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.

Online courses with free CEs for professionals

New Online Course Series for Professionals: Cornerstones of Care
The effective delivery of dialysis treatment requires each clinician to be skilled in multiple areas. Whereas most renal professionals receive training regarding the clinical aspects of the initiation, monitoring and discontinuation of a dialysis treatment, less attention is paid to other important issues associated with effective care. To help health care professionals in the delivery of a successful "health care experience" for their patients, AKF has developed the Cornerstones of Care series, which includes the following courses:

  • Building Relationships
    CE credits: 0.70 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance
  • Professionalism
    CE credits:0.70 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance

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.
CE credits: 1.20 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance 

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.
CE credits: 1.20 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance 

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.
CE credits: 1.20 NANT; 1.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 1.00 Attendance 

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.
CE credits: 3.60 NANT; 3.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 3.00 Attendance 

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.
CE credits: 2.40 NANT; 2.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 2.00 Attendance 

Weighing the Outcomes: Ethical Issues in Kidney Disease
This course presents a decision-making framework and strategies that health care teams may employ in response to daily ethical dilemmas.
CE credits: 3.60 NANT; 3.00 National Association of Social Workers (NASW); 3.00 Attendance