NSC places great value in developing a strong instructor network. We also emphasize the importance of monitoring the instructor base, giving students the opportunity to provide feedback directly to NSC Course Directors, bypassing the need to have students hand instructor evaluations directly back to the instructor. That is an environment that often discourages a student from giving any negative feedback about the instructor.

For minimal sedation, the only skill component is the completion of Basic Life Support, thus no NSC instructor involvement is necessary.

Moderate Sedation Instructor:  For the student to achieve certification in NSC moderate sedation, they must perform the skill component which can only be lead by a certified NSC sedation instructor. NSC Instructors will function independently, not requiring a Course Director to lead the class, such as in ACLS or PALS. With the use of electronic grading and roster submission, the NSC paperwork is easily completed and sent to the National Database directly by the instructor. NSC Instructors are required to maintain their current instructor status in whatever discipline they originally qualified with.


  • RN, MD or advanced practioner 
  • Current instructor in ACLS or TNCC for adult instructors
  • Current instructor in PALS or ENPC for pediatric instructors (launching in 2015)
  • Provide proof of strong instructor knowledge base for current discipline
  • Experienced provider with sedation


  • Complete the online Instructor Candidate application
  • Interview with NSC Faculty
  • Background check by NSC Faculty
  • Locate Instructor course/monitoring course (2 day process)

NSC is looking for proven, enthusiastic instructors who are passionate regarding the continued  need to have a live, knowledgeable instructor when performing the skill verification of the program. This blended learning format is a core concept in the NSC organization. We believe that our instructor base will be a key to success in the sedation market by providing skills/techniques to assist in patient safety outcomes and satisfaction.

Quality Control:  NSC course and Instructor evaluations are provided directly to NSC Faculty for evaluation. The student must provide the evaluation on the NSC website prior to receiving certification and the NSC Moderate Sedation card. This permits the student to provide an honest and impartial evaluation of the Instructor. In this fashion, NSC can effectively monitor the performance of its Instructors and quality of the skill verification courses. Instructors have access to these compiled evaluations via the NSC Instructor portal located on the NSC website. It is an expectation that the NSC Instructor will consistently achieve a score of >4 utilizing a 1-5 likert scale. Instructors that do not consistently score well on their evaluations will be contacted by NSC Faculty to discuss the issues presented in the evaluations and develop an action plan for improvement. Mentoring the instructor for a successful classroom event is part of the NSC responsibility and commitment to the NSC Instructor.   

If you are interested in applying to become an instructor for National Sedation Center, click here for an Instructor Application.