Jones & Bartlett Learning Receives Three Prestigious American Journal of Nursing Awards: Takes First Place in the Digital Products Category for Navigate Premier Access

Burlington, MA, January 8th, 2021 – Jones & Bartlett Learning, a division of Ascend Learning, today announced that several products in its nursing portfolio have been cited to receive the prestigious American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Awards. Each year the AJN conducts a peer-reviewed process of newly published textbooks and digital resources across nursing and healthcare selecting three best-in-class products per category. Since 1969, this annual awards competition has been highly regarded by professionals, faculty and librarians in both healthcare and academia.

The AJN Book of the Year Award is the hallmark of excellence in nursing publishing. I am thrilled that our authors and publishing team’s commitment to scholarship and quality are being recognized in this way. Congratulations to our authors and all award recipients!” said Matt Kane, Director of Product Management, Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Jones & Bartlett Learning has been a frequent recipient of these awards and is honored to accept a first-place award in the Digital Products category for their Navigate Premier Access product featuring simulations powered by sister company, Kognito. Navigate enhances the teaching and learning experience by combining authoritative content with a wealth of online resources for faculty and students in a learning management system (LMS) environment. They also received a second-place award in the Informatics category as well as a third-place award in the Maternal-Child Health/Prenatal Nursing/Childbirth category.

We’re extremely excited that our Navigate Premier product was awarded first place in the digital products category as it demonstrates our proficiency in delivering exceptional online learning resources to faculty and students.” said Tim McClinton, President of Professional Education, Ascend Learning.

Awarded first place in the 2020 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Digital Products category: Navigate 2 Premier Access for Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Featuring Kognito Simulations, Fourth Editionby Jacqueline Rhoads and Sandra Wiggins Petersen.

Awarded second place in the 2020 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Informatics category: Introduction to Computers for Healthcare Professionals, Seventh Editionby Irene Joos, Ramona Nelson, and Debra Wolf.

Awarded third place in the 2020 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Maternal-Child Health/Prenatal Nursing/Childbirth category: Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, Sixth Editionby Karen Wambach and Becky Spencer.

About Jones & Bartlett Learning
Jones & Bartlett Learning is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary education, post-secondary education, and professional markets. Jones & Bartlett Learning develops educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today’s instructors, students, and professionals.

NHA Creates Partnership, Path for Accredited Immunization Training for Pharmacy Technicians Ahead of New Vaccines

Leawood, Kansas – National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is now partnering with CEimpact to offer pharmacy technicians an ACPE-accredited immunization training option, helping them qualify to administer vaccinations according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act.

CEimpact, a leader in pharmacy training and education, will provide both immunization training and technician-specific continuing education courses to NHA’s educational and employer partners, along with pharmacy technicians. The immunization training is open to all state- licensed pharmacy technicians, regardless of whether they are nationally certified.

“With the arrival of flu season plus the recent availability of COVID-19 vaccines, the timing couldn’t be better,” says Jessica Langley-Loep, NHA’s Executive Director of Education and Advocacy. “NHA has long been active in advocating for expanded roles for pharmacy technicians, and we are excited to play a role in public health by enabling technicians to administer immunizations.”

“NHA accompanies the pharmacy technician along every step of their professional journey, giving them access to resources that go beyond just certification,” adds Lyndsey McDonald, NHA’s Director of Pharmacy Partnerships. “We offer learning solutions at every stage of their career – from foundational learning, through ExCPT (CPhT) certification, through career advancement. The advanced skills training and continuing education component of this partnership aligns perfectly with our efforts to promote the advancement of pharmacy technicians in improving patient care.”

The HHS PREP Act expands on previous rights accorded to qualified pharmacy technicians and state-authorized pharmacy interns, authorizing those who meet HHS requirements to administer childhood vaccines, COVID-19 tests, and COVID-19 vaccines (upon availability). The recent announcement comes as pharmacies nationwide prepare for an onslaught of immunization requests, with major retail pharmacies hiring thousands of additional employees to help meet the demand.

For more information on NHA and the ACPE-accredited immunization training for pharmacy technicians through CEimpact, visit

About National Healthcareer Association®
Since 1989, NHA has been partnering with allied health education programs, organizations and employers across the nation to award more than one million allied health certifications. The organization offers eight nationally accredited exams, certification preparation and study materials, learning resources, industry-leading outcomes-based data analytics, as well as ongoing professional development and continuing education for its certification holders. For more information, visit

NHA is a division of Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC, a leader in providing technology based educational, assessment, testing and certification solutions for healthcare and other vocational fields.

