Posted: June 30, 2006

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Home care and hospice professionals in the United States and around the world will be able to receive Internet-based training provided by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system under a new contract with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

The program, known as RCTCLEARN.NET, has been developed by Rochester Community and Technical College and is already the leader in Internet-based training for the home health care and hospice industry, according to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice.

RCTCLEARN.NET currently offers 54 home care and hospice courses constituting 156 hours. Courses meet the training and continuing education needs of professional and paraprofessional care providers. Specific courses include basic infection control, abuse and neglect for health care professionals, and diabetic care for health care paraprofessionals.

The program will be available to about 30,000 home care and hospice agencies and more than 250,000 nurses, aides and other care givers.

"This is one of many exciting ventures that demonstrate the system's investment in an initiative with an outside partner to better serve students," said Linda Baer, the system's senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. "With the excellent courses developed by Rochester Community and Technical College, we can fulfill a critical need for this industry."

Don Supalla, president of Rochester Community and Technical College, said, "This program specializes in cutting-edge training solutions for home care and hospice providers. Rather than simply moving existing courses to the Internet, our programs and courses have been designed, developed and written specifically for Internet-based delivery."

Dr. Ruth Constant, the association's board chairman, said, "This agreement will allow the National Association for Home Care and Hospice to build the nation's first integrated, technology-based, home care provider training system. We, at National Association for Home Care and Hospice, are dedicated to making home care and hospice providers' lives easier. We strongly believe in advancing the use of technology as a means to that end."

Steve Lund, the association's senior director of state relations, noted: "There are several providers of good Web-based training programs out there, but we were looking for something extraordinary. We wanted a training and education system that has an established curriculum to fit our industry's specific needs and the ability to add curriculum as needed, that uses recognized university-level curriculum development standards, that has worldwide delivery potential and is still affordable.

"RCTCLEARN.NET meets or exceeds all of those requirements, and I am very excited to be able to present this opportunity to home- and community-based care providers," Lund said.