Online Courses & Self Study

Advance your career in a way that fits into your life

Online courses allow you to move your career forward and expand your expertise in a specific topic. The Center for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning is one of the few continuing education providers to offer facilitated and self-study lifelong learning and professional development in the field of nursing.

Because most online coursework is asynchronous, you have flexibility to complete requirements on your schedule and to meet your contact hour goals in a way that fits your schedule.

Available facilitated courses

Getting Started in Nursing Professional Development: Focus on Facilitating Learning

(formerly Getting Started in Staff Education)

More information about Spring 2023 session will be posted soon

Make a confident transition from clinician or faculty member into a role in nursing professional development (NPD). In this facilitated online course presented in the NPD framework, you will discover concepts, strategies, and practical tools that work in all clinical disciplines.

This is a 6-week asynchronous online course. You do not need to be online at any particular time and must have all the course work completed by the course end date. We require a minimum of 10 participants to hold the course.

Successful completion of this course counts towards the required continuing education hours in nursing professional development.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has a complete list of criteria.

photo of Bette DiLeonardi

Bette Case Di Leonardi, PhD, RN-BC
Independent consultant in educational goals, competency management, and quality improvement

Faculty subject to change without notice.

Bette says that “participants...have absolutely delighted in the interact with their colleagues across the country and sometimes in international locations.”

Although the course was previously titled Getting Started in Staff Development, “participants have ranged in NPD experience from those who are taking the course as a part of orienting to a new role to those who have many years of experience and lead the staff education function in their organizations. The variety of previous experiences and current roles enriches the dialogue in the discussions.”

At the completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe multiple techniques for assessing learning needs of staff members
  • Construct an effective plan to meet learning needs of staff members
  • Identify issues and strategies in implementing learning activities in a clinical setting
  • Create a sound approach to evaluating staff learning, considering process, content, and outcome evaluation

You must complete all required assignments by the course end date and the course evaluation to receive a contact hour record.

More information about Spring 2023 session will be posted soon.


Group rate of $350 each is available for 3 or more from the same organization, please email us for more information.

Payment by credit card is due at the time of registration. Advance registration is required. For questions about payment (only), contact Melissa Kocias by phone at 812-855-4224.

Get information about registration, cancellation, refund, and transfer policies.

11.5 continuing nursing education contact hours.

Successful Completion of the Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Activity
In order to receive contact hours for the CNE activity you must complete all required activities and complete the online course evaluation at the end of the course period.

Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to influence educational content about healthcare products or services of a commercial company with which they have a financial relationship. None of the planners, presenters, or faculty disclosed a conflict of interest related to this activity.

Commercial Support
Commercial support is financial or in-kind contributions given by a commercial interest that are used to pay for all or part of the costs of a CNE activity. No commercial support has been received for this activity. The absence of commercial bias will be evaluated in the institute evaluation survey.

Registration is not yet open. Please check back to this website for registration updates.

To receive group rates for 3 or more participants, be sure to email prior to registration for more information.

IU Health employees, please email prior to registration for discount information.

Note: we are not able to issue refunds for the difference for those who register at the full rate and request the discounted rate after registration.

Registration for this course is limited to 45 participants.