Online Education

CME Corner

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Features: “Nurse Practitioner Programs” section has offerings in CV, CNS, Diabetes/Endocrinology, and Respiratory categories. “CME Gateway” links to a site maintained by an MD that has >195 sites and >12,000 courses that offer CME. If you register on the site you can get e-mail notification of new offerings

Certifying body: ANCC for the NP courses; links in the CME Gateway section are accredited by ACCME

How offered: CD-ROM, On-line, Audio CD with workbook, Audioconference, Podcasts

Cost: FREE (everything in the NP section)

On-Line Tracking of Credits: Planned in the future


E-Medicine (Medscape)

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Features: Many offerings for CME – (click on “Get CME and CE” in the left hand column; I couldn’t get the “Search” section for CME to work or the ‘CME” link at the top) – “Featured Courses” have good case studies with pictures

Certifying body: ACCME

How offered: On-line

Cost: FREE in the Featured Courses section

On-Line Tracking of Credits: No; can print certificate once course and quiz are complete


MedPage Today

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Features: Focus on breaking medical new stories; multi-specialty, 20 categories, Teaching Briefs, and Conference Reports that earn 0.25-0.5 contact hours, Presentations for 1 contact hour. Daily page delivered to e- mail – very easy to pick up a few credits each week – read the short news stories and take a 2 question test

Certifying body: AACN contact hours

How offered: On-line

Cost: FREE

On-Line Tracking of Credits: Yes – can print list of all titles and contact hours for entire year


Medscape

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Features: 34 specialties; nursing is one; able to customize and sign up for certain specialties to be sent as e-mail; multi-faceted site with pt. ed materials, on-line journals, WebMD links….very robust

Certifying body: ANCC contact hours for the nursing section; ACCME (AMA PRA Category 1 CME) for most others

How offered: On-line

Cost: FREE

On-Line Tracking of Credits: Yes


NetCE

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Features: Courses in Community Health, Ethics, Geriatrics, Infection Control, Management, Med-Surg, Pt/Family Education, Peds, Pharmacology, Psych, Mental Health

Certifying body: ANCC and AACN

How offered: On-line or by mail

Cost: A few are FREE; most are $15-39 for 2-15 hours

On-Line Tracking of Credits: No; transcript sent


North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME)

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Features: 9 categories of interest

Certifying body: ANCC contact hours

How offered: Webcasts, on-line CME, Journal articles…

Cost: FREE

On-Line Tracking of Credits: Yes


Nurse Practitioner Association for Continuing Education (NPACE)

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Listings for Live conferences only; not on-line education. Can sign up for e-mail list to be notified of upcoming conferences.


Nurse.com CE

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Features: In Education/CE section, the listing for “Unlimited CE” is the same as #8, with a wide variety of course choices. “Event Guide” allows you to search for education events, seminars, CE classes or travel study

Certifying body: ANCC contact hours

How offered: On-line or ordering printed materials

Cost: Varies from $5-$10 per contact hour; a few sponsored offerings are free; unlimited online CE $44.95 per year

On-Line Tracking of Credits: Yes


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