The Navigator Certificate Program benefits the professional by providing a specific set of skills to enhance care and services for patients through an advanced level of competency in the continuum of care and community resources.  The certification will focus on cancer as the primary navigation disease, but is also applicable to other chronic disease categories including mental health, infectious disease, diabetes, and heart disease.

The program is offered in two different tracks: Lay Navigator/Community Health Aide, or Patient Navigator.

Lay Navigator/Community Health Aide

A Lay Navigator or Community Health Aide is an individual who is familiar with the communities and acts as an advocate or liaison between community members and the health care system.


HPR 110:  Lay Navigator (3 credits) – ONLINE

      Course includes 4 hours of practicum/clinical rotation

Admission requirements for Lay Navigator:

  • Online Application
  • Official High School Transcript or GED
  • Official College Transcript (if applicable)
  • English Placement Test (if applicable)
  • CPR Certification

Patient Navigator

A Patient Navigator  is a trained clinical professional who will guide a patient through the healthcare maze and help to identify different patient financial resources from diagnosis to survivorship.  The Patient Navigator will work with patients to identify and eliminate barriers that may be preventing a timely diagnosis or treatment.  Once diagnosed, the patient and patient navigator will continue through to the health maintenance phase or sometimes prepare for the end of life.


HPR 325:  Cancer Survivorship (3 credits) – ONLINE

The student can choose to take either BIO 331 or BIO334

BIO 331:  Human Disease (3 credits) – ONLINE


BIO 334:  Pathophysiolgy (3 credits) – ONLINE

HPR 350:  Patient Navigator (3 credits) – ONLINE

Course includes 16 to 24 hours of practicum/clinical rotation

Admission requirements for Patient Navigator:

  • Online Application
  • Official College Transcript
  • Copy of Current and Official State/National Credentials
  • CPR Certification

Cost: See Certificate Program Cost Sheet