Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

12 months

Program Type

  • Online

Prerequisites

An entry level (bachelors, masters or clinical doctorate) professional degree in health, education or related field

Program Contact

Name: Christina Calhoun Thielen
Position: Project Coordinator, Center for Outcomes & Measurement and Clinical Research

Admissions

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The Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate is designed for inter-disciplinary professionals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a desire to develop and use a Life Care Plan (LCP).  Upon completion, participants will have completed the pre-training hours required to pursue the Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) credential through the International Commission on Health Care Certification (ICHCC).  Jefferson has an online application that allows candidates to submit all required application material directly to the application platform.

The skill and training proposed in this program are not included in any entry-level clinical education and therefore the Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate will advance one’s education and professional opportunities.  Those who complete the Graduate Certificate will understand the purpose, content, process of development, and utilization of the LCP, and will be able to contribute to a LCP. Students will have the pre-training hours required for the Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) credential through the ICHCC and pursue a career as a life care plan expert.

Professionals involved in health care and education would benefit from this program, as the Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate will provide an overview of concepts and disease\diagnoses-specific considerations to include in the LCP, and training on how to present and defend LCP content.  For those working with persons with catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community based practices and in the home, the Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate will provide an overview of LCP concepts and of how the medical, nursing and therapy teams contribute to the LCP. 

What is Life Care Planning?

Life Care Planning is an interdisciplinary specialty performed by trained healthcare and education professionals. A Life Care Plan (LCP) is a dynamic document based on published standards of practice, assessment, and research data, which provides an organized and concise plan for current and future needs with associated costs, for individuals who have chronic health conditions or who have experienced catastrophic injury. The LCP is an objective and standard document prepared for those with serious illness and/or significant morbidity such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation, burn, cancer, autism and other conditions, and may be  used in the medical, legal and forensic settings.  A life care plan will present the scope of the disease/morbidity as well as the economic burden. Preparation of the LCP involves extensive and comprehensive assessment of the client’s past and anticipated needs, which is accomplished, in part, by review of existing medical, nursing and therapy records and possible interviews with the medical, nursing and therapy teams involved in care.

The Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate may be used toward the pre-training hours required by the International Commission on Health Care Certification (ICHCC) for the Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) credential. Information on the CLCP and the qualifications required by ICHCC for the CLCP credential may be found on their website.

Faculty

Mary Jane "MJ" Mulcahey, PhD, OTR/L, CLCP Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Director, Center for Outcomes and Measurement - Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Medicine
215-503-2888