Essentials of Clinical Sleep Health and Education Online
Become a sleep health educator
This course will introduce health care professionals to the specialty of sleep medicine and the essentials of polysomnography and goals of treatment. The course will discuss normal and abnormal sleep, sleep disorders and associated comorbid conditions, clinical evaluation of sleep, testing and treatment options, monitoring therapeutic compliance, educating the patient/family/community, and developing a sleep program. This course is offered entirely online. Learners will progress through the course at their own pace within the seven-week completion timeframe. Online learning components will include discussion boards, case presentations, quizzes, and a final exam.
Who should participate?
This course is primarily intended for health care professionals (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, polysomnographic technologists, respiratory technicians, neurodiagnostic technicians, and dentists), but is beneficial to anyone interested in learning more about sleep medicine.
This course is designed to help the learner prepare for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) Certificate in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) exam. For details about the exam, including eligibility requirements, visit www.brpt.org.
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This distance learning program is designed to provide knowledge of normal and abnormal sleep, sleep disorders and associated comorbid conditions, clinical evaluation of sleep, testing and treatment options, monitoring therapeutic compliance, educating the patient/family/community, and developing a sleep program.
The program is divided into learning modules. Each module is envisioned to build upon the knowledge of previous module(s). The program is self-paced with a specified end date. Learners progress through the course at their own pace within the seven-week completion timeframe.
- Module 1: Normal and Abnormal Sleep
- Module 2: Pathophysiology, Epidemiology, and Clinical Presentation of Abnormal Sleep
- Module 3: Clinical Evaluation
- Module 4: Testing and Treatment
- Module 5: Patient and Family Communication and Education
- Module 6: Developing a Multidisciplinary Program
- Module 7: Case Presentations
In this module we will cover the basics of sleep, sleep architecture, sleep quality, and sleep quantity as it pertains to age groups throughout the life cycle. We will also present contributing factors to variations of normal sleep. Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Describe normal sleep architecture, quantity, and quality for the adult, geriatric, pediatric, and infant population
- Identify factors contributing to variations in normal sleep including medications and gender
In this module we will explore common sleep disorders, prevalence, terminology used to classify the disorders, and clinical presentation of the disorders. We will also present the pathophysiology of underlying conditions associated with abnormal sleep and the effects of sleep disruption and sleep deprivation. Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Identify and recognize the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of abnormal sleep
- Compare abnormal sleep with underlying pathophysiology
This module will explore the clinical evaluation process of documenting sleep and medical history, assessing the impact on quality of life, recognizing health changes, signs and symptoms of disease progression/improvement, and the bi-directional impact to patients with comorbid conditions. This module will also cover evaluation and measurement tools commonly used to identify sleep issues. Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Assess the impact of sleep on quality of life
- Recognize health changes as related to physical appearance, weight, medications, recent hospitalizations, and surgeries
- Evaluate signs and symptoms of disease progression, exacerbation and improvement
- Interpret proper documentation of actions, observations, and orders in the patient chart
- Explain how sleep disorders effect comorbid conditions
- Explain how comorbid conditions effect sleep disorders
- Identify evaluation and measurement tools
Module four will cover the types of testing and therapeutic options. We will also present ways to monitor treatment compliance and show examples of individualized patient care plans. Upon successful completion of the module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Identify the types of diagnostic testing and indications
- Describe appropriate therapeutic options for sleep disordered breathing
- Describe cognitive behavioral therapy, light therapy, and chronotherapy
- Explain the importance of monitoring treatment adherence/compliance
- Describe how to develop individualized care plans using the chronic disease model and clinical guidelines
This module focuses on the role of education in sleep health and how it must be adapted to different learning styles, ages, and cultural diversity. An emphasis is placed on sleep hygiene and engaging patients in self-assessment and self-management practices. Upon completion of this module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Explain how to provide sleep education to the patient and family including how to respond to questions
- Recognize the importance of diversity in providing sleep education
- Evaluate readiness to learn at an age appropriate level
- Adjust sleep education interactions to learning styles
This module focuses on how to develop and expand a collaborative sleep program. Program performance improvement and quality assurance measures will be discussed as well as promoting sleep disorders as a public health issue. Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Explain the importance of a multidisciplinary program
- Identify opportunities for program expansion
- Examine the process of QA and PI including chart audits and tracking outcomes
- Explain the importance of promoting sleep disorders as a public health issue including the impact of sleep disorders on society, public policy influences, and providing community outreach
This module consists of case presentations, the final quiz, and completing the program evaluation. Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:
- Specify care approaches for case presentations
- Complete the final quiz successfully
- Evaluate the course content and design
The price of this online program is $1,900. There is a 10% earlybird discount for registrations received through July 21, 2016.
