Nursing Certificate Programs for Graduates

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Healthcare Administration Certificate Courses

Presents leadership concepts and theories, as well as an orientation to organizational structures and dynamics in health care delivery systems. Students examine theories and analyze environmental and societal determinants that influence an organization’s capacity for change and quality improvement. The complementary qualities of leadership and management are examined and their impact on organizational effectiveness and corporate success is analyzed. Interventions that advance and strengthen the organizational mission and vision are explored.

Analyzes leadership roles in relation to decision-making with particular emphases on human resource management. Evidence-based staffing models are developed for the purpose of projecting and accurately documenting human resource requirements. Interviewing, hiring, orientation, and competency rubrics are examined and developed while the guidelines and statutes governing these human resource issues are explored. Conceptual aspects of control, problem solving/decision-making, effective communication, conflict resolution, progressive disciplinary action, delegation, and team building are applied to a variety of situational contexts.

Introduces the concept of a strategic plan and the importance of linking this with an organization’s mission and ethos. Basic principles associated with program, project, and service line fiscal management, price-setting, budget preparation, return on investment, cost-benefit analysis, managed care contracting, and value-based purchasing are discussed and applied. Emphasis is placed on acquiring a financial vocabulary to communicate with various stakeholders. Financial reports such as balance sheets, budget forms, and expense reports are studied and formulated.

Integrates the concepts of outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care organizations. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluating processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. National quality data bases and national benchmarking is explored. Accreditation and/or regulatory requirements will be presented. Through readings, projects, and various interactions students develop an informed basis for leading quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings.

Examines laws associated with healthcare facility operations in the 21st century including those that directly impact governing boards, physicians, directors/administrators, investors, and the public. Methods to assure compliance with corporate auditing accountability regulations, financial disclosures, investor protection statutes, anti-kickback laws, healthcare provider self-referral, and governing board legal responsibilities are explored. Investigates Omnibus Reconciliation Acts; their content and stipulations affecting the provision of healthcare.

Healthcare Quality Management Certificate Courses

Presents leadership concepts and theories, as well as an orientation to organizational structures and dynamics in health care delivery systems. Students examine theories and analyze environmental and societal determinants that influence an organization’s capacity for change and quality improvement. The complementary qualities of leadership and management are examined and their impact on organizational effectiveness and corporate success is analyzed. Interventions that advance and strengthen the organizational mission and vision are explored.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings.

Examines the history and trends of risk management in the United States. Provides education on achieving a risk-intelligent enterprise including oversight of regulatory requirements, compliance risk, understanding financial/business risk, advising organizational leaders on the management of new and existing risk, and assisting leaders with value protection and value creation. Presents methods of risk mitigation such as risk management, risk retention, risk modification, risk transfer, and error recovery to reduce risk. Incorporates the requirements necessary for healthcare organizations to achieve high reliability status.

Defines interventions, and their employment, to drive change to proactively maintain patient safety within healthcare organizations. Identifies themes and patterns while examining organizational systems and processes for potential points of failure. Presents plans to implement guidelines and goals from national organizations including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Quality Forum (NQF), and The Joint Commission (TJC) to enhance and assure patient safety throughout the care continuum.

Examines the legal aspects of law as it relates to healthcare entities at the federal, state and local level. Methods to assure compliance with multiple regulatory agencies such as structural codes, wage and hour laws and medical billing will be explored. Specific attention will be paid to those statues that only mandate requirements for healthcare agencies.

Integrates the concepts of outcomes management and research as the basis to improve the quality and effectiveness of health care organizations. Program evaluation, performance improvement, and other methods of measuring outcomes are examined for their utility within the health care setting. Systematic approaches for analyzing and evaluating processes of care delivery and their impact on client populations, organizational processes, and communities are considered. National quality databases and national benchmarking is explored. Accreditation and/or regulatory requirements will be presented. Through readings, projects, and various interactions students develop an informed basis for leading quality improvement efforts in various healthcare settings.

