Patient navigation is an emerging allied health role desired by an increasing amount of hospitals & community health providers. Patient navigators bridge together medically underserved communities to community health services. Patient navigators serve a variety of functions that:
- Bridge linguistic, cultural and informational gaps between local healthcare providers and the communities they serve,
- Assist linguistically isolated and otherwise underserved patients with appointment scheduling and follow-through, and
- Enhance medical visits by providing health education and treatment guidelines to patients in lay, culturally-appropriate terms and concepts.
The Skyline 1-year certificate program (see flyer below) in patient navigation will train students in medical, health education, computer and cross-cultural communication skills while introducing them to college life. During the Spring semester, students will have the opportunity to participate in a 60-hour internship at a community health provider to experience first-hand the working environment for patient navigators.
After completing the certificate, students may be qualified to work as patient navigators, or continue their studies in Medical Assisting or general education.
*This publication was made possible by Grant Number 331035 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.*