Staying on Top: Special Continuing Education Programs
Continued professional development can be critical for allied healthcare clinicians that are looking to stay at the top of their field. Such study provides opportunities to stay up-to-date on medical advances, new technologies and improvements in patient care. Med Travelers understands this, and is committed to providing our travel professionals with resources to help maintain their skills and keep current with emerging trends in most disciplines or specialties.
“Many of our allied healthcare professionals are very eager to improve their skills,” explained Karen Siroky, Senior Clinical Director of Education and Training at AMN Healthcare, parent company of Med Travelers. “This is why we have formed strategic partnerships with some of the nation’s leading educators. These programs are available online so that clinicians can take part without disrupting their busy careers.”
For example, Med Travelers has teamed with the University Alliance Online to provide working allied practitioners access to online degrees and professional certificates. Siroky explained that these courses provide new credentials and training and, through a partnership with AMN Healthcare, clinicians can take advantage of special tuition rates once they have accepted an assignment with Med Travelers.
Specifically, a savings of 10% off tuition is available for a Master Certificate in Six Sigma-Healthcare or 5% off tuition in an MBA Healthcare Management Program. What’s more, by working with Med Travelers, a clinician is eligible for exclusive tuition savings for all universities that are part of the University Alliance, representing some of the nation's leading educational institutions. It’s possible to earn a certificate in as little as eight weeks and an associate's degree in 18 months or less.
AMN Healthcare and Med Travelers were drawn to the University Alliance Online because they work directly with university professors to transform their classroom curricula into online courses that provide continuing education experiences for active clinicians:
- The classrooms are virtual, so campus attendance is never required.
- Online courses use the very latest e-learning technology, including streaming video lectures, faculty chat sessions, message boards and email communication.
- Individualized faculty interaction is encouraged, and online students learn from many of the same professors who teach on campus.
- Class attendance is flexible, allowing clinicians to study anytime, anywhere, 24/7.
- There are no special login times.
- There are no proctored exams.
Another option to explore is the alliance between Med Travelers and Drexel University Online, named to the 2012 “Honor Roll” of online higher education programs by U.S. News & World Report. Allied professionals working with Med Travelers can earn a top-ranked degree or certificate and receive special tuition rates for Drexel’s online courses. Clinicians can receive up to 25% off regular on-campus tuition rates and participate in a convenient online format. They may even qualify for financial assistance through aid programs, grants, scholarships, and other student loans.
“Advanced degrees and certifications look great on professional resumes,” said AMN’s Karen Siroky. “And they can really help set allied clinicians apart, whether they’re looking for a travel or permanent position.”