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Continuing Education Approvals

Many professionals caring for the older adult population are required by state and federal laws to have a certain number of continuing education credit hours per year.  These professionals can acquire needed continuing education credit hours by taking professional-level online modules through the Topics in Gerontology program. 

Learners who participate in the Aging Smart online curriculum do not receive continuing education or a Certificate of Completion through the Topics in Gerontology program.  Learners who want a Certificate of Completion, or a professional who takes the Aging Smart modules, may contact our Office for assistance.   

Participants will receive continuing education credit for each Topics in Gerontology module from the Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies, The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Notation is indicated on the certificate of completion which can be presented to your professional organization for consideration toward continuing education credits required for licensure.

For individuals who are eligible, specific Topics in Gerontology modules have been pre-approved for continuing education credit by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFTB), and/or the State of Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS).  In addition, the Ohio Board of Nursing allows nurses to claim contact hour credits from a continuing education activity that has been approved by an agency that regulates a health care profession or discipline in Ohio. 

**If a required approval is not documented on your certificate, please edit your profile to include the relevant profession (as detailed below) or contact aging@osu.edu for assistance. 

The following modules are approved by the CSWMFT Board of Ohio for eligible candidatesApprovals will be included on certificates if the profession of Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, or Social Worker is selected on your account profile. Caring for the Aging LGBT Population meets the Ethics requirement. Total credit hours approved: 17 (for Social Work) and 15 (for Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists.

  • Cancer and the Older Adult - 2.0 credit hours
  • Caring for the Aging LGBT Population - 1.5 credit hours (meets the Ethics requirement)
  • Falls and the Older Adult - 2.0 credit hours
  • Frailty and the Older Adult - 1.0 credit hour
  • Health and Aging - 1.0 credit hour
  • Issues of Abuse and Neglect in the Aging Population - 1.0 credit hour
  • Myths and Realities of Aging - 1.0 credit hour
  • Optimizing Medication Management for Older Adults - 1.0 credit hour
  • Sexuality in Later Life - 1.0 credit hour
  • The First 24 Hours: An Unfolding Case Study in Person-Directed Care - 1.5 credit hours
  • Understanding Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease - 2.0 credit hours

The following modules are approved by the CSWMFT Board of Ohio for social work professionals.  They are not approved for counselors or marriage and family therapists.

  • A Sight for Sore Eyes: Age-Related Eye Disease - 1.0 credit hours
  • Is There An App For That? Nutrition, Fitness, and Aging - 1.0 credit hour

These modules are not approved for continuing education credit by the CSWMFT Board of Ohio: 

  • Eyes Wide Open: Preventing Vision Loss
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Older Adult

Please confirm with CSWMFTB that you are eligible to earn continuing education credit from this licensing board.

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The following modules are approved by the State of Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports (BELTSS) for eligible candidates. Approvals will be included on the certificate if one of the following professions is selected on your account profile: Administrator, Nurse's Aide, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, or Nursing Home Administrator. Additionally, you must indicate in your account profile that you are a member of BELTSS  and provide your LNHA license number if applicable.

  • A Sight for Sore Eyes: Age-Related Eye Disease - 1.0 credit hour
  • Cancer and the Older Adult - 2.0 credit hours
  • Caring for the Aging LGBT Population - 1.5 credit hours
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies for the Older Adult - 1.25 credit hours
  • Eyes Wide Open: Preventing Vision Loss - 1.0 credit hour
  • Falls and the Older Adult - 2.0 credit hours
  • Frailty and the Older Adult - 1.0 credit hour
  • Health and Aging - 1.0 credit hour
  • Is There An App For That? Nutrition, Fitness, and Aging - 1.0 credit hour
  • Issues of Abuse and Neglect in the Aging Population - 1.0 credit hour
  • Myths and Realities of Aging - 1.0 credit hour
  • Optimizing Medication Management for Older Adults - 1.0 credit hour
  • Sexuality in Later Life - 1.0 credit hour
  • The First 24 Hours: An Unfolding Case Study in Person-Directed Care - 1.5 credit hours
  • Understanding Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease - 2.0 credit hours

BELTSS accepts 10 hours of online self-study and webinar CEUs annually.

Please confirm with BELTSS that you are eligible to earn continuing education credit from this licensing board.​