All courses are currently open for individual purchase. Organisations can also buy group packages for all-year round access to the training – contact us for details.

Course delivery: entirely online

Study time:  4 hours (or more with optional activities)

Timetable: study at your own pace anytime

Assessment: Self-assessment quizzes & reflection; auto-generated CPD certificate on completion

Cost: £40 (Provides individual purchasers access to course for 8 weeks)

Course details

This course is recommended for anyone working in units which care for PDoC patients.  It provides key information about this patient group and helps you reflect on your own feelings and work experience; it also supports the whole team to provide clear and consistent information to families. The course includes the opportunity for more ‘advanced’ learning: to ask questions about the role of modern medicine, debate different ways of labelling patients and address questions about the ways in which we think about PDoC itself.
How to purchase
  • Individuals: use the ‘buy now’ button above & set up your student account (The ‘username’ you choose will display in learner chat). If your organisation has given you a coupon code this is also how you use that.
  • Organisations buying 5+ places can request to to be invoiced instead of staff making individual purchases.  See also our year-round packages and reductions for multiple training places:, contact us for details.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • define ‘Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness’ [PDoC]
  • outline diagnostic distinctions within the category of PDoC
  • critique common confusions between coma, vegetative and minimally conscious states
  • list the types of behaviours a patient may demonstrate  without this being clear evidence of awareness
  • use this knowledge to help avoid misinterpretations about the patient’s state
  • describe the changing demographics of PDoC patients and identify some variations in different countries
  • reflect on your use of different terminology and engage with debates about the role of modern medicine and how we think about PDoC
  • identify where to access relevant UK guidelines.

Note: The course does not equip you with clinical skills to assess consciousness. See specialist hands-on courses for that.

Students on placement:  we offer 10 free places for placement students. Email your request to Professor Jenny Kitzinger providing 3 or 4 lines about yourself, your placement and why you’d like to join the course. We also offer free places to families with loved ones in PDoC.

View other course outlines

If you’d like to know more about this ‘Introducing PDoC’ course then you can see the course menu, and preview a sample unit here: