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Care Coordination Nursing Certificates

Graduate Certificate


With new focus on care coordination due to health care legislation, now is the time to draw attention to the integral role you play as a nurse in improving patient engagement. Differentiate yourself quickly in this emerging field—and complete a significant portion of your MSN in Care Coordination—by earning your Graduate Certificate in Care Coordination from Capella University. This patient-focused curriculum is designed to prepare you to view patient care holistically, while teaching ownership of patient advocacy and education during recovery.

Program Highlights

Direct Path: 9 months to achieve your Graduate Certificate, and all classes are transferable to MSN in Care Coordination program.

Doctoral-Prepared Faculty: Provide comprehensive feedback on your work, encourage different ways of thinking, and deliver insight into how well you’re demonstrating competencies.

Credible: Relevant, personalized program integrates Patient Centered Medical Home model of care (PCMH) and designed around Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Standards of Practice for Case Management.

Apply This Certificate to Your Next Degree

Comprised entirely of courses from our MSN in Care Coordination, the care coordination certificate offers an opportunity to earn a marketable credential and earn credits that can be transferred into our MSN.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core courses
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By earning your Graduate Certificate in Care Coordination from Capella University, you will have already completed more than a third of the work toward earning an MSN in care coordination.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$435 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Ask your manager about options.

$1K toward your certificate

Apply for a $1K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your certificate.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount. Ask your employer what offers are available.

Sample courses

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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
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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

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