Private Professional Patient Advocacy
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Private patient advocacy, the opportunity to work one-on-one with patients, paid by patients or their caregivers, or perhaps by a patient's employer, are the fastest growing segment of advocacy.

Please note that most of these programs will tell you they provide you with patient advocacy certification.  However, they may give you a certificate when you complete the program, but that is not a nationally recognized certification.

Learn more about Patient or Health Advocate Certification

Here are the programs that can help you develop your business as a private patient advocate:
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates
The Alliance provides ongoing business support to private professional patient advocates such as insurance, legal, marketing, business tools, networking and more. 
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Alfus Patient Advocacy Certificate Program
The University of Miami offers this online program that provides a wide range of training and activities ranging from communications skills, to ethics, to financing healthcare and marketing.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   University of Arizona College of Nursing - RN Patient Advocates
Experienced clinical RNs can participate in this learning intensive to become independent RN Patient Advocates.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Antioch University Midwest
Healthcare Consumer Advocacy Professional Certificate
 prepares you to help patients and their families navigate the public and private healthcare system. 
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   UC Berkeley Extension Health Advocacy Program
This program is designed for those who may be working in health-related fields, as well as those who are interested in working in those fields. Its coursework covers a range of topics from the health insurance industry, to the continuum of options for patients, plus health policy and ethics.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Cleveland State University
This is a program for advocates who wish to work in a hospital setting,  developed in conjunction with the American Hospital Association.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Colorado Patient Navigator Training
Courses are for patient navigators, social workers, nurses and community healthcare workers who want a basic understanding of issues and practices related to patient navigation.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   The Graduate Institute offers a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation working toward health coach credentialing via the ICF, integrative medicine.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Healthcare Liaison
This program offers nationwide workshops on Healthcare Advocacy for nurses and those without professional medical training.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Heartwood Health
Spend one or two days learning about The Emerging Field of Patient Advocacy These seminars are held throughout the year in different locations. CEUs are available for RNs, MFCCs and LCSWs.
     
  How to decide which health or patient advocacy program is right for you.
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   The National Institute of Whole Health offers a Whole Health Advocacy Certificate Program which focuses on cutting edge, evidence-based health information for patient health education, disease prevention and shared decision making to foster informed self-care.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Professional Patient Advocate Institute from Dorland Health and Access Intelligence
Nurses, Case Managers and others can earn CEUs with these courses.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Sarah Lawrence College offers the longest-standing patient advocacy degree program in the US.  Graduates work in all aspects of health and patient advocacy, according to their interests.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Patient Navigation Training with an integrative focus.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Sonoma State University (California)
This program in Patient Advocacy and Navigation provides a special emphasis on Integrative Health Care.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Southern Vermont College offers a both a bachelors degree and a certificate program in Healthcare Management and Advocacy.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   The University of Toledo (Ohio)  Patient Advocacy Online Graduate Program Toledo's program covers the basics from legal and ethical issues, to HIPAA and health policy.
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   The University of Wisconsin offers two graduate certificates, one for working professionals and non-traditional students, and a second one for its current students who are currently enrolled at UW in another major relating to advocacy. 
     
Programs for Private Patient Advocacy   Whatcom Community College (Washington State) 
Patient Advocacy and Navigation Program This six-month course takes place in Bellingham, WA and includes field experience.
     
  How to decide which health or patient advocacy program is right for you.
     
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