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CCRI earns designation as provider of Continuing Nursing Education Programs

July 23, 2020

The Community College of Rhode Island’s rapidly-expanding Health & Rehabilitative Sciences (HARS) Continuing Education program is now approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development through 2023 by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

“We value the opportunity to advance the education of healthcare professionals,” said Suzanne Carr, Dean of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences, “and this education will allow them to keep up to date with developments in their healthcare fields.”

Considered the “gold standard” for nurses looking to continue their education, according to Mackenzie Johnson, CCRI’s Program Director for Continuing Education for Nursing & Allied Health, the ANCC provides opportunities that promote professional development and certification, meet licensing requirements, and assist nurses in staying current with professional practices.

CCRI’s designation as an approved provider means the college can “develop, approve, and provide its own continuing nursing professional development activities for the next three years,” Johnson said, which is further validation for a program currently revamping its Continuing Education curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are currently eight virtual Continuing Education programs offered at CCRI, ranging from Nursing Implications of Social Determinants of Health to the Changing the Culture of Pain Treatment Symposium, which was initially scheduled as live activity and since repurposed into a three, one-hour videos available for free through the New England Public Health Training Center (NEPHTC) website.

The entire course catalog is available on the program’s newly-launched website. Upon completion of the programs, participants receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) geared toward professional development.

“We are very excited to expand our continuing education offerings, and this designation will help us to do so,” Johnson said. “We want to be the go-to for Continuing Education.”

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