Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0—Advanced:
Care Area Assessments and Care Planning

This training is based on the MDS RAI 3.0 Version 1.17.2 (effective October 2020). CMS is releasing a new version which will go into effect in October 2023. To be notified about future training on these updates, please complete this survey.

This series of modules offers detailed and specific information on the Care Area of Assessments (CAAs), Scheduling, and Care Planning.

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

To purchase the full 3-part training, click "Enroll in Training" and choose "Purchase All Three Advanced Modules" on the payment screen. This option is available through any MDS Advanced 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 administrator staff who have completed the MDS 3.0: An Introduction series or have comparable experience.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity, learners will expand their knowledge and competence in Care Area of Assessments and Care Planning.


By the end of this module you will be able to

  1. Describe the steps of the Care Area Assessment (CAA) process
  2. Explain the purpose of a care plan
  3. Describe the purpose of the "mega rule" associated with care planning

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 2.0 nursing contact hours.

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

2.0 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits.

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  • Training launched: January 10, 2019
    Last updated January 9, 2020
  • Estimated time: 2 hours

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.