The Eight Step Guide to Excel in your Online Medical Certification Course

The Eight Step Guide to Excel in your Online Medical Certification Course

Lauren Diffendarfer

by Lauren Diffendarfer

Medical Educator

posted on Jul 26, 2015, at 9:43 pm


ONLINE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION is taking the healthcare profession by storm. A once daunting weekend of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) classes is now available as a self-paced and online option for those who don’t have the time to waste in a classroom.

woman taking online mooc courses

Online learning options aren’t new. Distance learning options, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), take the pen and paper out of the classroom. Unlike traditional online courses, MOOCS are available for thousands at a time, anytime and anywhere. It’s no wonder New York Times called 2012 the “Year of the MOOCs”! Online medical certification, including basic life support (BLS), pediatric advanced cardiac life support (PALS), ACLS and even CPR, AED & First Aid courses are now available on several MOOCs, like Udemy and OpenLearning.

8-Steps Crucial Steps to Succeed in the world of Online Medical Certification

1. Talk with your employer

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to speak with your employer to be sure he or she accepts online certification. Although a reputable course can have as high as a 98 percent acceptance rate nationally, it’s assuring to be “better safe than sorry”.

2. Find an online certification provider and ask the staff some questions.
Now that you’ve gotten the OK by your employer, it’s time to research and choose the certification online provider that is best for your needs. Criteria to consider include:
• Immediate verification of certification with temporary eCard while printed provider card ships
• Provides money-back guarantee regardless of scenario
• Is reputable and endorsed by an agency such as HONCode, a UN-chartered non-governmental agency that certifies less than one percent of healthcare sites.
• Comes with CME credits

3. Plan days and times when you know you can devote time to the course.

A healthcare career that requires medical certification or recertification usually means a busy schedule. Planning out specific days and times throughout your workday when you know you can spend time working on your online course is a crucial step for success.

4. Utilize all resources offered
Check out the offered study materials, and use them! Online study guides and manuals can be an aid that is the difference between success and failure.

5. Post on discussion boards and continue asking questions
If you are taking a course on a MOOC platform, check to see if you are able to post comments and questions on forums, chat rooms or discussion boards. This can be a great tool that can help you effectively interact with students, professors, and staff!

6. Take practice exams
If your chosen provider offers online practice exams, be sure to utilize them! ACLS, BLS and PALS practice exams are offered to help students feel more comfortable with the exam format prior to taking the test in order to help the student’s succeed the first time.

7. Ask for help from technical support if needed
Technology isn’t always on your side. If you are having a technical issue, don’t be afraid to get assistance.

8. Stay motivated and committed
Finish the course! Many students who choose to enroll in online courses ultimately lack the motivation needed to finish the course. Stay focused!

You have the power to become ACLS, BLS, PALS and CPR certified or recertified anywhere and at anytime! Medical certification doesn’t have to be the intimidating and painstaking task it once was. If you wish to contact Advanced Medical Certification’s friendly staff, please feel free to send us any questions at, we want to hear from you!

About Lauren

Lauren works as the Medical Educator for the Disque Foundation and has worked closely with us since 2014. She is a full-time student pursuing a BS in Biology at Indiana University as a recipient of the Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship and hopes to attend medical school to become a physician in the future. She is certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and she is also a certified Basic Life Support Instructor for the American Heart Association. She stays heavily involved with health care in and out of her local community, helping plan and coordinate Disque Foundation events, teaching lifesaving skills to the communities and organizations that we serve and volunteering at her hometown hospital in the Birthing Unit.

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