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.
The PEPP Course is available as a traditional onsite course or hybrid course for both BLS and ALS:
- The traditional onsite course is a 9.25-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom.
- The hybrid course is a combination of online learning (10.25 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.
- The traditional onsite course is a 16.00-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom.
- The hybrid course is a combination of online learning (11.75 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 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.
The PEPP Course includes the following materials:
- PEPP Online Instructor's Toolkit (downloadable)
- PEPP Textbook
- Precourse Online Modules (Hybrid students only)
- Precourse Online Pretest (Onsite students only)
The PEPP Online Toolkit contains everything you will need to teach the course, including PowerPoint Presentations, Lecture Notes, Skills Stations, Scenarios, Interactivities, video segments and Administrative Guides.
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.
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 review the procedural skills videos and take an online pretest before attending the course. Students enrolled in a hybrid course will review the procedural skills videos and participate in twelve 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
1. Students log-on to the PEPP site.
2. Students enroll in either an onsite or hybrid course taught by an approved Course Coordinator. NOTE: Enrollment in a course requires a valid email address.
3. Students locate the access code inside the front cover of the PEPP textbook. The access code card contains instructions for redeeming the unique code.
- Take the pretest
- Attend onsite course
- Participate in 12 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.
American Academy of Pediatrics