Patient Navigation Certificate

College of Health Sciences and Education

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. Prepare students to 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. Students will be able to successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care.
  3. Students will 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. Students will have the skill set to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
  5. Students will 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 both University faculty evaluations and individual department course evaluations.

The curriculum is evaluated by assessment measures which include fieldwork and clinical pass rates, alumni job placement rates, alumni surveys, and employer satisfaction surveys.

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

Sequence of Required Courses (18 credits)

MI 106

Medical Terminology


HCM 101

Intro to Health Systems


HP 125

Introduction to Patient Navigation


HP 135

Health Behavior Change Application


HP 225

Advanced Care Coordination


HP 235

Prevention and Chronic Disease


HP 325

Patient Navigation Fieldwork