Moderate Sedation for Physicians & Licensed Independent Practitioners

This course is both for first time participants and those who are recertifying.

If this is your first time completing this course, please enroll in the First Time Participant course. If you have completed this course in the past, please enroll in the "Recertification" course. 

Certification expires 2 years from the date of completion. Providers must complete course again before certification expires if chosen to keep privileges for minimal or moderate sedation.

Criteria to request the special privilege of minimal or moderate sedation may be met by completing this Moderate Sedation CME Program.

This activity is intended to provide the education and information necessary for non-anesthesiologists to perform minimal or moderate sedation. The provider of minimal or moderate sedation should have the knowledge of the medications used, patient assessment and examinations, methods of caring for monitoring the patient throughout the procedure, identifying and treating potential complications. This program outlines how the participant can apply this knowledge to adequately and safely perform moderate sedation.

Moderate sedation is being used for patients undergoing a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures, not only in surgery but in other areas: Ambulatory clinics, radiology, emergency department, cardiac catheterization, outpatient, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), electrophysiology labs, and physician offices. Examples of procedures in which moderate sedation is used include, but are not limited to: bronchoscopy, gastroscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, angioplasty, reduction of dislocations, suturing of lacerations, incision and drainage of abscesses, synchronized cardioversion, transesophageal echocardiograms, breast biopsies, carpal tunnel release, bunions, orthopedic hardware removal and cystoscopy.

This CME activity is primarily directed at moderate sedation for ADULT patients, though much of the information is applicable to all populations.   

Target Audience

All medical and affiliate staff requesting moderate sedation privileges within the Advocate Aurora  system.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the qualifications of personnel who perform and/or participate in procedural sedation.
  2. Understand the medications used for sedation including: actions, dosage, contraindications and reversal agents.
  3. Evaluate a patient for procedural sedation including assessment and eligibility criteria.
  4. Monitor and document observations of the patient during and after the procedure.
  5. Provide the support for patient during the procedure to avoid any complications.
  6. Identify complications of sedation and apply interventions to avoid adverse outcomes. 
  7. Comply with the Advocate Aurora Health Care  policy requirements.
Course summary
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James Hoell, MD; Advocate Aurora Health 
Robert O. Ong, MD; Advocate Aurora Health 
Dennis Brierton, PharmD; Advocate Aurora Health 
Raymond Nava Jr., MD; Advocate Aurora Health 


The planner(s) and speaker(s) have indicated that there are no relevant financial relationships with any ineligible companies to disclose.



For those who are enrolling in the Recertification activity, you will not receive credits upon completion as per accreditation polices stating a provider cannot receive credit again for the same course. 

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If this is your first time completing this course, please enroll in the First Time Participant course. If you have completed this course in the past, please enroll in the Recertification course.

The content for this course is specific to Advocate Aurora Health Care providers.

This course is available to Advocate Aurora Health Care providers (employed and independent) and caregivers only. If you are not already logged in, please use "Aurora Login" to access the course.  If you need help enrolling or logging in, please contact the CME Office at

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