About PEPP

About PEPP​

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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.

Course Format

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

Onsite BLS Format

  • Requires full onsite attendance.

  • Online precourse work and a short pretest.

  • 1-day/9.25 onsite hours of instruction, hands-on practice, instructor interaction, and final exam.

  • Entitles you to a Course Completion Certificate, valid for 2 years.

  • Qualifies you for 8.25 CAPCE credits.

  • Here's a preview of the course schedule.

Hybrid BLS Format

  • Combines online study + onsite attendance.

  • 10.25 hours of self-directed online modules and short exam.

  • 5.5 onsite hours of hands-on practice, instructor interaction, and final exam.

  • Entitles you to a Course Completion Certificate, valid for 2 years.

  • Qualifies you for 15.00 CAPCE credits.

  • Here's a preview of the course schedule.

Onsite ALS Format

  • Requires full onsite attendance.

  • Online precourse work and a short pretest.

  • 2-day/16 onsite hours of instruction, hands-on practice, instructor interaction, and final exam.

  • Entitles you to a Course Completion Certificate, valid for 2 years.

  • Qualifies you for 13 CAPCE credits.

  • Here's a preview of the course schedule.

Hybrid ALS Format

  • Combines online study + onsite attendance.

  • 11.75 hours of self-directed online modules and short exam.

  • 8 onsite hours of hands-on practice, instructor interaction, and final exam.

  • Entitles you to a Course Completion Certificate, valid for 2 years.

  • Qualifies you for 18.75 CAPCE credits.

  • Here's a preview of the course schedule.

The American Academy of Pediatrics 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 15 hours of CEUs, and the Onsite Course provides 8.25 hours. The ALS Hybrid Course provides 18.75 hours, and the ALS Onsite Course provides 13 hours.


Course Completion Requirements

To successfully complete the PEPP Course, students must: 

  • Participate in the complete course

  • Complete the pretest (Onsite students only)

  • Complete the precourse modules (Hybrid students only)

  • Pass the final examination

Students who successfully complete a course taught by a PEPP Course Coordinator are eligible to receive a PEPP Course Completion Certificate. The Course Completion Certificate is valid for 2 years.​

After the course, go to the PEPP website to complete the Course Evaluation Form. Your feedback is valuable and will be used to plan future PEPP updates and new courses.

Preparing for the Course

Read the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, Fourth Edition textbook

  • The most important step you can take to prepare for the course is to read and study the PEPP textbook.

Take the Online Pretest (Onsite Students Only)

  • ​Students attending an onsite course must take the online pretest. Although you will not receive a certificate, your Course Coordinator will verify your successful completion in the course roster.

Take the Precourse Online Module (Hybrid Students Only)

  • After you have read the textbook and participated in the twelve online modules, you will receive a Course Completion Certificate on your My Account page. Bring this certificate with you to the course.

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