Patient Navigation

The Patient Navigation program is designed to prepare individuals to successfully guide patients through the healthcare system and treatment plan as a liaison, patient guide and advocate. Patient navigators possess skills essential to the safe and effective movement of patients across the care continuum, self-management and enhanced patient-practitioner communication.

Program Options

Program Goals

  • Prepare students to provide patient navigation services embedded in the values of justice and hospitality through physical, emotional, and social support to patients following a treatment plan
  • Students will be able to successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care
  • Students will value the need to maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues that impact the patient navigators’ ability to provide care/assistance
  • Students will have the skill set to guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
  • Students will identify and explain health resources including publicly funded health insurance programs and health delivery systems

If you have any questions or concerns about MU's Patient Navigation program please contact Dr. Elaine Halesey, Patient Navigation Program Director, at

Admissions Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Patient Navigation Specialization program as a freshman student are:

  • Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  • Minimum SAT requirement of 850 (combined Math and Critical Reading) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or a combined 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, the ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18.

Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits. Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

Prospective students for the Patient Navigation Certificate program must submit a graduating high school transcript or GED certificate.

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