliver the cognitive learning and the skills practice and testing in a classroom setting. At the end of the course, students are provided a course completion card when they achieve a minimum score of 84% or greater on a video-based written exam and demonstrate proficient child and infant BLS skills.

  • Course length: 8 hours

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Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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