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Managing Students with Seizures: The Importance of School Nurses

Managing Students with Seizures

CDC Course No. RPWD 2924

Managing Students with Seizures: The Importance of School Nurses is a program designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies, and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures by supporting positive treatment outcomes, maximizing educational and developmental opportunities, and ensuring a safe and supportive environment.

Course modules include:

  • Seizures and Epilepsy: What are they and how are they treated?
  • Impact of Seizures
  • Seizure First Aid and Rescue Therapies
  • Seizure Action Plans and Delegation Issues.

By completing the course, Managing Students with Seizures, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 2 of the most common seizure types in students with epilepsy, potential triggers, and risk factors for seizures and emergencies.
  • Identify 3 ways in which treatment of epilepsy may affect a student’s health, safety or learning.
  • Apply 2 strategies to alleviate psychosocial challenges relating to epilepsy for students, parents, and school personnel.
  • List 3 first aid steps in helping a student during and after a seizure.
  • Create a Seizure Action Plan for a student with epilepsy using safe practices for medication administration and delegation.

How can school nurses access this training?

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Questions & Answers

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Who can take the course?

The course is intended for school nurses, but anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy, including:

  • Registered nurses
  • Licensed, Practical/Vocational Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Students
  • Nurse Technicians
  • Medical Assistants
  • CHES Health Educators
  • Other Health Educators

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. There are four required modules in the training, which takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes to complete.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

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How do I get credit for taking the course?

Upon completing the course, you must complete the online posttest and evaluation. Refer to the Instructions for Course Credit below.

How long is the post-test?

The post-test consists of several multiple choice questions

Instructions for Course Credits

Continuing Education for this course is only available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO) at www.cdc.gov/GetCE. If this course is taken in-person through one of our local Epilepsy Foundation offices, the course instructor will communicate if course credits are available and will provide instructions on how to obtain credits. If the course is taken online through our learning management system, follow the instructions on the course page.

Statements & Policies

Accreditation Statements

Origination Date: November 30, 2017

Renewal Date: November 30, 2019

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides (2.2) contact hours. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (2) CEUs for this program. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CEUs for this activity.


Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to <2.5> total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are <0>. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer (2) CPH recertification credits for this program.


n compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.

CDC, our planners, content experts, and their spouses/partners wish to disclose they have no financial interests or other relationships with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters. Planners have reviewed content to ensure there is no bias.

Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.

CDC did not accept commercial support for this continuing education activity.


There are no fees for CE.

This program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under cooperative agreement number NU58DP006256-02-00, CFDA 93.850. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC.

Course Contact Information

Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
LaQueisa Haynes-Smith MS, MCHES
Thursday, December 12, 2019