Lab CEU Strategy

With so many options available, a little research can go a long way in helping you make an informed decision.

CEU strategies for many lab professionals are based on the working person’s triumvirate: convenience, availability, and cost. Those primary concerns are all easily handled with the expanding menu of CEU offerings online – and often on-demand.

There’s no dispute that online learning is unbeatable for convenience. It can be accomplished with mouse clicks from home or work. ADVANCE is one of countless conduits to online continuing education. The ADVANCE for Laboratory website is an ideal virtual pathway for Professional Acknowledgement for Continuing Education (PACE) credits offered by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).

CEUs are available at ADVANCE‘s Learning Scope, housed on the site’s homepage, where new CE courses are presented regularly, and older courses are archived for on-demand learning. The newest title in the lineup is Predictive Molecular Diagnostics. Each offering explains to participants what they will learn, provides reading materials to facilitate the learning, and concludes with an online exam to test the participants’ understanding. Upon satisfactory completion of the exam, participants are issued a PACE credit.

Additional titles now available for one PACE credit each are:

Take the Conference Route

Another workable strategy for obtaining CEUs is attendance at various lab-specific conferences. In July, Philadelphia will host the annual American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) and American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) annual joint meetings, at which each scientific session will qualify a participant for one PACE contact hour. Given the plethora of AACC sessions, featuring eight areas of laboratory medicine practice (point-of-care testing, cancer, endocrinology, mass spectrometry, toxicology, liquid biopsy/circulating DNA, genomics, prenatal appliances), many PACE credits are up for grabs.

The ASCLS sessions alone are ripe with CEU opportunities. According to the ASCLS website, “Continuing education sessions will be offered on Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday morning. Attendees will be able to get 15 hours of continuing education credit hours if they attend all of the offered educational sessions, plus an additional one hour for completing the Exhibit Hall quiz. A total of 16 hours.”

If convenience and conservation of time are not the architects of your personal CEU playbook, there are still other strategies to consider. For example, laboratory professionals certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification can receive CMP points via a wide variety of experiences. “Some of the qualifying activities include: employer-offered course work, writing journal articles, serving on committees or boards, competence assessment by your employer, and participating in formal continuing education courses.”

While CMP offers five points for a journal article, lab professionals with a skill for writing may want to aim at writing an entire book – it’ll get you a hefty 21 CMPs.

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