Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

The American Heart Association’s Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, & Stabilization course is intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed professionals that work in a setting where basic medical care of children or infants is performed, such as outpatient offices or clinics.


Common participants of this course include physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pediatric dental hygienists, school nurses, students of medical technology programs, certified nursing assistants, certified camp counselors, pediatric home health aides, and other nursing support staff that work in settings such as outpatient offices and clinics where basic medical care is provided to children and infants.


This course includes the following:

  • The Systematic Approach to Pediatric Patient Assessment
  • Signs and Symptoms of the Critically Ill Child
  • Recognition of Respiratory Distress & Failure
  • Recognition of Shock
  • Supportive Interventions and Therapies
  • Emphasis on Basic Life Support including skills practice
  • Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)


This course does NOT include instruction on or require the knowledge of:

  • Advanced Airways
  • Rhythm Identification & ECG Interpretation


Approximate Length: 8 hours


Required Student Materials: Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, & Stabilization Student Manual


Successful performance of both a written and skills exam is required for a completion card.