Online resources for continuing education are increasingly available, and many states allow practitioners to use the Internet for some, if not all, of their mandated hours. These convenient, cost effective courses help professionals save on travel expenses and out-of-office time, while they also provide practitioners with the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses, some of which might better relate to their interests or improve their practices. Online courses could guide health care professionals into new modalities, therapies or protocols.
Aside from fulfilling state requirements, continuing education credits help fill practitioners’ curriculum vitae and resumes, further elevating their professional status. These convenient and relatively inexpensive courses also could boost a practitioner’s reputation among consumers who hold in high regard a commitment to education. Either way, the completion of continuing education courses, online or not, should be emphasized in marketing efforts.
Some online courses available for continuing education are interactive, while others are text-based. Costs can range from $0, for noncredit classes, on up to $16 to $50 per credit hour. About 40 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, accept forms of online continuing education credit from chiropractors, according to Chiropractic Economics. In addition, about 20 states allow chiropractors to complete all of their requirements online. For most health care professionals, the amount of online continuing education credits allowed each year is a decision made at the discretion of state regulatory groups. Check out the requirements for your state at www.ChiroCredit.com/stateApprovals/index.php.
There are several Web sites that offer continuing education or sources for finding courses. Some of the more popular resources can be found below: