Health Professional Education Certificate
The health professional education certificate is designed to provide health professionals with additional preparation in educational principles and theory to support them in their roles as educators of students and staff in the health professions as well as in the role of patient educator. This program is open to students simultaneously enrolled in a graduate degree program, as well as to health professionals who have completed a baccalaureate, master's or doctoral degree. The certificate program is a collaborative program between the College of Health Sciences and Schools of Nursing and Education, and is coordinated through the College of Nursing.
Applicants are admitted to the certificate program in one of three categories: post-baccalaureate, current student in a UWM graduate health profession program, or post-graduate student.
- Post-baccalaureate students must have completed a bachelor's degree in a health profession discipline with a grade point average of 2.75 or above (4.0 scale) and not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM.
- The admission requirements of the health professional educational certificate for students enrolled in good standing in a UWM graduate health profession program are consistent with those requirements specified by the program.
- Post-graduate students must have completed a graduate degree in a health profession or related discipline with a grade point average of 3.0 or above (4.0 scale).
Credits and Courses
The completion of 15 credit hours (5 courses) is required for the certificate program. All students are required to complete 2 core courses, Principles & Foundations of Adult Education (3 credits) and Practicum & Seminar in Health Professional Education (3 credits). In addition students will complete 3 credits in the area of curriculum/program planning and evaluation, 3 credits in teaching/instructional strategies, and 3 credit hours in an elective area. A current listing of courses that meet these requirements can be obtained from the College of Health Sciences or the College of Nursing. Students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all other requirements of the Graduate School for continuation in the program. The Practicum and Seminar in Health Professional Education is the last course taken in the certificate program.
Up to six credits of graduate courses taken at UWM or another institution prior to admission to the certificate program will be allowed to transfer to meet requirements for the certificate. Such courses must meet Graduate School requirements for transfer credit.
The student must complete all certificate course work within three years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.