Seizure Training for School Personnel


Seizure Training for School Personnel (CDC Course No. RPWD 2903) was developed 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. The goal of this activity is to provide teachers and other school personnel with information they will need to recognize seizures and what steps to take if someone is having a seizure. The School Personne l training is geared to increase community attitudes about epilepsy through discussion, support cultural and linguistic competency through education, and increase parent satisfactions with their children’s student support services by equipping school personnel to recognize the values that guide and mold attitudes and behaviors.

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 four common seizure types
Identify three types of impacts that seizures have on students

List three first aid steps in helping students having a seizure
Recognize three aspects that make a seizure a medical emergency
Define two basic aspects of social support for students with seizures
Describe three ways to academically support students with seizures

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Questions & Answers

Who can take the course?

Anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy in the school house settings, but the 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 which 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 posttest?

The posttest consists of several multiple-choice questions

    Instructions for Course Credits

    1. After viewing the School Personnel training class, go to CDC Training and Continuing Education Online.
      • If you have not registered as a participant, click new participant to create a user ID and password.
      • If you have already registered in this system, enter your same login credentials. This will ensure an accurate transcript.
    2. Once you have registered/logged in, click search and keyword search for course WD 2903.
    3. Click on the course and scroll down the page to register.
    4. Click on the type of continuing education credit that you would like to receive and submit.
    5. You will be prompted to answer three demographic questions. Answer the questions and submit.
    6. From “Participant services,” click evaluations and tests.
    7. Answer the questions presented on posttest (all answers are in the course material).
      • To receive continuing education credit, you must answer all the questions.
        Some questions have more than one answer. Questions with more than one answer will instruct you to “indicate all that are correct.”
    8. Complete the course evaluation.
    9. Print your continuing education certificate from your personal transcript.
    10. A record of your completion is also available in the transcript and certificate section of your record.

    Questions? Contact CDC Training and Continuing Education Online at 1-800-41TRAIN or 404-639-1292.

    Course Contact Information

    For assistance with registration, completing the course assessment and posttest, transcripts, and printing continuing education certificates, please contact OWCD Training and Continuing Education. OWCD can be reached via:

    Email: Training and Continuing Education Online

    Phone: 1-800-41-TRAIN (Monday- Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm ET)

    Fax: 404-498-6045

    Please email 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.

    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.

    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 TCEOnline. Learners seeking CPH should use the guidelines provided by the NBPHE for calculating recertification credits. For assistance, please contact NBPHE at

    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
    3. Pass the posttest at 80% at

    FEES: There are no fees for CE.

    Origination Date: August 17, 2017

    Renewal Date:

    Expiration Date: August 17, 2019

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