Nursing Education Certificate Courses

Provides a systematic and holistic approach of advanced assessment skills to evaluate physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual conditions of individuals across the lifespan. This course builds upon basic health assessment knowledge and skills, emphasizing advanced assessment skills, laboratory work interpretation, validation, documentation, and analysis of assessment findings.

Focuses on the development of an in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiological conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on linking this advanced knowledge base to the formulation of clinical decisions needed in primary health care management as related to diagnostic tests, pharmacotherapeutics, and the initiation of therapeutic regimens.

Explores the roles of both educator and student in the creation of an effective learning environment. Frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical/legal issues, research, and professional values related to nursing education are examined. The incorporation of Christian teachings into nursing education and various other teaching strategies are explored. Also presented are the influences of accreditation and/or certification requirements, as well as the implementation of innovations and technologies in nursing education. 

Emphasizes curriculum development, outcomes, and competencies while focusing on effective teaching strategies. Evaluates the faculty role, the social responsibility of program curricular design, and pedagogies in meeting consumer and community needs, as well as professional nursing standards. Presents best practices and research-based strategies to promote various learning styles and encourage the creation of active learning environments that increase student retention and learning success for diverse student populations.

Provides students with an opportunity to compare, question, and analyze various assessment and evaluation concepts, models, and frameworks for their applicability in the quality assurance process of curriculum and program development. Explores techniques to evaluate learner knowledge and competence. Methods of curricula and program evaluation are explored. Students consider innovations in the area of evaluation based on current theories and practice.

Explores the unique aspects of clinical teaching, as well as theories and trends that support the use of technology for the enhancement of learning. Focuses on developing the education specialist’s skill set to be able to select and implement appropriate instructional technologies, including simulation and the electronic health record, to enhance learning in a variety of settings.

Public Health Certificate Courses

Provides a systematic and holistic approach of advanced assessment skills to evaluate physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual conditions of individuals across the lifespan. This course builds upon basic health assessment knowledge and skills, emphasizing advanced assessment skills, laboratory work interpretation, validation, documentation, and analysis of assessment findings.

Focuses on the development of an in-depth scientific knowledge base relevant to selected pathophysiological conditions across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on linking this advanced knowledge base to the formulation of clinical decisions needed in primary health care management as related to diagnostic tests, pharmacotherapeutics, and the initiation of therapeutic regimens.

Explores the history, philosophy, and evolution of current public health practices, including the organization of public health systems, organizations, and practices in the United States. Presents public health requirements and statutes, and laws that affect public health agencies. Identifies opportunities for public health growth and the development of interface between public health and other health-related systems.

Presents the foundations for understanding and applying the basic principles and methods used in epidemiology including disease measures, association and causation, bias, confounding and modification effects, and susceptibility. Explores effective methods to design and conduct epidemiologic studies used to address public health problems. Prepares students to become a critical reader of epidemiologic literature, by evaluating study design, data collection methods, study limitations and applicability to additional populations.

Provides an overview of healthcare informatics and its current use by both public and private healthcare agencies. Teaches students to navigate and enter data into complex healthcare databases using the principles of database management including the ability to conduct population studies through the use of databases. Explores the interpretation and evaluation of quality indicators within databases to maximize reimbursement in a variety of settings.

This course discusses and gives a broad overview of food and waterborne diseases. Focus is on, diseases, disease processes, manifestations, reservoirs, transmission, epidemiology of microorganisms and chemical agents responsible for food and water-transmitted diseases and how surveillance is utilized to develop or improve policy. The ability of public health programs to regulate food and waterborne illnesses and to organize safe food and water supplies will be examined for both industrialized and developing countries.

Focus will be on the history of past and current eradication and or control campaigns of global infectious diseases. Epidemiological, sociological, political, cultural and ethical concerns of past and present eradication campaigns by both global entities and individual countries will be studied to determine barriers and advantages to these campaigns. Discussion will focus on current infectious disease candidates for eradication and possible campaign structure to accomplish eradication.

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