PEARS: Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization

The AHA’s PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) Course has been updated to reflect science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. In this classroom-based, instructor-led course, students learn how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize a pediatric patient in an emergency situation.

During PEARS, students interact with real patient cases, and realistic simulations and animations to assess and stabilize pediatric patients experiencing respiratory and shock emergencies, and cardiopulmonary arrest. PEARS prepares students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until a child can be transferred to an advanced life support provider.

The PEARS Course content includes:

  • Systematic pediatric assessment
  • Recognition and stabilization of respiratory emergencies
  • Recognition and stabilization of shock emergencies
  • Recognition and stabilization of cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Resuscitation team concept

Course information courtesy of American Heart Association.

Course Completion and Certification

Students who successfully complete the PEARS Course will receive a PEARS Provider course completion card, valid for 2 years. Course completion requirements include:

  • Active participation in the case discussions
  • Active participation in the rescue breathing skills station and cardiac arrest case simulations
  • Pass the skills tests in 1- and 2-rescuer child BLS with AED and 1- and 2-rescuer infant BLS
  • Pass the video-based written exam with a minimum score of 84%

Course Location

The classroom portion of the PEARS Course will be held at the Children’s Fitness Center Building.

Children’s Fitness Center Building
7815 Farnam Drive
Omaha, Nebraska 68114
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  • If you are going west on Dodge Street (coming from 72nd Street), turn left onto N 78th St/Beverly Drive. Then turn left onto Farman Drive. The Fitness Center Building is on right.
  • If you are going east on Dodge Street, turn right onto N 78th Street/Beverly Drive. Then turn left onto Farnam Drive. The Children’s Fitness Center Building will be on your right.

When you come to a PEARS course, the main door will be locked. Someone will be at the door to let you in. You may also ring the bell for assistance getting in if no one is at the door.


Parking is available in the Fitness Center Parking lot.


Cost for External Attendees: $150* (includes PEARS Course and e-card) + $34.50 (for PEARS manual; purchased separately through AHA website)

*External Attendees are required to have a PEARS Provider Manual (either physical copy or eBook) in order to attend the class. Manual fees are separate from course fees. Either the physical copy or ebook can be purchased using the links below.

Course Dates & Registration

Note: All classes are scheduled from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

  • January 14, 2020
  • January 17, 2020
  • February 11, 2020
  • February 17, 2020
  • March 20, 2020
  • March 26, 2020
  • April 14, 2020 – CANCELLED
  • April 21, 2020 – CANCELLED
  • May 20, 2020
  • May 26, 2020
  • June 9, 2020
  • June 16, 2020
  • July 22, 2020
  • August 21, 2020
  • September 10, 2020
  • October 15, 2020
  • November 12, 2020
  • December 7, 2020

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the Registration form.
  2. External Attendee Registration Form
    Please send completed form & $150 payment via mail, email, or fax to:

    Children’s Hospital & Medical Center
    Clinical Education
    8200 Dodge Street
    Omaha, NE 68114
    Fax: 402-955-3825
  3. Purchase PEARS manual (either physical copy or ebook).

For more information, contact Matt Carper at 402-955-6058 or


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