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Online Continuing Education Resources

This is a list of sources for free Continuing Education opportunities online. If you have any suggestions, please email them to Nursing Professional Development Services.

CE Direct Course Catalog




CE Direct 

  • CE Direct provides more than 800 continuing education classes that include over 900 hours of certification test preparation.
    • Approximately half of the purchased seats are reserved for nursing staff to support institutional certification in stroke and trauma. The remaining seats will be reallocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.  
    • Please note that once you are assigned a seat you are committing to completing a minimum of 4 courses per year in return for CE Direct access.  This will help ensure an effective return on this sizeable investment.

    • If you would like a CE Direct seat and password,  please complete the CE Direct Seat Application.  Once application is submitted, it will be sent directly to Nursing Professional Development Services.  Your request will be processed and you will receive directions on how to access CE Direct and change the generic password.  After all available seats have been reallocated; new applications received will be added to a wait list. 

    • If you DO work in one of these areas listed below and currently have access to CE Direct, you will retain your seat – no action on your part is required  (if you work in one of the these areas and don’t have a CE Direct seat, complete the application and you will be sent instructions regarding how to access CE Direct). 


Nursing Care Areas With Protected CE Direct Seat Allocation

Emergency Department





6 North, 6 West, 6 East, 6 Central


7 West, 7 Central, 7 North

Surgical Admission Suite


5 West, 5 North

 Interventional Neuro-Radiology

Staffing Resource Office





Other On-Line Opportunities 

  • Medscape Education: Nurses - Medscape, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Medscape Education ( is the leading destination for continuous professional development, comprising 30+ specialty-focused websites offering thousands of free CME/CE courses (ranging from 0.25 credits to 2 credits AMA PRA credits) and not-for-credit activities.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.
  • Medline University - Medline University contains over 200 CE courses for nurses, CNAs, and surgical technicians, along with other resources such as webinars and articles. Courses can be downloaded to IPhone, IPad or IPod.