RCTC Business and Workforce Education Earns Industry Distinction Status

RCTC’s Business and Workforce Education (BWE) has been offering quality online training and continuing education through RCTCLEARN.NET in the homecare and hospice fields throughout the United States for more than 15 years. The RCTCLEARN.NET online library consists of more than 30 continuing nursing education courses and approximately 70 courses for paraprofessional and other healthcare staff.

The RCTCLEARN team pictured from left: Dr. Jennifer Wilson; Mary Bisbee; Kristi Kiehne; Kathy Richie; Dennis Kronebusch; and Erin Hill.

RCTC’s Allied Health Continuing Education Program Director and Primary Nurse Planner, Kathy Richie states, “RCTC has been an approved provider since 2011, which means boards of nursing in all 50 states will accept contact hours earned by nurses participating in our online continuing nursing education courses. This year, however, our approval came with a wonderful surprise. RCTC was granted ‘Approved Provider status with Distinction’ which, according to the approving agency, is not easily attained.”

The RCTC online homecare and hospice continuing nursing education program has been granted the approved provider status as determined by the Wisconsin Nurses Association Continuing Education Approval Program (WNA-CEAP). The Wisconsin Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Richie added, “The Wisconsin Nurses Association’s approval of RCTC as a provider of continuing nursing education is based on our compliance with ANCC criteria to plan, implement and evaluate quality continuing nursing education activities. Since RCTCLEARN’s inception, the College has worked diligently to ensure the online courses are of superior quality.  Being granted ‘Approved Provider status with Distinction’ validates that hard work.”

Dr. Jennifer Wilson, Director of RCTC’s Business and Workforce Education Department, further explains the importance of program approval. “In education approval demonstrates the quality of the product we are providing to students and employers. Just like accreditation standards by the Higher Learning Commission for the College’s credit courses, certain qualifying industries require continuing education providers to meet specific approval standards. In this case, the recognition of ‘distinction’ shows that RCTC is not just meeting standards, but is routinely exceeding the quality expectations of the approving body. We are honored to receive this recognition.”

RCTC is dedicated to improving its online training and continuing education. As part of the process for ensuring provision of quality programs, the RCTCLEARN team recently created a customized learning management system (LMS) to house the courses. “The LMS will help to better meet the needs of today’s employees and employers,” notes Kristi Kiehne, RCTC’s E-Learning Specialist.

Dr. Wilson says, “Each year thousands of students enroll in these online classes, so increasing the capabilities for our business partners and for individuals who take the courses will increase the likelihood they will continue to use our services.”

“I want to commend my team for the great work they do each day to ensure that students and employers have access to quality training programs. It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team, and it is even better when our approving partners also recognize the hard work of the team to guarantee RCTC is providing quality education,” notes Dr. Wilson.

To learn more about RCTCLEARN.NET go to https://www.rctclearn.net/.

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