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2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2016-2017 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Pedagogy for Health Professionals, Adv. Cert.


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Associate Professor Fornari, Graduate Program Director, 516-463-7522

This graduate advanced certificate is designed to prepare leaders involved with pedagogy for health professionals to manage change within their institutions, overcome organizational barriers, and effectively lead in line with futuristic trends in education and practice for health professionals. This type of training assures that those who lead and train health care professionals develop the vision, knowledge and skills to plan and implement innovative educational programs and foster continuous quality improvements; this includes developing skills which support effective teaching in a multitude of settings where practice occurs and with diverse adult learners. The scope of this program extends beyond the depth and breadth of traditional professional development offerings provided in the work environment.

Potential audience for the advanced certificate includes all health professionals (including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, therapists, nutritionists, clinical social workers, chaplains), clinical preceptors, clinical supervisors, and clinician educators; administrators overseeing education programs in academic settings or preparing for a leadership role can benefit from this program focused on advancing teaching, learning research skills applicable to established health care educational environments.

On average, students complete this program in one academic year.

Admission Requirements


Applications for admission to the Advanced Certificate in Pedagogy for Health Professionals in the Department of Specialized Programs in Education  are made to the Office of Graduate Admission. Students who do not fully meet admission requirements may be required to complete prerequisite courses concurrently with the completion of the program requirements. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. A completed application form to the program.
  2. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree, with preference for an advanced degree.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0.
  4. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  5. Two (2) letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  6. An interview.

The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Consequently, candidates are welcome to apply if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience may compensate.

Program Requirements – Total Semester Hours: 15


Requirements will be completed in an executive offering model. Each semester, students will take one online course and one face-to-face course. The summer practicum will be individualized with an adviser, with two required meetings – an orientation and summary/closure session. A distance learning (DL) course is equivalent to its on-site version.

Graduation Requirements


  1. Completion of the 15 s.h. course requirement in the certificate program.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work and no grades below B.
  3. All course work taken in satisfaction of the program requirements must be completed within a five-year period.

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