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Your course may include:

  • Textbooks – you will be contacted to verify your mailing address
  • SmartBooks – you will gain access to it immediately
  • Instructor / Facilitator or be self-directed

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Proven Curriculum

Learn from up-to-date curriculum built by experienced healthcare professionals & instructors.

Canadian Content

Health courses with Canadian-specific content, such as billing, coding, and office procedures.

Unlimited Access

Connect with your learning content on your schedule, as often as you need.

Instant Evaluation

Receive feedback on your assignments on our custom learning management system.

LION – Presented by the Centre for Distance Education

LION consists of a series of healthcare courses modified and extracted from the full-diploma offerings at our sister company, Centre for Distance Education [CD-ED]. CD-ED has been a provider of high-quality online education in business, digital arts, technology, and healthcare since 1996, graduating thousands into successful careers.

Our dedicated Admissions team at CD-ED discovered that a section of our prospective students were not ready to commit to a full-time diploma program. Some prospects didn’t have educational funds available for a year of study, a few prospects didn’t have the time to commit every week, and others were simply interested in one or two courses instead of an entire program.

In response to this demand, we developed LION to help those who wish to work in a more self-directed, one-course-at-a-time capacity. With this model, LION is able to provide professional development courses to:

  • People looking to enter the healthcare field for the first time who wish to know if it’s right for them;
  • Those who already work within the hospital system and wish to advance or switch departments; and
  • Healthcare professionals who need to re-certify or upgrade their skills.

At this time, we are focusing on our healthcare courses due to demand.

What’s the difference?

While CD-ED’s diploma programs offer a full year (or more) of instruction with weekly due dates, most of LION’s courses have no deadlines, which gives you the freedom to truly work at your own pace.

On the flipside, most LION courses do not have an instructor available for tutorial assistance or to check up on you the way CD-ED does, leaving you to build your own problem-solving toolbox and be responsible for your own course completion.

If you feel that you would benefit greatly from the relationship you can build with a dedicated instructor, feel free to apply for our full-length diploma programs! But if you want our instructor-curated content without submitting to close supervision, then LION is the way to go. This way, we can offer our high-quality educational content for a minimal price, getting you the information and training you need at a more affordable price.

Quality health, science, and office courses are important to us. We’re here to make sure you get the best self-directed education possible. Choose any course above for details, or review some of our articles below.

The ability to study anywhere at any time was very appealing

I am 56 years old. I haven’t studied since high school (1977) and wasn’t sure how I would do, especially since the program was online and required commitment from start to finish. I chose CD-ED [providers of LION] because of its reputation; and the ability to study anywhere at any time was very appealing as I have moved several times in the past few years.  I didn’t have expectations of anyone other than myself when I signed up. The program was more than I expected and I am grateful for that.

-Nola Kuehn

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