January 19, 2005

Health Problems of Aging
MTGEC Online Continuing Education

The Montana Geriatric Education Center (MTGEC) is a consortium of The University of Montana, Montana State University College of Nursing and Rocky Mountain College. Over fifty statewide health professionals, many being faculty at the consortium institutions, are working to launch 35 interdisciplinary modules of online continuing education for health care professionals. In the first six months of 2005, half of the modules will be offered.

The modules are designed for health professionals and faculty. They can be completed for CEUs from either Montana State University Continuing Education or professional continuing education agencies. Each one hour completed will earn 0.1 CEU. The

The MTGEC is offering the unusual opportunity of interaction with the instructor and fellow students. To receive CEUs, you will need to follow the time-line and complete assignments which commonly include a multiple-choice quiz, short-answer questions and posting paragraph-long observations related to the module material.

There are eight 2-hour core modules that provide an overview of aging health issues. Specific health problems with associated case studies are addressed in ten 6-hour modules. For health professions faculty, there are also seven topics offering in-depth information on interdisciplinary teaching.

MTGEC also offers a Geriatric Health Screening Certificate Program. It is an extended education program designed for community, ambulatory care pharmacists, physical therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and social workers who want to conduct health screening in rural Montana communities. A certificate of learning will be provided for participants completing the four sections consisting of home study, training workshop, screening experience and program development for a total of 40 contact hours.

Please visit the website, http://mtgec.montana.edu or telephone toll free 866-506-8432 for more information and the schedule.