Continuing Education

The CSON Continuing Education (CE) Program strengthens the knowledge of nurses and other health care professionals—empowering them to improve the quality of patient care.

Through an array of certificate programs, preparatory seminars, specialty courses, and conferences, the program helps nurses and other professionals refresh their résumés, earn contact hours, and advance their careers.

Participants can take one course or a series of courses to complete a certificate. They learn from faculty experts actively working in their fields and benefit from a flexible structure designed to meet their schedules.

Certificate & Course Offerings

Certificates

RN Refresher Certificate

Our most popular certificate includes seven comprehensive courses designed for RNs who have been away from the clinical setting and professionals seeking a career change. Through the program, participants regain clinical confidence and update their medical-surgical knowledge. They can customize the program by creating their own schedule, entering the program at any time, sequencing the courses to fit their needs, and adding electives that further strengthen their résumés.

Intended for:

Inactive RNs

Foreign graduates preparing for licensure exam

Advanced practice nurses reentering the workforce

Nurses changing specialties or careers

Administrators or others who want to update their clinical knowledge

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RN refresher course
Contact Hours

 

86

 

Clinical Research Certificate

A series of four multidisciplinary courses covers the entire landscape of pharmaceutical/clinical research—including research conduct, the drug development process, and the ethics and history of clinical research. Participants examine the roles clinical research associates, clinical research coordinators, data specialists, subject recruiters, monitors, compliance administrators, and other specialists play in this rapidly expanding field.

Intended for:

New graduates and medical professionals interested in pharmaceutical/clinical research or biotech careers

Professionals already working in pharmaceutical/clinical research or biotech who want to enhance their résumés or alter their career paths

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Clinical research course
Contact Hours

 

48

 

IV Certificate

This certificate comprises three courses, treating the history and principles of venipuncture and IV therapy, site selection, preparation, care, equipment, and central lines. Courses have limited enrollment and fill up quickly.

Intended for nurses who want to refresh their IV therapy knowledge and techniques.

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IV certificate course
Contact Hours

 

16

 

Medical Spanish Certificate

Spanish is the first language of a large percentage of the population nurses and others serve. These courses in conversational medical Spanish help health care professionals complete common tasks more effectively and provide more culturally sensitive care. All Medical Spanish courses use the same required texts.

Intended for health care professionals wishing to meet the challenges that accompany medicine’s increasing cultural diversity.

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Medical Spanish Certificate Course
Contact Hours

 

69

 

Plus Electives

Courses

Clinical Skills and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurse

This series of seven courses examines the critical issues and clinical challenges associated with delivering optimal patient care. Faculty experts review the latest primary care practice information, helping participants increase their knowledge base, enhance their skills, and improve their diagnoses and treatment strategies.

Intended for:

Nurses in primary care practice

Graduate students who want to pursue advanced practice nursing

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Contact Hours

 

95

 

Immunology and Cancer

These three online programs were developed by Boston College Connell School of Nursing and supported by an Independent Educational Grant from Stand Up To Cancer, a division of the International Entertainment Industry, Inc.

Intended for:

Registered nurses involved in the care of patients with cancer

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Contact Hours

 

4.5

 

Test Preparation Courses

Students and others gearing up to take the NCLEX, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, or MCAT can boost their confidence—and their scores—with expert help. All classes occur on the Boston College campus. Discounts are available for participants who register early or register simultaneously for either the RN Refresher Certificate or the Clinical Research Certificate.

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Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference

Established in 1992, this annual gathering is co-sponsored by the CSON CE Program, the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, and the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association. A variety of workshops, clinical sessions, keynote addresses, industry exhibits, and poster presentations help nurse practitioners and other health care professionals maintain their expertise so they can continue to deliver high quality care and improve clinical outcomes. An evening reception and awards ceremony encourages networking and recognizes outstanding achievements.

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