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The Center for Continued Nursing Learning (CCNL) provides excellent continuing education for nurses and other interested health care professionals. We offer multiple programs which provide the opportunity to gain contact hours, clock hours, and academic credit.

Our professional and educational standards, our innovative responses to changing health care markets and our distinguished history of educating students for lives of service have earned Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Nursing and the Center for Continuing Nursing Learning a reputation for excellence in the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to become a part of our tradition.

CCNL provides quality educational opportunities in the form of workshops, seminars, and short- and long-term courses which will enable registered nurses and other health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills and ultimately improve health care for society.


Credential/Accreditation Information

PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses.

Pacific Lutheran University Center for Continued Nursing Learning (PLU CCNL) is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. In addition, PLU CCNL is a provider of in-service education clock hours by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA. 



'End of Life' series $45.00

ONLINE COURSE                                                                                                      Seats Available: 20
Instructor(s):  Rachel Haxtema, MDiv, MA, Carla Jolley, MN, ARNP, ANP-BC, AOCH, ACHPN

Dates:  10/13/2021 - 10/13/2021

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Number of Sessions:  1
Contact Hours: 1.5    CEUs: 0


Location: fully online

The WA Death with Dignity Law, a Primer for Health Care Providers

End of Life Series: Part 1

The instructors will review the Death with Dignity Law in WA state (HB 1608).

This course will describe what providers, especially nurse practitioners need to know to help respect their patient's final wishes. The course will also discuss what to do if the provider works in a health care system that does not support the law and common misconceptions about the law.

Wed. 10/13 7p-8:30p
1.5 contact hrs,




'End of Life' series $45.00

ONLINE COURSE                                                                                                      Seats Available: 20
Instructor(s):  Francesca Stracke, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ACHPN

Dates:  11/10/2021 - 11/10/2021

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Number of Sessions:  1
Contact Hours: 1.5    CEUs: 0


Location: fully online

Advance Care Planning and End of Lifecare, A Review for Healthcare Professionals 

End of Life Series: Part 2

How can providers integrate Palliative Care into active treatment? Discuss how nurses and providers start the conversation about end-of-life care, and how to assess if your patient (and their families) understand the difference between palliative care and hospice. This workshop will be led by a Palliative Care nurse practitioner who will give updates on new legislation regarding end-of-life care in WA state.

Wed. 11/10 7p-8:30p
1.5 Contact hours



Primary Care for Gender Diverse Patients $30.00

ONLINE COURSE                                                                                                      Seats Available: 13
Instructor(s):  Dr. Crystal Beal

Dates:  9/30/2021 - 9/30/2021

Time:  6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Number of Sessions:  1
Contact Hours: 1.5    CEUs: 0


Location: fully online

Primary Care for Gender Diverse Patients 

Participants will learn best practices for supporting gender diverse patients and their families and how to identify and reduce the gaps in healthcare for the queer community. This was originally part of the Transgender Healthcare Day for Providers -- the final chapter of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series.

The instructor, Dr. Crystal Beal, is a queer and gender health physician, Board Certified in Family Medicine, and a dynamic instructor. They have completed additional training in queer and gender care and are excited to share this presentation with all of you.

1.5 Contact Hours available
Sept 30, Online, via Zoom
6:30pm - 8pm



Telehealth Basics: What Every Frontline Nurse Needs to Know $0.00

ONLINE COURSE                                                                                                      Seats Available: 18
Instructor(s):  Laura Weeks

Dates:  10/9/2021 - 10/9/2021

Time:  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Number of Sessions:  1
Contact Hours: 1.5    CEUs: 0


Location: fully online

 As of January 1, 2021, all Heathcare Professionals in Washington State who provide telehealth services must complete telemedicine training. This online workshop will fulfill the required content for nurses who provide telehealth services along with 1.5 Contact Hours. This course provides an overview of telehealth and models of care, benefits and barriers to the different types of telehealth, policy, and regulations, telemedicine readiness, applications during the visit, and documentation. After completion of this course, the participant will be provided with the appropriate attestation required by the state of WA. This course is specifically for RNs, LPNs, and CNAs but all are invited to attend. 

