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Avera Dining Assistant On-Line Training Solutions

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Registration approval confirmation and login access will be sent via e-mail. Every effort will be made to respond to your request for registration within 48 hours of your registration submission, if received Monday through Friday, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding major holidays.


The Avera Dining Assistant On-Line Training Solutions course is designed to prepare the non-nursing volunteer or employed staff person training regarding dining assistance in a care facility in South Dakota. This online education provides information on topics relating to Dining Assistance. The training consists of 8 hours of didactic instruction, with an additional 2 hours of clinical practice in assisting residents while being precepted by a Registered Nurse.


The Program is Designed To:

  • Help volunteers and non-nursing facility staff to understand their role in the Dining Process including legal and ethical implications.
  • Help nursing assistants become knowledgeable to ensure residents’ rights are met.
  • Help nursing assistants expand their skills in interpersonal interactions leading to independence.
  • Help nursing assistants provide a safe dining and related care including infection prevention.
  • Provide a training focus on specific skills and tasks while providing a broader understanding on the dining experience in concepts prior to, during, and post-dining.
  • Provide training utilizing a variety of learning modes designed to fit the unique way each student learns, i.e. on-line self-paced style and clinical practice of assisting residents with dining, as precepted by a Registered Nurse.

Each student can repeat the course activities as many times as they wish and learn the material at their own pace. 

A textbook is not required but may provide additional helpful information to the student.  The textbook is Assisted Dining: The Role and Skills of Feeding Assistants, adapted from the American Health Care Association (Authors: Bonnie L. Walker, Ph.D and Claire S. Cole, MA, RN, C)

The quizzes in this course are progressive, meaning that the student must pass one quiz with 80 percent before moving on to the next. Students can attempt the quizzes as many times as necessary to achieve a passing grade. Students must achieve at least 80% or answer 20 out of 25 questions correctly on the final exam. There are unlimited attempts at the final exam.


  • Prepares individual in helping with the dining process.
  • The program addresses what the facility and resident care needs are in providing a timely and quality dining experience.
  • The content is designed to comply with federal and state requirements for dining assistance in a variety of health care settings.


If your facility is interested in this training, contact AESS at 605-668-8475 and we will provide you with additional course information and a registration link.



Avera Education & Staffing Solutions at 605-668-8475 or send an email

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