MDS training/certification

  1. Hi, I recently discovered that I as an LPN could in fact work in this aspect of nursing and have since became very interested. My question is this, where can I go online to get the training/certification for MDS work? I have googled it and I have only come acroos once site where you can either attend a live seminar for 2 days or take the same seminar and veiw it online - but am thinking there is more to it then just watching something on the computer. I am wondering if anyone knows of anything else that I can look up to get this training/certification? I will not be doing it right now - but will once I find out how much it costs me so I can save up. Thank you, and I'm in Wisconsin - not sure if that matters much.

    Thank you in advance,
    Ann Schneeberger
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  3. by   cadburypam
    Go to they have an online certification program for MDS coordinators. Very intensive, very good, plus you can join AANAC and have a good resource of information from MDS coordinators throughout the country along with experts in the field.
    I have two credentials one through AANAC and one through NASPAC, I am letting the NASPAC expire because of the fact that I have to attend a "live" seminar to renew. AANAC lets you renew online with continuing education courses through their online university. Check it out!
  4. by   noc4senuf
    I live in WI too but, work in Minn. THe AANAC does line you up with where courses are taught live by experienced trainers. One source that i know of right off hand is Pathway Health.
  5. by   Expectations
    Hi: I'm from Canada eh? Are there any online certification courses for us cannucks up here? I have the basic given by my institution, but wish to know more indepth information.
  6. by   Talino
    Quote from Expectations
    Hi: I'm from Canada eh? Are there any online certification courses for us cannucks up here? I have the basic given by my institution, but wish to know more indepth information.
    Try sending your inquiry here
    Yes, it's U.S.-based, 'tho they're the ones in-charge of the interRAI version of the RAI MDS 2.0 which is used in Canada.
  7. by   gonenutz
    I am too an lpn, I first got my experience from actually being a coordinator and recently received my credentials thru NASPAC. This was a three day seminar that i attended and it was very informative. You can go to they are a nation wide credentialing company.:typing
  8. by   lazer71
    Thank you for all the helpful informations! Im just starting to learn MDS. Keep me posted on anything new....
  9. by   LpfazRN
    does anyone know if it is smart to take the online course if you have not recently worked in MDS? Thanks
  10. by   noc4senuf
    You can look the the AANAC website and see the options available. You can download the course, take it online or find classes in your area. I believe to take a class in person is easier and since you can ask questions... you come away with a better understanding.
    Last edit by sirI on Oct 11, '10
  11. by   amylpn24
    My opinion is this. The AANAC certification is great but.....I do not believe that if you do not have any experience in the MDS, you will understand it. The best thing for you to do before taking a class such as that is get yourself an MDS 3.0 manual. Make sure it is the 3.O and not the 2.O. Get a blank MDS and study the manual from front to back so you at least have a clue what you are doing before taking a course. Completing and MDS is easy. It is the rules and regulations that are hidden in the manual that are difficult. In addition, the most important thing is learning how to calculate RUG levels and how to get the highest one. The job is about making the almighty dollar.
  12. by   nla57
    I am a MDS Coordinator in Florida and I am in the process of becoming certified through
    I costs about 400.00 dollars and is very informative.
    The first half of the course is the Basic Comprehensive and the second half is Advanced Certification for PPS.

    I got both even though I just do the MDS and hopefully the PPS certification will help me in the future.

    Good luck.

  13. by   katoline
    maybe google it. i have just had to take several courses related to different company requirements, one was MDS Guru, another AIS, i also became certified thru AANAC. interestingly, each has it's own take on certain things. the assessment is the assessment, but teaching styles, interpretations can vary slightly. went to 2 two day seminars put on by kindred and had to learn their company way. best to learn the way the company you work for wants, that's why i have so many, not by choice exept AANAC.
  14. by   JL04G
    When I was new at MDS, I took a short introductory course before I took a certification course. It really helped me understand the bigger program. It may be an advantage for newbies or anyone who wants to understand it, even DON's and Administrators, to do this. It will take some time to search, but my DON and the other newbie MDS coordinator found one and they thought it was great. I am sure there are more out there. I think they were Good luck to you.
    Last edit by JL04G on Apr 24, '11 : Reason: info wanted