Brain Death Determination Course


While there exists a legal provision for brain death, institutional protocols for diagnosis are not universal and are often absent; no specific criteria for diagnosis is mandated. Even among institutions with an organized diagnostic protocol, there is substantial variation both in the criteria used and who may perform the determination.

Available in both English and Spanish, the Brain Death Determination Course, presented by the Neurocritical Care Society, aims to standardize the process of brain death diagnosis. This credentialing tool will help those clinicians who are allowed by their local laws to perform brain death determination to learn and demonstrate their level of understanding and expertise by:

  • Highlighting the necessary steps that must be taken to determine brain death

  • Reviewing various exam methods and discussing proper documentation

  • Outlining appropriate communication with fellow providers and patient families

  • Describing common pitfalls and barriers that may arise during the exam process


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Bulk Purchases

Bulk purchases are available for this course. 5+ trainees OR 25+ total course purchases qualify for a 50% discount. Add the item to your cart to receive your discount code. Click here to be taken to the bulk purchase page and place your order for more than 1 course. 

Continuing Education 

1566873101.6152184_Accreditation_Photo.jpgIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cine-Med and the Neurocritical Care Society. Cine-Med is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

ABPN Faculty Fellowship Award - AAAPThis activity awards up to 2 Category 1 CME as Self-Assessment credits through ABPN. The approval period is for January 1, 2021 – January 29, 2024. The full ABPN Approved Products List can be viewed by clicking here

NCS Brain Death Toolkit

​Click here to view the NCS Brain Death Toolkit, an excellent companion to this course. Included in the free toolkit are sample check lists, FAQs for providers, FAQs for families, and more.

Click here to view the full course in NCS OnDemand.

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The American Academy of Neurology has endorsed this education course.

Please click here to view the NCS Legal Disclaimer for the Brain Death Determination Course. This disclaimer is applicable to both NCS and all organizations that have endorsed this course.