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Free Online Courses for Health Care Professionals

Earn CEs/CMEs!

The American Kidney Fund offers online courses that meet the continuing education requirements of health care professionals caring for patients with, or at risk for, kidney disease. To earn credits, select a course, complete the learning module(s), and take the associated exam and evaluation. Add this page to your favorites list and check back often—we will add new and timely courses periodically. Our course offerings are free for most professional groups.


Depression: Building a Foundation for Care

This training focuses on four specific areas to enhance social workers’ ability to care for patients suffering from depression.

Caring for Others, Caring for Yourself

This course is designed to help social workers better manage the stress and challenges they encounter each day to improve patient care.

Understanding Depression: Helping Patients to Improve Outcomes and Quality of Life

This course will help social workers develop a plan of care for the management of individuals with kidney disease and depression.

Medicare Education Benefits:  Part B Benefits Providing Education to Beneficiaries with Kidney Disease

This learning opportunity was developed by the American Kidney Fund in partnership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Nephrology Nurses Association, Renal Physicians Association and Tulane University.  The course provides a wealth of information on three Medicare education benefits: Kidney Disease Education, Diabetes Self-Management Training and Medical Nutrition Therapy.

Helping Patients Prepare for Kidney Replacement Therapy

This course addresses kidney replacement therapy and dialysis access options for patients with stage IV and stage V kidney disease.

Navigating the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Payment System

The goal of this program is to increase nephrology professionals’ understanding of the ESRD payment system so that they may assist patients with obtaining coverage..

Perspectives On Adherence

The goal of this course is to increase renal professionals’ understanding of adherence issues and strategies to improve patient adherence.

Weighing the Outcomes: Ethical Issues in Kidney Disease

This course presents a decision-making framework and strategies that healthcare teams may employ in response to daily ethical dilemmas.

AKF Partner Courses

Hypertension and Chronic Kidney Disease:
A Public Health Priority

Presented in partnership with the Perelman School of Medicine at  the University of Pennsylvania. This course was created to highlight hypertension and kidney disease and the connection between the two conditions.

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