Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method

In class




7 hours (8:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Please note:
Current HSF BLS issued within the previous 12 months is a mandatory pre requisite.


Dr. Marcos Silva , MD, FRCPC (Medical Director)

Learner Outcomes

Hands-on experience and video based simulation help the student to develop the skills necessary in recognizing pediatric distress, with the focus on children with potentially life threatening conditions.

Upon successful completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the “assess-categorize-decide-act” approach
  • Explain the purpose and components of the general assessment (pediatric assessment triangle)
  • Summarize the ABCDE components of the primary assessment
  • Explain the implications of clinical findings during the general and primary assessments
  • Evaluate respiratory and/or circulatory problems using the ABCDE model
  • Decide if a child has a life-threatening condition

Evaluation Method

  • Written evaluation
  • Hands-on skills practice- using free APP- heartisense student as feedback mechanism throughout course
  • Practical skills evaluation

Intended For

Healthcare professionals (medical/nursing/paramedic students, residents) with limited medical experience with children.

Please note this course is available by contract for on site delivery , please email for details.


Current HSF BLS issued within the previous 12 months is a mandatory pre-requisite.We cannot accept BLS cards issued by organizations other than Heart and Stroke.
It is the responsibility of the student at the time of registration to ensure all pre requisites (HSF BLS card issued within 12 months) have been met. If those pre requisites are not met the student will not be permitted to attend the course. The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is not responsible for any expenses/costs student may have incurred (travel, accommodations, missed work, and miscellaneous).

Text Book

Not included in course fee. New 2017 HSF PEARS Provider Manual ( available thru the Heart and Stroke web site). Download free APP- heartisense student required.


The Michener Institute Of Education at UHN- unless indicated otherwise in the table below

Certificate Program

Upon successful completion of both a written and a practical evaluation, you will receive a PEARS completion card issued by Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).


  1. Heart and Stroke (HSF) BLS Provider Card issued within the previous 12 months (mandatory). We cannot accept BLS cards issued by organizations other than Heart and Stroke (HSF). HSF BLS card must be presented prior to attending the PEARS course. If you do not have a current (issued within 12 months) HSF BLS card you will not be able to attend the course you have registered for. To register for a HSF BLS course please see link: HSF BLS Provider Course
  2. Text book: New PEARS 7th edition manual RE711OE or digital edition RE7110ED available on the Heart and Stroke web site under Shop for Training Materials
  3. Review PEARS student web site self-assessment videos and tools -available on the Heart and Stroke web site under Training Resources Tab.
  4. Register with Heart and Stroke  for your HSF ID# ( if you do not have a current account/ID)
  5. Download free APP: heartisense student required.

RS827 – Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Effective September 7th all learners, faculty and staff must provide proof of at least one-dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate in any in-person learning or on-site activities. Proof of full vaccination will be required as of October 8th, 2021.

Instructions to upload proof of COVID vaccination to Self Service

Registration instructions:

  1. Select button “View Available Sections and Registration”
  2. This page contains 3 boxes. Click on the “Sign In” box
  3. If you have a Self service account, sign in here. If you do not, then create an account.
  4. Select your course/section by clicking the “Add” button which will send the course to your cart.
  5. To move on to payment, click the blue “Register” button.
  6. Once payment has been processed, registration is complete.