Course number: 1129100Click here for details about registration and refund.
Only one discount can apply to any individual registration. Discounts do not apply to registrations for individual certificate modules.
Early bird discountThere is a 10% earlybird discount available through July 21, 2016.
UD alumni and student discount
A 15% discount available to graduates of UD undergraduate and graduate degrees, UD certificate programs and Professional and Continuing Studies noncredit programs; as well as current matriculated UD students (part-time or full-time). To apply discount, call 302-831-7600.
A 15% discount available to active members of the military as well as veterans. Please provide appropriate ID when registering. To apply discount, call 302-831-7600 or 1-866-820-0238.
Enroll two or more individuals from one business or organization in a noncredit professional development program and benefit from a 15% reduction in the total cost of registration. Individuals must register at the same time. To apply discount, call 302-831-7600.
Business association membership discount
Are you (or your employer) a member of a business association, like the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce? View the list of partner discounts.
Economic Competitiveness for Delawareans Scholarship
Applicant must be a high school graduate, a currently unemployed Delaware resident collecting unemployment insurance, and financially able to pay half of program cost. Fall 2016 application deadline: August 5, 2016. Download further details with application.
Private loans may be an option to pay for noncredit programs, for example, obtaining a loan from your bank or credit union. One option may be the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan (select University of Delaware Noncredit, code 00143198 from the drop-down menu). To speak with a UD ACCESS advisor about loan options call 302-831-2743 to make a phone or in-person appointment.
Taxpayers who pay qualified tuition and related expenses to an eligible educational institution may be able to claim tax credits or deductions on their federal income tax. Call 302-831-1138 for a “Confirmation of Tuition” letter, which can be provided by the University of Delaware noncredit registrar. Please note the registrar’s office does not supply a Form 1098-T, as the Confirmation of Tuition represents accepted documentation.
This program is offered entirely online with a 7-week completion timeframe. Learners will progress through the course at their own pace within the seven-week completion timeframe. Online learning components will include discussion boards, case presentations, quizzes, and a final exam.
See Technology Requirements below.
This online program takes place September 26-November 11, 2016. Learners will progress through the course at their own pace within the seven-week completion time frame. In addition to listening to lectures online at their own pace, students will complete scheduled requirements and assignments.
This program can be completed in seven weeks.
REQUIRED: laptop or desktop computer
- Required: a PC or Mac, laptop or desktop computer must be used to complete course activities like tests, quizzes, homework, or chats
- Required: high-speed Internet access
- Required: Mozilla Firefox browser, version 10 or newer
- Required: if not already installed on your computer, you may need to install these free plugins: Flash | Adobe Reader
OPTIONAL: mobile device
- Optional: most course video content can be viewed on a mobile device like a tablet, iPad or smart phone
- Mobile devices cannot be used to complete required course components like homework, tests, quizzes, chats
- Click here for details about mobile device compatibility
There are no formal academic prerequisites to participate in this program.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) for Physicians
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Medical Society of Delaware and the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies. The Medical Society of Delaware is accredited by the ACCME to provide CME activities for physicians.
The Medical Society of Delaware designates this live continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 10.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
It is the policy of the Medical Society of Delaware to comply with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of Continuing Medical Education. In keeping with these standards, all faculty participating in continuing medical education activities jointly provided by the Medical Society of Delaware are expected to disclose to the activity audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
Joint providership of CME by the Medical Society of Delaware in no way implies endorsement or recommendation of any product or service.
This activity is not supported by commercial funding.