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Post Master's Certificate, Care Coordinator

The Post Master’s Care Coordinator Certificate from Nebraska Methodist College will develop master’s-prepared nurses to positively influence the health and well-being of the community through care coordination and patient navigation in the growing complexity of the healthcare environment. A nurse care coordinator is the bridge between public health, population health and healthcare systems to improve health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases across the lifespan. This certificate requires 17 hours for completion.

Program Perks
  • As a care coordinator, you’ll provide emotional and supportive care as well as information and education while assisting in the navigation of healthcare systems.
  • This certificate program can be completed online in 12-16 months.
  • Care Coordination is a great option to improve health outcomes for those with complex diseases across the lifespan. 
  • Courses in final 2 semesters are 10 weeks long, with 1 week off in the middle
  • Students can access courses at any time of the day and from anywhere with Internet access.
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates may be eligible for the Care Coordination and Transition Management (CCCTM) certification exam

Admissions Information

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Master of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • Applicants who have a Master of Science or Arts degree in healthcare fields will be considered on an individual basis
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Non- Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization

Requirements

To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

  • NMC online nursing application
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Resume
  • Official college transcripts from your MSN degree granting institution

Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and students will be notified of their acceptance by letter or phone

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Private Student Loans

The Financial Aid Office can help facilitate this process for you. Check out our private education loans to find out how to make an informed choice when selecting a lender.

Student Grants or Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

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Curriculum

All care coordinator certificate students are required to complete specific coursework. The following plan represents progression for the online post-master's certificate as a care coordinator.  There are a total of 17 credit hours to complete.

First year - First Semester

NRS 530
Development of the Care Coordinator Role
DETAILS

This course provides a foundation for the role development of the care coordinator in meeting health care needs of the individual and community. The influence of the social determinants of health, health disparities, and health literacy in population health management will be explored. Legal and ethical considerations in relation to confidentiality and client privacy, client rights, and the importance of collaboration and communication in the care coordination process are integrated to facilitate understanding of health care considerations.

NRS 509 or by permission

NRS 536
Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology in Care Coordination
DETAILS

This course provides the theoretical foundation to obtain a complete and accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes and clinical manifestations that occur as a result of disease, as well as drug therapy used to treat or affect health status are integrated to facilitate critical analysis of assessment data and support clinical decision-making. Precepted/Virtual clinical experience (65 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

Admission to the MSN program or by permission

NRS 532
Fundamentals in Care Coordination Practice
DETAILS

This course examines the responsibilities of the care coordinator, including client selection criteria, communication methodologies, clinical team development, assessment tools, care plan and profile development, cultural considerations, data structuring for reporting, and clinical efficiency. Students explore practices of aligning limited resources with client needs in a care coordination setting. Students also identify ways in which the care coordinator leads and supports collaboration between key stakeholders in the care coordination process.

NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 530 or by permission

NRS 534
Healthcare Systems Management in Care Coordination
DETAILS

This course examines the country’s healthcare delivery system, the goals of reform, and how emerging health care models are incorporated into the larger framework of clinical care oversight. Students also identify the ways in which care coordination can support cost efficiency, promote improved health consumerism, and affect positive health outcomes, as well as the influence of technology on the development of health care data collection systems.

NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 530, NRS 532 or by permission

NRS 538
Practicum in Care Coordination
DETAILS

This course provides students the opportunity to synthesize learning into strategies for care coordination experiences in the nurse care coordinator role. Each student will select a healthcare setting (acute care, primary care clinic, etc.) to work 126-hours with a nurse care coordinator/nurse navigator/care manager who will serve as a preceptor. The student will develop a plan of care project to determine and evaluate successful strategies for interviewing and organizing information around client health, goal setting, and efficient health care oversight.

All program course work except NR

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use.  While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal experience at a premier nursing school in Nebraska.  Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

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Additional information

Technology Requirements

To be successful with your online courses, you should have a basic understanding of computers and the internet. Read more about the minimum knowledge and hardware requisites on our Online Technology Requirements page.

Private Education Loans

Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships, Federal grants and Federal loans for which they are eligible before considering a private education loan, sometimes called an alternative loan. Terms and conditions for Federal student loans may be more favorable than those of private education loans.

Private education loans allow students to borrow in their own name, without any government guarantee. The loans are based on the borrower's credit, and it is often beneficial to have a credit-worthy co-signer. Since these are not governmental loans, the lender assumes more risk and may charge a higher interest rate, larger loan fees, or have more stringent credit requirements than the federal loan programs. Private loans cannot be combined with federal loans if a student wishes to consolidate his/her loans after graduation.

 

Applying for a Private Education Loan

  1. Determine your priorities.  Consider what aspects of a loan are most important to you, such as credit and co-signer requirements, co-signer release, interest rates, fixed or variable interest, fees, enrollment criteria, repayment terms, and borrower benefits such as a discount or rebate for paying through auto debit. 
  2. Research & compare your options.  Look at several lenders and loan products to determine which one best meets your needs.  (See next section for information on selecting a lender.) 
  3. Submit your application.  Once you have decided which loan to apply for, go to the lender's website to complete the application.  NMC's school code for loans is 006404.
    1. During the application process, you will be required to complete a Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification form.  Section 2 of that form will ask for your cost of attendance and estimated financial assistance for the loan period.  To obtain those figures, either refer to your award letter or contact your financial aid counselor. 
  4. Follow up promptly.  If you are pre-approved for the loan, the lender will instruct you on any additional steps that you need to complete.  Be sure to respond promptly to any request from your lender. 
  5. Wait.  Now it's our turn.  Once the lender has received everything it needs from you it will notify NMC that the loan is ready to certify.  After you have registered for classes, we confirm your eligibility and enrollment, and submit the certification to the lender.  At that time, we will send you a revised Award Letter showing the loan amount that was approved. 
  6. Receive final disclosure.  After NMC certifies your loan, the lender is required to send you a final disbursement disclosure informing you of your right to cancel the loan.  After providing that disclosure, the lender is required to wait at least 6 days before sending your funds to the school.

Selecting a Lender

Selecting a lender for a private loan is an important decision.  The loan programs differ, so it is important that you know the terms and conditions of the loan as well as your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.  Students (and families) are encouraged to research the lender benefits, customer service and other information related to loan processing, services and cost.  Remember that a loan is a debt that must be repaid, so it is recommended that students borrow wisely and no more than is necessary.

To assist in the comparison and selection process, NMC provides a Preferred Lender List on ELM Select.  These lenders were chosen based on the quality of products and services provided.  In selecting our preferred lenders we considered several factors: competitive interest rates, low or zero origination fees, borrower benefits such as co-signer release and interest reductions during repayment, stability and reputation, and quality of customer service.  As the borrower, it is your right to select a lender not on this list.  NMC will process your application for any eligible lender you select. 

Click here to access NMC's Preferred Lender List. Remember, you are not required to select a lender from our list. You have the right to select any lender you wish, that offers this type of loan. 

 

Code of Conduct

Educational institutions that participate in Federal Title IV programs are required to publish a code of conduct related to private education loans.  This code of conduct applies to all Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) employees, officers and agents of the College, including without limitation individuals who are employed in the Financial Aid Office or who otherwise have responsibilities with respect to education loans.  This code of conduct reflects NMC's commitment to conduct business and administer financial aid programs with integrity, in the interest of students, and in compliance with applicable law. 

  1. Ban on revenue-sharing agreements - The College will not enter into any revenue-sharing agreement with any lender.  The College will not accept fees, revenue, or material benefits from any lender in exchange for recommending the lender or loan products to students.
  2. Ban on gifts - NMC employees with financial aid responsibilities may not solicit or accept any gift or other item with a monetary value of more than a de minimus amount from a lender, guarantor, or servicer of student loans. 
  3. Prohibited consulting and contracting arrangements - No NMC employee or agent with financial aid responsibilities shall accept from any lender or affiliate of any lender any fee, payment, or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender.
  4. Ban on limiting a borrower's choice of lender - NMC employees will not direct first-time borrowers to a particular lender through award packaging or other methods, nor will NMC employees refuse to certify or delay certification of any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lending institution. 
  5. Prohibition on offers of funds for private loans - NMC will not request or accept from any lender any offer of funds to be used for private education loans in exchange for a certain number or volume of loans, or in exchange for placement of the lender on a preferred lender list.
  6. Ban on staffing assistance - NMC will not request or accept from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing, unless specifically allowed by federal regulation.  Examples of allowable assistance include professional development training, educational counseling materials, financial literacy materials, or debt management materials for borrowers, provided that such materials disclose the identification of the lender; or short-term, nonrecurring staffing assistance to assist the institution with financial aid-related functions during emergencies or natural disasters.
  7. Ban on advisory board compensation - Any NMC employee with financial aid responsibilities, and who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, must not receive anything of value from the lender, except for reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred in serving on the board.