Prepare to Care: Iowa's Direct Care and Support Curriculum

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Prepare to Care: Iowa's Direct Care and Support Curriculum

The curriculum developed through the Direct Care Workforce Initiative pilot project will soon be available statewide. These resources give more information about the trainings that will be available, and how DCPs can combine courses into Career Pathways to earn Advanced Training Certificates.

Prepare to Care Informational Handout:

Career Pathways:

Descriptions of Training Courses:

The Prepare to Care online Core training is available here:

This course is great for new and continuing education for direct care professionals. It includes training in person-centered care and support, communication and interpersonal skills, documentation, infection control, and more.

Instructor Requirements (criteria for eligibility to teach each module):

Are you a direct care professional interested in taking this training, an employer interested in having your staff take this training, or want to become a trained instructor? Let us know here, and we'll be in touch:

Instructor List (these trained instructors can be contacted to arrange class offerings):

Community College Contacts (contact these individuals to inquire about course offerings in your area):

Instructor Trainings Available

The Department of Public Health and University of Iowa College of Nursing are hosting the following instructor trainings for the Prepare to Care curriculum. Both types of instructors are being trained (instructor requirements listed above). Every instructor must take two days of training: one day focused on Principles of Adult Learning and the other day focused on the modules which they are planning to teach. Be sure to review the eligibility criteria to review the types of instructors and associated modules. There is no cost for the instructor training, but individuals will be responsible for their own travel costs (mileage, meals, and lodging if needed). To apply to attend an instructor training, click here.

Des Moines: (Deadline for applications is March 28, 2014)
April 9: Principles of Adult Learning
April 10: Core, Home and Community Living, Personal Support, and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
April 11: Core, Personal Activities of Daily Living and Health Monitoring and Maintenance

Regulation Comparisons

These comparisons of state/federal regulations and Prepare to Care curriculum content show how Prepare to Care meets the training requirements for several different settings.
Home Health (includes Local Public Health and Medicare-certified):
HCBS, Remedial/Medical, MI/MR/DD:
Intermediate Care Facilities:
Elder Group Homes, Assisted Living, Adult Day Programs:

Specialty Competencies

Teams working on behalf of the Direct Care Workforce Initiative developed sets of competencies that are recommended to be covered by trainings in each of the following specialty areas of direct care.
Mental Health:
Oral Health:
Positive Behavioral Support:

Important Links

Iowa Department of Public Health's website for the Direct Care Workforce Initiative:
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