Course Details
7.5 hours

This course covers:

  • Recognition of respiratory distress, shock, and cardiac arrest
  • Appropriate lifesaving interventions to take within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider
  • High-performance team dynamics.

PEARS training is intended for any healthcare provider and others who might encounter pediatric emergency situations in the course of their work, including:

  • Physicians and nurses not specializing in pediatrics
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Emergency medical technicians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Prehospital and in-hospital healthcare providers (outside of critical-care areas)
  • Outpatient clinic staff
  • School-based providers.

Course takes approximately 7.5 hours (without breaks) and is given in an Instructor-led training session. Passing a video-based written exam and skills test with a grade of 84% or higher is required for the awarding of a PEARS course completion card.

Pre-course Requirements

You should prepare for the course as follows:

  1. BLS Competency: Be prepared to pass the Skills Tests for 1-Rescuer and 2-Rescuer Child and Infant BLS with AED. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. You must know this in advance. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2015  BLS guidelines, especially as they relate to pediatric patients. You may find this information in the BLS Provider Manual.
  2. PEARS Algorithms and Flowcharts: Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PEARS Course does not present the details of each algorithm.
  3. Supplement Your Knowledge: Review and understand the information in the PEARS Provider Manual and on the Pre-course Assessment. Pay particular attention to the Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment, the Evaluate-Identify-Intervene Model, and the Management of Respiratory and Circulatory Abnormalities.

Text and Learning

The American Heart Association requires ALL students to bring the 2015 PEARS Manual to class. There are NO EXCEPTIONSYou may purchase the book online at when you register for the class or stop in to our student store and pick it up. You can also purchase the hard copy at or the less expensive ebook at

It is acknowledged that the manuals are very expensive.  They are an AHA requirement that allows us to provide you with a valid AHA card at the end of your course.  We have books on hand for purchase if needed, but we also encourage you to shop around for the best value. You may also ask your friends, put it out on Facebook, or go to your hospital’s medical library as they often have copies on hand for just this occasion!

Phillip D.


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Linda B.


I’m not a fan of online surveys.

I attended my ACLS recertification class and BLS Challenge yesterday, and enjoyed being in a classroom and learning.

I’m glad to see that in-classroom classes are mandatory for certifications and re-certifications. Effective teams are important in healthcare, and one of the best ways to work on team dynamics is participating in person. (ZOOM classes IMHO do not necessarily provide the best learning outcomes.)

The instructor. Alex Williams, did a great job providing realistic practicums for each individual student, knowing their backgrounds and what they would encounter in their clinical practice. He is also very knowledgable on the critical thinking skills for a successful resuscitation.

Facility bathroom needs work with the toilet paper dispenser (could not load the paper) and the soap dispensers not working. There was no stand alone (hand pump) soap dispenser or hand sanitizer.

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Martha N.


Good Afternoon Defib

I had my BLS course yesterday . Service was great. The receptionist greeted me with a smile ..

Facility was clean . One thing I would say is that it was cold and other students agreed as well . I always enjoy Bob F. his instruction makes the class enjoyable. He is easily approachable when I have questions or concerns and very knowledgeable.

See you in two years  

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Jared B.


Excellent classes and staff!

Aki is very knowledgeable, supportive, and helpful!

You will have a stronger resume when you put Defib This classes on it!

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