Today online courses are the new trend for certification and continuing education. With an online course, you don’t have to travel, book a hotel, and they usually have a good refund policy.
With all the hype, Medbridge is actually a pretty decent platform for healthcare. If you’re looking for some quality courses and you need to get through them quickly, it’s a great service to use. It also has some unique features that I don’t see in other course platforms.
Let’s get to the chase. Is Medbridge worth the cost?
At $225 for the basic plan option, medbridge is worth it. You’ll get more courses than you can ever finish in a year (unlimited), and the phone app makes it simple and easy to use.
In this post, I’ll discuss my experience using medbridge, how to get the most out of it, and the pros/cons.
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Just so you know, this review is not sponsored, however, I do receive a commission if you use my promo code. Thank you in advance 🙂
My experience with Medbridge
Since my job gives me $500 per year to use toward OT CEUs, I buy medbridge every year. It’s great if you want to take a quick 30-60 min course while driving to and from your commute.
I can get through a course in a couple days at this rate. They also offer 2-3 hour courses, and you can print off the slides after each course for reference.
I only use the app. I’ll spend 5 min choosing all the courses and add them to my queue. I can then listen while I drive and resume while I’m at work charting. It’s almost like an audiobook.
So far, the courses have been informative and useful. Some of my favorite courses include
- Stroke rehab
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hand therapy
- Driver rehab
If you want an easy and simple way to get through a lot of CEUs in a quick amount of time, MedBridge is probably the best way to go about it.
How to get the most out of medbridge
Medbridge exams are much easier than other courses I’ve taken. I’m not sure if this is good or bad, but I think most courses with a rigid exam don’t improve my learning.
I recently, spent $500 for an online course on ergonomics. The exam questions were completely useless and almost irrelevant to the material.
That’s why I actually created my on occupational therapy course on ergonomics.
I think exams can be good when the questions are good, and these questions were awful. In the end, I became certified, but I didn’t become a good ergonomist until I did my own research, found a mentor, and started working.
Online courses are great, but you get the most out of a course when you have opinions from a larger group and start applying what your learn.
Pros and Cons
Here’s my list of MedBridge pros and cons. Not too many cons here, I’ve talked with some of the people from Medbridge and they’re actually really nice and easy to work with. I’m sure if you have any problems, they would be happy to provide a refund.
- Affordable for a year of unlimited courses
- No travel required
- Wide range of courses for OT, PT, ST and Nursing
- Easy to use platform
- Client centered tools
- Home exercises for patients
- Easy exams
- Downloadable slides
- App friendly
- Approved by AOTA, APTA, ASHA, and BOC (Athletic trainers)
- With unlimited courses, there are some duds
The best Courses for Medbridge
Medbridge has a huge library of courses for OT, PT, ST, RNs, athletic trainers, and more. Sometimes I take courses from other platforms to learn more about athlete training, yoga, or courses by physical therapists.
Here are some of my favorite courses so far.
- Hand Therapy courses by Jennifer Dodson
- Meaningful goals by Sarah Barr
- Mindfulness by Carolyn McManess
- Telehealth micro learning courses (Jared Vagy)
- The athlete Movement System (Jared Vagy)
As a therapist, I’m starting to dislike the word certification. I’ve been certified in a number of hand therapy courses, but no one cares unless I’m board certified.
Certifications don’t make us better health care professionals. We improve when we are equipped with knowledge, kindness, empathy, compassion, and see others for who they are.
Online courses will help with the knowledge part, but the rest is up to us.
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David is the lead editor of OT Focus. He has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist since 2013. He specializes in acute care, hand therapy, and ergonomics.