When it comes to obtaining your required medical certification - whether it’s ACLS, BLS, PALS or CPR – your options are many. By now, you’ve probably already heard about receiving your medical certification online – after all, you wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t.
Unfortunately, you’ve also probably heard a few of the many misconceptions about this type of training. Beyond the basic question of “is it legitimate,” some of these common misunderstandings may be weighing on your mind and holding you back from pursuing the faster, easier and most cost-effective way to certify.
To clear things up, we thought we’d round up a few of the most common misconceptions about certifying online and put them to rest once and for all. If you’ve ever heard any of the following statements, you’ll want to read on to learn the truth.
AHA approval is required for all medical certifications
One of the biggest topics of conversation that arises when it comes to medical certifications in general is whether or not the program is considered “AHA approved.” The truth is, while online medical certification courses do not have AHA approval, they are still an entirely legitimate option.
Why? Because the AHA simply doesn’t approve certification courses.
Many people believe the AHA (American Heart Association) is an organization that accredits/endorses courses and certification providers. They are not.
The AHA themselves are the only provider of AHA Certifications. The AHA is not an accreditation organization for certifications, they are a provider of certifications. The fact is there is no such thing as “AHA Approved” or “AHA Accredited”.
However, what you will see is that most online providers have written coursework that has been designed to be directly in line with the current AHA guidelines. AHA guidelines are considered the gold-standard for training centers to base curriculum. However, the AHA guidelines themselves are based on guidelines established by ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation), a group of organizations from across the world that work together to create standards for resuscitation technique and instruction.
So, in short, you do NOT need to take a course that is officially “AHA approved” in order to obtain your required medical certification. However, we do recommend checking with your employer just to make sure they do not have their own set of requirements.
Skills assessments are mandatory
This is another big misconception with medical certifications. The fact is there are a number of old-fashioned employers and healthcare organizations that require a skill assessment to accept a medical certification. However, today most organizations do not have this requirement.
Certifying online has been established as an effective learning medium even without a physical instructor and/or hands-on assessment.
In reality, the right online coursework should be designed to cover all of the fundamental learning objectives. And provided that the material has been developed and designed by medical professionals, students should have no issue grasping the concepts and retaining the necessary information not only to pass the certification exam, but also to successfully and confidently apply those concepts and learning objectives in their day-to-day jobs.
Online certifications are easier
Some people are under the impression that taking an online certification course is much easier than taking an in-person course. While the learning medium may have some benefits in terms of making it easier on a student’s schedule or rate of learning, online courses adhere to the same rigorous standards and coursework as in-person courses.