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MDS 3.0 Certificate Program

Program Overview

This course is designed to provide participants with the roles and functions of the MDS 3.0 in skilled nursing facilities. The concept of MDS 3.0 focuses on optimal improvement of the residents assessment physical, mental,  psycho-social well-being while reporting quality of care & reimbursement


Intended Audience: 

A certified MDS professional can assist with resident outcomes, maximizing reimbursement rates, and prepare for regulatory surveys. This 20 hour course will prepare the participant with knowledge necessary to implement, manage, and evaluate the MDS 3.0 Process.

Program Objectives Includes:

MDS 3.0 Essentials

  • Understanding the principles and process of RAI/MDS 3.0
  •  MDS 3.0 Coding for OBRA & Medicaid Reimbursement
  • Functional Status for the MDS (ADLs)
  • Understanding PPS/Medicare Timing and Scheduling
  • Completion of Care Area Assessment Summary (CAAS)
  • Understanding the MDS/Care plan Coordinator roles and responsibilities
  • Intro to Quality Measures & Five Star Rating System for SNF

Mastering Medicare Part A & Managed Care for Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • Medicare Part A Basics
  • Medicare Assessment Scheduling to Maximize Reimbursement
  • Understanding Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for Medicare/Managed Care Billing
  • ICD-10 for PDPM
  • Section GG for PDPM

Receive certification upon successfully completion of both courses.

  • The training also includes a sample resume and tips on interviewing for positions.
    We offer ongoing support to each student for one year post completion of the program.

Our program has worked for several nurses obtaining positions immediately following our training.

We offer convenient ways that you can obtain your personal and professional goal learning MDS 3.0 for Skilled nursing success, or simply gaining comprehensive knowledge of the MDS 3.0 tool for Skilled Nursing Facility:

Course Formats:

   Live Virtual Classroom

  • Attend live classes from your home or office
  • Totally Interactive
  • Ability to ” raise your hand” during the training if you have a question
  • Smaller class sizes for more personalized training
  • Trainers encourage participation of all students
  • Ability to verbalize questions via computer or by telephone
  • Meet other like-minded clinicians
  • 4 Day Accelerated
  • 8 Week (meeting on day a week)
view virtual schedules here

 In Classroom Workshop

  • Attend classes in classroom setting at one our locations
  • Smaller class sizes for more personalized training
  • Trainers encourage participation of all students
  • Meet other like-minded clinicians
  • 4 Day Accelerated
  • 8 Week (meeting one day week)
view live schedules here

Online: Self paced Video Training

  • Self paced online Instructional Video Course
  • (8 instructional videos plus two exams)
  • Excellent for busy Clinician who are unable to meet the schedule requirements of the traditional program.
  • Recommend one to two videos to watch per week. Practice Sessions and software review provided in trainings.
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Each participant is required to attend all 20 hours scheduled and pass 2 exams with a 80% for successful completion of the program.

Two attempts of each exam will be allowed
Exam Schedules:
8 week Program  -The first exam is issued throughout the program and the last exam after the last week of class.
4 day Accelerated Program- Both exams are due within three weeks of the last day of class

Accreditation: This continuing nursing education was approved by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


20 Contact hours for this program. No partial credits will be awarded.