Media Contact: Lyndsey McDonald, National Healthcareer Association (913) 661-6529 or [email protected]

Ascend Learning Named Best Place to Work by Phoenix Business Journal

December 22, 2020

GILBERT, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ascend Learning, the parent company of three Phoenix-based fitness and wellness brands, today announced it was named one of the top 10 best places to work among midsize companies by the Phoenix Business Journal. The award recognizes best workplaces based on company culture and employee reviews. The announcement was made during a virtual event recognizing the top Valley-area businesses that scored the highest on a confidential employee engagement survey conducted by an independent research firm.

The Ascend Learning office in Gilbert includes the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and ClubConnect, LLC. The employees at NASM, AFAA and ClubConnect produce and support the world’s most respected certifications and continuing education programs for health clubs and fitness professionals.

“Having our teams recognized for their hard work and dedication to building a culture that celebrates collaboration, inclusivity and innovation, is a great honor for us and we are excited to be among these great organizations striving to make a difference,” said Laurie McCartney, President of Global Fitness & Wellness for Ascend Learning. “We continually look for ways to improve and transform lives through health and fitness, and we believe an engaged and productive work environment is the backbone that supports all our efforts.”

Early in 2020 Ascend Learning moved into a new office space in Gilbert that includes more areas to facilitate group interactions and a state-of-the-art gym. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all employees transitioned to working remotely in March.

“To support the transition to working from home, we added more daily check-ins with our staff to keep our teams up to speed on important projects. We also included dedicated time for fun activities including things like daily meditations and workouts to keep everyone connected and motivated,” said McCartney. “Our ability to pivot at every level of the business has also helped us accelerate the development of a new Virtual Coaching Specialization, which we are proud to provide to our customers. That course is now empowering personal trainers all around the world to stay connected with their clients, even in a lockdown.”

A complete list of the Best Places to Work 2020, along with more details on the winning companies, is available through Phoenix Business Journal.

About Ascend Learning:Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers. Learn more at

About NASM: Now in its 33rd year, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has remained the gold standard in fitness education due to the high quality of fitness professionals they produce and the scientific rigor of their programs. NASM offers a best in class Certified Personal Training (CPT) program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the leading accreditor of certificate courses in the fitness industry, along with major specializations in Nutrition Coaching (CNC), Sports Performance (PES), and Corrective Exercise (CES). Learn more at

About AFAA: The Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has led the way in certifying group fitness and personal trainers for over 35 years. AFAA pioneered the first nationally standardized guidelines for fitness professionals and has educated over 350,000 instructors and trainers in 73 countries. AFAA’s Group Fitness Instructor Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more at

About ClubConnect: With products and services supporting over 8,000 health clubs and gyms across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Middle East. ClubConnect is the market leader in health club software, supporting gym employee onboarding, educational development, and credential verification. Learn more at

Employee Spotlight: Laura Paglucia

As a director of product management working with Ascend’s professional education businesses, Laura Pagluica works with the Computer Science, Public Health, and CDX Product Managers to assess market needs and problems and create innovative strategies to bring products to market. This involves everything from visiting with instructors and students, to profit and loss analysis, to creating new growth strategies. Her favorite thing about working with the team is that she loves the collaborative environment of her department. Whether it’s sharing innovative ideas and best practices, or brainstorming together to solve a problem, she enjoys working with such thoughtful and creative individuals.

Q. What’s your favorite Ascend value and why?

A. Embrace Change. I’ve been lucky to work in a variety of different roles at Jones & Bartlett Learning, including editorial assistant, sales rep, and product manager. Through these roles, I have been able to learn new markets, forge relationships with different teams and colleagues, and apply a variety of different skills. Change always brings opportunity and a chance to learn.

Q. What’s the greatest piece of advice a mentor has given you?

A. A mentor once told me that I should strive to learn something new every day. Whether it’s my personal life or my career, there are always new things to learn, areas for improvement, and a chance to learn from others.

Q. What are three (or more) things that are on your desk right now and why are they there?

A. My desk looks a bit different now that I am working remotely during the pandemic. At my home office, I always try to have fresh flowers- they never fail to bring color and cheer to my day.  I also have a wedding photo of me and my husband- we just got married a few weeks ago- and a bag of treats for my new shih tzu puppy, Rosie.  In the Burlington office, my desk is filled with mementos from my travels, photos of family, and a snow globe- a gift from a colleague that always brings a smile to my face.

Q. What is one goal that you plan to accomplish during your adult lifetime?

A. I would love to hone my photography skills! I have an amateur interest in photography and love to take photos during my travels. I’ve taken a few photography tours when visiting other countries, which is a great way to see the country through a local photographer’s eyes.

