Empowering Lives: Unveiling the Organ Donation Process - From Registration to Gift of Life


The cost for this online course is $20. The estimated time to complete this course is 60 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.

Educational Need

There are currently 637 Iowans waiting for an organ transplant. Organ donation in Iowa is crucial in saving lives and improving the health of those who need it. All healthcare professionals must be aware of the importance of organ donation, dispel myths, and encourage their patients to make informed decisions about registering as donors. 

The success of organ donation depends on the collaboration of healthcare professionals, government agencies, advocacy groups, and the community. Adhering to ethical standards and regulations guarantees the process's safety and effectiveness.

Ultimately, organ donation represents a compassionate commitment to saving lives and promoting the well-being of those facing critical health challenges. The generosity of donors and their families, coupled with the dedicated efforts of healthcare providers, contribute to the success of organ transplantation and give hope to individuals awaiting a second chance at life.


  1. Explain the collaboration between Iowa Donor Network (IDN) and Health Care Teams. 
  2. Summarize the organ and tissue donation process.
  3. Differentiate between Donation by Neurological Determination of Death (DNDD or Brain Death) and Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death (DCDD).
  4. List what organs can be recovered and transplanted.
  5. Summarize Iowa Donor Network's role in supporting families during and after the donation process.


Janelle Beall, RRT
Hospital Services Coordinator, Iowa Donor Network

Madeline Knoff
Manager of Hospital and Partner Relations, Iowa Donor Network

Mikaela Stanek 
Hospital Services Coordinator, Iowa Donor Network

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Recording date: April 4, 2024
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Termination date: April 3, 2026

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.​
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The activity director is responsible for determining educational content and selecting speakers. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Janelle Beall, RRT - Speaker
  • Madeline Knoff - Speaker
  • Mikaela Stanek - Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­B
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.00 IBON


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