Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Changing Face of Continuing Education

"A man's errors are his portals of discovery."
- James Joyce     

The season for license renewal is here again! I remember the days when I used to take separate CE units for Massage Therapy and Nursing. Gone are those days when I have to be physical there inside the classroom to take the lessons required so I can renew both licenses! Options back then were few and far in between, for which both require a lot of planning and preparation - more expensive and time consuming! During the last decade this has changed quite dramatically. Today, CEUs for Massage Therapy and Nursing, in many cases, are at your fingertips on the Web, and you do not have to take them separately!
The fact that massage and nursing education is all over the place in the web is a great advantage no matter which angle you look at them! It is also a fact that you should always exercise caution when taking CE units online - especially when you need to supply personal information in the application process! Before vetting reliability, it is imperative that you double check their accreditation and applicability, since not all CEUs are accepted for license renewal in the jurisdiction where you practice - and in some sad instance,  are not even legitimate!
If you are looking to try online CEUs in place of the classroom seminars it is smart to be informed before you enroll. Do your research, compare prices, look for the accreditation and transferability! You will be surprise of how much is out there just by using your search engine! If you have a dual license, it is also wise to inquire if the CEUs are accepted in both profession! You save time and money that way! If you have further questions of what is being offered, you can always call or email the provider in their contacts provided. And as with any profession, the best way to choose a CEU is to be informed about the goings-on in your field!
There is a great amount of information in the web today, be it nursing or massage therapy! They are all over! Aside from license renewal, the whole purpose of taking CEUs is to be updated! But of course, we should always remember that some CEU providers are, admittedly, better that others! Read, research, inquire, compare! The information we need is out there - and since it is NOT free, it always pay to look before you leap! 
- Leo Feraer-Oporto     

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