Q. Outside of work, what hobbies or activities do you enjoy?

A. I love to travel. I have been to 28 countries, and have so many great memories, from camping in the Sahara desert in Morocco, to hiking a glacier in Argentina, to taking a motorbike ride along the Vietnamese coast. I love experiencing different cultures, tasting different foods, and all of the other adventures that travel brings!

Texas Woman Recognized as NHA’s One Millionth Certification, Helps in COVID Vaccine Study

Leawood, KS – Curtrise Ware, a newly certified clinical medical assistant in Killeen, Texas, recently helped put the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) at the “one million certifications issued” mark. Ware passed her national Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) certification exam through NHA at the end of August and is now working with her employer as part of the continued effort to bring additional COVID-19 vaccines to the U.S.

“I absolutely love getting up and going to work,” said Ware. “I feel like this job was designed for me. Also, I am currently a part of a COVID-19 vaccine study, and our biggest mission is finding an effective vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus. I love making a difference in others’ lives.”

Mrs. Ware, a former fast-food restaurant manager, was motivated to seek a career in healthcare when her mother was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. Impressed by the care and compassion of her mother’s nurses, she realized that she, too, had a passion to help others and make a difference. She enrolled in a local medical assistant training program and began the process of studying for the NHA certification exam. Becoming an NHA certified clinical medical assistant is her first step on a journey to become an RN, and she hopes to start nursing school in the next few years.

“NHA is thrilled to acknowledge Curtrise as our one millionth certification earner,” said Mike Dahir, NHA General Manager. “Over the past 30 years, we’ve been empowering people to access a better future through certification in eight allied health professions. This is an important milestone for NHA as it represents the millions of lives impacted directly and indirectly through certification,” said Dahir.

NHA celebrated by providing Ware with a cookie bouquet, a $500 Amazon gift card, and a special, framed certificate. TI Scrubs, of Kansas City, Missouri, also gifted Curtrise $100 worth of scrubs to show its support for healthcare workers on the front lines.

“Bringing skilled and passionate people into healthcare is mission critical right now, so we are honored to join NHA in the celebration of one million allied health certifications,” says Natalie Busch, TI Scrubs CEO.

Ware offered words of encouragement for others interested in pursuing certification and a career in healthcare: “For those considering a career as a CCMA, I would definitely tell them it’s a great start, especially if you’re interested in the healthcare field but not sure exactly where

to begin,” she advises. “I always kept a positive attitude and remembered why I wanted to come into this career field.”

To learn more about the field of allied health and what it takes to become nationally certified, visit the National Healthcareer Associations’s website at

About National Healthcareer Association®

Since 1989, NHA has been partnering with allied health education programs, organizations and employers across the nation to award more than one million allied health certifications. The organization offers eight nationally accredited exams, certification preparation and study materials, learning resources, industry-leading outcomes-based data analytics, as well as ongoing professional development and continuing education for its certification holders. For more information, visit

NHA is a division of Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC, a leader in providing technology based educational, assessment, testing and certification solutions for healthcare and other vocational fields.

Media contact: Erin Venable, National Healthcareer Association 816-384-4634 or [email protected]

Zumba And Strong Nation Receive Spirit Of Fitness Award

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) recognized Zumba and Strong Nation with its first Spirit of Fitness Award during their annual Optima Fitness and Wellness Conference.

Laurie McCartney, president of Global Fitness & Wellness Solutions for Ascend Learning, the parent company of NASM and AFAA, presented the award to the Zumba and Strong Nation communities as part of Optima’s welcome keynote address.

Outside of its fitness platform, Zumba’s network of instructors and customers participants are actively involved in outreach campaigns. This year, Zumba partnered with The Global FoodBanking Network to deliver more than one million free meals to families impacted by COVID-19. Zumba also raised over $5.7 million to support philanthropic causes including the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Augie’s Quest for the cure of ALS.

Alberto Perlman, CEO and co-founder of Zumba, accepted the award and said, “When stay-at-home orders were first put into effect in March, we made it our mission to keep people moving, not only for a physical release but as a way to help with the stress and anxiety due to the Pandemic,” said Perlman. “Our incredible instructors around the world never missed a beat, learning the ins and outs of technology so they could deliver amazing virtual classes and eventually teaching outdoor classes to keep their communities moving and connected, continuing to create joy in a time where we all have needed it the most.”

As part of the Spirit of Fitness award, NASM and AFAA will provide 20 scholarships that Zumba will share with its instructors to support its commitment to continuing education.

