The objective of The Director of the Staff Development Program is to prepare licensed nurses for duties as the Director of Staff Development in a Skilled Nursing Facility or as an Instructor.
DSD Approval Guidelines:
1) One (1) year nursing experience as a licensed nurse providing direct patient care in a long term care facility, in addition to one (1) year of experience planning, implementing and evaluating educational
programs in nursing; or
2) Two (2) years of full time experience as a licensed nurse, at least one (1) year of which must be in the provision of direct patient care in a nursing facility (also long term care facility). Within six (6) months of employment and prior to teaching a certification program, the DSD or Instructor shall obtain a minimum of twenty– four (24) hours of continuing education courses in planning, implementing and evaluation education programs in nursing. These must be courses approved by the Board of Registered Nursing or courses administered by an accredited educational institution.
There is no California state examination for Director of Staff Development Certification. PTHC will issue student a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the training.
PTHC offers an optional clinical experience at no extra charge. This is not a part of the 24 hour requirement