Moderate Nursing Sedation Certificate

Ursuline College with SNAP NurSed Certificate Program

Ursuline College with SNAP offers an innovative certificate in Moderate Sedation for post-baccalaureate registered nurses (RNs). RNs who provide Moderate Sedation are trained and experienced in the administration of IV (intravenous) medications that induce a lowered state of consciousness within of the patient. Nurses with knowledge, skills, and expertise in Moderate Sedation are in very high demand in all types of health care settings today. They provide evidence-based care and design specific nursing interventions that serve diverse surgical populations needing sedation.

Addressing key issues in Moderate Sedation ensures that nurses are trained in the legal, ethical, and controversial issues of moderate sedation. The purpose of the certificate program is to promote safe and effective sedation through education, simulation, and communication. Also, it will allow non-anesthesia providers to administer sedation in the following areas: endoscopy, emergency room, operating room, radiology, post anesthesia care unit, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, dental, surgery centers and office surgeries that offer conscious, IV, moderate and/or procedural sedation.

Due to the overall healthcare provider shortages, this program will offer improved availability to health care providers based on the individual state qualification for moderate sedation. The learner will recognize the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of the sedation medications to monitor and administer sedation safely.

Program Outcomes

After completion of the certificate program on Moderate Sedation for Registered Nurses, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the understanding of medication pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to inform and guide nursing care with specific patient co-morbidities.
  • Demonstrate accreditation knowledge set by The Joint Commission (TJC), AANHC and NIAHO standards for sedation.
  • Explain the critical elements of the patient’s preoperative assessment, intraoperative, postoperative assessment, including but not limited to monitoring, airway, medications, and ensure competency in IV placement.
  • Demonstrate airway assessment and management of patients receiving moderate sedation.

Admission Requirements:

  • Valid unencumbered registered nursing license within the United States
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)


The certificate is earned by completing 12 credits over two semesters. The following courses are required to earn the course credits:

Focused Moderate Sedation Curriculum

Semester- 15 weeks each Credits
Semester I
Basics of Moderate Sedation I 3
Basics of Moderate Sedation II 2
Semester 2
Pharmacology of Moderate Sedation 3
Advanced Principles of Moderate Sedation 2
Moderate Sedation Clinical Immersion 1
Total Credits 12

Program Completion

  • All courses must be completed with an overall GPA 3.0
  • NurSed Certificate of Completion is awarded once all courses are completed.
  • Transcripts will be provided at the student’s request for documentation of courses completed.