Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

Course Description:
The Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) course is designed to the basic pediatric healthcare provider develop the knowledge and skills required for the assessment and treatment of pediatric patients in emergency situations. This course may also be helpful for those healthcare providers who do not routinely provide emergency care for pediatric patients. Topics covered in this course include the recognition of respiratory distress and failure, shock, and cardiac arrest as well as the assess-categorize-decide-act approach to decision making and life saving procedures for the initial minutes of a pediatric emergency. This course is not intended for healthcare providers who are routinely involved in resuscitation or those who require credentialing in advanced pediatric skills.

Course Length:

  • Initial Course – 8 hours (There is no renewal course)

Intended Audience:

  • Medical and Surgical Nurses
  • Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Emergency Medical Responders
  • Firefighters
  • Other healthcare providers who care for pediatric patients outside of the critical care environment


  • Current BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card (or equivalent)

Requirements for Course Completion:

  • Actively participate in and complete all skill and learning stations
  • Pass skills test for Child 1-Rescuer CPR and AED
  • Pass skills test for Infant 1 & 2-Rescuer CPR
  • Obtain a score of 84% or higher on the video-based written test