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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 6 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 Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

At this time, continuing education credits 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 one month following the training to receive your continuing education credits or your certificate of completion.

  1. In order to receive continuing education (CE) for RPWD2903 - Seizure Training for School Personnel, complete the activity and steps below before August 17, 2020.
  2. Please visit TCEO and follow these 9 Simple Steps before August 17, 2020.
  3. TCEO Course Page: https://tceols.cdc.gov/Course/Detail2?activityID2=4823&activityInstanceID2=4823
  4. Complete the Evaluation at www.cdc.gov/GetCE
    Pass the posttest at 80% at www.cdc.gov/GetCE

FEES: No fees are charged for CDC’s CE activities.

Course Contact Information

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

Statements & Policies


Seizure Training for School Personnel
CDC Course No. RPWD 2903


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

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 1.0 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 (1.0) CPH recertification credits for this program.

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, 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.

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 and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CEUs for this activity.

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

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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 By: 
Epilepsy Foundation Programs Department
Authored Date: 
Reviewed By: 
LaQueisa Haynes-Smith MS, MCHES
Tuesday, July 16, 2019