OnCourse Learning: Announces acquisition of leading EMS education provider

Barry Bottino

WAUKESHA, Wis., Jan. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — OnCourse Learning today announced the acquisition of Distance CME, a leading provider of education for emergency medical service practitioners.

“Distance CME is a trusted voice among EMS professionals,” said Patrick Sheahan, President and CEO of OnCourse Learning, which provides workplace solutions and education in the healthcare, real estate and financial services industries. “We’re thrilled about this great addition to our team, which helps broaden our content offerings and serves the needs of even more healthcare professions.”

Co-founder Scott McConnell, RN, CEN, NREMT-P, PHRN, helped start the company in 2010 after a friend working as a civilian paramedic in the Middle East noted all of his certifications were lapsing while he was overseas.

“That was the lightbulb over my head,” McConnell said. “Though it started with the Middle East, virtually any EMS professional inside or outside of the U.S., quickly found the DCME course offerings to be convenient, trusted sources for their recertification training. OnCourse Learning is going to get the word out easier, more efficiently and to more people.”

With 5,000 students around the globe, Distance CME offers live, online courses in two-hour increments around the clock. “When you take one of our classes, you could be learning from an instructor in Georgia along with students from Iraq and North Dakota,” McConnell said.

Students have direct contact with instructors, who are EMS professionals themselves.

“Distance CME specializes in providing live, intensive webinar coursework to EMS and related healthcare professionals,” said Ken Ramirez, OnCourse Learning’s Executive Vice President, Healthcare. “Adding these well-respected offerings to our robust catalog of healthcare learning activities is another example of OnCourse Learning’s commitment to expanding our reach, scope and impact on the practice of as many healthcare clinicians as possible.”

About OnCourse Learning
OnCourse Learning delivers licensure, regulatory and compliance education solutions throughout the nation’s leading industries including financial services, healthcare and real estate. Through trusted industry expertise, compliance management and technology solutions, OnCourse Learning focuses on advancing the e-learning environment for individuals and businesses to help to build new careers, empower employees through knowledge and identify efficiencies in corporate training management. OnCourse Learning offers a full suite of educational products including state and federally approved pre-licensing and continuing education programs, accredited course content, exam prep tools, publications, e-books, events and a sophisticated and customizable learning management system and course-authoring tool. To learn more, visit http://www.oncourselearning.com/.