Continuing Education…How Do You Know It’s What You Need?

With all the new developments in healthcare, healthcare professionals must maintain currency in their specific areas of specialization. Whether you are a nurse or therapist, lifelong learning is required. Whatever your place of practice, you need to keep up with the latest research/evidence-based practice findings.

Given that continuing education is a must for anyone in the healthcare arena, how does one best determine what courses provide the necessary knowledge for your particular area of practice? After all, you don’t want to waste your time and money on something that will not meet your needs.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has developed some great tips for choosing and evaluating continuing education courses. The tips hold true for any healthcare professional. In fact, they probably hold true for anyone looking to keep up in their field—healthcare or not.

ASHA suggests that before you register for a course, you should review all the promotional materials to make sure they include program description, learning outcomes, faculty credentials, faculty disclosures, instructional methods, fees, refund policy and program CE credit.

During the presentation the content should be related to both the presenter’s clinical experience and the latest research in the field. There should be time for participants to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue.

At the end of the course, there should be relevant handouts, a chance to evaluate the presenter’s teaching methods and content, and give feedback about the learning environment. Getting the “right” CE is important on many levels. These tips, hopefully, will help you pick the “right” program for your practice.

If you need some help in finding CE for your practice, feel free to contact us at www.ppredu.com. We would love to give you some hints.

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