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Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

The PEARS Provider Course teaches the fundamentals to help providers care for pediatric patients, including how to assess/recognize/react to emergencies or cardiac arrest. Active case-based lessons will be used to teach students how to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the first minutes after response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s PEARS Certification Course offers:

  • Life-saving resuscitation science to provide a boost in patient outcomes
  • Realistic simulations, high-quality animations, and simulated pediatric emergencies
  • Immersive learning experience so you will never forget what you have seen

Intended Audience

The Heart & Stroke Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) Course is designed for healthcare professionals who do not come into contact with critically ill children or infants on a regular basis. This can include, but is not limited to, personnel working in intensive care, emergency medicine and critical care units such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, and paramedic. It is designed to build on foundational skills of BLS concepts (child BLS and rescuer infant BLS) to ensure that learners can get, practice & demonstrate proficiency through respiratory and cardiac arrest case simulations.

Course Overview

The goal of the PEARS Provider Course is to improve the outcomes for pediatric patient(s) by preparing healthcare providers in assessment, early recognition, prompt communication and proper initial intervention in cases of respiratory emergencies, shock and cardiac arrest. The course is primarily focused on hands-on learning techniques used in a simulation environment, with video demonstrations and group discussions being other modalities.

PEARS course is designed to help healthcare professionals respond to pediatric emergency situations with emphasis on early intervention for improved outcomes.

Method of Delivery:



  • In-classroom training courses means you are with a Heart & Stroke Instructor for their entire learning experience.
  • The PEARS Instructor-led course teaches the using video presentations and skills tests
  • Instructor’s observe the students, providing guidance and feedback to facilitate their learning experience in a fun and friendly environment.

Course Contents

Additional Information

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this certification course the participant will be able to:

  • Performing child and infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Using oxygen delivery and airway management equipment
  • Using shock management equipment and a method for giving rapid fluid boluses
  • Pediatric assessment: A systematic approach
  • Medical management:
    • 4 types of acute respiratory problems
    • 2 types of acute circulatory problems
    • 2 types of cardiac arrest

Course Material
Please ensure you order the following required student materials:

  • PEARS Provider Manual- RE7110E (print) or RE7110ED (eBook)
  • 2015 Handbook of ECC for Healthcare Providers – RE0120E (print) or RE0120ED (eBook)

It is advised that you read the textbook, in its entirety, prior to the course.

Course Format/Time

  • PEARS Provider Course takes approximately 8 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing

*Online training time will vary depending on the learner.


  • A current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card
  • BLS renewal can be done prior to the start of the course

Course Completion Card or CPR Certification

Upon successful completion of PEARS training, participants receive a PEARS course completion card that is valid for 2 years. PEARS educational course are eligible for continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Available Levels

  • PEARS Provider

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