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Professional Development

Independent Reading Program

Earn MLA continuing education (CE) by reading professional journal articles and books. To participate, just read an article or book and complete your article analysis application.

You can read preselected JMLA articles (articles are marked with the IRP icon in JMLA) or self-selected professional journal articles and books that fall within one or more of MLA-defined core competencies for professional success. Receive 1 MLA CE contact hour for every article completed and 5 MLA CE contact hours for every book read.

A maximum of 5 contact hours per year can be applied toward your Academy of Health Information Professionals application or renewal, for a total of no more than 15 contact hours per a 5-year credentialing period. For more information on the academy, go to Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Participate and Earn CE Contact Hours

  • Read a preselected article from JMLA or a self-selected professional journal article or book.
  • Pay the application fee (Members: $15; nonmembers $20). Select type (article or book). After fee is paid, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions and a link to the analysis application.
  • Complete the analysis application as directed.
  • Claim credit and download your certificate for participating.

Have questions? Please contact MLA Education.