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Care Coordination Graduate Certificate

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Care Coordination graduate certificate is designed for nursing professionals who want to increase their knowledge of client assessment and evaluation; care planning; transitioning of care; clinical efficiency; and monitoring, reporting, and analysis techniques used to meet the needs of individuals, caregivers, and families. Using an evidence-based approach, learners address care coordination’s relevance in population health, emerging health care models and their relationships to care coordination, structure and process in care coordination, and the role professional nursing leadership plays in achieving successful quality measurement.

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Introduction to Care Coordination

In this course, learners examine the importance of nurses' contributions to coordinating patient care and the nurse's role in coordinating care for diverse populations in varied settings. Learners identify essential members of the patient care team needed for interprofessional collaboration and assess how the current health care climate is shaping the future. In addition, learners evaluate care coordination plans and outcomes according to performance measures and professional standards as well as develop patient assessments based on current legislation, policies, and evidence-based research.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Health Care Models Used in Care Coordination

Learners in this course examine how health care models are incorporated into the larger framework of clinical care oversight. Learners analyze the role of informatics in nursing care coordination and the ways in which client information is collected and used to influence health outcomes. Learners also identify the ways in which care coordination can support cost efficiency, promote quality of care, and affect positive health outcomes.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Structure and Process in Care Coordination

Learners in this course gain and demonstrate knowledge of the various care coordination components, including client selection criteria, communication methodologies, clinical team development, assessment tools, care plan and profile development, cultural considerations, data structuring for reporting, and clinical efficiency. Learners examine the responsibilities of the nurse care coordinator to the client prior to the implementation of the care plan and during the care coordination process. Learners evaluate successful strategies for interviewing and organizing information around client health, goal setting, efficient clinical oversight, technological support, and data formatting. For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Ethical and Legal Considerations in Care Coordination

In this course, learners examine the care coordination process in relation to confidentiality and client privacy, management of consents for health care, client rights in the care coordination process, terminations of care coordination management, and the importance of clinical team collaboration and communication. Learners navigate the process of aligning limited resources with client needs and gain an understanding of the balance required between cost effectiveness and conscious stewardship. Throughout the course, learners demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultural literacy with regard to client health care considerations. For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits
Leadership in Care Coordination

Learners in this course propose a project for change in a care coordination setting, aligning care coordination resources with community health care needs. Learners apply project management best practices to affect ethical practice and support positive health outcomes in the delivery of safe, culturally competent care in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. In addition, learners identify ways in which the care coordinator leader supports collaboration between key stakeholders in the care coordination process.  For MSN learners only.

4 quarter credits






At least 20 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.

Alabama residents are not eligible to enroll in this graduate certificate.

This certificate does not prepare graduates for licensure as an RN or APRN.