’s parent company acquires education leader in assisted living, non-medical home care

By | 2016-09-21T13:38:13-04:00 September 20th, 2016|6 Comments

In keeping with the company’s growth strategy, OnCourse Learning,’s parent company, announced the acquisition of the Institute for Professional Care Education, a leader in training and compliance solutions for assisted living communities, home care providers and home health agencies.

“As a top provider of training for non-medical home care and assisted living caregivers, IPCed is a welcome addition to our family,” said Patrick Sheahan, president and CEO of OnCourse Learning. “This acquisition allows us to build on our strong foundation in healthcare education by expanding our content catalog to meet the training needs of professionals across the provider landscape, in both acute and post-acute care settings.”

IPCed, based in Vancouver, Wash., was founded in 2003 and has experienced rapid growth, including the acquisitions of Medifecta Healthcare Training in 2012 and the Care and Compliance Group in 2014. With a team of 50 employees, IPCed offers online training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing professions, including assisted living administrators and personnel, as well as direct care workers throughout the senior and post-acute industries. OnCourse Learning is the nation’s top provider of online training for registered nurses via, a popular hub for nursing news, jobs and education content, and CE Direct, the company’s market-leading product platform for hospitals and health systems.

“I’ve always been passionate about education,” said Sharon K. Brothers, CEO and co-founder of IPCed. “It is so clear to see the positive outcomes that accompany quality education. IPCed’s courses are designed to get people so excited about training that they go back and take more courses without being mandated. OnCourse Learning’s focus on content as well as their technology platform will give us opportunities to improve the quality and delivery of our courses and modernize the user experience.”

OnCourse Learning, which formed in 2007, provides workforce solutions and professional training for the healthcare, financial services and real estate industries. The company offers 30,000 hours of content to 500,000 students annually. IPCed represents the third acquisition for OnCourse Learning in the healthcare training industry since entering the fast-growing vertical with the purchase of Gannett Healthcare Group (, in 2014.

Brothers and her husband previously owned assisted-living facilities in Oregon and California. They saw a need for every employee on every shift to get the same level of training. That need spawned the formation of their company, first known as EasyECU Inc., which started with a focus on training leaders then moved to hands-on care providers.

“If you want to effect change, you start with leaders,” Brothers said. “I know from personal experience that there are a whole lot of people who have found their niche as direct-care workers. It doesn’t stop their career ladder. They can continue to grow their skills and knowledge and expertise.”

“Sharon’s three decades of experience and knowledge in the industry have made her a passionate thought leader,” Sheahan said. “IPCed’s goals align well with OnCourse Learning, and we look forward to helping providers across the country improve patient care through training and education.”

IPCed, which will continue operations from its Vancouver, Wash., headquarters, offers a series of specialized certifications for caregivers, including dementia care, Parkinson’s care, end-of-life care and diabetes care. The company also offers training materials, such as DVDs and care checklists, for family members who provide care to loved ones.

 OnCourse Learning has more than 300 employees across the country, including at the company headquarters in Wisconsin and offices in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Atlanta and Hunt Valley, Md. OnCourse Learning is a CIP Capital portfolio company.

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Sallie Jimenez
Sallie Jimenez is content manager for healthcare for from Relias. She develops and edits content for the blog, which covers industry news and trends in the nursing profession and healthcare. She also develops content for the Digital Editions. She has more than 25 years of healthcare journalism, content marketing and editing experience.


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    Ella Rollins September 21, 2016 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    I am so happy to have read this article. It has opened my eyes to another way into learning about the different ways of nursing. I love online learning and I am so happy to learn that there is another way to learn online. I am so thankful to have read this article and I look forward to reading more articles.

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    Ella Rollins October 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    It is good to have a good idea about assisted living and how it helps so many people. Many people do not know all of the jargon that comes with assisted living and it is good to have people help us understand that aspect. I worked in assisted living and adult day care for about 6 years and there was a lot of jargon to learn when I was there. So, I am grateful for this article and it has helped me out a great deal.

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    Ella Rollins November 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    This article really hits home to me because my dad and I placed my mom into assisted living facility after she fell on August 24th. My dad and I are living with her right now. It has been a hard road for me as a nurse and as a daughter because it is so personal for me. I have worked with the geriatric population for many years and it is such a different environment when the care giving is done at the facility and then you get to go home and take the break there. It is totally different when you work at a facility and come home to the care giving role. I am doing that right now and I feel exhausted. I am seeking help by talking to people and I am taking my breaks whenever I can and I enjoy them very much. In all of this, I always say that you have to take breaks so that you can recharge the battery and be an even better care giver.

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    Ella Rollins December 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    That is wonderful information pertaining to this article. Assisted livings and home health care agencies are a booming market right now because lots of people are in need of help. I also enjoyed reading about the different agencies and the types of agencies.

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    Ella Rollins January 13, 2017 at 12:59 am - Reply

    I think that this article is fantastic. It really speaks a lot of volume about patient care; especially when it comes to long-term care. I really enjoy an article that pertains to patient care. I am so thankful that you have this article so that nurses like myself can relate and understand.

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    ella rollins February 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Right now, I am working in an assisted living facility where I am a nurse and in activities as well. This article has really opened my eyes and now I can see lots of opportunities.

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