Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0—The Basics:
The Big Picture

This first module deals with the need for accurate and effective use of the MDS for care and addresses barriers to adoption and how to overcome them.

Your purchase entitles you to one year (365 days) of access, starting on the date of purchase.

To purchase the full 6-part training, click "Enroll in Training" and choose "Purchase All Six Basic Modules" on the payment screen. This option is available through any MDS Basic module.


This training is designed for long-term care professionals working with MDS 3.0 (nursing staff, MDS coordinators, social work, activities staff, therapy staff, nutrition and dietary staff) as well as facility administrators.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity, learners will expand their knowledge and competence in the role of promoting and encouraging accurate completion of the MDS for the benefit of patient care, facility reimbursement, generation of public data, and survey results.


By the end of this module you will be able to

  1. Explain the ways in which accurate completion of the MDS benefits resident care in your facility
  2. Describe how the MDS impacts public information about your facility
  3. Explain how accurate completion of the MDS impacts rates of reimbursement
  4. Recognize how the MDS affects your survey results
  5. Describe the importance of supporting and training staff in the MDS

Continuing Education Credits

CNE Credits offered until March 23, 2025.

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.0 nursing contact hours.

The nursing contact hour(s) expire: 3/23/2025.

1.0 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits.

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Enroll in the training using the learner's account. Enter the purchaser's information only in the payment step.

  • Training launched: January 10, 2019
    Last updated January 4, 2024
  • Estimated time: 1 hour

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any ineligible companies whose products, research, or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.