A new, online certificate program in Healthcare Navigation
at University of the Sciences is geared toward individuals looking to help patients and families navigate the increasingly complex healthcare system.
The certificate course, comprised of four, two-credit courses each eight weeks in length, will prepare individuals to succeed as a patient advocate and liaison in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. Increasing regulations are making healthcare navigators an important part of the healthcare system and different than Affordable Care Act requirement of patient navigators who only deal with insurance issues.
“The certificate program is intended for young adults, career changers, and healthcare professionals looking to enhance their knowledge of the healthcare system and familiarize themselves with the resources available for patients and families,” saidKarin Richards
, interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology. “Specifically, the program assists students, patients, and families in identifying obstacles to care throughout the healthcare process and locating resources for potential solutions including preventative health.”
The Healthcare Navigation courses are taught by faculty of USciences' Department of Kinesiology
. Students will engage with faculty through weekly video lectures, discussion boards, timely articles, videos, and case studies. No exams are required to complete the program and the entire program is completely online with no residency requirement.
“If an individual is investigating healthcare careers this is a great introduction to the possibilities that await them,” Richards stated.