Drew Memorial’s Education staff provide a variety of training and educational classes to our community. Classes are held in the hospital’s Allied Health Building conference rooms. Participants are encouraged to reserve spots in advance for all classes, and many are required to have advanced registration.

If you are leaving us a voicemail about signing up for a class, please indicate which class topic, date and time you plan to attend. Some courses require payment to fully reserve your spot, or before the course begins. We may also arrange a payment plan if requested.

Are you seeking education or training that we don’t yet offer? Let us know. We welcome ideas that can continue to serve the needs of our community and will consider offering them depending upon interest and feasibility.

Safe Sitter Training

Upcoming Class Dates: March 22; April 19

SafeSitter Training is a national program designed to prepare students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching siblings, or babysitting. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue!

Classes are a full day (usually 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and are held on Saturdays or on a break in the school calendar, like a teacher work day. They are held in the hospital’s Allied Health Building conference rooms and are led by Morgan Scott, RN.
Class fee is $40. Students may bring a lunch or purchase lunch for $5. Pre-registration is required.

Safety Skills

Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.

First Aid & Rescue

Learning skills such as choking rescue is often students’ favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.

Life & Business Skills

The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.

Child Care Skills

Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.

To register, contact our Education Department at (870) 460-3517 or email 



Life-Saving Skills

First Aid and CPR

Offered monthly, our First Aid class and CPR Training class occur on the same day, with a break for lunch in between. You may choose to enroll in one or both of these two classes. Pre-registration is required. Each class is $40.
Our first aid course goes beyond the basics, and includes how to deal with bleeding, burns, other emergency situations.
CPR/AED Training includes instruction for infant, child, and adult CPR. It also covers AED use and how to save choking victims of all ages. Upon completion of the CPR/AED course, you will receive the American Heart Association Heartsaver(R) credential.
First Aid: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | CPR/AED Training: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Upcoming Class Dates: March 20, April 17
To enroll in First Aid or CPR, contact Morgan Scott, RN at (870) 460-3517 or

BLS for Healthcare Providers

We provide Basic Life Saving Skills for Healthcare Providers at least once monthly at our hospital. Most classes begin at 9 a.m.
Upcoming Class Dates: March 7; March 14;  April 11
To enroll in our next BLS for Healthcare Providers, contact Rhonda Gorman, RN at (870) 460-4868 or


Classes for New and Expectant Parents

Our experienced nurse educators lead classes designed to prepare expectant parents for the process of pregnancy and childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care. Childbirth and Breastfeeding classes are offered monthly. A separate Newborn Care class is current in the development stage.

Childbirth Preparation

This FREE three-part class is offered monthly. We recommend attending all three in order if at all possible. The classes are led by ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)-educated instructor Chelsea Gulledge, BSN, RN. The interactive, research-based curriculum covers pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques, newborn care, and much more. You do not have to plan on delivering your baby at Drew Memorial to take our childbirth classes. To contact Chelsea directly, call (870) 367-2411 ext. 2438 or email
Upcoming Class Dates:  March 7, 11, & 12  |   April 18, 22 & 23

Breastfeeding Class

This FREE evening class is led by Rebecca Traugott, RN, who has 30 years of experience with mothers and newborns and 13 years as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Rebecca uses a nationally-accredited curriculum which covers the health benefits of breastmilk, nutrition, positioning, pumping, and tips for returning to work.
We also offer one-on-one consultations with Rebecca on an outpatient basis for moms with more questions or who are experiencing challenges with breastfeeding. You do not have to have delivered at Drew Memorial to use our breastfeeding consultation services. To contact Rebecca, call (870) 460-3563 or email
Upcoming Class Dates: February 26; March 26; April 30; May 28; June 25; July 30; August 27; September 24

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Nationwide, more than 1 out of every 3 adults have prediabetes, a condition that leads to Type 2 diabetes. 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have prediabetes, or that they can still manage to cut their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes in half. T2D is a major chronic disease. Medical costs for people with diabetes are more than twice as high as they are for people without diabetes. Not to mention, the risk of death for adults with T2D is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes. Diabetics are at a higher risk of many other serious health complications, like blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and the loss of toes, feet, or legs.

Risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes include: being overweight, having a family history of diabetes, being physically inactive, and being 45 and older.

Could you be prediabetic? Find out by taking this quiz through the CDC website HERE.

The most effective way to reduce your risk of developing T2D is by losing weight, eating healthy and being more active.

Drew Memorial was one of the first Diabetes Prevention Programs in our state. The program is designed for prediabetic people who want to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. We incorporate individual goals in a supportive group environment. We look at our own barriers to weight loss and healthy eating and stay in contact regularly. The most effective programs for losing weight and improving eating habits are those that have consistent, long-term follow-up. This year-long curriculum is evidence-based and proven to create positive change for participants.

Call Morgan Scott, RN to find out when our next DPP cohort begins- (870) 460-3517 or 

Upcoming Class Dates: A new cohort begins soon. Contact us to find out when our next classes begin!

Diabetes Care Management

More than 30 million people have diabetes in the U.S., and Southeast Arkansas has some of the highest county rates of Type 2 Diabetes in our country. Our diabetes care program helps you manage your diabetes and live life to the fullest. We are one of the first AADE-accredited programs in our region.

The course curriculum includes 3 sessions, offered every month. You do not have to take these in order. They are open to anyone with type 2 diabetes age 18 and up. We will find an upcoming class series that fits your schedule. We do require a private meeting with one of our education nurses prior to attending classes. We discuss Medications, Diabetes Nutrition, and Exercise.

Most insurance plans cover the cost of this program.

After you graduate from our program, you are eligible to attend our weekly diabetes support group, a wonderful resource network of people and new diabetes-friendly recipes.

To sign up for the next Diabetes Care Management sessions, contact Morgan Scott, RN at (870) 460-3517 or

Upcoming Class Dates: March 12, 19 & 26 (afternoons); April 9,16 & 23 (mornings)