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Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Education

Here are some “Quick Facts” containing valuable information.  If you are already aware of this information, read further down to obtain the link for formal admission to the program.

About the Program

This program offers a graduate certificate or selected courses designed to provide practicing or aspiring healthcare educators with knowledge, attitudes and practical skills related to effective Healthcare teaching and learning.  Operating on a premise that “to know is not to teach,” this series of courses provides a formal pathway toward the promotion and delivery of quality educational theory and technique.  Its delivery mechanism is asynchronous; that is, largely online course delivery employing a series of seven-week course modules, supplemented by the availability of at least one (non-required) on-campus experience, and is designed to allow both local and global audiences to participate in and benefit from this type of learning community.

What are the courses in the program? (All are 3 credits)

  • The Adult Learner
  • Psychology of Adult Learning
  • Methods in Healthcare Education  
  • Online Course Development and Delivery
  • Clinical Education Methods

Elective (Choose One):

  • Instructional Technology
  • Methods and Materials in Simulation 
  • Precepting

Certificate Total: 18 credits

Who Will Benefit from this Certificate?

Health Professionals: Health professionals such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, physicians, and many other members of the healthcare workforce are involved on a daily basis in “educating’ clients, patients, colleagues, and/or prospective members of their respective disciplines.  This role involves helping clients and their families to manage self-care activities as well as facilitating and developing skills for promoting the growth of staff and students to deliver high-quality, safe and cost-effective care to the consumers they serve.  

Educating others has been an essential component of health professions practice for many years, yet the majority of health providers acknowledge that they have not had the formal preparation to successfully and securely assume the teaching role.  Practice requirements mandate that health professionals possess the knowledge and skills necessary to educate various audiences in a variety of settings with efficiency and effectiveness as well as with competence and understanding.

Healthcare Education and Program Coordinators: Individuals who wish to prepare for or increase their skills as education coordinators require specific learning opportunities that will contribute to their abilities to provide health education administrative and educational methods support, and coordinate advanced education and training programs. 

What makes the program at Thomas Jefferson University unique?

This program, by its design, is structured to allow learners to accomplish their goals in an efficient and productive manner.  Its accelerated online nature, supplemented by optional on-campus weekend intensive courses, will provide both Jefferson employees and the broader community at large with an effective way to learn and improve their skills. Using the accelerated course model, those enrolled will become a member of a learning community focusing efforts on content, methods and materials critically needed in today’s healthcare education environment.  Each course is directed toward the adult learner who is actively providing or will be providing some type of education-based service in a hospital or other facility.

How are the Courses Presented?

The majority of courses are presented in a seven-week accelerated learning format involving the use of the online learning package known as  Course facilitators are skilled in the delivery of online educational methods and have developed each course with optimal learning performance as a guideline.  As well, selected courses such as Methods and Materials in Simulation are offered in a “blended” format incorporating both on-campus and online experiences. 

Why an Emphasis on Healthcare Education?

While graduate study in Education is commonplace in universities, a specific focus on healthcare provides substance that is of value to the participants.  Special techniques involving new and experienced adult learners, simulation theory and method and online interactivity are hallmarks of this curriculum.  The creation of a healthcare learning community will provide an overriding structure for learning, discovery, and tangible contribution to the field.  Innovative approaches to teaching and learning are inherent to each of the courses in the certificate sequence.

What is the Benefit of the Certificate or Selected-Course Option?

The program is designed to be of service at several levels of interest.  The certificate option is directed to the individual who already possesses an undergraduate or graduate degree and who is interested in formalizing an interest in the teaching and learning process.  As well, there may be those who are seeking a specialized focus in precepting or simulation as targeted areas of study and practical application.  The modular nature of the program will work well for these members of the healthcare community.  Practicing residents and other members of the physician community may find this program attractive as well.

May I Take Just One or Two Courses?

Yes. The courses in the Certificate can be taken in any order for any purpose.  While there are dominant themes that will emerge after all of the courses are completed, there are no prerequisites for any of the courses.  The course in the Adult Learner, however, is recommended to be taken early on since it provides a linking focus for courses within the program. Courses may be taken on a non-matriculating basis, as well.

How Long will it Take?

If you took one course during each seven week session, it would take the fall, spring and summer to complete it.  As the program grows, it will possible to take 2 courses in a session. 


TUITION - What does it Cost?

 Graduate credits are $957 each.  So, a three credit course is $ 2,871. 

(If you are a Jefferson employee, you should contact Human Resources’ benefits administrator,   Diane Micciche at 215-503-6785.) 


Apply for Admission:  If you wish to apply for admission to the 18-credit Certificate Program, go here and follow the directions for setting up your admissions record and submitting materials:

You will need to provide a copy of your undergraduate transcript that verifies degree completion. 

Can I start with one or two courses?

You can enroll as a “non-matriculating graduate student.’  If you wish to start with say, one course, 215.503.6936 and request a brochure. (Or, if you are at Jefferson, you can retrieve one in 1610 Edison.)

Program Contact

The program is offered through the School of Health Professions, Department of General Studies.  Interested individuals should contact Dr. John C. Lewis, the Department Chair, for program advice and enrollment procedures. 215.503.6936. You will need to furnish your undergraduate transcript during an advisement appointment, and will need an official copy of all post-secondary courses sent to the Department upon your first registration.  A 3.00 minimum undergraduate degree GPA is required.