Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) is designed for healthcare providers who see pediatric patients but do not take PALS because it is beyond their scope of practice. The main focus of PEARS is prevention and, specifically, the assessment, recognition and stabilization of pediatric victims at risk for shock, respiratory distress and cardiopulmonary failure.

The course includes video-based instruction, instructor-led discussions and the opportunity for participants to practice assessment, recognition and stabilization skills using different scenarios in a team concept environment.

To learn more and for registration questions, please call Jennifer Walker at 206-987-6772 or email her.

PEARS or PALS: Which course is right for me?

Both PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) are American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) standard courses that use uniform tools to train assessment and management for early recognition and intervention in infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary failure. PEARS is the foundation of pediatric assessment that supports PALS providers for advanced care.

PEARS Providers PALS Providers
Healthcare settings with well children or moderately ill children Healthcare providers whose area of practice includes primary care, acute care and emergency/urgent care, critical care, anesthesia/sedation. Healthcare providers whose scope of practice includes advanced airways, cardiac rhythm monitoring, electric and pharmacologic interventions for cardiac dysrhythmias, shock and respiratory failure.
Healthcare providers whose scope of practice does not include emergency and critical care or sedation for procedures, nor prescriptive authority
Ambulatory and acute care nurses, school nurses, student nurses Physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, dentists





PEARS Manual

The most current edition of the PEARS Manual, printed in 2012, was updated to reflect the new science of the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC. The manual is required to be read before the course, and you may purchase a copy during the registration process or from online book retailers.


Location information and driving directions will be sent in your confirmation letter. All confirmation letters will be sent electronically approximately one month prior to the course with timely registration.

PEARS courses are held at Seattle Children's 70th and Sand Point location, 6901 Sand Point Way NE, located 1.5 miles north of Seattle Children's main campus.

Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policy

  • No refund if cancellation is made less than 48 hours prior to the course. An $80 fee is charged for cancellations with less than one week's notice. A $15 cancellation fee is charged with more than one week's notice.
  • All fees are the responsibility of the registrant, and are required no later than one week prior to the course. A registration without payment with less than one week from the course will be cancelled.
  • An $80 processing fee will be charged for course transfers with less than one week's notice. A $15 processing fee will be charged for course transfers with more than one week's notice.


The PEARS course fee is $215.

Visa and MasterCard payments are accepted online. No personal checks.

Authorized Provider of CPR and ECC Courses

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, PALS and PEARS, and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the association.