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Alzheimer's Disease Management Certificate Program
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This interactive Internet Certificate Program is a six-week, 40-hour continuing education program for nurses, social workers and other health care professionals. The focus of the program is assessment and management of Alzheimer's Disease from diagnosis until death. Assessment strategies identify stage of progression and are the basis for planning effective management. Management is by stage, using the Theory of Retrogenesis. Management includes strategies related to environment, behavior, interaction, and medication. Information about regulations and staff education is included.
The program consists of six modules and is designed to be completed in six weeks. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies, PowerPoint presentations, video stream, and test questions. Learners interact with faculty who are expert in the area of Alzheimer's Disease Management. A Certificate of Completion will be mailed approximately 30 days following the completion of course assignments, a comprehensive online exam, and a course evaluation.
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physicians, social workers, and other health care professionals or information caregivers interested in the concepts and practices of Alzheimer's Disease.
Instruction will include the following content:
- Introduction, Diagnosis
- Theoretical Basis for Management
- Assessment and Goals by Stage
- Management Strategies by Stage
- Preventing and Managing Special Problems
- Long Term Care: Meeting Regulations and Educating Others about Alzheimer's Disease
Featuring an "Ask the Expert" Session
National experts will be available to answer your most challenging Alzheimer's Disease Management questions.
This 6 week course is offered two times a year.
Offering dates for 2012: March 12 (registration deadline 02/24/11) and September 17 (registration deadline 08/31/11)
For more schedule information, call toll free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment Cost: $500
We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified well in advance if this occurs.
Fee includes internet instruction, and a comprehensive exam. The textbook is not included in the enrollment fee and must be purchased separately. Refunds are available prior to the start of the class, less an administrative fee and the cost of the received course materials.
A $25 administrative fee will be charged up to two weeks before the start date.
From two weeks before the class through the day before the start date, a $75 fee will be charged.
On the start date of the class there will be no refund.
A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:
Provides on-line instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.
Allows learners to freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.
We recommend you do not use your work email address for taking this course. Many businesses, especially government agencies, utilize security firewalls. Communication from the instructor, the University or other students may not get through and you will not see the message. We also do not recommend using AOL, for similar reasons. AOL accounts include spam prevention-type filters and our communication with you may be filtered-out. We recommend you obtain a separate e-mail acount for your course work. Yahoo.com and MSN.com offer free e-mail accounts.
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.
Computer Requirements and Suggestions
If using a personal computer, it is recommended that the computer have Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, or Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. For compatibility, you will want to have access to Microsoft Office 2013, Office 2010, or Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac. In some cases, Office 365 may be sufficient. For some course content, you will also need Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player and/or Windows Media Player (Macs should use Flip4Mac WMV Components for QuickTime). Additionally, a broadband Internet connection would be very beneficial; AOL is not recommended. Lastly, if your course uses the Blackboard e-Learning platform, you may wish to verify that you have a compatible web browser.
If your computer is more than 6 years old or does not meet the requirements for running one the above versions of Microsoft Office (Windows system requirements / Mac system requirements), you may want to consider purchasing a new computer.
- Peggy Graul, MSN
- Martha Brown Sparks, PhD, GCNS, FNGNA
- Ann White, RN, PhD, MBA, CNA
The program has six modules. Each module includes reading assignments, objectives, study questions, narrated power points, video streams, and learning activities. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of Alzheimer's Disease. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the six-week program.
The convenience of on-line instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the 6 week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of Alzheimer's and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Internet instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with course faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.
Continuing Education Contact Hours will be rewarded following successful completion of study guide questions, an online comprehensive examination (with a passing score of 70% or higher), and submission of a course evaluation.
Nurses will receive 40 hours.
The University of Southern Indiana, College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
California nurses will receive 40 hours.
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.
Social Workers will receive 40 contact hours.
The University of Southern Indiana has been approved as a provider of continuing education for social workers.
Health Facility Administrators will receive 40 contact hours.
The University of Southern Indiana has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Health Facility Administrators as a sponsor of continuing education programs for health facility administrators (License #98000033A).