Are You Taking Advantage of the Continuing Education Credit Opportunities through America’s Blood Centers Professional Institute?
America's Blood Centers Professional Institute (API) offers many ways to earn continuing education credits throughout the year. Whether the course is a webinar, a face-to-face workshop, a session in our annual or summer meetings, or an upcoming eLearning course, many of our courses are eligible for continuing education credits.
The API delivers practical knowledge and skills to help blood center employees be more successful on the job and in the industry. Continuing education credits provide the additional benefit for maintaining licensure or certification in a number of fields. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are intended for physicians and nurses. Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) credits support human resource professionals. Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.) credits are intended for clinical and laboratory professionals, and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits are intended for finance and accounting professionals. API courses can provide training as well for many departments throughout the blood center, including collections, human resources, employee training & development, quality & regulatory, executive, and more.
Many of our webinars are eligible for continuing education credits as well. Our webinars are recorded and available for viewing if you miss them and can still count towards P.A.C.E continuing education credits 30 days from the day of the presentation. For example, a typical 90-minute webinar can give 1.5 credits. The recent Human Resources/Training and Development Workshop provided eligible attendees with 18.75 HRCI and 18 P.A.C.E credits for the three day workshop. The calendar on the ABC Member Site is updated when new offerings are scheduled. Current face-to-face opportunities for continuing education credits include:
- Medical Directors Workshop, August 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii
- SMT Forum, August 3 in Honolulu, Hawaii
- 2016 IT Workshop, September 13 to 14 in Minneapolis, Minn.
ABC member centers are encouraged to make sure their staff can access the ABC Member Site and listservs. These accounts will ensure your staff is informed when training in their area is available. If you have any questions about the API, you can contact Rachelle Fondaw. For questions regarding continuing education credits, please contact Leslie Maundy. We look forward to your participation in one of our courses soon!