Is Online Medical Certification a Scam?

Is Online Medical Certification a Scam?

At ProMed Certifications, we field a lot of questions from people interested in becoming certified in ACLS, BLS, PALS or CPR. One of the most common questions that arise is whether or not online medical certification is really a legitimate option.

There is a common misconception that the training offered online is a scam.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, online certifications are accepted by most healthcare organizations and in many situations, are actually better than conventional training.

Let’s take a look at the realities behind these misconceptions and bust these myths once and for all.

E-learning is actually more effective.

One of the biggest objectives to online medical certification vs. in-person options is the idea that people can’t properly learn when they aren’t being taught in a traditional classroom setting.

The reality is quite the opposite.

In fact, research has revealed that e-learning is significantly more effective for students, with retention rates of 25-60% compared to just 8-10% for face-to-face training.

What’s more, the same study showed that e-learning participants learn nearly 5 times more material without increasing time spent in training.

AHA approval does NOT equal legitimacy.

Another popular argument against online certification is that because it’s not AHA approved, it’s somehow not a legitimate option.

This simply isn’t true.

In fact, the coursework and materials for ProMed Certifications were developed by qualified medical professionals and designed specifically to remain in line with AHA requirements.

As a result, our certification courses are accepted nationwide and in most countries abroad.

In fact, in reviewing the data collected by ProMed Certifications in 2017, out of the over 5,000 employers of the medical professionals certified by ProMed Certifications, there was a 97.2% employer acceptance rate. That is why we are confident enough to offer a 100% money-back guarantee.

Why the 2.8% denial rate you ask? This is because some employers have partnerships with specific certification providers and only accept certifications from those providers.

The real truth behind the arguments.

The real reason so many myths and misconceptions are being passed around about online medical certification is that this option essentially threatens the success of in-person training programs.

Providers like create a whole new level of competition in a field that once had none, and instructors and program directors are feeling the impact.

As such, many of these individuals have chosen to take a stance against online medical certification in the hopes that discrediting that option will prevent further loss of business.

The proof is in the pudding.

Perhaps the biggest argument in favor of online medical certification is the thousands of students who have successfully obtained their credentials without having to spend hours or days in a classroom.

In 2017 alone, ProMed Certifications certified over 10,000 medical professionals.

If this option were truly a scam, as many purport it to be, how would so many individuals have been able to get certified and recertified?

The fact is, online medical certification is absolutely a legitimate and worthwhile option for becoming ACLS, PALS, BLS or CPR certified.

It’s also faster, more convenient and much less expensive.


If you’re still on the fence, we invite you to take a look at the thousands of verified, positive reviews from health care professionals who have certified with ProMed Certifications.