Carolina Acute Stroke Training (CAST) was developed by the UNC Department of Neurology stroke faculty and designed by the Educational Design and Innovation team at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. It was funded by the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative and a North Carolina AHEC Innovation grant. Click here to read a message from the course creator.
CAST is currently being updated, and several new modules are under development. Existing modules can be accessed while the new ones are being created. The program includes:
- Module 1: Anatomy and Physiology
- Module 2: Introduction to Strokes
- Module 3: Emergency Management
- Module 4: Acute Ischemic Stroke Treatment
- Module 5: Management of Hemorrhage
- Module 6: Stroke Prevention
- Module 7: Nursing Care of the Stroke Patient
- Module 8: Stroke Rehabilitation (in development)
- Module 9: Pediatric Stroke
You can access as many modules as you like, and you can proceed through them in any order, though a linear progression is recommended. Learning hours are available for each completed module.
Continuing education credit
Learners for CAST include registered nurses, first responders, allied health professionals, and a wide variety of persons with different backgrounds, education, and experience. Each module ends with a Completion Certificate that indicates learning hours for a wide range of learners. The learning hours include time for reviewing the module, discussing it with colleagues, and reviewing additional resources.
Registered nurses and others in need of accredited continuing education can obtain 8.5 hours of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours for the successful completion of this learning activity for a registration fee of $29. Successful completion includes completing all of the modules and the quick check questions, the case studies, the CAST Evaluation following the last module, and the Center for Lifelong Learning overall program evaluation that you will be directed to after paying the $29 program registration fee.
The contact hours were calculated based on reported time by RNs and the Mergener’s reading formula. Please email Nursing_CLL@email.unc.edu or call 919-966-3638 for more information. To register for the ANCC contact hours and pay the registration fee, please go to the following link: http://www.cvent.com/d/q4q34k.
Please evaluate the modules when you complete the course (or when you have completed all of the modules that are of interest to you). Your feedback is important in helping improve the content and the learning experience for future health care professionals. When you log in, a CAST Evaluation button will appear in the menu on the left. Use this button to access the evaluation. All feedback is important, so again, please complete the evaluation even if you do not access all the modules.
If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact Susan Wilson at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your question(s) will be answered within 48-72 hours.
We are pleased you are participating in the program, and we sincerely hope the learning modules improve your stroke knowledge.
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