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Direct Support Professional

direct support professional trainingProgram Duration: 2 Months
Course Contact Hours: 130
Student Tuition: $1,499.99


Direct Support Professionals offer assistance for folks who have developmental or physical disabilities in a variety of locations, including things like group homes, day programs, home & community based services, as well as vocational rehabilitation. Students will discover methods for offering support with living skills advancement, health care, medication administration, personal care, as well as behavioral development. This direct support professional training will showcase methods for growing individuals’ basic living and social skills with the primary objective of incorporating them into the community to the very best of their ability.

Prerequisite(s): None

After finishing this direct support professional training, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of the Direct Support Professional.
  • Recognize techniques for supporting activities of day-to-day living.
  • Identify approaches for enabling clients as well as providing the care they prefer.
  • Comprehend the significance of maintaining community inclusion as much as possible.
  • Recognize approaches for offering care to help clients’ physical and mental health.


Direct Support Professional Module 1
Intro to Direct Support

  • The Role of the DSP
  • Self-Care and Personal Care (Personal Hygiene)
  • Community Health Care

Direct Support Professional Module 2
Ethics and Consumer Rights

  • Consumer Rights & Responsibilities in Health Care
  • Ethical & Legal Issues Affecting the DSP
  • Basic Medical Terminology & Body Organization

Direct Support Professional Module 3
Communication & Documentation

  • Classification of Disease
  • Communication Skills for the Health Care Professional
  • Observation, Reporting, & Documentation
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Direct Support Professional Module 4
Meeting Client Needs

  • Meeting Basic Human Needs
  • Comfort, Pain, Rest, & Sleep
  • Developing Cultural Sensitivity

Direct Support Professional Module 5
Health & Job Safety

  • Understanding Infections
  • Infection Control
  • Environmental & Job Safety

Direct Support Professional Module 6
Client Movement & Safety

  • Client Safety & Positioning
  • The Client’s Mobility & Transfer Skills
  • The Client’s Mobility & Ambulation

Direct Support Professional Module 7
Supporting Mental and Physical Health

  •  Nutritional Needs & Diet Modifications
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Caring for Clients with Emotional Illnesses

Direct Support Professional Module 8
End-of-Life Care

  • Death & Dying Care
  • Caring for Clients who are Terminally Ill
  • Caring for Clients with Alzheimer’s Disease

Direct Support Professional Module 9
Caring for Special Populations

  •  Care of the Elderly & Chronically Ill
  • Caring for the Clients with Cancer
  • Alternative, Complementary, & Integrative Approaches

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

All materials are included in the course.

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple’s website)
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)