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Graduate Certificate in Telehealth

 

Emerging technologies continue to revolutionize the way patients access healthcare and medical professionals deliver quality care. The online Graduate Certificate in Telehealth from United States University is designed to bring medical and telehealth professionals up to speed with the cutting-edge advancements in technology and the responsibilities that come with their use.

The Graduate Certificate in Telehealth from USU is offered through the College of Nursing and is delivered by an industry-leading team of telehealth nurse practitioners to provide relevant, career-focused education to nurses, medical professionals, and the people who support them providing telehealth.

This program is designed to provide students with an education of the technological breakthroughs being utilized in the telehealth field and an understanding of the current regulatory environment.

 

The Graduate Certificate in Telehealth is a four-class, 12-total-credit-hour, 500-level program designed to:

  • Part I: Provide a comprehensive education of the principles of telehealth and utilization strategies in the current healthcare arena.
  • Part 2: Identify governing bodies, regulators, and stakeholders in healthcare policy and systems that control the delivery of telehealth.
  • Part 3: Establish a telehealth delivery skill set and technical toolbox that enables graduates to stay current in the constantly changing field of telehealth.
  • Part 4: Develop an active portfolio for the application of telehealth in a practice setting and maintain current telehealth competency after completion.

 

This career-focused certificate is a highly-relevant program designed to be utilized in a practice environment. The curriculum is developed and taught by nursing professionals with extensive real-world telehealth experience in addition to their academic achievements.

 

Students of this program will:

  • Understand the technological resources available and maximize the use of technology in practice.
  • Have the foundation to effectively prepare teams to deliver the best possible telehealth.
  • Keep pace with the rapidly changing technology in the telehealth environment after completion.
  • Learn the organizational systems, resources, and individuals supporting telehealth.
  • Understand the regulatory bodies and professional organizations supporting the ongoing improvement of the delivery of telehealth.
  • Use technology to establish a personalized system for maintaining current knowledge of the hardware and software being used to deliver care.
  • Establish and refine a webside-manner skill set for the delivery of telehealth.

 

The certificate features online classes and self-directed, competency-based coursework. Students with a bachelor’s degree in any field meet the admissions requirements to apply. A nursing background or license is not required.

The cost per credit is $525. The cost of the 12-credit certificate is $6300, plus books and fees. Tuition is subject to change.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this certificate for?  

It is for students with a bachelor’s degree or above in any field. The certificate is appropriate for healthcare providers, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, informatics specialists, telehealth vendors, managers, administrators, sales staff, entrepreneurs, those interested in gaining the skills to be the director of telehealth at a hospital or practice, and those who support medical professionals using telehealth.

 

When does it start and how long does it take to complete?  

This certificate is designed so students can choose their own start date. It is structured as four eight-week courses and is expected to take eight months to complete. Because these courses are self-paced, students control how long they spend in each course. Students are able to finish the program in more or less time.

 

What is the cost of the program?

The cost per credit is $525, making the cost of each course $1575 and the cost of the whole program $6300. Tuition for the certificate is charged on a course-by-course basis. There is also a cost for textbooks and an application fee. Tuition is subject to change.

 

If a group of us want to take this program, will we get a discount?

Cohort pricing is available for groups who wish to enroll together. Our corporate development team has the authority to provide special tuition rates and can assist with arranging direct bill options for those wishing to use tuition assistance to pay for their education.

 

What are the requirements to enroll in the certificate program?

Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline as a prerequisite.

 

Are all of the courses available online?

The courses in the Graduate Certificate in Telehealth are fully online and self-paced, allowing students to move through the course at their own speed. There is an optional on-campus experience available to students during the fourth class.

 

Can I enroll in individual courses without completing the certificate?

You may only enroll in individual courses with special approval from the Dean. The courses are designed to build upon each other. Students create an e-portfolio during their first course that they add to throughout the program. Completing the classes in their designed order provides students the solid foundation required to build an effective e-portfolio resource they will continue to use after completing the certificate.

 

Is financial aid available for this program?

No, financial aid is not available for the certificate. Many students work with their admissions advisor to best utilize the tuition assistance available through their workplace to assist with paying for their program.  Admissions advisors are available to discuss the arrangements that best suit the needs of the student.

 

How do I apply?

You must submit the online application and pay the nonrefundable application fee. Your admissions advisor will work with you to make sure your application is complete and will walk you through all the enrollment and orientation steps.