Children are not just small adults. It is critical for emergency providers to understand the unique physiological and psychological needs of children in order to provide them with optimal care.

The EMSC program strongly recommends that BLS providers and School Nurses consider supplementing their education by participating in PEARS (Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization) or 1-day PEPP (Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals).

ALS providers are encouraged to update and maintain their Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) or 2-day PEPP courses.

Prehospital Provider Training

EMT and Paramedic Training

Massachusetts EMSC has been active in sponsoring pre-hospital provider/instructor training programs such as PEARS, PALS and PEPP, funding permitting. MA EMSC has also sponsored and helped to develop programs that seek to fill gaps in provider education, for example: “Emergency Care of the Medically-Complex Child” “Understanding and Managing Adrenal Crisis”, “Suicide Prevention & Intervention for EMTS” (includes 6 separate modules, such as Youth Suicide Prevention, Difficult Communications, Responding To Kids in Crisis.) To learn more about any of these trainings, to be put on a list for notification of upcoming programs, or to learn how to become an instructor in one these programs, please contact the Program Manager,

State and National EMS Pediatric-Specific Recertification Requirements

NREMT mandatory education in pediatrics is embedded in many topics included in the National Continued Competency Requirements. EMT-B and EMT-P NCCR details, along with everything you need to know about recertification requirements can be found here:

This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.