Post-Graduate Certificate in Health Care Education
The mission of the Master of Health Science (MHS) in Health Care Education is to prepare existing health care professionals to be effective teachers and leaders who are capable of serving diverse learners within health care organizations and health professions programs.
The Department of Allied Health offers a post-graduate certificate designed specifically for health care professionals interested in building their knowledge and skills in education. The post-graduate certificate in healthcare education focuses on education topics and meets many accreditation expectations for health professions educators. The certificate is a 9-credit hour, fully online program of study offered in 8-week courses.
This certificate, when paired with a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing, fits the education eligibility requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.
Under no circumstances will academic credit be awarded for life experiences.
Effective Fall 2016, students pursuing a graduate degree who have completed all degree requirements, and have enrolled in but not completed a capstone, practicum, or thesis, will be required to maintain continuous enrollment at Washburn University until graduation (unless a leave has been approved). Continuous enrollment means that candidates must be enrolled in at least one credit hour until degree requirements are met. If all other course work has been completed, students will be required to enroll in a one-credit-hour class AL 777 Continuous Enrollment each semester until the program is completed. Credit hours completed through the AL 777 Continuous Enrollment will not count toward the credit hours required for graduation and will be recorded as a credit on the transcript. This requirement also applies to the summer term for students whose degrees are being awarded at the end of the summer term. Interruption of continuous registration due to a failure to follow this requirement will result in a need for readmission to the program.
It is the policy of Washburn University and the Department of Allied Health to assure equal educational and employment opportunity to qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, marital or parental status, or sexual orientation.
Candidates for admission to the Master of Health Science post-graduate certificate program must have completed a master’s or doctoral degree and have two or more years of work experience in a health care profession. Professional experience includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: health care administration, health information technology, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, radiology and dentistry.
Candidates are expected to be familiar with Microsoft Office products and meet the technical expectations for online students as outlined at https://www.washburn.edu/its/online-education/tech-tips.html.
1. Complete the Online Graduate Application found at https://applyweb.com/washburn/index.ftl.
2. The online application requires the creation of an account.
3. Within the online application, select the “Certificate Seeking” option when prompted.
4. Within the online application, upload unofficial transcripts demonstrating completion of a master’s or doctoral degree. Official transcripts are required only after being admitted. Official transcripts may be sent electronically to email@example.com or via U.S. mail to Admissions, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka KS 66621.
5. Pay the $40 application fee.
All MHS students are required to consult with the MHS Program Coordinator every semester to decide a course schedule for the coming semester. The student’s Washburn University email address will be the official mode of electronic communication used by the University and Program.
1. Complete 9-credit hours of required course work.
2 Maintain no less than a “B” (3.0) grade point average in the MHS certificate coursework.
Students will select and complete three (3) of the four (4) courses listed:
AL 600 Foundations Health Care Education (3)
This course focuses on the history of healthcare education programs, educational theory and concepts, teaching and learning styles, and principles of adult education including characteristics, needs, and motivations of adult learners. Prerequisite: None.
AL 624 Assessment Health Care Education (3)
This course examines the elements of effective learner assessment within health care education programs including the clinical setting. Fundamental principles of assessment are discussed as well as various authentic assessment methods. This course emphasizes practical application in which the learner will develop a learning module using various assessment strategies and analyze the effectiveness of each assessment. Prerequisite: None.
AL 626 Instructional Technology (3)
This course provides an overview of current instructional technologies which support active learning within health care education programs. The integration of technology in the traditional, blended and online environments is discussed as well as copyright and fair use laws as they relate to the utilization of technology in higher education. This course emphasizes practical application. Prerequisite: None.
AL 720 Curriculum/Instructional Methods Health Care (3)
This course focuses on understanding the process of developing health care related curriculum. Instructional design models, implementation planning, student assessment methods, analysis of effectiveness and continuous improvement are discussed. This course emphasizes practical application. Prerequisite: None.