Benefits of NSC Certification

The National Sedation Center (NSC) program provides standardized sedation education for the non-anesthesia healthcare professional. These evidenced based programs have been developed for the practioner who is providing sedation outside of the operating room. The core content of the program places focus on the 4 levels of sedation, minimal-moderate-deep-anesthesia as defined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Sedation Continuum and recognized in the Joint Commission (TJC) 2009 patient safety standards. 

Prior to NSC, no centralized training or standardized program was in place to address sedation certification. Hospitals, dental offices and outpatient facilities have been tasked with internally developing  sedation education for their providers. Some of these courses can range from a 2 day class to a 10 question online "test" with various levels of content. With NSC certification, the content is evidence based, consistent to all levels of practioner, and  offers the facility or private practioner primary site verification of sedation certification. Streamlining a strong and  comprehensive program which is nationally recognized allows providers privileged or employed at multiple facilities to only have to show proof of NSC certification just as they do for BLS.   

Progressive Format

Whether the student is taking adult sedation or pediatric sedation (2015), the format for the online programs are progressive in nature. Many students will not have a need to progress past certification in minimal sedation, but those that do, must complete the minimal sedation online module prior to the moderate sedation module. Pediatric sedation and adult sedation are different enough that each discipline requires separate training and certification. This degree of specialization permits a hospital or individual healthcare provider to get the level of sedation that is specific to their needs. All of the web based courses require a passing grade of 80% or better on the written exam. Certification is good for two years.

Skills Are Required

NSC requires students to have completed some level of airway skills in order to qualify for certification in sedation. 

Foundational Knowledge:  Adult Minimal Sedation : Students first must complete the NSC web based minimal sedation course (Adult or Pediatric) and provide proof of a current BLS card. Without proof of a current BLS card, the student cannot be certified from NSC. Proof of a BLS card shows that the student has had the basic training needed for basic patient assessment, airway management with a ventilation bag, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Moderate Sedation: After the practioner has achieved certification in minimal sedation, the student can progress to moderate sedation certification if necessary. The moderate sedation course for certification uses the blended learning technique of combining both an online program and a classroom skill verification. The NSC moderate sedation skill verification course is taught only by instructors that have been certified with the National Sedation Center. The moderate sedation skill verification focuses on reviewing patient evaluation, preparation, comprehensive airway skills and communication techniques needed to ensure a safe sedation procedure. The student must pass the online component and skill verification in order to be certified in Moderate Sedation by NSC.     

Institutional Account Management

Independent training companies and other healthcare facilities can open institutional accounts with NSC, through which they can manage and track the progress of each student. Designated administrators can pre-purchase the web based courses and receive 'keys' that can be passed along to students for the registration and payment process. Student progress can be tracked by designated administrators through the NSC web site. Administrators also have the option of either purchasing 'keys' for students that are fully pre-paid or purchasing 'keys' that have a remaining balance that must be paid by the student before taking a course. This option reflects a trend in healthcare training where certain administrative expenses are being passed along to individual students rather than being borne solely by the organization. Click here to open an institutional account application. Qualified institutional account managers can have a complimentary review of the courses by contacting us. Institutional accounts also qualify for bulk purchase discounts.  

Continuing Education Credits

Students completing the courses are eligible to receive nursing CE credits from AORN or medical CME credits from The Postgraduate Institute For Medicine.