Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is the most commonly used form of recognition and documentation for noncredit continuing education courses and programs. The Assistant Provost for Academic Operations is the official University Continuing Education Administrator and responsible for awarding CEUs outside the School of Nursing. Instructors/coordinators who wish to offer CEUs must complete the Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Program Proposal Form and submit it to the Continuing Education Administrator. Submission of this form initiates the approval process for granting CEUs. The unit requesting the CEUs is responsible for obtaining acceptance of the CEUs from any external certifying agency.

Approval Process

Sponsors must submit all required information in order for the request to be considered. Required information includes:

·       CEU Program Proposal Form

·       Program syllabus that includes schedule and learning objectives and purpose of the course

·       Evaluation instrument or explanation of how learning of participants will be evaluated

·       Resume and/or vitae of instructors

Requests should be submitted a minimum of two weeks (10 working days) prior to the beginning of the course. CEUs will not be granted for courses already delivered and completed.

Sponsors must not advertise awarding of CEUs before the Institution grants approval.

The program sponsor listed on the request form will be notified by email if a course is approved to grant CEUs within one week (5 working days) of receiving all required information.

Record Keeping and Printing of Certificates

Sponsoring organization should complete the CEU Program Participant Report form and return it with the evaluation summary within 30 days of program completion. The University requires the CEU recipient's full name as it should appear on the certificate. The Continuing Education Administrator print certificates and return them to the sponsor for instructor's signature. The sponsor is responsible for delivering certificates to the participants.

Cost to Grant CEUs

No fee is charged for issuing CEUs. The program sponsor is responsible for collecting any registration or other fees for the program.

Guidelines for Granting CEUs

One Continuing Education Unit represents ten contact hours of participation in an organized educational experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. A decimal fraction of a unit may be awarded for an offering of shorter duration. (For example: 12 participant contact hours = 1.2 CEUs) Non-instructional time such as breaks, meals, introductions, and social events are not included when determining contact hours. Time for a speaker during a meal may be included, however only for the presentation time, not the meal itself. A program must be at least one (1) hour in length to qualify for CEUs. CEUs will not be awarded to participants who attend less than 90% of a program.

Basic Criteria to meet CEU Qualifications:

·       An identifiable group is responsible for program administration

·       Instructors are qualified

·       Program syllabus identifies needs and states learning outcomes

·       Appropriate facilities and support services are utilized

·       Participant accomplishments can be evaluated against stated objectives

·       Individual participant records are maintained with the ability to produce a transcript

Program syllabi should include:

·       Identifiable needs

·       Names of individuals involved in planning and presentation

·       Vitae of instructors

·       Course outline

·       List of support materials provided to participants

·       Learning outcomes – what the participants will be able to do upon completion

·       Explanation of how participants will demonstrate competence

·       Explanation of the requirements for satisfactory completion

Exclusions from CEU eligibility:

·       Credit courses

·       Committee meetings

·       Work experience

·       Mass media programs

·       Travel

·       Youth Programs

·       Unsupervised Study

·       Entertainment and recreation