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How do you become certified to administer the NIH Stroke Scale?

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As of 2015, those interested in becoming certified to administer the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale can order the NIH Stroke Scale Training DVDs, complete the course and submit answers to an accrediting organization, notes the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The certification test can also be completed online with the National Stroke Association. The NIH Stroke Scale is used to evaluate neurological status and predict outcomes of stroke patients.

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The National Stroke Association is the only organization that offers NIH Stroke Scale certification, states the organization's website. To become certified using the DVDs provided by the NINDS, complete the following steps.

  1. Order the DVDs
  2. Order the NIH Stroke Scale Training DVDs from NINDS either online through the organization's website or by phone.

  3. View the introduction
  4. View the introduction and commentary from stroke experts on the DVD to learn more about the scale and receive tips for scoring the assessment.

  5. View the instructions
  6. View the detailed instructions provided on how to administer and score each item on the scale.

  7. Complete the demonstrations
  8. Complete both demonstration cases to test scoring skills and compare to the final score provided.

  9. Complete the certification test
  10. Complete the three certification sets that include six patients each for scoring. Submit the results to the National Stroke Association for certification.

  11. Receive certification
  12. Receive certification from the National Stroke Association.

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