ClickSafety Wins 2020 Occupational Health & Safety New Product of the Year Award 

New Online Training Provides Intensive COVID-19 Prep for the Workplace 


ClickSafety, Inc., an Ascend Learning company, was recently honored by Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) magazine, taking home an online training award for its new course, Returning to Work: Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace.


 “This year, we are recognizing outstanding products in 26 award categories, including a new category for products created to protect against infectious diseases.” OH&S Editor, Sydny Shepard said. “Now more than ever, it is of the utmost importance to keep workers and employees safe from emerging and existing workplace hazards.” 


The Returning to Work: Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 in the Workplace online training is an awareness-level course designed to inform employees and their coworkers about essential ways to protect themselves from exposure to the virus. The training is based on guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), and other reputable sources. 


Designed to meet a need in the marketspace, the Returning to Work: Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 course is applicable for workers in all industries who may have a potential for risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace. 


This new online training course from ClickSafety is one of multiple courses providing essential knowledge and fundamental training regarding COVID-19 and its effect on multiple industries. Additional courses in the COVID-19 catalog include COVID-19 Return-to-Work: Concepts for Employers, Supervisors, and Managers and Return-to-Work for Supervisors and Managers for Construction. 


“We are extremely honored to be recognized for best online training product by OH&S. ClickSafety helps businesses build a comprehensive safety culture and the pandemic has challenged what it means,” said Tim McClinton President of Ascend Learning Professional Education Services. “It was of paramount importance to provide our customers and their employees the training they need to implement safe return to work policies.” 


This is OH&S magazine’s 12th annual New Product of the Year contest, and ClickSafety joins the ranks of businesses, like ZOLL Medical, KEEN Utility, and Bradley Corp as a winner.  


About ClickSafety: Founded in 1999, ClickSafety became the first OSHA Outreach Training Provider to deliver both the OSHA 10-Hour and OSHA 30-Hour safety training courses online. ClickSafety employs an in-house team of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP), Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH), and additional industry professionals to provide the most up-to-date online safety training courses available.  

Employee Spotlight: Ada Woo

From her home office in Iowa City, Ada Woo, senior director of assessment sciences focuses each day on making information, time and decision processes more efficient in the Assessment Sciences Unit, which is a shared service department within Ascend Learning. She works with a variety of teams and their business unit partners to create value for stakeholders like ATI Nursing Education and National Healthcareer Association. She loves that since she’s only been on the job for about five weeks, no two days have been the same so far! When the weekend arrives, Ada is excited to spend time with her husband and six-month-old son.


Q. What is your favorite thing about the business unit or department you support?

A. I love the variety of assessment and learning products that are a part of the ATI Nursing Education and National Healthcareer Association offerings.


Q. What’s your favorite Ascend value and why?

A. Embrace change. I was impressed with how quickly Ascend adapted to meet stakeholders’ needs in the pandemic. That was actually one of the reasons why I chose to join the company about two months ago. Now as a part of the team, I am even more impressed with our agility and willingness to embrace change.


Q. What book, movie or television show would you recommend people read or watch?

A. I read Educated by Tara Westover recently. It is such a compelling autobiography! Born to isolationist parents, the author did not receive any proper schooling as a child. She taught herself algebra, self-studied for the ACT, and got into college! As a first-generation college student, a part of Tara’s experience resonated with me. Education changed her life; it changed mine too.


Q. What’s something you’ve done that most people haven’t done?

A. I moved from my hometown in Hong Kong to Alabama alone at 16 to be an exchange student. It was a wonderful experience and an adventure for sure. I love the food in Alabama. In the 90s, regional American cuisine was totally unknown in Hong Kong. Imagine the joy when I had pulled pork sandwiches, fried okra, and pecan pie for the first time. Through sharing meals and cooking together, I met many friends and learned the culture of my new city. To this day, Southern cooking still brings fond memories and it remains some of my favorite food.




ExamFX Named Best Overall SIE Exam Prep Course for 2020 by Investopedia

Leawood, KS, Sept. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After an extensive, independent evaluation, Investopedia, one of the largest online financial and investing education sites, named ExamFX “Best Overall SIE Exam Prep Course” for 2020. The evaluation criteria included a review of price points, class options, and product offerings and tools available across Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam prep providers.

The SIE exam was established by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2018 to test candidates’ foundational knowledge of the securities industry. Passing the SIE exam is a mandatory corequisite for prospective securities industry professionals seeking to become registered representatives.

Scott Barnes, ExamFX General Manager states, “Being named Best Overall in the highly competitive arena of SIE exam prep represents a significant achievement for ExamFX. It is a ringing endorsement that will resonate with professionals beginning a career in the securities industry.”

