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Certificate in Care Coordination

Certificate in Care Coordination

CCCStudent1_IMGWhat is the Certificate in Care Coordination?

The Certificate in Care Coordination is a 15-credit post-baccalaureate graduate certificate program enrolling one cohort of 20 students annually. Courses are primarily offered online with an in-person weekend introduction and final capstone project presentation.  The program will provide enrolled students with strategies and tools to become effective care coordinators for individuals with complex healthcare needs, and will focus on healthcare delivery in Virginia.  Successful graduates of this program will be equipped to empower patients and their families who are at high-risk for excess use of healthcare services to effectively reduce health system burdens and decrease adverse health outcomes.

Program Goals

Students in the care coordination certificate program will integrate concepts of care coordination in an interprofessional context along the full continuum of healthcare to meet the needs of patients and their families as they transition between healthcare settings and seek to maintain optimum health. Graduates will be equipped to help patients of any age who are at high risk for excess use of healthcare services and who have the potential for adverse health outcomes. Printable flyer (PDF).

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to: 

  1. Explain ways the healthcare team can empower the patient and/or family with decision-making skills about the patient's healthcare needs by keeping patients and families central in the care planning process.
  2. Apply ethical principles to the care of patients of all ages and their families.
  3. Compare and contrast methods of effective care coordination in a variety of clinical settings to minimize cost and enhance health outcomes.
  4. Develop and demonstrate skills for effective communication and collaboration within the interprofessional team across settings.
  5. Describe approaches to link complex patients with community resources that promote social justice and health.
  6. Develop and demonstrate skills to effectively facilitate and utlize timely, complete, effective and safe handoffs during care transitions for complex patients
  7. Demonstrate how to maximize the utility of information systems to enhance care.
  8. Explain the overall infrastructure and regulation of U.S. healthcare and its effect on care coordination
  9. Compare and contrast healthcare payment models as they relate to utilization review, compliance and reimbursement. 

Course Listing

  • Semester 1(1 credit; 15 wk) IPEC 510 Interprofessional Communication and the Care Coordinator I
  • Semester 1(2 credit; 6 wk) IPEC 511 U.S. Healthcare and Care Coordination
  • Semester 1(3 credit; 9 wk) IPEC 512 Healthcare Payment Models and Care Coordination
  • Semester 2(2 credit; 6 wk) IPEC 513 Ethical and Legal Considerations in Care Coordination
  • Semester 2(3 credit; 9 wk) IPEC 514 Hospital-Based Care Coordination
  • Semester 2(1 credit; 15 wk) IPEC 515 Interprofessional Communication and the Care Coordinator II
  • Semester 3(3 credit; 9 wk) IPEC 516 Community-Based Care Coordination

Who Should Apply? 

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the standards for admission:

  1. Be a health care professional, including but not limited to: Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Pharmacist, Clinical Psychologist, Physician, Therapist (PT/OT/ST), Dentist, Dental Hygienist, or Professional Counselor. Applicant must be in good standing with licensing and certifying bodies as applicable.
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a U.S. accredited program with a health care-related focus such as but not limited to: nursing, social work, pharmacy, psychology, medicine, allied health, or counseling.
  3. Complete the electronic submission of the online VCU Graduate Application as well as all supplemental application materials and required documents by the listed deadline.
    • Include a resume or CV with your VCU Graduate Application that includes all relevant information, professional designations, and licensure as applicable.
    • Include a personal statement that answers the following questions as applicable
      • Your career goals and how the graduate program would help you meet those goals
      • Prior work and life experiences related to your interest and aptitude for the program
      • Your perception of your intellectual capability to successfully complete the graduate program
      • Information about academic honors or professional awards, including scholarships, fellowships, prizes, honorary society memberships, publications, inventions or other creative work

Note: Preference for admission will be given to applicants who have clinically-based experience. A personal interview may be requested at the discretion of the application review team. Applications are still being accepted. 

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Program Director

Kimberly Davis, MS, RN, CNE

Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Kimberly Davis is a certified nurse educator and clinical coordinator for community health nursing at VCU School of Nursing. She teaches undergraduate nursing students in a variety of clinical settings both in the hospital and in the community. Ms. Davis is also program director for the graduate level Care Coordination Certificate program, which focuses on an interprofessional approach to workforce development.  Her research interests include care coordination, interprofessional educational strategies, and development of gerontology-focused curriculum. Ms. Davis serves on the Virginia Geriatric Education Center Plenary and assists with their Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program Initiatives. 



Ross K. Arington, M.S.H.A., M.P.A.

Ross K. Airington, M.S.H.A., M.P.A. is a Health Policy Analyst and Health Reform Educator who has worked in a variety of settings analyzing legislation and regulatory activities to inform professional practice, including the Medical Society of Virginia, VCU Health, and affiliate faculty member at the VCU Department of Health Administration. Mr. Airington holds a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Early, Jennifer
Jennifer Early, M.S.H.A., RN

Office of Community-Engaged Research

Jen Early has over a decade of experience in community health and community engagement. She is a licensed Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Science in Health Administration. Having practiced as a community health nurse and worked directly with Richmond's most vulnerable families, Ms. Early is passionate about issues of health and equity. She approaches community health from a strength based philosophy of self-determination and empowerment. Ms. Early is a Doctoral Candidate in VCU's School of Health Administration with research interests in health equity, collective impact, alternative models of health care delivery, change management, adoption of innovation, and organization structure and development.


Bonita Hogue, L.C.S.W., C-SWHC

Clinical Social Worker
VCU Medical Center

Bonita Hogue is a licensed clinical social worker and social work manager at the VCU Health System. Ms. Hogue also serves as adjunct faculty in the VCU School of Social Work where she has taught courses in advance health policy, health practice, introduction to social work, and human behavior. She also teaches with the Virginia Geriatric Education Center with an interprofessional team of physicians, nurse practitioners, a pharmacist, physical and occupational therapist. 


Luiza Bretas, MS, MHA

Clinical Trial Administrator
Massey Cancer Center

Luiza Bretas administers clinical trials at Massey Cancer Center. She provides financial and administrative management of trials; technical support with compliance of studies; and communicates directly with associated parties regarding contracts and financial obligations for the Center. Luiza offers extensive knowledge in all areas of clinical research, with past experiences in research and development, pre-clinical research, and Phases I-IV.


Elizabeth Micalizzi, M.B.A., PMP, CCRP

Director, Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology, Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
and Administrative Director, Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaboration
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences

Elizabeth Micalizzi, MBA, PMP, CCRP is the Director of Strategic Projects and Integrated Technology in the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, and the Administrative Director for the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care.  Ms. Micalizzi brings almost 20 years professional history in the academic medical center in undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education, instructional development, multi-media design, as well as complex project management in health sciences and integrated techhnology in clinical research.