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Take Charge of Your Professional Development

Certifications, Courses and Education Offerings

Our Professional Development Offerings

At IHCA/INCAL, we deeply value the importance of embracing continuing education for professional growth.  We offer extensive opportunities tailored to your needs and schedule to support continued advancement of your critical competencies.

From live in-person trainings to on-demand offerings and virtual workshops, we’ve got all your professional development needs covered!


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“I got so much out of participating in IHCA/INCAL’s Director of Nurses workshop hosted on Dec. 1-2, 2021.  I’m sure everyone there felt the same way. I have a whole new outlook on so many things! I am very appreciative of the team for putting together this informative workshop.”

Meghan Coryn O’Donnell
Director Long-Term Care

Featured Offerings & On-Demand Trainings

  • Mission Possible: SNF Department Head Briefing Webinar Series: This monthly series will address essential functions, quality care and department-specific management functions for department heads with sessions specific for Administrators, DONs, Housekeeping, Social Services, Activities, Dietary, Maintenance and Therapy. Topics will include department-specific considerations for infection control, survey preparedness, role in meetings, IDT systems integration, MDS supportive documentation, care planning, driving QMs, employee satisfaction and customer service.
  • The Stability Zone: Finding Peace in the Middle of Chaos: This new on-demand course will focus on stress for leaders and will include coping mechanisms, avoidance techniques and handouts to support the learning.
  • Fearless in the Face of Crisis: A step-by-step program designed to give you all the tools you need to become a confident, inspiring leader that others want to follow, it has over five hours of the best training material available, broken down into bite-size videos.
  • Fully Staffed: Fully Staffed is Drive‘s online program for healthcare and senior living leaders who are ready to end their staffing crisis. Each month Drive will feature new live and recorded content that leaders can use to impact their recruitment and retention efforts. The content in Fully Staffed is values-based and culture-driven, which is the secret to getting more of the right candidates for an organization and keeping the great ones they already have.  In Fully Staffed, leaders have access to the key strategies that will make all the difference for them, both personally and professionally, and for their organization by staffing up for good. A community of positive people committed to learning proven strategies and tools to end this staffing crisis, there is literally nothing else like Fully Staffed out there!
  • MDS PDPM Series
  • VGM Education/CE Solutions: VGM Education/CE Solutions has been offering customized education services for more than 20 years and offers more than 300 online courses all written by subject matter experts whose sole focus is senior care. Their online courses are designed to meet the needs of health care staff in skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice environments.
  • Advance Care Planning: The advance care planning (ACP) criteria for the Value-Based Purchasing program affects reimbursement to nursing facilities providing Medicaid services. Meeting the criteria will impact the Nursing Facility Total Quality Score for Medicaid rates effective July 1, 2022. A total of 5 points will be awarded to nursing facility providers that have one or two employees complete the Level I ACP training program. More details HERE. Self-register in Relias (Division of Aging platform) HERE.
  • Building An Infection Prevention Savvy Workforce: The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community and the Indiana Department of Health will host 11 FREE sessions of Building an Infection Prevention Savvy Workforce over the course of 2023 for long term care professionals. These sessions will each be comprised of 3 half-days spread over 3 weeks. The virtual training sessions are designed to provide an in-depth education on infection control with long term care specific content and examples. Participants are required to attend all three days.  To see session dates and to register CLICK HERE
  • Pressure Injury Prevention and Management in Long Term Care
  • Abuse and Neglect Prevention in Long Term Care
  • Emergency and Disaster Management in Long Term Care
  • Project Firstline: University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community along with Indiana Department of Health is bringing the CDC’s FREE infection prevention & control education to frontline workers in Indiana. Access Course HERE
    • Text INFECTION to (317)779-3225 to receive weekly Project Firstline resources direct to your mobile phone.
    • For monthly updates on Indiana’s Project Firstline resources and opportunities, register to receive the PFL Newsletter by clicking HERE.


Our Education Partners

We’re proud to collaborate with Indiana’s leading education consultants to bring a wide spectrum of education programs to foster career development for the long term care professionals of our state.

Success Development, Inc.

