The PEARS Instructor Essentials Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach the AHA’s Instructor-led PEARS Course. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA Instructor teaching materi¬als, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. The PEARS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format. AHA PEARS Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, fol¬lowed by the hands-on session conducted by Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Training Center Faculty. Prior to taking this course, candidates must have a current PEARS Provider course completion card. Candidates who successfully complete the PEARS Instructor Essentials Course, followed by course monitoring, will receive a PEARS Instructor card, valid for two years. PEARS Instructors are then able to teach the PEARS Instructor-led Course.
PEARS Instructor Essentials Online is the self-directed, online portion of the PEARS Instructor Essentials Blended Learning Course. It covers the components of the instructor cycle, including Prepare, Teach, Test & Remediate, Close, and Keep Current. It includes core information about instructing AHA courses, followed by course-specific information for PEARS.
Below are detailed specifications for this product:
• Self-paced, accessible wherever Internet access is available
• Presented in two parts: Core and PEARS; both must be completed unless Core has been completed as part of previous AHA Instructor training
• Includes interactive exercises and videos
• Includes Resource Center with access to AHA’s Program Administration Manual, the PEARS Instructor Candidate Workbook, the PEARS Instructor Essentials Classroom Checklist, and quick links to the AHA Instructor Network and cpr.heart.org
• Certificate of completion available to print when the online portion has been completed successfully; certificate must be presented for access to the hands-on, Faculty-led session
• Students have access to all information in the online portion for 24 months after activation of their key to help reinforce what they have learned
• Includes audio and subtitles for students who may have a visual or auditory disability
• Continued education credits available
Minimum technical specifications are available at https://www.onlineaha.org/technical_requirements.
This course must be completed by candidates who wish to become AHA PEARS Instructors. Also, all AHA PALS Faculty (Regional and Training Center) who conduct PEARS Instructor Courses must complete PEARS Instructor Essentials Online prior to conducting PEARS Instructor training.
Continuing Education (CE) Information:
In support of improving patient care, the American Heart Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team
AMA Credit Designation Statement – Physicians
The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.25 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. **AMA Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after the 6-month claiming period.
ANCC Credit Designation Statement – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.25 contact hours. **ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after the 6-month claiming period.
ACPE Credit Designation Statement – Pharmacists
ACPE Credit: 1.25 Contact Hours. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-17-022-H04-P **ACPE Credit must be claimed within 30 days of participation. ACPE credit will no longer be available to claim after the 30-day period has elapsed.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 1.25 Instructor CEH, activity number 17-AMHA-F3-0031.
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