About Western Schools
Western Schools is a nationally accredited and approved, widely recognized leader in continuing education for healthcare professionals, offering peer-reviewed, convenient, and affordable courses.

We have an extensive selection of courses designed specifically for:

  • Nurses (RNs, LPNs/LVNs, and APNs)
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors (Mental Health and Addictions)
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Dental Assistants
  • Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

History

Since 1978, Western Schools has been at the forefront of professional continuing education (CE), providing evidence-based, peer-reviewed CE courses to more than 1 million nurses, advanced practice nurses, psychiatric technicians, and nursing home administrators, enabling these professionals to fulfill their re-licensure requirements and meet other credentialing needs.

In 2006, Western Schools expanded to provide CE courses to social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. Between 2007 and 2009, GSC Home Study Courses (GSC), American Dental Institute (ADI), and Respiratory Care Educational Consulting Services (RCECS) joined the Western Schools family of companies, expanding our offerings to include courses directed toward dental professionals, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and respiratory therapists.

In 2014, all these companies merged to form a single entity, operating under a single brand: Western Schools. This consolidation has enabled Western Schools to preserve and foster the high quality of CE that our learners expect. We have improved the quality and consistency of our course development processes and worked to offer an ever-expanding number and variety of courses. Highly credentialed education planners work within each profession to ensure that courses are written by recognized experts in their fields, reviewed by appropriate subject matter specialists, and supported by the latest research. This rigorous process ensures that course materials will enhance learning and job performance, improve practice outcomes, meet licensing requirements, and help advance the knowledge and careers of our learners.

Accreditation

Western Schools safeguards its high quality standards by maintaining accreditations with the most reputable national accrediting bodies supporting each of the professions we serve.

For instance, in nursing, Western Schools is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), while many other nursing CE providers cannot obtain this elite accreditation, defaulting instead to state-level approvals. In fact, Western Schools is one of the few providers to achieve ANCC Accreditation with Distinction, in recognition of our commitment to demonstrating quality, excellence, and innovation in curriculum design and the delivery of continuing nursing education.

Regardless of your area of practice, you will see throughout this web site that Western Schools always pursues and achieves the highest level of accreditation attainable within your profession.

We subscribe to the highest accreditation standards in your profession because we support the aspirations of your own professional associations and organizations. We know that quality matters to all of our learners seeking to deliver the very highest standard of care to their patients and clients.

National Accreditations

ANCC – American Nurses Credentialing Center
ASWB – Association of Social Work Boards
NBCC – National Board for Certified Counselors
APA – American Psychological Association
AOTA – American Occupational Therapy Association
AGD – Academy of General Dentistry
ADA – American Dental Association
AARC – American Association for Respiratory Care

Mission

Western Schools is committed to the growth and lifelong learning of health care professionals.

All Western Schools courses have clearly defined educational goals and adhere to stringent standards for curriculum planning, development, and presentation. We are committed to helping you improve your practice and to supporting your professional and career growth.

Since its founding in 1978, Western Schools has served more than 1 million customers through its commitment to the growth and lifelong learning of healthcare professionals. Want to hear why our customers chose Western Schools? Read our Customer Testimonials.

Western Schools Guarantees Your Satisfaction

If, for any reason, your continuing education course or product fails to meet your expectations, you may return it within 30 days for an exchange or refund. Software products must be unopened. Textbooks must be unmarked. Shipping and processing charges are non-refundable.

Contact Information
Order by Phone
1-800-203-0845
24 hours a day/7 days a week

Customer Service Department
1-800-618-1670
Mon - Fri 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST

General Questions
Please email Customer Service at customerservice@westernschools.com