Private Professional Patient Advocacy Programs
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:
The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates – Business and Marketing Workshops
The Alliance provides ongoing business support to private professional patient advocates such as insurance, legal, marketing, business tools, networking and more.
The Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) Formerly known as the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, the Aging Life Care Association provides support to those who work with individual patients and caregivers through education and professional development.
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.
University of Arizona College of Nursing – RN Patient Advocates
Experienced clinical RNs can participate in this learning intensive to become independent RN Patient Advocates.
Assumption College (Worcester, MA) Graduate or Certificate Program
Graduate level program leads to either a masters degree or post-bachelors certificate in health advocacy. This program is an online program.
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.
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.
The Graduate Institute offers a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation working toward health coach credentialing via the ICF, integrative medicine.
Healthcare Liaison developed the first advocacy program specializing in training licensed professionals. They use video conferencing for all training. Small groups, individualized programming.
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.
The National Institute of Whole Health offers a Patient Health Advocate Program which focuses both advocacy and the business of being a patient advocate, to be applied in all health care, medical care, patient services and private patient care environments.
The Patient Best program offers a 12 to 15 week program of online instruction ranging from care coordination to ethics and business practices for those who wish to develop an independent advocacy practice.
NEW! PracticeUP! Online offers online business courses and more, tailored to the learning needs of private, independent health and patient advocates. Many courses are offered for free, or at discounts for members of The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates.
Professional Patient Advocate Institute from Dorland Health (a division of Decision Health) nurses, social workers, disability management specialists, patient advocates and others can earn CEUs with these courses.
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.
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Patient Navigation Training with an integrative focus.
Sonoma State University (California)
This program in Patient Advocacy and Navigation provides a special emphasis on Integrative Health Care.
Southern Vermont College offers a both a bachelors degree and a certificate program in Healthcare Management and Advocacy.
UCLA Extension Certificate Program in Patient Advocacy
helps students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills needed to excel in this rewarding career playing a vital role in the evolving health care system. Complete this certificate in as little as 1 year, or take up to 3 years.
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.
Utica College (NY)
Online Certificate Program in Health Care Advocacy (HCAN) covers a variety of courses leading to many different advocacy career paths
Whatcom Community College (Washington State)
Patient Advocacy and Navigation Program This six-month course takes place in Bellingham, WA and includes field experience.