When it comes to obtaining your required medical certification - whether it’s ACLS, BLS, PALS or CPR – your options are many.
By now, you’ve probably already heard about online medical certification – after all, you wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t.
Unfortunately, you’ve also probably heard a few of the many concerns about this type of training.
Beyond the basic question of “is it legitimate,” some of these common worries may be weighing on your mind and holding you back from pursuing the faster, easier and most cost-effective way to certify.
To clear things up, we thought we’d round up a few of the most common concerns about online medical certifications and put them to rest once and for all.
If you’ve ever asked any of the following questions, you’ll want to read on to learn the truth.
Is it AHA approved? Don't I need AHA approval?
One of the biggest topics of conversation that arises when it comes to online medical certification is whether or not the program is considered “AHA approved.”
The truth is, while our medical certification courses do not have formal AHA approval, they are still an entirely legitimate option.
Because all of our accredited coursework has been expertly designed by experienced medical professionals to be directly in line with the current AHA guidelines.
Think about it.
There’s a reason why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee that an employer will accept online medical certifications obtained through our program.
It’s because we are confident that the materials you will be studying and testing on are nearly identical to that which you’d be working on in a classroom setting.
The difference is, with online medical certification, you can work at your own pace, when and where you’re most productive.
You’ll also save money in the process, since our courses are among the most competitively priced in the industry.
Furthermore, of the tiny percentage (<3%) of students whose employers do not accept our online medical certification, the reason actually has nothing to do with AHA approval.
Instead, it’s almost always due to certain employers having partnerships with specific certification providers and therefore only accepting credentials from those providers.
(A simple verification from your employer prior to moving forward should be sufficient to ensure this doesn’t happen.)
So, in short, you do NOT need to take a course that is officially “AHA approved” in order to obtain your required medical certification.
You just have to be careful about the provider you choose.
Make sure it’s a company that is established, offers coursework that is aligned with the current AHA guidelines, has a significant amount of verified positive reviews from other students and, ideally, offers a money-back guarantee.
Can I really do the entire class online? Don't I need a hands-on portion?
The next common concern that many prospective students have with online medical certification is whether or not they can feasibly learn without a physical instructor and/or hands-on practice with the techniques being taught.
In reality, the right coursework should be designed to cover all of the fundamental learning objectives.
And provided that the material has been developed and designed by medical professionals, students should have no issue grasping the concepts and retaining the necessary information not only to pass the certification exam, but to successfully and confidently apply those concepts and learning objectives in their day-to-day jobs.
This is another area where ProMed Certifications excels.
We’ve worked hard to ensure that our coursework is thorough yet easy to comprehend in an e-learning or self-paced environment.
That means when you choose our online medical certification courses, you’ll get access to some of the highest quality training material on the market.
In fact, if you take the right approach, you should feel more than confident when it comes time to test and obtain your ACLS, BLS, PALS or CPR certification.
I've never done online before? How does this even work?
For someone that’s never taken an e-learning course before, the process can seem intimidating.
This is understandable, but certainly not something that cannot be overcome.
The good news is, with online medical certification, you aren’t under any type of pressure to get everything done quickly.
To the contrary, you can move at your own pace.
That means you can take your time going through the coursework and becoming familiar with the platform and how it works.
Once you’ve become accustomed to the online program, you can review materials, study, take practice exams and even test anywhere, any time and from any device that is connected to the internet.
In other words, you can squeeze some study time in on your lunch break at work using your smartphone.
Or, you can bring your laptop to the nearest coffee shop and spend some time going over your algorithms.
Or, you can log in from your home computer first thing in the morning or for a few minutes just before bed.
Most importantly, with the right provider, your online medical certification course should be easy to access, navigate and understand – even for someone who isn’t particularly web-savvy.
And since you have the ability to work at your own pace, you don’t have to worry about rushing through anything that you don’t understand.
Just relax, take as much time as you need and then move forward when you feel comfortable enough to do so.
Will my employer accept an online certification?
Last, but certainly not least, is the question of whether or not an employer will accept a medical certificate that is obtained through a course that is 100% online.
We’ve already touched on this a bit in a previous point above, but we’ll go into it in a bit more detail here to set your mind at ease.
Our coursework is developed by medical professionals in direct alignment with the AHA guidelines.
As a result, students enjoy high-quality, evidence-based material that is easy to understand and contains all of the critical learning objectives that are necessary to pass the exam as well as apply the concepts in an employment environment.
In other words, with our online medical certification, you’ll get the same, if not better coursework as you’d get if you chose the in-classroom option, but with the added benefit of flexibility and a more cost-effective price point.
It’s important to note, however, that not every online medical certification program is legitimate and if you’re not careful, you could end up with a certification that is not recognized or accepted by your employer.
The key is to do your research and choose a provider that is reputable and stands by their program.
That’s why having a money-back guarantee is so important.
It demonstrates the confidence we have in our coursework and the quality of the testing we offer.
Have any of the above concerns been weighing on your mind?
Hopefully we’ve demystified them enough to help you make a more informed decision.
To learn more about what we offer or to sign up for one of our online medical certification courses, click here.
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