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Healthcare Professions Education

Enhance Your Healthcare Educational Skills. Move Into Healthcare Education.
Online | 1 Year | Certificate for Academic Credit
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Our Health Professions Education Certificate

Hear from Dr. Malissa Martin, the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, about the HPE Certificate.

HPE Certificate Highlights

Move into Healthcare Education

Are you interested in becoming a healthcare instructor? Our HPE Certificate (any of the individual courses within the program) will prepare you to teach with confidence. Learn how to become a designer of learning. Develop the necessary understanding and skillsets to create an effective learning experience for students.
If you are a current healthcare professional (including athletic trainers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, speech pathologists, radiologists, and community health center instructors) who wants to instruct future healthcare professionals in higher education and impact the healthcare world, you will find the Healthcare Professions Education Certificate instrumental in gaining healthcare education knowledge, strategies, and skills.

Increase Training & Development as a Current Educator

Are you already a current healthcare educator? Our HPE Certificate will increase your current education skill set with relevant healthcare professions education skills taught through meaningful and purposeful class assignments. You will be able to immediately apply what you learn to your current instruction situations. The HPE Certificate is a great resource and option to support continuing faculty training and development.
Some of the skill sets you will develop further include:

  • Understanding your students’ learning preference and designing lessons to meet those 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
  • Expanding current and innovative technology skills to support teaching and student learning

Designed for Working Healthcare Professionals or Educators

Our HPE Certificate is designed especially for working healthcare professionals and educators. With a completely-online program designed to fit with busy schedules, and that has three start dates a year, the HPE Certificate can fit your schedule.
Our HPE Certificate is designed to benefit individuals who fall into the following areas:

  • 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
  • Seeking employment in a setting of healthcare education, community healthcare education programs, and healthcare clinical education venues
  • Professionals who teach continuing education or community education

Interprofessional Program Experience

Learn in an interprofessional program. Both students and instructors are from a variety of healthcare professions and are either former or current clinicians. Interact with healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines, deeping your learning and networking experience.


Deepen and develop healthcare education skills. Prepare to become a more engaged and effective instructor.

Learning Design

Dive deep into learning theory, design, application, assessment, and evaluation. Prepare to incorporate a learner-centered approach to course development and instructional delivery.

Evidence-Based Learning

Learn to utilize evidence-based practices for healthcare professions education. Apply a wide variety of learning methods to ensure that your learning communities are able to completely grasp even the most complex concepts.

Clinical Education

Dive deep into quantitative and qualitative inquiry. Learn methods and applications as you examine traditions, trends, and emerging areas of practice. Understand how research informs practice.





This course explores the history and theory of instructional technology used in educational settings. Focus is on identifying, discussing and comparing various instructional technology utilized in the design and delivery of online, blended, and traditional classroom learning environments. Best practices of current instructional technologies applied in higher education classrooms are systematically designed, created, shared, and reviewed.

This course incorporates a learner centered approach to course development and instructional delivery based on the best evidence of how people learn. Students will demonstrate both traditional and innovative instructional techniques and strategies for teaching in didactic settings based upon the evidence-base of best teaching practices.

This course examines a variety of assessment models and techniques used to evaluate student classroom performance, student clinical performance, instructor performance and educational programs. Students will design and execute assessment plans, interpret assessment data and develop continuous improvement plans.




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Students will learn how effective health professions curricula must integrate the basic and clinical sciences, connect didactic to experiential learning, be competency-based and time-variable, include andragogic underpinnings and approaches of delivery, and create meaningful program outcomes and assessment opportunities that verify quality and excellence. In addition timely issues such as the curricular incorporation of clinical experiences/education, the sociocultural aspects of healthcare, and pertinent accreditation issues and constraints for healthcare professions will be addressed.

Offered Winter & Fall Semester

This course addresses the many issues germane to experiential or clinical education in the healthcare professions by reviewing the design, implementation and assessment of clinical experience in the healthcare fields. Among the topics to be covered include supervisory policies and practices, communication, feedback, developing clinical expertise and reasoning skills, professionalism, student learning documentation and mapping, preceptor/supervisor training and development, and the role of entrust able professional activities, competencies and milestones in student clinician development.

Offered Winter Semester

Semester Dates

Summer 2024



Priority Application Deadline
Final Application Deadline
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Fall 2024



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Final Application Deadline
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Winter 2025



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Final Application Deadline
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Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Certificate program candidates can include:
  • Individuals seeking to enter faculty or instructor positions in higher education or junior colleges
  • Clinical education directors
  • Current faculty or instructors looking to gain or refresh skills
  • Individuals who lead community education programs


Malissa Martin

EdD, AT-Ret

Vice Provost Academic Affairs, Dean College of Health Science Lifelong Learning PhD Faculty

Beth Kinslow


Faculty, Health Professions Education Certificate


Jan Reese


Faculty, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences


Kim Shibinski


Faculty, Health Professions Education Certificate


Kelly Simmons


Faculty, Health Professions Education Certificate


Scott Heinrichs


Faculty, Health Professions Education Certificate


Michelle Webb


Faculty, Health Professions Education Certificate


Tuition & Fees

Cost per Credit
Total Credits
Total Tuition Cost
University Resource Fee
$39 per credit (Up to 15 credits per semester)
Other Program Fees

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