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Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

Each session is online and participants will have a 10 day time frame to complete the 6 hour program.

Dates (Please choose one):

September 23 – October 3, 2019 (Registration will close when class is full or on September 16)
October 15-24, 2019 (Registration will close when class is full or on October 9)
November 12-21, 2019 (Registration will close when class is full or on November 6)
January 14-24, 2020 (Registration will close when class is full or on January 8)

Fee: $95 /$75 for MU Students and Alumni

Six (6) contact hours will be provided.


Program description: This innovative course provides an up-to-date overview of the pharmacology of controlled substances. It has been designed to meet the continuing education requirement for the prescriptive practice of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in NJ. The presenters explore the challenges of responsible prescribing and will share the insight and knowledge gained from their nursing practice. The program is comprised of four modules which include audiovisual material, readings, case studies, narrated slides with valuable reference and resources.

Desired learning outcome: The advanced practice nurse will apply the concepts learned in this course when prescribing controlled substances for their patients.

Topics will include: Pharmacodynamics of controlled substances, prevention/diminution of addictions in the general population, prevention and management of impaired practice among health professionals, as well as the use of controlled substances for the management of psychiatric, non-psychiatric and non-pain related conditions.

Preregistration is required and is limited (please register early). This is an online self-paced learner activity that requires computer and internet access. One or two days before the start date participants will receive program information, access dates and instructions on how to log into the course materials. Participants will have a ten-day period to complete the 6-hour program. The course may be completed in increments.

Criteria for successful completion of this program is the review of all self-study materials (6 hourtime will be monitored), earning a score of 90 or above on the 20 question post-test and completion of the program evaluation.
A certificate will be emailed after the course ends, and upon verification of successful completion.

Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

Dates: Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June 20, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (classroom hours)
Monmouth University
Please Note: Registration for this course is now closed.

Study materials will be provided for completion prior to the start of the course June 2. Post course assignments must be completed by July 10.

Sixty-eight contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 44 hours of self-directed study including pre-course assignments, homework and post-course assignments will be required).

This course reflects the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) standards for adolescent, adult, and pediatric SANE education and the requirements of the NJ Board of Nursing for Forensic Nurse Examiner Education. This program is designed for the RN with at least 2 years recent clinical experience, for MU Forensic Nursing Students, this course satisfies requirements for the SANE course in the certificate and MSN program.

Desired Learning Outcome: registered nurses and advanced practice nurses will demonstrate knowledge and skill to provide competent, comprehensive, patient-centered, coordinated care to patients across the lifespan (geriatric, adult, adolescent, and pediatric) who are being evaluated for sexual assault, or suspected of having been sexually assaulted.

Topics will include: forensic nursing and sexual violence, victim responses and crisis intervention, child sexual abuse, interdisciplinary collaboration, medical forensic history-taking, observing and assessing physical examination findings, medical forensic specimen collection, medical forensic photography, sexually transmitted disease testing and prophylaxis, pregnancy risk evaluation and care, medical forensic documentation, discharge and follow-up planning, clinical skill demonstrations, courtroom testimony and legal considerations.

Eileen Allen, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, SANE-A, SANE –P:
Nationally certified sexual assault examiner & practicing forensic nurse, coordinator of the Monmouth County FNE/SART program. She has presented numerous lectures on a variety of topics related to Forensic Nursing for local, regional, and national audiences. Guest lectures will also be presented by experts from the scientific and legal community. Gynecological Teaching Associates (live models) are used to enhance clinical training experience.

Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp

Dates: July 16 & 17, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Monmouth University
$475/$425 MU students/alumni ($50 discount before 5/30/2019)

Please Note: Registration for this course is now closed. Contact to be added to the waitlist.

Instructional materials, continental breakfast and light lunch are included in the program fee. 15 contact hours for nurses will be provided.
This year’s giveaways include a “Boot Camp” T-Shirt and EMRA Antibiotic Guide

Join us for an immersion program for Nurse Practitioners providing specialized training in key areas. The hands-on experience will be facilitated by content experts who will share knowledge, tips and techniques for practice. The Advanced Practice Nurse will enhance their knowledge and apply advanced practice skills in the clinical setting.

