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Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

Dates and Times:

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

March 27 – April 5, 2019  (registration will close when class is full or on March 21)
April 17 – April 26, 2019  (registration will close when class is full or on April 11)
May 15 – May 24, 2019  (registration will close when class is full or on May 9)
June 10 – June 19, 2019  (registration will close when class is full or on June 4)
July 10 – 19, 2019 (registration will close when class is full or on July 3)

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 hour – time 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.

Pediatric Physical Assessment

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Place: Monmouth Corporate Park
Fee: $95 (a light lunch is included in the program fee)

This program will provide 5 contact hours for nurses.

The course is designed to enhance the physical assessment skills of the healthcare provider who cares for the school age child. A step-by-step process for physical exam will be reviewed. Using images and a case study format, participants are guided to describe and identify physical findings. Clinical guidelines and standards of care are incorporated throughout.

Desired Learning Outcomes: at completion of this program participants will apply the clinical knowledge gained in the assessment and care of the school age child.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of normal and abnormal findings in health screenings
  • Common pediatric disease and disorders
  • The process and procedure for the assessment of the ear including demonstration of the otoscope
  • Guidelines for referral

Presenter: Steve Miller, DO – Pediatrician with Navesink Pediatrics – Affiliate Clinical Faculty/ Monmouth University, The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Suturing and Wound Closure Workshop

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Monmouth Corporate Park, Room 198
Fee: $90 (A light dinner is included in the program fee)
$80 (for current MU students and alumni)

This program will provide 3 contact hours for nurses.

This course is designed to provide the Advanced Practice Nurse or Healthcare provider hands on instruction in wound closure skills. The instructor will focus on factors affecting wound healing, selection of wound closure devices, wound aftercare, CDC tetanus guidelines, suture removal guidelines and pitfalls, and special considerations in wound closure.

Learning Outcome: Upon conclusion of this program participants will apply the knowledge gained in the assessment and management of wounds.

Topics will include:

  • Principles of wound assessment and closure
  • Wound closure techniques
  • The use of local anesthesia in wound closure
  • Guidelines for the use of tissue adhesive
  • Review of prophylactic pharmaceutical treatment
  • Factors effecting wound healing and follow up care of the wound

Presenter: Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C – Chair, Director of the MSN program and Coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner Program, Associate Professor, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, practicing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in critical and emergent care.

Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE)
Clinical Skills Laboratory Training (IAFN)

Dates: Thursday & Friday, April 11 & 12, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Place: Monmouth University
Fee: $500.

** Please confirm with us that the course is running before making travel arrangements, as we must have a minimum number of participants to run the program. **

Contact Hours: 16.0 nursing continuing education contact hours will be provided by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies is pleased to provide a clinical skills training program developed by the IAFN.

The purpose of this program is to prepare the registered nurse for the clinical aspects of the adult/adolescent sexual assault medical-forensic examination. Participation is limited to nurses who have completed a didactic course of SANE/SAFE training.

This 2-day live training experience provides the attendee with an opportunity to observe and demonstrate clinical skills used during the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault.

Participants will observe and demonstrate the following techniques:

    • Specimen collection and packaging
    • Photo-documentation of findings
    • Genital inspection and pelvic examination
    • The use of supplies and equipment specific to completion of a forensic medical sexual assault evaluation.

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 will close on June 1.

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 p.m.
Monmouth University
$475/$425 MU students/alumni ($50 discount before 5/30/2019)

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.

Please Note: Please use the link below to register for the Boot Camp by using its dedicated online registration form:

Register for Nurse Practitioner Boot Camp

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