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What are continuing education credits and are they similar to regular courses?

I am a medical assistant, and I’ve been working for the last two years in a private health facility. My employer has advised me to seek continuing education credits, but I’m not sure what exactly this means to my career goals. Are an adult and continuing education the same thing? What adult training courses are available and do I have to attend classes to do them? Also, what schools offer the best adult college courses and what kind of certifications are offered on these?

Alexa Spicer

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Justin Parker on July 24, 2018

CEU’s or a continuing education credit as you call them is a credit unit equal to 10 hours of participation in an accredited adult training program. You can either be a completely new learner, or you may be trying to keep up with your industry. Usually, such professions as nursing, law, engineering, and pharmacy require their members to participate in CEU’s for a certain number of hours every year. The actual requirements will vary from state to state.

Any institution that can meet the standards for ANSI/IACET in various industries can be given charters to award these CEUs. Also, while some professions or states demand that one has to take a minimum of CEUs every year, it isn’t always an explicit requirement. You may want to continue your education for your personal development, or maybe you want to get out of your comfort zone and learn something new.

To some extent, continuing education and adult education may be thought of as similar, though not in the strictest sense. Continuing education is mostly for adult professionals already conversant with certain industry and for that who want to add knowledge to what they already have, usually in their area of specialization. In your case, maybe your employer requires that you get a CEU to keep yourself refreshed about industry practices and also to open up possibilities for future career growth.

You may also want to take on training courses for adults so that you keep yourself intellectually rejuvenated and you want to commit yourself to a lifelong path of learning. We now have to keep ourselves updated with the relevant technologies even in our various industries still, without the added hustle of going to class.

The Department of State offers a list of adult education programs around the country. Best Colleges also offers a list of college courses for adults which you can access online. It all depends on how much time you want to spend learning and what exactly you are going for. Do you want a degree or diploma or are you aiming for a simple craftsmanship certificate? The internet offers a variety of options to DIY and YouTube would be a good place to start if you want instructional videos without having to go to a classroom.

Karen Wright2 years ago

Adult training courses offered me a shot at getting into the career that I had wanted after 10 years at a time when I thought it wasn’t possible. I wanted to learn how to code and maintain system networks, but I thought it was impossible to go back to school. With the training I received at DEGETC, I was able to learn about code, MySQL, cloud operations, Excel and HTML. The beauty of it all is that I cut out all the theory from my learning which I didn’t need. In about a year I was ready for the job market and continued to study all the other stuff on my own.

I’d suggest you have a specific course in mind that you want to do and start looking for an institution with a good distance learning program for adults. Check how well their program fits into your own timetable.


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