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What are required MDS certification programs?

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Nurses earn Minimum Data Set certification through successful completion of 10 associated final certification exams under the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. A prerequisite for training towards this certification is a nursing license.

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A Minimum Data Set coordinator ensures the reliability and compliance of patient charts in conformity with privacy and typical treatment standards. American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators issues the certification. To acquire the certification, individuals must successfully complete 10 associated final certification exams from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators' Minimum Data Set Resident Assessment Coordinator-Certified program.

The prerequisite for the training program is a nursing license. For licensed practical nurses, this means a pass on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. Registered nurses must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Once enrolled, training program participants are required to complete seven core courses and three elective courses, totalling 10 courses. Core courses include areas such as precise long-term care coding, the Care Area Assessment process, the Five-Star Quality Rating System, Prospective Payment System assessment education and Resource Utilization Groups classification system comprehension. Elective courses include areas such as accurate activity status assessment, accurate pain assessment and management, and Quality Indicator Survey use in long-term care facilities. These 10 courses have corresponding final certification exams that require an exam score of 80 percent or higher to count towards the Minimum Data Set certification.

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