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How to download and install CINAHL course packages to your Learning Management System

This page describes how to obtain SCORM-compliant modules. The installation and activation of these modules into learning management systems varies widely between vendors. Please consult your LMS vendor’s documentation for installation and activation instructions.

Intended Audience: Individuals who are designated administrators of their institution’s learning management system, and who desire the ability to download and install SCORM-compatible continuing education modules onto their institution’s LMS.

Covered: This document provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to

  1. Create a CINAHL Account
  2. Activate your CINAHL Account
  3. Request LMS Administrative Privileges
  4. Select and Download Courses
  5. Install the Course Packages


  1. Authorization by your institution to download and install CE modules
  2. An LMS system that is SCORM v1.2 compatible

Before you start – Special Considerations

Our products feature continuing education modules that web based and fully managed on our servers. Should your institution opt to use the SCORM capabilities outlined in this document, your institution’s learning management system will begin tracking credits as well.

It is important to note that, if any of your learners take courses using the web version of our CE system, those credits will not be recorded on your LMS. You should consider notifying your learners that assigned CE modules should only be taken on your institution’s LMS to avoid gaps any in reporting.

Create a CINAHL account
  1. Visit the CE website at

  2. Click on the Registration link

  3. Fill in your information and click the Register button to submit the form.

    LMS admin registration fields


Activate your CINAHL Account

After submitting the form, you will see a message about an email being sent to the email address you provided for the LMS Administrator. You will need to find that email to activate your account.

Since email access will vary between different organizations, you may want to contact your local technical support staff for assistance.

  1. From within the email message, click on the first To begin link.

    click email link

    You will be taken to a product selection page.

  2. The account creation is complete and you may logout by clicking on the Logout link and proceed with the remaining instructions.


Acquiring LMS Administrative Privileges

Once you have successfully completed the registration process, ask your institution’s administrator to reach out to their EBSCO Sales Rep to designate you as the LMS Administrator for your institution.

The CINAHL Education team will contact you to set up your LMS Administrator privileges. Once you receive an email confirming that you have been granted LMS Administrator privileges, you can continue to the Course Selection and Downloading steps.


Course Selection and Downloading Process
  1. Visit the CE website at and log in.

    Once you have logged in you will be presented with the package selection screen.

  2. Click inside the search box and type in the title of the course you want to download.

    search for and select course packages
  3. Select up to 10 packages to download and click the Download button.

    Once you have downloaded 10, you may click the Remove Selected button to clear the list and select another 10 to download.

    download and remove buttons

    Your packages are downloaded to your computer in a .zip file.


Installing the Course Packages
  1. Click the file to extract the course packages you downloaded from the CE website.

    course packages in zip files

    The extracted files are known as SCORM packages. Included is a manifest containing additional information about each SCORM package.

  2. Consult the documentation for your specific Learning Management System to learn how to install these SCORM packages.