Respecting Choices Advanced Steps® Advance Care Planning (ACP) Facilitator Certification Course

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*Registration payment includes Credit Cards and Interfund Transfers ONLY.

Target Audience

Target Audience: Nurses, care managers, case managers, social workers, clergy, advanced practice providers, physicians and all health care professionals who assist with advance care planning.


This workshop is now being offered in person only.

This workshop is jointly provided by South Piedmont AHEC Nursing Education and Your Care-Your Choice, a department of Atrium Health.

Course Description:

This evidenced-based course is designed to develop skills to initiate advance care planning and goals of care conversations with anyone facing serious illness and frail elders to make timely, proactive and specific end-of-life decisions. This course builds on the communication and interview skills learned in the Core Component used for person-centered advance care planning (ACP) facilitation. Participants will learn how to convert these conversations into medical orders using the MOST (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) form that can be followed throughout the continuum of care.

Course Requirements/Pre-Requisites

(Instructions for completing the following pre-course requirements will be emailed to you upon registration for this course):

• Complete the Respecting Choice ACP Core Component Course, including Core Curriculum Modules 1-4
• Complete Respecting Choices Online ACP Facilitator Module 5
• Read through the following:

1. Advanced Steps ACP Conversation Guide: For individuals with decisional capacity (RC 3115)
2. CPR Decision Aid (RC 0301)
3. POLST form (appropriate for your organization/community or distributed by ACP Instructor)

2025 Respecting Choices Courses will be offered in the spring and the fall as follows:

Spring 2025
RC Core and First Steps
March 13th, 2025 | 8:30 – 4:30

RC Advance Steps
March 18th, 2025 | 8:30 – 1:30

Fall 2025
RC Core and First Steps
September 25th, 2025 | 8:30 – 4:30

RC Advance Steps
September 30th, 2025 | 8:30 – 1:30


South Piedmont Area Health Education Center Center for Learning & Development,
Building K Classroom 17/18
5039 Airport Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28208

CE Credit:

4.5 Nursing Contact Hours
South Piedmont Area Health Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

0.5 CEUs/4.5 Contact Hours

Learning Outcome:

Participants will be able to demonstrate effective communication skills and techniques for facilitating person-centered conversations for those living with advanced medical conditions and frailty for both in-person visits and telehealth.


Respecting Choices is a division of C-TAC Innovations.
The term “certification,” as used in Respecting Choices educational programs and products, means that Respecting Choices issues a certificate upon fulfillment of the
following elements:

1) completion of a specified Respecting Choices educational program with standardized content
and processes;
2) successful demonstration of skills associated with the specified program; and

Registering for and attending a South Piedmont AHEC program authorizes South Piedmont AHEC to take audio, video, and/or still images to be used for promotional and educational purposes. If you have concerns, please speak with a South Piedmont AHEC team member.

This project is/was supported by funds from the Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under grant number U1QHP28734, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by the BHPr, HRSA, DHHS or the U.S. Government.”

“The UNC Center for Aging and Health, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program also provided support."


  • Define benefits of First Steps conversation and identify appropriate target population.
  • Demonstrate the application of the person-centered decision-making framework to elicit preferences and decisions.
  • Create strategies to transfer individual goals, values, and preferences to a written plan.
  • Demonstrate beginning competency in facilitating First Steps ACP conversations through role-play exercises.


Kimberly Schnitzler MSN, RN, 704-512-6523


Oct 1, 2024
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Check-In Time
7:45 AM
0.50 - CEU
4.50 - Contact Hours
4.50 - Nursing Contact Hours
South Piedmont AHEC
Classroom 17/18
Oct 1, 2024
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
South Piedmont AHEC
Classroom 17/18
Pre-Registration Fee (on or before 9/10/24). Fee includes course materials and half-day workshop.
Contact Hours
Nursing Contact Hours