Continuing Education and Community Engagement

Education at Methodist College doesn't just end with a diploma or certificate, it extends into a professional's career! We offer continuing education programs for healthcare providers spanning Health Care and Human Services professions such as Nursing, Medical Assistant, Social Workers and Counselors.

We also host community events for adults -- and even kids -- who are interested in learning more about Health Care and Human Services.

Upcoming Community Engagement and Continuing Education Programs

Please view our current Continuing Education and Community Educations programs below.  If you have questions, please contact our Career Pathways and Continuing Education department at

Continuing Education Classes

Methodist College hosts a series of  Continuing Education opportunities throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.  These sessions will qualify as continuing education hours for nurses, social workers, counselors and K-12 teachers.  All classes are open to both professionals who are seeking continuing education as well as the general community.  

  • No upcoming courses scheduled.  Please return here periodically for an updated schedule.

Basic Life Support CPR Certification

Basic Life support is a two-step process:  an online eLearning module and a hands-on session on campus.  

Step #1: Make an appointment to attend a hands-on session at Methodist College. Cost: $25. Register for the class HERE.

Step #2: Complete the American Heart Association eLearning Course. Cost: $28.50. 

Go to

  • Under " Find a course " choose Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • On next page under BLS products type on the left, choose Blended and eLearning
  • Then choose Heartcode BLS online course - Product Number: 15-3254

Next hands-on session is March 21, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Wellness Forum

The Wellness Forum gathers health care and human service professionals to share new research and innovative practices in a critical area of human care.  The forum is held each spring on the Methodist College Campus and offers continuing education credit to Nurses, Social Workers and Counselors.  More information can be found here.  

Learn and Serve Summer Camp

Methodist College's Learn and Serve Camp combines fun, hands-on learning experiences in science and healthcare with real life community service projects.   The camp features upper level Methodist College Nursing students as the camp leaders who help design and deliver the curriculum.  The camp is offered each summer to incoming 5th-9th graders.  More information can be found here.

Methodist College Online Train the Trainer (TtT)

This Train the Trainer (TtT) course is to prepare Registered Nurses to educate individuals to become Certified Nursing Assistants. The course focuses on instructor-based teaching skills. The teaching skills included are the learning process, preparing a lesson plan, teaching methods, and preparing a master schedule. Students will be required to prepare and submit written assignments, videos, and presentations.

The TtT course is a 31-hour, pass/fail online course. Students will spend time completing readings, student discussions, video presentations, and other assignments.

Registered nurses applying for the TtT course must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Registered Nurse with a minimum of two years of nursing experience.
  • Have one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in one or both of the following areas:
  • Teaching theory in an accredited nurse training program; or
  • Providing nursing care, including personal care and activities of daily living to older adults or for chronically ill adults.

Students registering for the TtT course must email their resume to The TtT course instructor will submit students' resumes to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for approval 60 days prior to the first day of the TtT course.

The deadline for Registration is March 1, 2020. Registration includes all learning materials.


Printable Trainer the Trainer Course flyer (pdf)

Enrollment is contingent upon IDPH's approval. IDPH will evaluate each TtT student's resume for minimum requirements and will approve or deny approval of the student before the first day of class. The TtT course instructor will notify students of IDPH's decision.

In the event that your application is not approved by IDPH, you will receive a full refund and will not permitted to take the TtT class.

Continuing Education Policies

Policy - Continuing Education Program Records

Policy - Continuing Education Program Participant Complaints

Policy - Continuing Education Program Cancellation and Participant Reimbursement

For additional information on other classes and events, contact the Community Engagement and Continuing Education Department:
(309) 282-8474