Online Training for Healthcare Providers

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Learn Steps to Improve the Care of Your Pediatric Patients with mTBI

HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers is a free online training developed by CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The goal of the training is to provide an overview of the evidence-based recommendations outlined in the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline and to equip healthcare providers with practical strategies to integrate these recommendations into clinical practice.

What You Will Learn

By the end of the training, you will be prepared to:

  • Discuss what happens to the brain during and after an mTBI.
  • Identify at least three best practices related to diagnosis of mTBI.
  • Devise an appropriate management plan for pediatric patients with mTBI.
  • Describe prevention strategies for pediatric mTBI.
Launch the Training

HEADS UP to Healthcare Providers online training is now available on CDC Train! There are three different versions offered for clinicians, school health providers, (e.g. school nurses), and other allied health professionals.

Click one of the following links to access the best course for you:

NEW: You Must Create an Account with CDC TRAIN

In order to access the training you must create an account with CDC TRAIN. Please see How to Create an Account in CDC Train pdf icon[PDF – 865 KB] for instructions.

Equipment Needed for this Training

You will need to use a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection to complete this training course. This training works best with a high-speed, broadband internet connection, as well as an up-to-date web browser and operating system. Older computers may crash while using the training. Please review the following system requirements for the best training experience:

For Computer Access

Compatible Operating System: Windows (version 8 or higher)
Web Browser: Chrome, Firefox or Safari (latest versions), Microsoft Edge (latest version)

Compatible Operating System: OS X (version 10.14 or higher)
Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome or Safari (latest versions)

For Mobile Access:
iOS: version 12 or higher
Android: version 9 or higher

Please Keep in Mind:

Closing your browser while taking the training course will log you out of the course (but not out of CDC TRAIN).   Refreshing your browser may cause a disconnect error.

To return to CDC TRAIN close the course window and relaunch the course. Your progress will be saved. You can return to your last completed session by selecting OK when you are prompted at your next launch.

You may also return to your last completed session by logging back into CDC TRAIN and selecting Your Learning on the home page. Your course will be listed here. Click on the In Progress link to re-launch the course.

When you begin, if the pre-test does not launch, you will need to enable pop-up windows in your browser.

Upon completion this training, you can earn 2.0 Continuing Education Credits through the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Download tools to help you use the CDC Pediatric mTBI Guideline recommendations in your practice.

Checklist on Diagnosis and Management
Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Forms

The ACE (Acute Concussion Evaluation) forms are patient assessment tools.


Emergency Department ACE formpdf icon

Physician/Clinician office ACE formpdf icon

At A Glance: Diagnosis
At A Glance: Prognosis
At A Glance: Treatment
Letter to schools to be filled in by healthcare providers
Discharge Instructions
Symptom-based Recovery Tips

To learn more about concussion, such as the signs and symptoms and how to safely return to school and sports after a concussion, check out the CDC HEADS UP website.