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What is "Seizure Training for School Personnel"?

This free, interactive course is designed as a part of the school nurse training program. The Epilepsy Foundation developed "Seizure Training for School Personnel" (CDC Course No. RPWD 2903) in response to the need for a consistent educational tool to help promote a positive social and educational environment for students living with seizures and epilepsy.

Course modules include:

  • Seizure and Epilepsy Basics
  • Seizure Types and First Aid
  • Seizure Triggers and Precipitants
  • Seizures in School DVD
  • Providing Academic and Social Support

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

  • Recognize 4 common seizure types
  • Identify 3 types of impacts that seizures have on students
  • List 3 first aid steps for helping students having a seizure
  • Recognize 3 aspects that make a seizure a medical emergency
  • Define 2 basic aspects of social support for students with seizures
  • Describe 3 ways to academically support students with seizures

How do I bring the program to my school?

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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

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 is 1 required module in the training, and 1 supporting resource module that takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

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

You need access to a computer with reliable internet and the browser you use must support JavaScript.

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 (CE) for this course is only available through the CDC Training and Continuing Education Online system (CDC TCEO). Please follow the instructions provided below. You must complete the online evaluation by August 17, 2019, to receive your CE credit or your certificate of completion.

To complete online evaluation:

  • After attending a conference, login or create a new account on TCEO at https://tceols.cdc.gov.
  • Search for the conference you attended. The course number will be provided by the trainer of your session.
  • Scroll down and click on the title of the course.
  • Review the information on the Course Summary page and click Continue.
  • Enter in the Course Code (provided by the trainer) in the Course Access Code box and click Continue.
  • Choose the type of continuing education you would like to earn. You can select more than one.
  • Under Pending CE, complete the Evaluation for the session you attended and then complete the Post test.
  • Visit the Completed CE section of the My Activities page to download your certificate.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact:

Course Contact Information

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

Statements & Policies

CEU: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEU's for this program.

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 1.0 CPH recertification credits for this program.

CDC is an approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Effective October 1, 2013, the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) accepts continuing education units (CEU) for CPH recertification credits from CDC. Please select CEU as your choice for continuing education when registering for a course on TCEO. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance, please contact NBPHE at https://www.nbphe.org.

CECH: 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 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. CDC provider number 98614.

Disclosure: In 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, presenters, 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.

To Receive Continuing Education (CE):

  1. Complete the activity
  2. Complete the Evaluation at https://tceols.cdc.gov
  3. Pass the post-test at 80% at https://tceols.cdc.gov

Fees: There are no fees for CE.

Origination Date: August 17, 2017

Expiration Date: August 17, 2019

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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 Date: 
Monday, August 6, 2018