Continuing Education (CEU)
Continuing education credits are obtained and recorded in form of so-called Continuing Education Units (CEU), or CE points. Taking continuing education courses is an accepted means for professionals to stay current in their field, maintain their certification status and attain the highest possible level of qualifications and prestige.
Governing certification bodies in the USA, which includes the AAMA, AMT and NHA, firmly believe that continuing education for healthcare professionals and technicians is an absolute necessity. Therefore, they require participation in continuing education programs to maintain their credentials and recertification if the credential has lapsed. Once the credential expired, the professional has to sit for the certification exam all over again.
Goals of Continuing Education (CEU)
- Keep professionals current on new developments and trends
- Provide the necessary assurance of competency
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the field
- Strengthen professional, as well as client confidence
- Open doors to better job opportunities, income potential, and promotion.
Certified medical assistants MUST keep their certification status active or “current” in order to continue using the credential at the workplace. This can become crucial in connection with job seeking efforts, because most employers are looking for certified staff and they can contact the certification sponsor at any time to inquire about an applicant’s certification status. They may also request to see a current certification ID as proof directly from the individual.
Free CEU Resources
Many in the healthcare field are in need of CEU but have a hard time locating appropriate courses. Those who have received their certifications from respected certification providers have the advantage of getting their annual CEUs through them.
≡ CE4You CE Credits Online (free offer)
7 hours free medical practice management
≡ US Department of Health and Human Services (free)
Free clinical online training CEU CE/CME
≡ UAB—CME / CE Modules (free)
Hot topics! All free online courses for healthcare professionals
≡ AKH Healthcare Online-CE Courses (free)
Online education courses for healthcare professionals
≡ MMWR Free Continuing Education (free)
Offered by CDC—Just register and take the exam
≡ Corexcel (free)
CEU in medical terminology, pharmaceutical and business related programs
≡ Power-Pak C.E.™ (free)
The source of continuing education for healthcare professionals
Paid CEU CME Modules for Healthcare Professionals
Each year a new Annual Continuing Education Program is added.
AAMA self-study courses offer topics that range from nutritional issues to collections to health care law and ethics.
Online CEU courses for AMT certification maintenance.