Healthcare Professions Education Certificate

The Healthcare Professions Education (HPE) Certificate is designed to provide a foundational basis to individuals seeking employment in a setting of healthcare education, community healthcare education programs, and healthcare clinical education venues. The program provides a holistic evidence-based approach to course design, curriculum development, instructional delivery, and assessment of learning both in didactic and clinical education learning environments. After completing the certificate program, students will become more aware of the best practices in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and prepare themselves to become engaged and successful instructors.

The Healthcare Professions Education (HPE) Certificate also provides a foundational basis for individuals who are:

  • Preparing to enter an instructor role as a higher education faculty member in a healthcare education professions academic setting.
  • Looking to refresh healthcare education professions knowledge or increase their current education skills.
  • Wanting to utilize an individual course or entire program for a group of faculty to support faculty training and development efforts within an individual department or organization.

Academic Model

Online — The Healthcare Professions Education Certificate is offered completely online. Each 15-week course has assignments that are due in 1-2 week increments.

Why Choose RMUoHP?

“I have seen dramatic improvements in students’ course engagement while using tactics learned in RMUoHP teaching courses… Innovative healthcare meets cutting-edge education- that’s what RMUoHP is all about!”

Andrew T. Doyle, Indiana Wesleyan University

“This program brought to life new, innovative techniques for disseminating information to students. I can say that as a result of this experience I am much better at designing each class session that I lead.”

Kim Keely, Slippery Rock University

“This program was instrumental in changing how I teach and how I engage my students in learning, and more importantly, thinking. Anyone who wants to learn how to teach and engage this generation of learners would benefit from taking these courses.”

Chris Brown, University of Florida Gainsville

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RMUoHP HPE Certificate Program Highlights

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Our Healthcare Professions Education Certificate features:

  • Highly-trained online healthcare education professions instructors (former and current clinicians).
  • Mentorship customized to each learner’s professional healthcare education goals.
  • High-quality and prompt feedback on student coursework.
  • Completely online class sessions to fit busy professional and personal schedules
  • Relevant healthcare professions education skills taught through meaningful and purposeful class assignments that students can immediately apply to their current instruction situations.
  • Easy-to-use Learning Management Systems (LMS) for class sessions and coursework assessment.
  • Interprofessional program experience where students interact with healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
  • Regular checkpoint assignments and interaction with instructors and classmates throughout each 15-week course within the program.
  • Instructors who model best practices for healthcare education professions teaching.

Before starting a course, students participate in a program-specific orientation where they learn how to navigate the RMUoHP library, utilize the online learning platform Canvas, and learn how to be successful online students. During orientation, students also meet program directors and fellow students online. All students have access to the university’s Writing Center where they can submit assignments for review before submitting for a grade. Students also have the opportunity to work in collaborative online student groups through Canvas.

Most class sessions and forum discussions can be completed according to each student’s schedule (asynchronous), but some orientations and expert guest lectures are scheduled (synchronous) to bring additional value to the course topics and overall student experience. Students can expect to spend 5 to 10 hours per week in each course of the Health Professions Education Certificate program. Students do not routinely take exams but rather are challenged to critically think and reflect using evidence and best practices of teaching and learning to complete assignments and use in class discussions.

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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Become An Effective Healthcare Professions Educator

Are you currently a healthcare instructor or interested in becoming one? If so, earning your Healthcare Professions Education Certificate or taking any of the individual courses within the certificate program will prepare you to teach with confidence. The program will assist you in becoming a “designer” of learning where you will develop an understanding and skill set to create a learning experience for healthcare students. Skill sets you will develop include:

  • Understanding your student’s learning preference and designing lessons to meet these learning preferences.
  • Developing learning outcomes from a backward-design approach using active engaging learning activities that are meaningful and authentic to the learner.
  • Creating course and lesson plans, including online, blended, and face-to-face learning curriculum development based upon a broad focus of a dynamic healthcare and economical society.
  • Evaluating and assessing student performance founded upon evidence-based best practices of teaching and learning.
  • Learning clinical education techniques and strategies to support both didactic and clinical educational settings.
  • Gaining current and innovative technology skills to support teaching and student learning.

Current healthcare professionals (e.g., athletic trainers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, speech pathologists, radiologists, and community health center instructors) who want to instruct future healthcare professionals in higher education and impact the

healthcare world will find the Healthcare Professions Education Certificate instrumental in gaining healthcare education knowledge, strategies, and skills.

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Learn More About Our Healthcare Professions Education Certificate

We invite you to learn more about our Healthcare Professions Education Certificate by speaking to one of our certificate graduates, faculty members, or program advisors, in addition to exploring our program brochure to determine whether our certificate program is the right fit for you.

All incoming students must have a healthcare professions background and a bachelor’s degree. Certificate program candidates can include individuals seeking to enter faculty or instructor positions in higher education or junior college, clinical education directors, current faculty or instructors looking to skill up or refresh, or individuals who lead community education programs.

Our certificate program courses prepare individuals to effectively design healthcare education courses and curriculum and assess learning.

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We are committed to the development
of a healthcare education professional who can:

Effective Learning Communities

Design Effective Learning Communities

Effective healthcare education professionals facilitate effective discussion within their healthcare learning communities.

Evidence Based Practice

Utilize Evidence-based Practices for Healthcare Professions Education

Effective healthcare education professionals apply a wide variety of learning methods to ensure that their learning communities are able to completely grasp even the most complex concepts.

Prepared Instructors

Become a Better Prepared Instructor and Faculty Member

Health Professions Education Certificate graduates will not only be able to effectively teach and prepare future healthcare professionals but also support patient and client education.

Learning Activities

Develop Learning Outcomes

Using a backward design approach effective healthcare education professionals employ engaging learning activities that are meaningful and authentic to the learner.


The main focus of the Health Professions Education Certificate program is to prepare healthcare professionals who work in a wide variety of environments to design effective curriculum and educational experiences and to assess the student, client, or community learning process.

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