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Nurses, doctors, dentists, laboratory technicians, emergency medical technicians and a host of other medical professionals need to obtain continuing education credits in order to maintain their licensure or professional certification. Distance learning, also known as online learning, allows medical professionals to gain their continuing education credits when it is most convenient for them to do so. Between work and family obligations, taking time off to attend a continuing education event is cumbersome. Professionals should check with their associations and/or societies to find out what resources are available online to receive continuing education credits. Continuing education comes in all flavors online, from watching videos to participating in webinars. If you take an online course, make sure to check that the continuing education credits will be recognized by your licensing body and your professional association. If continuing education is a requirement for you to practice your profession, many employers will pay the fees for online continuing education resources, upon successful completion.