HCPro, Inc., launches resident assessment certification program

Press Releases, August 29, 2011

New credential enables individuals across the long-term care interdisciplinary team to validate their competence in resident assessment.

HCPro, Inc., a leader in healthcare education and training, is offering a new credential for resident assessment certification for the entire interdisciplinary team. Beginning this fall, qualified candidates will have the opportunity to earn their Certified Professional in Resident Assessment (CPRA) credential by passing a comprehensive online exam.

"The long-term care industry has undergone a shift to more team-focused, person-centered care," said HCPro regulatory specialist Diane Brown, BA, a member of the CPRA advisory board. "The CPRA credential fills a need by providing all members of the interdisciplinary team a tangible demonstration of their commitment to the resident assessment process and a comprehensive improvement in quality of care, compliance, and resident satisfaction."

The CPRA program is designed to be the most accurate measure of interdisciplinary competence in resident assessment, with a special focus on converting clinical theory into practice. CPRA recognizes professional and academic achievement by individuals involved in the long-term care resident assessment process. The CPRA program is applicable to the entire interdisciplinary team, and certification by professionals in multiple disciplines demonstrates facilitywide dedication to person-centered care.

The 100-question online exam was developed by an experienced long-term care advisory board to establish criteria for competency in the broad bodies of knowledge resident assessment professionals must possess. The exam tests applicants’ in-depth understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of the interdisciplinary team. The content of the exam focuses on three specific categories of competencies: assessment, implementation, and application.

Applicants who earn CPRA certification will be eligible for recertification every two years. Recertification does not require a CPRA designee to retake the certification examination; however, 20 hours of continuing education and a recertification fee are required.

For complete information about the CPRA credential, including an applicant handbook, a list of the advisory board members, material covered on the exam, and details on how to register for the exam, visit www.CPRAonline.com