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  Sep 21, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Patient Navigation Certificate

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College of Health Sciences and Education
Program Director: Elaine Halesey, EdD

The Patient Navigation certificate is an 18 credit focus of study designed to augment current health care knowledge and provide specialized study in the area of patient advocacy, patient care process and health care navigation. The certificate is an 18 month plan of study.

Students completing the Patient Navigation certificate will:

  1. Provide patient navigation services embedded in the values of justice and hospitality through physical, emotional, and social support to patients following a treatment plan.
  2. Successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care.
  3. Value the need to maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues that impact the patient navigators’ ability to provide care/assistance.
  4. Have the skill set to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
  5. Identify and explain health resources including publicly funded health insurance programs and health delivery systems.

Statement of Program Assessment for Patient Navigation Certificate:

Program courses are evaluated each semester via University faculty evaluations.

The curriculum is evaluated by assessment measures related to the goals stated above.

Individual student performance is monitored via assessment each semester of student attainment of the required GPA and course completion rates.


Students seeking a patient navigation certificate must complete an application for admission, and submit an official college transcript with a minimum 2.0 GPA.  A high school diploma or GED is acceptable if students have not attended college. Please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions  section of the catalog for further information about admission of students to part-time undergraduate programs.


Cumulative GPA of 2.0 each semester. Students will be placed on program probation if the overall GPA falls below 2.0.  A student can only be on program probation one time. 

Patient Navigation Fieldwork:

To be eligible for Patient Navigation Fieldwork, a student must have completed all pre-requisite courses; as well as clearances as required by the fieldwork sites and/or the university.These include, but may not be limited to: HIPAA education;drug screening; proof of health insurance; proof of vaccinations/immunizations; criminal record/child abuse checks; federal fingerprinting; CPR certification/re-certification (if applicable); completion of orientation by health care system (if required);and liability insurance. Liability insurance is billed directly by the university, and included in the student’s fees included with the tuition statement. Information regarding this fee is listed below under Program Fees.

Cost for fieldwork requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Fieldwork can only be done during the day, Monday-Friday. Therefore, students must have at least one weekday available during the semester in which they are enrolled in HP 325. Fieldwork consists of 14-15 days in a variety of placements in order to gain a well-rounded experience to understand the role of a patient navigator. Fieldwork may be experienced in a variety of formats over the course of the semester: one day per week for 14 weeks; 2 days for 7.5 weeks, etc.Every effort will be made to accommodate the student’s preferred days.

Travel to and from assigned fieldwork sites is the responsibility of the student.

Program Fees:

For students pursuing a Certificate in Patient Navigation, a fee for liability insurance will be billed in the semester in which the student is enrolled in HP 325 .  For more information regarding this fee, see the section of the undergraduate catalog entitled Financial Information .

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