Registration fee is covered by grant monies and attendees must participate in a short pre- and post-survey.




ABCs of Nutrition and Dieting $30.00
Instructor(s):  Cathy Visser, MPH, RDN, CD
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online
Should diabetic patients follow a plant-based diet?
This class will review the link between nutrition and diabetes. The course will then dive more deeply into using plant-based eating to decrease the risk if the person is pre-diabetic and to improve symptoms of Type II diabetes if the person is living with diabetes already.
This course is self-paced and asynchronous.


Introduction to School Nursing ESA $450.00
This class is currently full. Please click "Add to Waitlist" below or contact our office for more information.

Instructor(s):  Shallae Hobbs

Date:  10/1/2021 - 10/30/2021 Contact Hours/OSPI/CEUs: 24 / 24 / 0
Location: Blended - Online & On-Campus,
Address: Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA 98447

Intro to School Nursing ESA Course

24 clock hours

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school-age population.

Learn practical skills at the hands of Nationally Board Certified School Nurses, discuss common scenarios in online message boards, and learn Scope of Practice. Assignments and videos are posted in a virtual classroom to allow participants more flexibility to "learn the ropes" without sacrificing quality or content.

This course prepares you for the Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. This course is approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of Washington State for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse. Check with your home state office of education to verify if this course covers requirements.

Participants who are not fully COVID-19 vaccinated need to wear a protective face covering during on-campus portion of course, as per state health regulations.

Student self-study 10/1 - 10/22
Sat 10/23 virtual class day

Sat 10/30 lab skills day

** Last day to drop for full price is Sept 17, 2021 - see Drop/Refund policy **

Self-study from Oct 1 - Oct 22 Mandatory live class Oct 23 Lab skills class Oct 30

Opiate and Non-Opiate Therapies for Pain Treatment $35.00
Instructor(s):  T. Levi Lancaster, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP -
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

Opiate and Non-Opiate Therapies for Pain Treatment


1.5 Contact hours including 1 Pharm Credit available

This self-paced asynchronous class is an excellent review for the primary care provider of Opiate and Non-Opiate therapies for chronic pain management. 

This class reviews the various types of chronic pain and will include a discussion of the current CDC guidelines for pain management, the latest WA state Opioid prescribing requirements, and some eastern medicine alternative therapies. 

Participants can register at any time and will receive an email with information on how to complete the class on their own time. This is not a live session, but an asynchronous session.

PLU preceptors, please email for promo code.


Public Speaking for the Workplace $35.00
Instructor(s):  Amy Young, PhD
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.4
Location: fully online


In every job, there are moments when public speaking skills come in handy. You might be leading the shift meetings, teaching a training class, or making a presentation.

The workshop would include topics such as organization/prep, verbal vs nonverbal communication, and anxiety reduction.

This class is open to non-nurses. This course is fully asynchronous, and self-paced. 

1.4 Contact Hours available


Tele-Precepting $30.00
Instructor(s):  Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online


This offering provides participants the opportunity to learn about precepting students when using telehealth. Participants will learn about the different teleprecepting models and how they can be implemented in graduate, undergraduate, and fellowship programs.

This self-paced workshop will provide you with a link to a video, PowerPoint notes, and access to resources.

Free to current PLU Preceptors.


Telehealth Training $0.00
Instructor(s):  Cara Towle
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.75
Location: fully online



According to Senate Bill 6061, beginning 1/1/21, telemedicine providers must complete telemedicine training. This workshop will provide the required attestation to fulfill the law, along with 1.75 Contact Hours.
Learn what's new in Washington State on Telehealth for nurses and receive a state-approved attestation for completing this self-paced course.



Scholarly Articles for Contact Hours $10.00
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 0.5
Location: fully online

Scholarly Articles for Contact Hours


Spotlighted scholarly articles for participants to study. 

To receive contact hours, read the article, fill out the questionnaire, and pay the applicable fee.

View articles HERE:


Contact Information
Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education

Phone: 253-535-7722

Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447