Professional Development for Health Practitioners
Health education you can put into practice.
Stay current in your practice with our Health Professional Development programs.
Our online and on-campus programs are designed to reflect the latest research and developments in healthcare topics that are often required for continuing education credits (CECs). Please check with your association to ensure that the programs you take can be used toward obtaining CECs.
These professional development opportunities are well suited for:
- registered nurses
- nurse practitioners
- licensed practical nurses and registered practical nurses
- occupational therapists
- and other health and helping professionals
Micro-credentials are a great way to get specialized training in a short amount of time. We offer diverse professional development micro-credential programs:
Palliative Care Pharmacy
Palliative Care Pharmacy - for pharmacists (community- or hospital-based) looking to acquire specialized knowledge and skills to support patients, families and other professionals in delivering palliative care.
Wound Management for Health Professionals
Wound Management for Health Professionals equips health professionals with evidence-based wound assessment and management skills for working as a Wound Champion within an interprofessional team.
Health Terminology Standards
Health Terminology Standards provides knowledge and skills in controlled terminologies and interoperability standards, for those with a health information management diploma and at least two years of experience
Current Concepts in Dentistry
Current Concepts in Dentistry is one of the foremost programs in the field of dental continuing education. Each year, the program invites guest lecturers who are outstanding leaders in their fields of expertise. The sessions are focused on current issues and advances in the world of dentistry. This ADA CERP recognized program is a great opportunity to learn from four outstanding lecturers and earn up to seven CE credits per day (28 credits over four days).
Fall Prevention Programs
For healthcare practitioners who work with older adults or disabled individuals, we have the following programs:
|PROGRAM||Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL)||Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum|
|CREDENTIAL||Professional Development Certificate||Professional Development Certificate|
|NUMBER OF COURSES||1||1|
|BEST SUITED FOR||Home care aides, or those in similar positions who provide health care and/or social support services for older adults and individuals with disabilities living in their homes.||Nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists and others working with older adults in any setting, who want to develop a fall prevention program for their organization|
|MORE DETAILS||View Program||View Program|
Business Continuity Planning
For employees who are not specialists, but who may play an important role in their organization's emergency preparedness and business continuity planning, we offer two business continuity programs. Take our quick quiz to see how crisis-ready your organization is, and see our comparison table to find out which business continuity program is right for you.
An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Building Harmony: An Approach to Conflict Management in Healthcare Settings
Building Resiliency for Families of Trauma Exposed Workers
Building Resiliency on the Front Line
Controlled Terminology Standards
Emergency Management for Business Continuity
Equity-Informed Palliative Care: Research and Strategies
Field Project in Health Informatics
Green is the New Grey: Seniors and Medical Cannabis
Health Information Exchange Standards
Health Information Standards
High-Risk Foot, Level I
High-Risk Foot, Level II
IT Security for Business Continuity
Managing Mental Health in the Community
Part 1 – Traditional Vaccines: Successes and Challenges
Part 2 – The Next-Generation Vaccines: Novel Formats and New Applications
Personality Disorders: Support through Knowledge
Polypharmacy: Is It Simply Too Many Drugs?
Probiotics: Potential Benefits in Health and Disease
The Basics of Common Mental Health Challenges in Youth
Wound Management for Health Professionals Level I
Wound Management for Health Professionals Level II
Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum
This program is designed for those who are working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care, and who have an interest in creating fall prevention plans. Learn about fall risk assessment and prevention, universal fall precautions, as well as fresh approaches to successful and sustainable interventions.
Current Concepts in Dentistry
Current Concepts in Dentistry is one of the foremost programs in the field of dental continuing education (CE). This ADA CERP-recognized program is a great opportunity to learn from four outstanding instructors, earn up to seven CE credits per day (28 credits over four days), and best of all: spend an extended weekend in the beautiful city of Victoria.
Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity
This four-course micro-credential program focuses on the interrelationship of: Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response and Business Continuity. Plan for and maintain business continuity in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster, pandemic, conflict or cyber-attack.
Environmental and Occupational Health
Gain a competitive edge in the workforce with our occupational health and safety training program, which incorporates a progressive environmental component. Available 100% online—learn from anywhere.
Health Terminology Standards
The Health Terminology Standards professional certificate is a one-year, part-time, online non-credit program. After graduation of the program, you will be eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential.
Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability
A six-week online program to help you become more proactive, rather than reactive, and to prepare your organization to withstand any crisis.
Palliative Care Pharmacy
This online program enables pharmacists to acquire the specialized knowledge to support palliative care patients and their families, as well as other members of the interprofessional team, in pain and symptom management, adverse events, deprescribing, use of opioids, and cancer-associated thrombosis.
Population Health Data Analysis
The online Population Health Data Analysis program is designed for those who are seeking education and professional development in advanced population health analysis. The goal of the program is to provide participants with strong foundational knowledge and data analysis skills that can support their work within the field of population health.
Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL)
The Strategies and Actions for Independent Living professional development certificate program provides specialized training in fall prevention to broaden the skill set of home care aides and recognize their crucial role in improving their clients' quality of life.
Wound Management for Health Professionals
Wound care is one of the fastest growing areas in health care today. This online program for health care professionals combines the most current evidence and trends in wound care to prepare participants to act as Wound Champions.
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