The Carolina Acute Stroke Training (CAST) program was developed by the UNC Stroke Team under the leadership of Dr. Susan Wilson DNP, RN, ANP-BC. Learners for CAST include registered nurses, advanced practice providers, first responders, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and a wide variety of persons with different backgrounds, education and experience.

Each module ends with a “Completion Certificate” which indicates learning hours for a wide range of learners. The learning hours include time for reviewing the module, discussing it with colleagues, and reviewing additional resources.

The CAST program includes six on-line modules:

  • Module 1: Anatomy & Physiology – 1.5 hrs
  • Module 2: Introduction to Strokes – 1.5 hrs
  • Module 3: Emergency Management – 1.5 hrs
  • Module 4: Acute Ischemic Stroke Treatment – 2.5 hrs
  • Module 5: Management of Hemorrhage – 3 hrs
  • Module 6: Stroke Prevention – 3.5 hrs
  • Module 7: Nursing Care of the Stroke Patient – 2 hrs
  • Module 8: Stroke Rehabilitation – in development
  • Module 9: Pediatric Stroke – 1.5 hrs

Who should complete CAST?

Any healthcare worker is welcome to participate in this free of charge educational program to gain additional knowledge and information on the care of patients with stroke.

Where do I go to complete CAST?

Please access the modules here:
Once there, click on ‘create an account’ the first time you use the program. Create a free account and begin completing the modules. You can start and stop at any time as well as re-access any of the modules at any time to review content.

Obtaining ANCC Contact Hours for CAST

Registered nurses and others in need of accredited continuing education may obtain 8.5 hours of American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) contact hours for the successful completion of this learning activity for a registration fee of $29. Successful completion includes completing all 6 modules, and completing the quick check questions, the case studies, the CAST Evaluation following Module 6 and the Center for Lifelong Learning overall program evaluation.

The contact hours were calculated based on reported time by RNs and the Mergener’s reading formula. Please email or call (919) 966-3638 for more information. To register for the ANCC contact hours and pay the $29 registration fee, please visit: (Note: obtaining ANCC contact hours is not a requirement for completion of CAST.)


Nicole Burnett, UNC Stroke Coordinator

Susan Wilson, UNC Stroke NP

Questions specific to ANCC Contact Hours: or (919) 966-3638