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Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

This classroom, Instructor-led course teaches healthcare providers the foundational skills needed to assess, recognize, and participate in the initial management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. This course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by teaching students to assess, recognize, and manage respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest until the child or infant is transferred to an advanced life support provider.

Course content

  • systematic approach to pediatric assessment
  • assessment and management of respiratory distress and shock
  • identification and management of cardiac arrest
  • effective resuscitation team dynamics

The PEARS course is intended for healthcare providers who infrequently care for the critically ill pediatric patient.

PEARS provider course

The PEARS course is offered in one day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • $300/person: BCH employees, BCH / TS Affiliates
  • $400/person: all other participants

The Clinical Education and Informatics Department at Boston Children's Hospital has determined that the continuing education program entitled Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization Course meets the definition of continuing nursing education and meets the criteria set by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation. This continuing nursing education activity carries 7.0 contact hours. Course number #180130.

Please review the PEARS Course Learning Objectives.

Important notes


  • All participants must submit a completed registration form.
  • Participants will be accepted into classes on a first-come basis. Class size is limited.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you within two business days. If you do not receive this email, please contact our office for further assistance.

Changes, cancellations, and refunds:

  • There is a $25 administrative fee for any changes made once confirmed into a course.
  • All requests for refunds must be submitted at least 21 business days prior to the first day of class.
  • Cancellations within 21 days, “no show” candidates, and participants who are late to class will not allowed participating and forfeiting all fees.
  • Additional information is available in the Life Support Program Registration Policies and Procedures link located on our website.

PEARS precourse preparation

Students must prepare adequately to enable successful completion of the PEARS course. This course does not teach BLS skills. Before taking this course, students must be already proficient in performing child and infant BLS skills.


Textbooks are an integral part of the student's education. Each student must have the current appropriate course textbook readily available for use before, during, and after the course. Students may reuse their previous textbooks until new science guidelines are published. A library system of PEARS provider manuals are available for Boston Children's Hospital employee use.