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EQC Sample Syllabus


RCC Ensuring Quality Care – Sample Syllabus for Summer 2020

Instructor: Judi Hill - Nurse Educator
Office Hours: Available by cell phone or course e-mail. Please reserve instructor's cell phone for time sensitive questions.

Judi’s Bio: I have been a nurse for over 52 years. Since 1992, when I began working for a local not-for-profit hospice, I have been involved in end-of-life care ever since. Throughout my years of hospice I have worked with many Adult Foster Care Homes. I have been teaching EQC since 2008. 

You must arrange a required one-on-one phone call with me, Judi Hill, on day 1 of class. You may call me after the class starts on July 29th 2020, between 9am - 5pm. It is your responsibility to do this call. The call will last about 10 minutes. I will answer questions and ask questions. It is a “get to know each other” call.

Course Expectations

Each week must be attended. This is a state mandated requirement. Failure to do so will remove you from the course. You are expected to read all the PowerPoint slides on all the topics, watch the attached videos, and do all tests on time.  

Attending a week is done by completing all the expectations: Reading all slides, watching all videos and finishing all tests on time.

Course Goals

Upon the successful completion of this course students will:

  • Understand the responsibly of being a Resident Manager or an Licensee (owner) in an Adult Foster Care Home.
  • Have an understanding of aging and chronic illnesses.
  • Have an understanding of the forms and tools to be used when admitting a potential resident. Students will be knowledgeable regarding the importance of doing a complete screening.
  • An understanding of Delegation for Lay Caregiver, also known as RN Delegations.
  • Be comfortable navigating the AFC Provider website.
  • Be knowledgeable regarding medication management and safe medication administration.
  • Be more aware of each individual as a unique person with their own history.
  • Be familiar with the Adult Foster Home OARs.
  • Be given tools to assist with communications with families and residents and be familiar with techniques for dealing with challenging behavior.
  • Have a better understanding of residents’ personal care needs including preventing skin breakdown.
  • Have tools for managing time, hiring, business practices and how to avoid burnout.

How to Complete the Course


I am available by phone, but Blackboard course email should be used whenever possible to communicate with me. This provides a record of our correspondence and allows me to keep all of our communication in one area.

I will check course email each Wednesday and grade submitted tests within the week. I generally do not respond to email over the weekend.

If you have a question about the class, I welcome your course email at any time, but I cannot always respond to last minute requests for help as a deadline looms. Please ask questions well before any deadline.

The first session will become available on Wednesday 4/15, 6am. You can start later in the day if you want to.                                                                                                                                                    

Each session will appear and be available in sequence, one a week, then remain available until the end of class.                                                                                               

  • Week 1: Open July 29, 6:00 a.m. – August 26 at Noon. Tests due Tue., Aug 4, 10:00 p.m.
  • Week 2: Open August 5, 6:00 a.m. – August 26 at Noon. Tests due Tue., Aug 11, 10:00 p.m.
  • Week 3: Open August 12, 6:00 a.m. – August 26 at Noon. Tests due Tue., Aug 18, 10:00 p.m.
  • Week 4: Open August 19, 6:00 a.m. – August 26 at Noon. Test due Wed., Aug 26, Noon.
  • There are four weeks starting on Wednesdays, lasting one week each. Each week must be attended, with attendance being all weekly tests completed. All tests must be completed by Tuesday at 10pm each week of the course.
  • The final state test is to be taken after completion of all four EQC class weeks.
  • Each week will open Wednesday at 6am and the test(s) close Tuesday at 10pm. You will not be able to open to the next week until the following Wednesday, 6am. This allows you to not be overwhelmed with too much reading each week.
  • The instructor will be reviewing tests and will be available by course e-mail and phone. Phone only when necessary. Use course messaging for most questions.
  • At the end of the course a Class Completion certificate will be mailed to you. After receipt of that Class Completion certificate, you will then need to set up an individual appointment to take the EQC State test. In week 4 you’ll see instructions on how to schedule the State EQC test.
My Best Advice for This Class

It is very important to go through all the PowerPoint slides thoroughly. Do your homework assignments and complete each week on time.

Pay close attention to each PowerPoint within a topic. Read the Key Terms and Objectives of each one PowerPoint. After reading each PowerPoint, review the Key Terms and Objectives again. Ask yourself if you understand both the Key Terms and the Objectives. If you don’t, go back through that topic.

Grading Scale

Grades will be based upon the following:

  • Tests are worth 10 points each. (Passing is 7 points.)
  • Each test must be passed to complete the course.
  • All tests can be taken multiple times to achieve a better score.

Points will be recorded online and only you will have access to your own grades. Please contact me in a timely manner within the course if you have questions regarding your grades or ungraded tests.

After the EQC Class

You must get a 75% on the State test to receive a test pass certificate. This certificate must be included in your application packet to own an Adult Foster Home or become a Resident Manager.

Course Etiquette

Respect for others is essential in an online learning environment, therefore the following netiquette guidelines are expected to be used by all students in the course:

  1. Show respect for the instructor and for other students in the class.
  2. Respect the privacy of other students.
  3. Express differences of opinion in a polite and rational way.
  4. Maintain an environment of constructive criticism when commenting on the work of other students.
  5. Avoid bringing up irrelevant topics when involved in group discussions or other collaborative activities.

The following list summarizes the kind of behavior that is not acceptable. Each item listed below is grounds for removal from the class.

Students should not:

  1. Show disrespect for the instructor or for other students in the class
  2. Send messages or comments that are threatening, harassing, or offensive
  3. Use inappropriate or offensive language
  4. Convey a hostile or confrontational tone when communicating or working collaboratively with other students

If I feel that a student is violating any of the above guidelines, I will contact that student to discuss the situation in person. If you feel that a student is behaving inappropriately, please send me a private e-mail message explaining the situation as soon as possible.

Course Description

Covers state rules and regulations for becoming an adult foster care provider. Anyone planning to own an adult foster home or work in one as the resident care manager is required to attend and pass this class.

RCC EQC Course Prerequisites

You are required to take the Adult Foster Home Orientation offered through your local Adults and People with Disabilities Services office for Adult Foster Care.

Students with Disabilities

DISABILITY ACCOMODATIONS:  Any student who feels that he or she may need academic accommodations for a disability, such as vision, hearing, orthopedic, learning disabilities, psychological or other medical conditions, should make an appointment with the Office of Disability services at the following locations: 

  • Josephine County- RWC,"W" Bldg. Room 21-22, 3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, OR 97527-0298; 541-956-7337.
  • Jackson County- RVC/TRC, "B" Bldg., Room 9, 227 E. Ninth St, Medford, OR 97501-7221; 541-245-7537.

For additional information regarding Support Services, the RCC disabled student services program, check their web site