Specialized Focus Patient Advocacy Programs
These programs run the gamut from business advice, to graduate degree programs, to health policy and programs focused on complementary and alternative medicine.
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.
University of Arizona College of Nursing – RN Patient Advocates
Experienced clinical RNs can participate in this learning intensive to become independent RN Patient Advocates.
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.
Business Advice can be found through Health Advocate Resources which supports the business of being an independent private professional patient advocate.
The Colorado School of Public Health and Denver Health
The Colorado School of Public Health and Denver Health offer the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative for hospital navigators and some specialized training.
CSA – Certified Senior Advisors
Through a comprehensive educational program, SCSA (Society of Certified Senior Advisors) helps professionals understand the key health, social and financial issues that are important to the majority of seniors.
The Graduate Institute offers a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation working toward health coach credentialing via the ICF, integrative medicine.
Medical claims, and working with patients, bills, is a career based on the long-time experience of people who have worked (mostly) for insurance companies. There aren’t educational programs, per se – this career develops over time. Some states do license medical claims people. Shy away from any group online that promises you will make a fortune, as long as you send them some money first.
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.
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. Learn about their Graduate Health Advocacy Program, or their Certificate in Mediation in Healthcare.
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.
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.