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What is "Seizure Training for School Personnel"?

Training for School Personnel is designed for people who work with children and youth in school settings. This program provides an overview of seizures and epilepsy, seizure first aid, seizure action plans, rescue therapies, seizure emergencies and how to support students in school settings. This course is appropriate for school nurses, teachers, aides, coaches, administrators and anyone who works in a school setting.

By completing the course, school personnel will be able to:

  • Recognize 3 common seizure types
  • Describe 3 seizure first aid steps to assist a student having a seizure
  • Recognize 3 key factors that would make a seizure a medical emergency
  • Describe 3 ways to support student living with epilepsy

How do I bring the program to my school?

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Online Course Questions & Answers

Who can take the course?

Anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy in school settings, but content is intended for school personnel who want an introduction to seizure identification and first aid strategies, including:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Librarians
  • Teacher assistants
  • School bus drivers
  • Aides
  • IEP/504 Plan team members
  • Health educators
  • Other staff members or volunteers in grades K-12
  • School nurses

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 online?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. The course includes a pre-test, video lesson and post-test. These lessons must be taken in order. The pre-test must be completed before gaining access to the video lesson. The video lesson is approximately 50 minutes long. The entire video must be viewed and post-test passed to successfully complete this training and receive a certificate of completion.

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

You need access to a computer with reliable, high-speed internet. The browser must support JavaScript.

How do I get credit for taking the course?

A certificate of completion is available when you successfully complete the online course. It can be printed from the online course page. Continuing education units are not yet available for this revised training.

How long is the post-test?

The post-test consists of several multiple choice questions.

Course Contact Information

Email cdcprograms@efa.org with any questions regarding this course material.

Download the Agenda and Objectives

This program is made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under cooperative agreement number 1U58DP0026256-02-00, CFDA 93.850. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CDC.

Authored By: 
Epilepsy Foundation Programs Department
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
LaQueisa Haynes-Smith MS, MCHES
Wednesday, October 2, 2019