Investopedia determined that ExamFX represents the best option for candidates looking to pass the SIE exam on their first attempt. They were particularly impressed with the ease of use and friendly interface of the ExamFX interactive learning portal, as well as the fact that they offer three distinct packages — including self-study, video study, and live online study. Additionally, Investopedia noted that ExamFX offers candidates a unique “Pass Guarantee,” which demonstrates a high level of confidence in their training program. Investopedia recently posted these findings to its website in an article entitled, “The Best SIE Exam Prep Courses for 2020.”

As with all of their courses, ExamFX designed the SIE exam prep to suit every learning preference and accommodate all budgets. Their intuitive platform offers effective study tools and provides comprehensive online training to individuals pursuing a career in the securities  and insurance industries. ExamFX’s goal is to become partners in success with candidates, helping them pass their exam on the first attempt.

About ExamFX

ExamFX is an established leader in the development and delivery of online exam prep and continuing education training for the insurance and financial services industries. Since 1996, ExamFX has helped more than six million candidates prepare to pass their licensing and qualification exams. Through its learning platform, ExamFX offers candidates top-rated online training and a unique “Pass Guarantee.” ExamFX is proud to be part of the Ascend Learning family of businesses.

National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Launches Coalition for the Advancement of Pharmacy Technician Practice

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) has formed a unique, nationwide Pharmacy Technician Coalition. The coalition is focused solely on bringing pharmacy technician organizations, industry leaders, and associations together to advocate for and implement changes to expand the role of certified pharmacy technicians (CPhT), allowing them to help with needs during COVID-19. As pharmacies continue to provide more direct patient care services and are faced with increased workload during the pandemic, CPhTs have an opportunity to help with some of the pharmacists’ duties, to be more efficient in delivering patient care.

The launch of this group is part of a proactive, collaborative advocacy campaign focused on supporting and raising awareness about the valuable role technicians play in caring for patients during these unprecedented times. Pharmacies are preparing for an influx of individuals seeking COVID-19 testing and, eventually, vaccinations. The coalition seeks to help expand the role of CPhTs – allowing them to administer vaccinations and perform necessary testing – leaving time for the pharmacist to focus on other tasks such as interpreting results and collaborating with other providers to treat, or in some cases, directly prescribe and dispense appropriate therapy.

“We know that well-trained, certified pharmacy technicians are capable of performing point-of-care testing and administering immunizations during the current health crisis and in the future,” said Jessica Langely-Loep, Executive Director of Education and Advocacy at NHA. “This coalition of key pharmacy influencers will help us get that message out, with the hope of influencing regulatory change across the country.”

As a result of the global pandemic, the supply of qualified healthcare providers is increasingly limited, and the impact is being felt now more than ever. Certified pharmacy technicians are highly skilled and trained frontline healthcare professionals but are currently only authorized to immunize in a small number of states. The coalition will take actions to expand this capability to all 50 states. With help from properly trained CPhTs, pharmacies will also be well-equipped to provide communities with access to testing, to relieve some of the burden placed on the pharmacist.

Expanding the duties of CPhTs will increase pharmacy workload capacity, thereby giving time back to the pharmacist for patient consultations, as well as will allow CPhTs to play a more important role in healthcare. There is also an opportunity to increase the number of immunizations provided by pharmacies across the country, and increase education, leading to higher vaccination adherence.

“In 2016, Albertsons Companies became the first company in the country to train pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations,” said Rob Geddes, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at Albertsons Companies. “Since then, our technicians have successfully given thousands of immunizations in states where allowed and eased administrative burdens on our pharmacists as their scope of practice continues to expand. By training pharmacy technicians to share the role of administering immunizations, our company has developed new pathways for technician career advancement, increased job satisfaction, and deepened loyalty to the practice of pharmacy.”

The coalition looks to create industry collaboration throughout the entire pharmacy community and to directly engage Boards of Pharmacy in each of the states that do not currently allow CPhTs to administer immunizations. Another focus of the group is to lobby at the federal level to expand the role of CPhTs and educate the industry, legislators and State Boards of Pharmacy about the ongoing opportunity to expand the role of CPhTs. To learn more, visit

About National Healthcareer Association®
Since 1989, NHA has been partnering with allied health education programs, organizations, and employers across the nation to award one million allied health certifications. The organization offers eight nationally accredited exams, certification preparation and study materials, and specialty certificate programs, industry-leading outcomes-based data analytics, as well as ongoing professional development and continuing education.  For more information, visit

NHA is a division of Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC, a leader in providing technology based educational, assessment, testing and certification solutions for healthcare and other vocational fields.

SOURCE National Healthcareer Association