All participants take the Pharmacology: Antibiotic Update – Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C, Associate Professor, Chair, Director of the MU MSN program, Practicing Acute Care APN specializing in Primary and Emergency Care. This module will cover current treatment principles using standard clinical guidelines, drug selection, appropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in the clinical setting.

Participants will complete 2 modules daily, selected from the following:

Radiographic Interpretation of Chest and Musculoskeletal System – Patricia Dempsey, MS, RN, APN-C PNP-BC Specialist Professor at MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care. This module will focus on the essentials of x-ray interpretation. Participants will learn to interpret plain films in a systematic manner. Areas of study will include chest and extremity evaluation with a special emphasis on acute traumatic findings.

Clinical Decision Making: Interpreting & Integrating Diagnostics – Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C Chair and Associate Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care. Participants will review the process of clinical decision making, construct differential diagnosis, identify appropriate testing and analyze diagnostic results.

Suturing and Wound Closure – Patricia Dempsey, MS, RN, APN-C, PNP-BC Specialist Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care. Content will include the principles of wound assessment and closure, the administration of local anesthesia and suturing techniques and pre and post procedural considerations including vaccinations and use of antibiotics.

Care of Common Orthopedic Injuries & Splinting Basics – Courtney Ellenberger, APN, The Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine-NJ. Attendees will learn to evaluate common fractures and dislocations, review basic principles of dislocation/reduction, differentiate indications and contraindications for splinting and describe/demonstrate basic splinting techniques and identify potential complications.

ECG Interpretation – Dr. Charles Miller, MD, FACC, Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Services, Integrated Medicine Alliance, Shrewsbury, NJ. In this module participants will review basic electrophysiology of the heart, analyze and interpret 12-lead EKG, identify common dysrhythmias and EKG patterns in Acute Coronary Syndromes.

APNA Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention Psychiatric-Mental Health Generalist Role

Please be aware The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies is co-sponsoring an event with the NJ Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association on September 21, 2019 from 8:30am – 4:00pm.  We are pleased to have this event on campus.  For more information and to register, please visit here

About the School

Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing & Health Studies at Monmouth University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. Provider Number P242-9/2019.

Registration Information

Program registration is limited so please register early!


Registration must include full payment. If you would like to pay with a check – please call or email to ensure that there is room in the class. Checks are payable to Monmouth University. If you wish to pay by credit card please call 732-571-3443.

Refund Policy

Full refunds will be provided if the program is canceled due to limited enrollment. A $20 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds due to cancellations by participants. All cancellations must be sent in writing to Refunds will be provided as follows:

Cancellation By Participant Within: Refund:
Fourteen (14) or more calendar days prior to the scheduled commencement date of the Program 100% of the fee paid minus the $20.00 processing fee
Thirteen (13) calendar days or less prior to the scheduled commencement date of the program 50% of the fee paid minus the $20.00 processing fee
After program commencement date No Refund Provided

Appeal process – under extreme circumstances a full or partial refund beyond the terms of this policy may be granted. Please send a statement with the reason for appeal to

Replacement certificates

Participants who complete the course requirements will be awarded a certificate if contact hours are provided. Contact hours are provided for most but not all programs. A $10 fee will be charged for the replacement of certificates. To obtain a replacement certificate, complete our replace lost certificate form by entering your name, date of program, course/certificate needed. We generally can get replacement certificates out quickly, but please allow 7 – 10 days for a replacement certificate to be sent by both mail and email.

Continuing Education Hours Required for License Renewal

The NJ State Board of Nursing adopted a ruling that requires nurses to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. The programs must be related to nursing and approved by an agency accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, such as the ANCC. Successful completion of a course related to nursing offered by a college or university counts toward this requirement, as does the development of a curriculum. If you would like to read the details of this ruling, please visit the NJ Board of Nursing Web site: The School of Nursing will continue to offer programs to meet these requirements and we intend to increase our offerings in the coming years. If there are topics that you would like to see offered or if you are interested in offering a program, please contact Barbara Paskewich at 732-571-3443 or send e-mail