Success Development, Inc. (SDi) and it’s Founder, Vivian Wright-Defrees, has been an integral education partner since 2000.  SDi is one of the oldest individual/group/employee/organizational development firms in the mid-west. With over 20 years experience and using Success Development’s distinctive areas of expertise, they help others build success through coaching, consulting, resource identification, speaking, training, support and advanced technologies. SDi provides the HFA & RCA courses, NAB and Indiana Jurisprudence exam prep courses, Social Service Designee courses and the Preceptor courses.


Proactive Medical Review

Proactive Medical Review has been an education partner of IHCA/INCAL since 2016. Its talented team offers the support solutions that allow your staff to focus on care. Proactive offers solutions that allow providers to focus on care post-acute care providers are facing many challenges–an ever changing regulatory environment, expanded government auditing, and a growing list of publicly reported quality measures.


VGM Education/CE Solutions

VGM Education/CE Solutions has been offering customized education services for more than 20 years and offers more than 300 courses all written by subject matter experts whose sole focus is senior care. Their online courses are designed to meet the needs of health care staff in skilled nursing, assisted living, home health and hospice environments. In addition, their robust e-learning system provides numerous reporting tools for the HR professional that allow for the tracking of course progress, course completions, and the assessment of individual learning.


QSource/Atom Alliance

The atom Alliance Nursing Home Collaborative is a five-year, five-state initiative to ignite powerful and sustainable change in healthcare quality. Through atom Alliance, AQAF in Alabama, IQH in Mississippi and Qsource in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are carrying out an exciting strategic plan, with programs in place to convene, teach and inform healthcare providers, engage and empower patients, and inspire, share knowledge and spread best practices with communities across the entire healthcare continuum.



ahcancalED is an AHCA/NCAL member benefit created for educational use. AHCA/NCAL will occasionally offer some critical educational offerings to non-members as a benefit for the profession. Through ahcancalED, there are educational training (CE approved & non-CE approved), webinars, videos, journal articles, and interviews with experts. Each has unique features.



Drive, Outcomes Through Culture, has been an IHCA/INCAL education partner since 2018. Drive is a long term care consulting company that focuses on creating a better culture, developing better leaders and inspiring and engaging employees. With Drive, you can confidently improve productivity, profitability, turnover, customer loyalty and even occupancy!


The Indiana Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (IMDA)

IMDA is a professional association of clinicians and other practitioners working in the long-term care continuum.  IHCA/INCAL and IMDA share a common goal of promoting and advocating on behalf of the post­-acute and long-term care professions.


HealthCap (in partnership with AHCA/NCAL)

HealthCap’s Resource and Education Center offers a wide array of free educational resources and tools to help long term care professionals deliver quality care and reduce risk.  AHCA/NCAL has embraced HealthCap® for more than a decade as a premier provider of liability insurance that is solely dedicated to serving senior care communities.


Additional Education Opportunities

Barbara Speedling’s Education Station

The Education Station offers video presentations of all of the mandatory inservice referenced in F941-F947, along with lesson plans, competency evaluations, power point presentation, certificate of completion, and additional policy and resource materials.  Additional videos on topics related to trauma-informed care, behavioral health, dementia care, and therapeutic activity will be added as the year progresses.  All materials will be refreshed at the start of each new year and a new password assigned.  The attached the introduction flyer explains the subscription service. *These webinars are not CE approved but meet CMS requirements for staff orientation and required annual education.  This service is currently available to members at a reduced annual subscription rate, that information can be found here:


Institute for Excellence in Memory Care

The Institute for Excellence in Memory Care offers CE approved webinars, as well as, in-person dementia care certification courses.



This website offers courses for Nursing Home Administrators, Nurses, Assisted Living Administrators and other disciplines.  The webinars are NAB approved.


Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care On-demand CEUs

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, a community-based provider, offers care partners first-class education that will ultimately lead to better care and outcomes for our shared patients. They offer a variety of virtual online courses that fit the needs and schedules of those in healthcare. They are an accredited provider of CE and CME through ANCC, ASWB, AAFP, and NAB.


Dementia Capable Care Trainings

CPI Dementia Capable Care Training, 2nd Edition is an evidence-based dementia and behavior training program designed for health care workers.



This is an online webinar resource that provides CE courses for dietitians, nurses and therapists.