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.
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:
- 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.
- Apply ethical principles to the care of patients of all ages and their families.
- Compare and contrast methods of effective care coordination in a variety of clinical settings to minimize cost and enhance health outcomes.
- Develop and demonstrate skills for effective communication and collaboration within the interprofessional team across settings.
- Describe approaches to link complex patients with community resources that promote social justice and health.
- Develop and demonstrate skills to effectively facilitate and utlize timely, complete, effective and safe handoffs during care transitions for complex patients
- Demonstrate how to maximize the utility of information systems to enhance care.
- Explain the overall infrastructure and regulation of U.S. healthcare and its effect on care coordination
- Compare and contrast healthcare payment models as they relate to utilization review, compliance and reimbursement.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Complete the electronic submission of the online VCU Graduate Application http://graduate.admissions.vcu.edu/apply/) 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.
Applications at http://graduate.admissions.vcu.edu/apply/