Radford offers diverse slate of certification courses for RN’s

To stay current in the fast-evolving health care fields, registered nurses can turn to Radford University’s School of Nursing (SON) for a rich slate of continuing education (CE) courses in multiple specialties.

To help nurses satisfy annual Commonwealth of Virginia licensure requirements, the courses address contemporary issues in nursing. The Radford University SON is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The courses reflect national, regional and local expertise in topics of disease processes, medication and treatment options. The peer-reviewed courses are produced by some of the best nursing educators from across our campus and the country.”

Virginia Burggraf

Marcella J. Griggs Distinguished Professor in Gerontological Nursing and program coordinator

The SON certification curriculum includes both traditional face-to-face campus offerings and online courses. Among the 17-course online inventory of CE courses available to both Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Nurses are “Opioid Prescribing: Understanding the CDC Guidelines,” “Tick Borne Illness” and “Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia.”

“The CE program is an extension of the rigorous and topical curriculum that is a hallmark of the Radford SON,” said Burggraf. “We can now share that sophisticated nursing education with our colleagues across the state who want to take advantage of what our alumni and the health care industry have long recognized.” 

Burggraf said the courses are developed by active nursing faculty and practicing nurses on topics relevant to contemporary health issues. The CE courses can be completed at a student’s convenience and, at $15 per credit hour, are priced competitively. Alumni of the Radford SON are eligible for a discounted per credit hour price. 

The program is a result of a $750,000, Advanced Nursing Education Grant awarded to Radford University by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant also enabled Radford to develop a psychiatric/mental health certification program for Nurse Practitioners and Doctors of Nursing Practice.

To explore the SON Catalog of CE courses and enroll, please visit the Online Continuing Education website.

On Sept. 29, the SON is offering a course titled “Quality Safety and Education for Nurses (QSEN)” at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

The day-long course will feature Dr. Chris Koffel, chair of the National Practice Task Force for Quality and Safety for Nursing and a research scientist at ProMedica Center of Nursing Excellence, and Cindy Cunningham, director of Radford’s Clinical Simulation Centers.

Upcoming certification events include interprofessional conferences on campus substance abuse, psychotropic medications and discharge planning for older adults.

For more information, contact Burggraf at (540) 831-7714 or vburggraf2@radford.edu.

Aug 16, 2017
Don Bowman
(540) 831-5182