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Dementia Care

Course Number: DMC 1000

Course Overview:

This 40-hour course is dedicated to the training and education of those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It includes an overview of the different types of dementia, signs and symptoms, and basic principles of dementia care. The daily care of dementia individuals, common behavioral problems associated with dementia, as well as the best strategies and approaches for dealing with these problems are presented. The course also reviews common medical problems, strategies for coping with dementia, and the importance of caring for the caregiver.  

This course satisfies state of Tennessee Regs Rule 1200-8-6-07 Standards for Nursing Homes. This mandated regulation requires that nurse aides working with dementia residents complete 40 hours of approved training to comply with the regulation. 

Currently, 30 states require eight hours pre-employment dementia training for all nurses, CNAs and direct care staff.  Some states require at least four hours of pre-employment training for all other staff.  Students from other states should check with their licensing board to determine if this course fulfills their training requirements. 

Target Audience:

This course is designed for Nurses Aides (CNAs), nurses, direct care staff and caregivers (any member of a health care team).

Hardware & Software Requirements:

You must have:

  • Access to a computer with Internet access
  • Own and have ability to use Microsoft Word ’98 or higher
  • Sufficient skills to navigate the Web and use email