Develop advanced skills in patient care built around the patient. Develop skills to support individual patients through the continuum of the health care environment.  Patient Navigators work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to: community, hospitals, PCMH (patient-centered medical home), primary care facilities and other third-party entities. There is a need for trained patient navigators to assist a growing population to navigate the ever-changing health care environment.

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Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program.

This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Graduate from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited medical assisting program.  Current credential in medical assisting (CMA, CCMA, or RMA accepted).  Program approval.
  • If a student is placed in ESL courses through the College's ESL assessment procedure, (at the College Assessment Center), the student will be required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score in Reading 21, Listening 22, Writing 23, and Speaking 24.
  • MATH-0955 or higher or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
  • Current CPR for Health Care Provider from American Heart Association.
  • 2.5 GPA.
  • 15 students accepted per year.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Patient Engagement.  Determine patient’s understanding of their plan of care and identify barriers to following the plan of care.

  2. Resource Coordination.  Assist patient in navigating the healthcare system and outside resources in order to comply with their plan of care.
  3. Communication.  Use effective communication with diverse patient populations and healthcare team to support positive patient outcome

  4. Teamwork.  Work independently and as a member of a health care team within scope of practice to support patient outcomes.
  5. Preparation.  Review patients electronic medical record and identify patient needs requiring navigation of care.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
MA-2600 Patient Navigator Fundamentals 2
MA-2610 Advanced Health Care Delivery Coordination 2
MA-2620 Patient-Centered Medical Home 2
MA-2840 Patient Navigator Practicum 3
MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours12