Medical professionals such as physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and physician assistants can work in intensive care units. To provide the opportunity to earn continuing medical education (CME) credits, some colleges, universities and medical organizations offer online intensive care unit programs for physicians and other allied health professionals. Occasionally, a series of online courses taken together culminates in a certificate.
Medical Intensive Care Unit Certificate
Online medical intensive care courses focus on procedures and technologies that help doctors and other health professionals care for critically injured or ill patients. Most classes examine systems of the human body or particular critical conditions. Training modules include case studies and diagnoses.
Classes use video clips, audio clips and animation to simulate the intensive care unit experience. Questions are posed throughout the training modules, and medical professionals receive credit for answering each question correctly. Some courses are available on phones and other hand-held devices, as well as computers.
Some common course areas for continuing medical education include:
- Acute Pulmonary Embolism
- Emergency Medicine Life-Long Learning
- Endocrine Emergencies
- Neurological Emergencies
- Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapon Responsiveness
Advanced Critical Care Therapeutics Certificate
Designed for nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physicians and nurse practitioners, this online program covers 16 critical care topics concerning the therapeutic use of pharmaceuticals for patients with commonly encountered critical care diseases. Examination of case studies is complemented with interactive discussions about pharmaceuticals used in critical care cases. Participants can take the certificate program for CME units or forego the units and just get the certificate.
Experienced healthcare professionals can take online continuing education courses that use virtual simulations to provide an overview of medical intensive care units. Credits are often used for medical licensure renewal; alternatively, if students take enough hours, they will be awarded a certificate in the field.