Death and Dying

Death and Dying

Course Expiration Date: 7/30/22

CE program brought to you by South Carolina AHEC through AHECU.  If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

To register go to www.upstateahec.org If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50 payable you enroll at www.upstateahec.org. If you require special assistance, please contact the office at 864-349-1160.

Course Description: 

Education Level: Introductory

Instructional Method: Asynchronous online PowerPoint® lecture, Pre-Test, Post-Test and Evaluation

To pass this course you must view the lecture, complete the pre-test and evaluation and score at least 80% on the post-test.

Instructor:  Macie P. Smith, Ed.D., LBSW, C-SWCM

Target Audience:  Nursing, Social Workers,  and other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss death and dying America.  

  • Identify the decision making process. 

  • Discuss  perspectives on death and dying. 

Credit Statements:

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists:  This program has been approved for 1 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 1 nursing continuing professional development hours. 

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1 clock hours of social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.1 CEUs (1 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given if you have accessed an online course.  You may cancel via email at bstoray@upstateahec.org  or telephone, 864-349-1160.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


I Wish I Had Advance Directives and End of Life Care

I Wish I Had Advanced Directives and End of Life Care

Course Expiration Date: 10/31/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description:  This course will provide participants with skills and knowledge to have a conversation about Advance Directives and End of Life Care.

Instructor:  Nancy Dereng, RN, BSN

Target Audience: All Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define Advance Directives and the benefits of timely completion of these documents.
  • Describe the two types of Advance Directives: Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will.
  • Describe how to have a conversation with loved ones about Advance Directives, personal wishes and how to manage this document.
  • Identify different resources to assist in development of Advance Directive.

Length of Course: 90 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.50 nursing continuing professional development hour.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.5 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.15 CEUs (1.50 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Family Support and the Hospice Patient

Family Support and the Hospice Patient

Course Expiration Date: 8/31/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This  course will describe how hospice supports families and identifies the family's responsibilities in the care of the patient.  The course also discusses caregiver burden.

Instructor: Toshua W. Kennedy PhD, MPH, APRN, PHCNS-BC

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and all other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe how hospice supports the family.
  • Identify the family's responsibilities in the care of the patient.
  • Discuss caregiver burden.

Length of Course: 30 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 0.5 nursing continuing professional development hour.

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.05 CEUs (0.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.

Pain Management and the Hospice Patient

Pain Management and the Hospice Patient

Course Expiration Date: 8/31/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: In this course the instructor discusses the objectives of pain control in hospice.  She looks at pain control from a legal perspective in South Carolina.  At the end of the program the presenter will provide you with tips to develop a treatment plan for pain control for hospice patients.

Instructor: Toshua W. Kennedy PhD, MPH, APRN, PHCNS-BC_

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and all other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes:

  • List the objectives of pain control in hospice.
  • Discuss pain control from a legal perspective in South Carolina.
  • Develop a treatment plan for pain control for a patient in hospice.

Length of Course: 30 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 0.5 nursing continuing professional development hour.

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.05 CEUs (0.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.


Palliative Care and the Hospice Patient

Palliative Care and the Hospice Patient

Course Expiration Date: 8/31/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course differentiates palliative care and hospice care. The various levels of hospice care are discussed. Qualifications for hospice care and respite care are also discussed.

Instructor: Toshua W. Kennedy PhD, MPH, APRN, PHCNS-BC_

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and all other interested healthcare providers

Learning Outcomes:

  • Define hospice care.
  • Define palliative care.
  • Differentiate hospice care from palliative care.
  • Define qualifications for services.

Length of Course: 30 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 0.5 nursing continuing professional development hour.

AHEC Credit: This educational offering provides 0.05 CEUs (0.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.

The Gift of Life: Organ and Tissue Donation


The Gift of Life: Organ and Tissue Donation

Course Expiration Date: 9/30/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course will provide healthcare professionals with basic understanding about organ and tissue donation.

Instructor:Betty Dobbs-Funk, RN, MSN

Target Audience: Licensed Nurse, Social Worker, Healthcare Providers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the critical shortage of organs and tissue available for transplantation
  • Discuss common myths and learn some facts about donation and transplantation
  • Describe the role of the hospital staff in the donation process

Length of Course: 45 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 0.75 nursing continuing professional development hours.

Non-Social Worker Credit:This program has been approved for 0.75 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others:This program is approved for .075 CEUs (0.75 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses.  There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.

To Be or Not to Be: Nurturing the Power of Empathy in the Presence of Suffering and the End of Life

To Be or Not To Be: Nurturing the Power of Empathy in the Presence of Suffering and the End of Life

Course Expiration Date: 10/31/22

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: The purpose of this program is to assist clinicians in creating and honing their attending skills as an essential foundation for therapeutic presence and client centered goals.

Instructor: David B. Gladson, Rev, M.Div., CPE Residency, CAC II

Target Audience: Nurses, Licensed Social Workers and any other interested healthcare worker

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:
•Articulate reasons for and psycho-spiritual theory behind the practice of empathy and attending skills; and describe three principles behind “companioning”.
•Identify at least three techniques of creating empathic connections through positioning, observing, active listening and other attending skills.
•Define at least two barriers that can impede therapeutic empathy and alternative methods for removing those barriers.


Length of Course: 120 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 2.0 nursing continuing professional development hours.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 2.0 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 2.0 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.


Other: This educational offering provides 0.20 CEUs (2.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

The process for enrolling in AHECU courses has changed. Please go to www.upstateahec.org and click the blue AHECU/Distance Education block to register for online courses. There is a tutorial on the web site if you need assistance with the registration process.