Life Care Planning Graduate Certificate


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

12 months

Program Type

  • Online


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

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After successfully completing the four courses, students will receive a post-professional certificate of completion.  The credits may be applied to the Post Professional OTD program offered in the Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences and may be used toward pre-certification training hours to qualify for the Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP) credential through the International Commission on Health Care Certification (ICHCC).  The full scope of qualifications required of a professional to obtain the CLCP are detailed on the website of the ICHCC under Certifications.

  • Students are able to take JCRS 730, 731 and 732 in any order.  The final course (JCRS 733) must be taken after completing all three courses. 
  • This Graduate Certificate is entirely on-line, and the majority of the work is asynchronous. JCRS 732 requires up to four on-line synchronous classes, as those course simulate litigation and court simulations. The day and time of course is decided at the beginning of the semester, with student input. 
  • Upon completion, each student is awarded a graduate certificate in Life Care Planning. The graduate courses (total 12 credits) are stackable and are on a transcript. The transcript and the certification of completion of the program can be used to verify you have completed the pre-course requirement necessary to pursue the CLCP examination ICHCC.  There are other eligibility requirements of ICHCC, please reference their website.
  • Throughout the program, a computer capable of video and running an up-to-date web browser, internet access, online meetings and power point presentations is necessary.

JCRS 730: Introduction to Life Care Planning

3 credits (Fall)

The course will introduce learners to life care planning. Students will explore the history, content and methodology of life care planning. United States laws including the American Disability Act, Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Individuals with Disability Education Act, and the medical home will be examined, relative to the life care plan (LCP). Roles of LCP members will be described, and technology, home, vehicle modification and medical assessments will be discussed.

JCRS 731: A Primer on Catastrophic Injuries & Chronic Conditions for Life Care Planning

3 credits (Spring)

The course will provide an overview of common catastrophic injuries and chronic conditions addressed by the LCP.  Students will examine etiologies, morbidity and mortality, secondary biopsychosocial outcomes of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, traumatic limb loss, brachial plexus injury, stroke, burn injuries, and acquired progressive diseases such as orthopedic conditions, arthritis, pain, Parkinson’s disease, low vision, and hard-of-hearing.  Medical treatments, rehabilitation, habilitation and psychosocial assessments and interventions will be discussed. Implications on the life care plan will be illustrated.

JCRS 732: Specialty Topics in Life Care Planning  

3 credits (Summer 1)

This course reviews basic statistical methods commonly used in clinical research and to estimate life expectancy, examines methods used to calculate predicted costs for projected needs on the life care plan, further elucidates the role of the economist in life care planning, explores ethics of life care planning, and examines the life care plan from a forensic and litigation perspective.   

JCRS 733: Life Care Planning Practicum

3 Credits (Summer 2)

This course serves as the practicum for the graduate certificate in Life Care Planning. Students will critique and develop a life care plan