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What is Continuing Education at JFK University?
JFK University’s Continuing Education (CE) division provides highly engaging learning opportunities that support the educational and professional goals of our surrounding communities. Utilizing an expanding range of traditional and innovative delivery methods, CE offers continuing education, professional development and personal enrichment courses and programs to our region’s lifelong learners.

What is the difference between CE credit , Academic Credit and CEUs?
Continuing Education Credit: We are approved as a provider of continuing education credit for licensure and pre-licensure requirements pertaining to psychologists, mental health professionals, registered nurses and attorneys. One hour of CE credit is earned for each hour of instruction and is based upon attendance. CE courses are assigned “credit” or “no credit” on official JFKU-CE transcripts.

Academic Credit: Credit or grades for academic courses are awarded based on attendance and course work. CE credit cannot be translated into academic credit, though CE courses are sometimes accepted as substitutions for academic courses. Check with your advisor to find out if one of our CE courses will meet your needs. If you need academic course credit for an area of study, please contact JFK University’s Enrollment Services department at 925.969.3535.

Continuing Education Unit: We provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for all of our nonprofit management courses, which abide by the guidelines established by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CEUs are nationally recognized units for measuring participation in professional development programs that do not award academic credit. These courses may be appropriate when employers, re-licensure agencies and other authorities require a specific number of hours of study, and where noncredit study is acceptable. CEUs may neither be applied to nor substituted for graduation or degree requirements. One CEU is earned for 10 hours of instruction.

Are CE credits board approved?
Yes, please view our Board Accreditations on our GENERAL INFORMATION page.

What are my licensure and reporting requirements?
To find out which courses are mandated for your licensure requirements or renewal, please visit the links on the right side of this page.

CE participants are responsible for reporting their own hours.
If you are outside of California, please contact your state association.

Where are your CE courses located?
CE currently offers courses online and at three JFK University campus locations in the Bay Area:

Pleasant Hill Campus
100 Ellinwood Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Berkeley Campus
2956 San Pablo Avenue, Second Floor
Berkeley CA 94702-2471

San Jose Campus
3031 Tisch Ave, 3 Plaza West (PW)
San Jose, CA 95128

What are the benefits of pre-registering for a course?
Pre-registering for a course guarantees each registrant a place on the course roster for classes of limited size. Additionally, early registration minimizes the chance of your course(s) being cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Participants who enroll at least 4 days prior to the course start date receive their CE certificate on-site immediately following completion of the course.

Can I reserve a spot without payment?
No. Participants will not be added to any course until our office receives full payment.

How do I register online?
You may register for any of our courses securely online through our shopping cart feature. Simply follow these instructions:

1. View our online Course Calendar under “Continuing and Extended Education” for a complete list of offerings. Click on any course title to view the full course description.

2. After reviewing the course description, click “Add Course to Cart” on the course page. (Once the course is added to your Shopping Cart, the text will say “Course Added.”)

3. Continue to add courses to your Shopping Cart by repeating steps 1-2.

4. When you are ready to complete your registration, select “View Cart.” Review the list of courses you have selected and make any necessary changes.

5. Once the information in your cart is correct, click the “Checkout” button.

6. Complete the registration form. Select the appropriate discount status if any apply. Click “Review Submission” to make sure all of your personal information is correct.

7. Click “Place Order.” You should receive email confirmation within a few minutes. If you do not receive a confirmation, please call us at 800.557.1384

Please note: You must register for online courses and on-site courses separately. Participants will receive instant access to online courses and email confirmation for on-site courses.

When will I receive my course registration confirmation?
If you register through our website, confirmation will be emailed to you immediately. Please be sure to print a copy for your records. If you register in person or by mail, phone or fax, confirmation will be mailed to you within 10 business days, including a map to the appropriate campus.

When are courses closed and how will I know?
Courses are closed when the enrollment fills to its capacity. If the enrollment is full, our website will be updated to reflect the course closure. On-site registrations will not be accepted if a course is full. Register early to secure your space!

Does CE offer discounts on any courses?
Yes! CE offers a 10% discount on most courses to JFK University affiliates (alumni, faculty, students and staff), National University alumni, multi-course registrants (students registering for three or more courses simultaneously), and to groups of three or more. For complete registration and discount information, please review our registration policies.

Does CE offer any payment installment plans?
No. All CE courses must be paid for in full at the time of registration.

What is the withdrawal & cancellation policy?
Please note that we have updated our student withdrawal and cancellation policies. Please see the “Registration Information” page for complete details.

What is the course attendance policy?
To earn continuing education credit for a course, 100% attendance is required. Late arrivals will not be allowed to earn CE credit. Partial credit cannot be granted.

When can I expect to receive your next CE catalog?
Our website contains the most updated course and departmental information. Our printed catalog is currently produced two times per year. Our Fall/Winter catalog (September-February) is available in early August. Our Spring/Summer catalog (February-August) is available in early January. We send other program-specific and reminder mailings throughout the year. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please go to the “Join our Mailing List” page under “Continuing and Extended Education”, mail us conted@jfku.edu, or call us at 800.557.1384.

I would like to teach a CE course through your department. What steps do I need to take to do this?
CE is constantly seeking to improve the breadth and quality of our offerings, particularly in the areas of psychology, management, law, education and the arts. If you possess extensive adult teaching or training experience and are interested in joining our select group of faculty, please email conted@jfku.edu to request a proposal submission form. Proposals for consideration in our Fall/Winter catalog must be submitted by March 1 of each year. Proposals for consideration in our Spring/Summer catalog must be submitted by August 1 of each year. New course proposals are submitted to an advisory committee for review and approval.


John F. Kennedy University is an affiliate of the National University System.