Online classes begin

Thursday, April 30, 2009

HOUSTON--Women’s health providers looking to expand their knowledge can now do so from the comfort of their offices.

The American Association of Breast Care Professionals  (AABCP) launched its Online University April 1, offering providers a chance to earn continuing education units (CEUs) at a nominal cost.

“We have gathered experts from around the industry for classes so women don’t have to travel to get their post-certification CEUs,” said Rhonda Turner, AABCP’s executive director. “There are actually very few places to travel to get this kind of education.”

For now, the Online University will focus on topics like documentation, general business and marketing practices, and the psychology behind a mastectomy, said Turner.

“Manufacturers do a wonderful job of training, but we wanted to get away from that,” she said. “At some point we may offer an advanced fitting technique class.”

Providers can download a class at their convenience and move through it at their own pace. Upon completion, they take an exam and receive credits. Cost ranges between $45 to $100, depending on length of the Webinar and the number of CEUs offered. The classes are open to non-members as well, for a higher fee.

The association decided to offer online classes as a way to help its 1,006 members.

“The one thing I have heard (from providers) is they can’t afford to travel,” she said. “And with the economy and everything else, it’s a natural fit.”