CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR THE SEIZURE AND EPILEPSY HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
AN ASSESSMENT-BASED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Certificate Program for the Seizure and Epilepsy Healthcare Professional is an assessment-based certificate program that uses instructional design principles to deliver an online self-study educational course followed by post-assessments. This course will equip you with the tools you need to safely care for patients with seizures and epilepsy, while providing the type of quality care demanded by your institution. Participants will earn CNE and an American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN) certificate of added qualification that indicates attainment of knowledge upon successful completion of the course.
The primary purpose of this certificate program to prepare and reinforce critical information for quality care and patient safety for nursing staff that are responsible for patients undergoing video-EEG monitoring and other diagnostic testing. There are six online modules, presented sequentially, to be completed to earn the certificate. Two optional modules encompass information on a nurse’s role in a Comprehensive Epilepsy Specialty Clinic and an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). The completion of these two additional modules enhances the professional’s and facility’s abilities to care for patients admitted to the specialty clinic and EMU and will meet the qualifications for National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) accreditation.
|Seizure and Epilepsy Healthcare Professional||Seizure and Epilepsy Healthcare Professional
in a Comprehensive Specialty Center
|Content|| • Module I—Anatomy, Physiology, and Etiology of Epilepsy
• Module II—Seizures
• Module III—Diagnosis and Assessment
• Module IV—Treatment
• Module V—Post-Diagnosis/Post-Treatment
• Module VI—Social Populations with Epilepsy
|The original six modules plus two additional modules:
• Module VII—Nursing Care in the Epilepsy Specialty
Clinic (optional for healthcare professionals not
working in NAEC-accredited units)
• Module VIII—Nursing Care in the EMU (optional
for healthcare professionals not working in NAECaccredited
(not limited only to nurses)
| Healthcare professionals who:
• Work with seizure/epilepsy patients but
are not in an NAEC accredited center
• Do not work with seizure/epilepsy patients but are
interested in furthering their knowledge on the topic
|Healthcare professionals who:
• Work in an NAEC accredited center. This will fulfill the
NAEC accreditation requirement of nursing education.
• Do not work in an NAEC center but are considering
moving to one OR their hospital is in pursuit of
|Post-Assessment||50 Questions||70 Questions|
AANN members: $250
AANN members: $300
|Renewal||3 years||3 years|
A detailed course outline is available in the handbook-coming soon!. Participants will have access to the modules, course, and postassessments for 6 months. There is no time limit to complete a module. You may navigate forward and backward through the courses to review content. PowerPoint slides are available for download once purchased.
A “knowledge check” will be included at the end of each module to see if the learning objectives for the course have been met. A final post-assessment test also will be available once all modules have been completed. The test questions are multiple-choice, single answer. Learners must pass the post-assessment with an average score of > 80%. If the learner does not pass, they can rewatch the modules, and go back to review materials before taking the test again. Participants will have three chances to successfully pass the post-assessment.
Certificate of Added Qualification and CNE
Participants who complete the program and pass the post-assessment earn a certificate of added qualification as a seizure and epilepsy healthcare professional. The recipients of this credential may
represent themselves as a “certificate holder as a seizure and epilepsy healthcare professional.” Participants also will receive X CNE hours and a certificate of completion.
The Certificate for the Seizure and Epilepsy Healthcare Professional must be renewed every 3 years to ensure that epilepsy knowledge stays current. The renewal course, which will be available in June of the participant’s third year, will be offered on demand followed by post-assessments. Participants must complete the renewal course by December 31 of the third year. AANN and ABNN will provide reminder information in the middle of the year that the candidate is due to renew; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the candidate to complete the renewal process.
A Message to Hospital Administrators
Support for the Certificate Program for the Seizure and Epilepsy Healthcare Professional reveals your dedication to the highest standards of care and excellence in clinical practice. Completing this certificate program testifies to the outstanding caliber of your healthcare providers and thereby makes your institution more attractive to prospective healthcare employees.
Hospital administrators can demonstrate support for the Certificate Program for the Seizure and Epilepsy Healthcare Professional by
• promoting current certificate recipients through public recognition of their achievement
and ongoing support of their continuing education
• challenging and inspiring staff to participate in the certificate program
• providing financial and career development incentives to those who demonstrate commitment
to their patients and profession via professional development in the certificate program.
These actions will have a positive impact on staff performance and satisfaction while encouraging better outcomes for patients.