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Course Information

This course focuses on many varied issues related to education which health educators must be ready for in practice. A patient-centered approach is taken in this course. Strategies to motivate clients and to increased adherence to learning outcomes are presented throughout. Students will learn many effective strategies for confronting the vast array of issues in client teaching. Issues to be examined are related to; motivation, literacy, culture, psycho-social issues, legal and ethical issues, the family, goals, the educator, the education team and evaluation and research. Students examine models of patient teaching with the patient as the center of the education and learning process. Methods to maximize patient teaching in older adults and in patient with terminal illnesses are examined. Also presented are methods for teaching patients regarding many end-of-life issues. Contact hours of Education: 50. Course Code: HE 600.

This Course is Board approved. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access Info

Pre-requisite: You must be a Registered Nurse to enroll in this course. You must have successfully completed NE 410 and NE 420 prior to beginning this course.

This course is particularly designed for Registered Nurses seeking to meet education requirements for certification as a Certified Nurse-Patient Educator by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc,.

This is a guided, independent study CEU Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments. It is recommended that you follow this process for completing the course:

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC

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E-mail: info@aihcp.org

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the Nurse-Patient Educator program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers all of the chapters in the required textbook.


Effective Patient Education: A Guide to Increased Adherence, 4th edition. By: Donna R. Falvo. Boston; Jones and Bartlett Publishers:2011.

  • ISBN-10: 0763766259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763766252

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Nurse Patient Educator." Access AIHCP Store: click here

Instructor: Your instructor for this course is Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC, a certified advance practice nurse, adult nurse practitioner and has held past positions in nursing at the Executive level. He is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. Access information.

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify the major issues of nonadherence that have been found with research, regarding patient education
2. Discuss how patient-centered may increase adherence in patient education
3. Describe and discuss a model of patient-centered teaching
4. Define and discuss intrinsic and extrinsic factors related to patient motivation for learning and self-care
5. Define the primary goals of motivators in patient health education
6. Discuss psycho-social issues in patient teaching and patient adherence
7. Define various facilitative behaviors to assist patients to cope and increase adherence to education
8. Discuss a primary issue for patient's related to their health education, based on each stage of the life span
9. Discuss the role of the family related to the patient's health care education
10. Define and discuss major cultural issues related to patient teaching and patient adherence
11. Discuss way to gain credibility with patients of different cultural groups
12. Define and discuss major guidelines that may be used for culturally sensitive patient teaching
13. Discuss primary issues related to effective communication in patient teaching to increase patient adherence
14. Discuss how to establish effective goals for communication in patient teaching
15. Define and discuss effective ways to build patient partnerships
16. Define and discuss strategies to to facilitate active patient participation in patient-centered teaching
17. Define and discuss several models of professional relationships and negotiation
18. Discuss the major boundaries of patient teaching
19. Discuss how patient contracting may be used to facilitate teaching
20. Define and discuss the major issues related to health literacy in patient education and adherence
21. Identify major factors that need to be considered when teaching patients wit low literacy skills
22. Identify major issues for patient teaching related to complementary and alternative medicine
23. Define and discuss the issues for patient teaching and patient adherence for older adults
24. Define several ways to maximize effective patient teaching with older adults
25. Discuss the importance of teaching about end-of-life issues
26. Understand end-of-life issues in the context of the patient
27. Discuss several effective communication skills in teaching about end-of-life issues
28. Identify several strategies used in patient teaching in terminal stages of disease
29. Define and discuss major ethical issues in patient teaching and patient adherence
30. Define and discuss legal and ethical issues related to informed consent and patient education
31. Discuss the effective use of instructional aids in patient teaching
32. Discuss several critical issues in research and evaluation related to patient teaching and patient adherence
33. Discuss several strategies for building an effective patient education team


1. Patient adherence as an outcome of effective patient teaching
2. Patient-centered teaching practice
3. Theories and models of patient-centered teaching practice
4. Enhancing patient motivation and increasing patient adherence
5. Individual factors in patient teaching and patient adherence
6. Patient teaching through the life span
7. The family, patient-centered teaching, and patient adherence
8. Cultural issues in patient teaching and patient adherence
9. Communicating effectively in patient teaching to enhance patient adherence
10. Facilitation patient participation in patient-centered teaching
11. Health literacy in patient education and patient adherence
12. Patient teaching and complementary and alternative medicine
13. Patient teaching and patient adherence issues for older adults
14. Patient teaching about end-of-life issues in the context of the family
15. Ethical issues in patient teaching and patient adherence
16. Issues of informed consent in patient teaching
17. Instructional aids in patient teaching
18. Research and evaluation in patient teaching and patient adherence
19. Building an effective patient education team
20. Promoting patient-centered patient teaching

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