Patient Navigator

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.

Patient Navigator Flyer

 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.*

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