Course Overview

PEPP represents a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergency care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEPP is an exciting curriculum designed to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children.

PEPP is a comprehensive, innovative, and highly visual course featuring case-based lectures, live-action video, hands-on skills stations, and small group scenarios.

The Basic Life Support (BLS) course is geared toward the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and the Advanced Life Support (ALS) course is geared toward the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic. The PEPP Course Coordinator should determine which course (BLS or ALS) is most appropriate for an individual. Any health professional who is responsible for the emergency care of children may find this course beneficial.

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Course Format

The PEPP Course is available as a traditional onsite course or hybrid course for both BLS and ALS:


BLS
  • The traditional onsite course is a 9.25-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom.
  • The hybrid course is a combination of online learning (8.0 hours of education), followed by hands-on practice in the classroom. Instead of attending a daylong traditional onsite course, students learn a portion of the course through self-directed online modules. After completing all of the online modules, students then attend a short onsite course for completion of hands-on practice, as well as instructor interaction and the final examination.

ALS
  • The traditional onsite course is a 16.75-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom.
  • The hybrid course is a combination of online learning (14.0 hours of education), followed by hands-on practice in the classroom. Instead of attending a 2-day traditional onsite course, students learn a portion of the course through self-directed online modules. After completing all of the online modules, students then attend a 1-day onsite course for completion of hands-on practice, as well as instructor interaction and the final examination.

The American Academy of Pediatric is approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). Participants who successfully complete the PEPP Course are eligible to receive continuing education units (CEUs) through CAPCE. The BLS Hybrid Course provides 8.5 hours of CEUs, and the Onsite Course provides 8 hours. The ALS Hybrid Course provides 12.5 hours, and the ALS Onsite Course provides 14 hours.


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Course Materials

The PEPP Course includes the following materials:

  • PEPP Instructor's Toolkit DVD
  • PEPP Textbook
  • Precourse Online Modules (Hybrid students only)

The PEPP Toolkit DVD contains everything you will need to teach the course, including PowerPoint Presentations, Lecture Notes, Skills Stations, Scenarios, and video segments.


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Course Schedules


A variety of options are available for delivering the PEPP Course:

  • One-day Traditional Onsite BLS PEPP Course
  • Hybrid BLS PEPP Course
  • Two-day Traditional Onsite ALS PEPP Course
  • Hybrid ALS PEPP Course

The following sample schedules include minimum course content and minimum times. If desired, the course can be lengthened to allow more time for participant practice or discussion.

NOTE: The student-faculty ratio for skill stations should not exceed 6:1. The student-faculty ratio for case-based scenarios should not exceed 10:1.

BLS Hybrid Course
BLS Online Component
Pediatric Assessment 45 min
Respiratory Emergencies 30 min
Resuscitation and Dysrhythmias 30 min
Medical Emergencies 30 min
Trauma 30 min
Children in Disasters 30 min
Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation 30 min
Children with Special Health Care Needs 30 min
Child Maltreatment 30 min
4.75 hours of education
BLS Onsite Component
Introduction and Course Overview 15 min
Shock Lecture 30 min
Skills Orientation Video (BLS) 15 min
Airway Skills Station 30 min
Spinal Stabilization Skills Station 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Course Coordinator selects 1-2 cases from each group:
  • Trauma Cases
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies Cases
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Cases
30 min
Resuscitation Skills Station 30 min
Course Coordinator selects 1-2 cases from each grouping:
  • Child and Family Interaction Cases
  • Medical Emergencies Cases
  • Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation Cases
30 min
Exam 30 min
  3.75 hours of education
4.25 hours with breaks
Total time for BLS Hybrid Course: 8.5 CEU Credits
BLS ONSITE COURSE
Precourse Assessment and Review 30 min
Introduction and Course Overview 15 min
Pediatric Assessment Lecture 45 min
Skills Orientation Video (BLS) 15 min
Airway Skills Station 30 min
Spinal Stabilization Skills Station 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Children with Special Health Care Needs Lecture 30 min
Respiratory Lecture 30 min
LUNCH 60 min
Child Maltreatment Lecture 30 min
Trauma Lecture 30 min
Resuscitation and Dysrhythmias 30 min
Course Coordinator selects one lecture from the following:
  • Toxicology Lecture
  • Children in Disasters Lecture
  • Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation Lecture
  • Shock Lecture
30 min
Course Coordinator selects 1-2 cases from each grouping:
  • Trauma Cases
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Cases
  • Cardiovascular Cases
30 min
Resuscitation Skills Station 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Medical Emergencies Lecture 30 min
Course Coordinator selects 1-2 cases from each grouping:
  • Child and Family Interaction Cases
  • Medical Emergencies Cases
  • Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation Cases
30 min
Exam 30 min
8.0 hours of education
9.25 hours with breaks
Total time for BLS Onsite Course: 8.0 CEU Credits
ALS HYBRID COURSE
ALS Online Component
Pediatric Assessment 60 min
Respiratory Emergencies 45 min
Resuscitation and Dysrhythmias 30 min
Medical Emergencies 45 min
Trauma 45 min
Children in Disasters 30 min
Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation 45 min
Children with Special Health Care Needs 30 min
Child Maltreatment 30 min
6 hours of education
ALS Onsite Component
Welcome and Course Overview 15 min
Shock Lecture 30 min
Skills Orientation Video (ALS) 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Airway Skills Station 45 min
Vascular Access and Spinal Stabilization Skills Stations 45 min
LUNCH 60 min
Course Coordinator selects 2-3 cases from each grouping:
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies Cases
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Cases
  • Trauma Cases
75 min
Resuscitation Skills Station 60 min
BREAK 15 min
Course Coordinator selects 2-3 cases from each grouping:
  • Child and Family Interaction Cases
  • Medical Emergencies Cases
  • Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation Cases
75 min
Exam 30 min
6.5 hours of education
8.25 hours with breaks
Total time for ALS Hybrid Course: 12.5 CEU Credits
ALS ONSITE COURSE (2 DAYS)
Precourse Assessment and Review 30 min
Day 1
Welcome and Course Overview 15 min
Pediatric Assessment Lecture 60 min
Skills Orientation Video 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Airway Skills Station 60 min
Vascular Access and Spinal Stabilization Skills Stations 60 min
LUNCH 60 min
Respiratory Emergencies Lecture 45 min
Children with Special Health Care Needs Lecture 30 min
Shock Lecture 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Course Coordinator selects 2-3 cases from each grouping:
  • Child and Family Interaction Cases
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Cases
  • Trauma Cases
75 min
7 hours of education
8.75 hours with breaks
Day 2
Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation Lecture 45 min
Trauma Lecture 45 min
Resuscitation and Dysrhythmias Lecture 30 min
BREAK 15 min
Resuscitation Skills Station 60 min
Medical Emergencies Lecture 45 min
LUNCH 60 min
Course Coordinator selects 2-3 cases from each grouping:
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies Cases
  • Medical Emergencies Cases
  • Emergency Delivery and Newborn Resuscitation Cases
75 min
BREAK 15 min
Child Maltreatment Lecture 30 min
Toxicology Lecture 30 min
Children in Disasters Lecture 30 min
Exam 30 min
7 hours of education
8.25 hours with breaks
Total time for ALS Onsite Course: 14.0 hours of CEU Credits

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Course Completion Requirements

The PEPP Course is a continuing education course that is designed to provide education; it does not certify or license participants. Participants who successfully complete either the BLS or ALS PEPP Course may qualify to receive a PEPP Course Completion Certificate. To qualify to receive this certificate, the student must:

  • Participate in the complete course
  • Complete the pretest (Onsite students only)
  • Complete the precourse modules (Hybrid students only)
  • Pass the final examination

All students must go online to redeem their access code. Students attending an onsite course will take an online pretest before attending the course. Students enrolled in a hybrid course will participate in nine online modules; upon completion of the modules, they will print out their completion certificate, and bring it with them to the course.


How Students Get Their Certificates
1Students log-on to www.PEPPsite.com.
2Students enroll in either an onsite or hybrid course taught by an approved Course Coordinator. NOTE: Enrollment in a course requires a valid email address.
3Students locate the access code inside the front cover of the PEPP textbook. The access code card contains instructions for redeeming the unique code.
Onsite students
  • Take the pretest
  • Attend onsite course

Hybrid students
  • Participate in 9 online modules
  • Print-out completion certificate and bring it to the onsite course
4 Course Completion Certificates are sent via email after students have successfully met all course requirements. Each student must provide a valid email address when enrolling in a PEPP Course to receive a Course Completion Certificate.

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