College of Nursing

Online Certificate in Telehealth (Available in 2018)

12 Credits / 4 Courses Total / Courses Are Self-Paced
Delivery Mode: 100% Online

The Telehealth Certificate is available to any healthcare provider, administrator, industry decision maker or business entrepreneur who wants to know more about Telehealth, and how it is changing the delivery of healthcare globally. Telehealth is the remote delivery of healthcare services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. This includes a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless devices, satellite and cell phone technologies.

Telehealth is the fastest-growing component of healthcare in the world. There are currently more than 200 telehealth networks with 3,500 service sites in the U.S. alone. In 2011, the Veterans Health Administration delivered over 300,000 remote consultations using telehealth. Over half of all U.S. hospitals now use some form of telehealth. Around the world, millions of patients use telehealth to download health and wellness applications to their cellphones to monitor their vital signs.

The Telehealth Certificate Program will teach students how to:

  • Stand up and manage a telehealth practice
  • Capture and manage live-streamed patient health data
  • Utilize telehealth equipment and technology
  • Communicate with patients during consultations
  • Manage privacy and HIPPA regulations

The Telehealth Certificate program is delivered online, with optional on-campus experience with equipment (included in tuition). The certificate may also be delivered as a conference to employers.

*Students seeking only a certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.


The College of Nursing at USU uses a holistic admission process to evaluate each applicant on their merits. A wide range of abilities, interests, backgrounds, life experiences, and other aspects that diversity brings to the academic environment are considered.

  • Complete an application for admission.
  • Submit documentation of a associate’s, baccalaureate, or post-baccalaureate degree.

Per Credit Hour: $350
Estimated Tuition: $4,900 (including fees)

This 12 credit 100% online certificate is taken for academic credit or Continuing Education Units and will consist of 4 courses.

Online – Telehealth Certificate
12 Credits


TEL 500: Delivering Healthcare with Technology

This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore definition, impact and theoretical application of Telehealth. Both real-time communication and store-and-forward methods of Telehealth will be discussed where core knowledge in Telehealth is established. Current peer reviewed literature is critiqued and synthesized to identify care settings and populations who benefit from Telehealth, as well as strengths and challenges of Telehealth in the current health care environment. This course is taught in an asynchronous distance collaborative learning community with the oversight and resource of USU, College of Nursing online faculty. Students establish online learning techniques and strategies necessary to complete the Certificate. The Blackboard platform is utilized for course format, and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for both mobile and desktop device is utilized for face-to-face presentation and discussion. Wiki, Prezi, PowerPoint, Discussion Board, and Screencast-o-matic are used for delivery and synthesis of course content. In this first course the student will establish a professional e-portfolio to manage the e-library of resources and professional projects that are develop throughout the Certificate. Every student will select their own unique method for the store and forward of private data to be used for their private analysis instruction assignment.

3 Credits

TEL 501: Legal and Regulatory Issues

This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to identify, classify and select legislative bodies and agendas impacting Telehealth. State, national and international regulation of Telehealth will be explained and discussed. Current literature is used to discuss current regulatory agenda and legislation impacting legislative reimbursement for delivery of Telehealth services.

Professional organizations providing resources for implementation of Telehealth and arenas for professional discussion are identified to meet the unique need of the learner. The student participates in instructor led discussion on HIPPA, healthcare alerts, and state-to-state regulation. Reciprocity and compact state agreements are discussed. This course is taught in a distance collaborative learning community utilizing asynchronous learning strategies. Online learning strategies established in TEL 500 are implemented.

The student will identify key stakeholders, legislators, and regulators in their system of interest. Each student will develop an Infographic with key facts important to disseminate impact Telehealth initiatives. The library in the professional e-portfolio will include pages for notes, letters and action plans for establishing Telehealth competency in every student’s arena of interest. Mozilla backpack badges will be added to the e-portfolio as the key milestone of the \certificate are reached.

Prerequisite: TEL 500

3 Credits

TEL 502: Infrastructure and Technology Requirements

This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to apply a variety of point-of-care devices utilized to deliver Telehealth. Smart phone applications, peripherals and telehealth base-stations are discussed. Specific point-of-care devices are explored based on the unique need of the class participant. Identification of support technologies and technical infrastructure requirements are discussed. This course is taught in a distance collaborative learning community utilizing asynchronous learning strategies.

Prerequisite: TEL 501

3 Credits

TEL 503: Integration into Practice

This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to demonstrate and practice strategies for delivery of telehealth. Compatibility and technical support of devices are discussed. The Polycom RealPresence EDU 500 cart and Polycom RealPresence Utility cart, in conjunction with learner specific Smart Phone applications and peripherals, are utilized to demonstrate and practice delivery of telehealth. Strategies for delivery of telehealth to multicultural populations is also discussed. The unique store and forward data collected throughout the certificate course is downloaded and analyzed to provide hands-on experience with equipment and data management. An optional onsite experience is available.

Prerequisite: TEL 502

3 Credits