Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Patient Navigation Specialization


The Patient Navigation program is designed to prepare individuals to become patient navigators/patient advocates/community health assistants/personal care coordinators (these are a few of the terms that healthcare institutions use to refer to patient navigators).

Professionals in the emerging field of patient advocacy, health education, wellness and community health collaborate with patients and clinicians to improve health outcomes. They steer patients successfully through the complex health care system and any subsequent treatment plans, while also possessing the skills necessary to safely and effectively follow patients across the care continuum.

The Patient Navigation specialization prepares professionals who understand the barriers to effective care, such as poverty, insurance communication and information barriers; maintain an understanding of current health care trends and issues, and guide patients, caregivers and family members through the prescribed course of treatment.

Patient Navigation professionals work hand-in-glove with patients, clinicians and administrators to ensure efficient and effective care is delivered.


Key Benefits and Highlights

  • Hybrid format for Majors - The Patient Navigation courses will be offered online to serve students as early as freshman year. The remainder of the coursework will be offered at Misericordia University in a variety of formats including online, traditional, and/or hybrid.
  • Features a fieldwork experience in which students observe, interact with patients and other health care professionals, participate in the effective progression of patients throughout the care process, and learn about effective patient-practitioner communications
  • Strong and growing market demand
    • Currently a 50% increase between 2016-2024 in the need for patient navigators in health care systems, insurance companies and physician offices.
    • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) considers the field of patient navigation a “bright outlook’’ occupation because “it is projected to have a large number of job openings and is a new and emerging occupation,’’ according to the Occupational Information Network
    • In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Labor & Industry predicts an average of more than 1,300 job openings annually in patient navigation and related fields, according to Hanover Research.


Patient Navigation Major Course Requirements

BIO 121 OR
BIO 211
Human Structure & Function I OR
Anatomy & Physiology I
4
BIO 122 OR
BIO 212
Human Structure & Function II* OR
Anatomy & Physiology II*
4
MI 106Medical Terminology1
HCM 101Introduction to Health Systems3
HCI 110Introduction to Health Informatics3
HCM 371Health Care Reimbursement & Finance3
HCM 401Managed Care3
HCM 406Current Issues in Health Care3
HP 125Introduction to Patient Navigation3
HP 135Health Behavior Change Application3
HP 225Advanced Care Coordination3
HP 235Prevention and Chronic Disease3
HP 325Patient Navigation Fieldwork2
HP 200Healthy Lifestyles3
HP 241Fundamentals of Food & Nutrition3
HP 999CPR Certification0
GER 241Introduction to Social Gerontology3
SOC 122Social Problems
Total Credits50

Click on the course codes above to access the course descriptions.

* The curriculum should be taken in sequence with advisor approval. Please consult advisor for appropriate for appropriate biology course.

Program Goals

Program Goals

The Patient Navigation Specialization is a 4-year program resulting in a bachelor degree in Health Science. Students completing the Patient Navigation specialization will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills appropriate for entry-level employment as a Patient Navigator (patient advocate/community health assistant).
  2. Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to applying professional behaviors and adhering to ethical principles.

Students completing the BS in Health Science will:

  1. Integrate and demonstrate knowledge of diverse research designs from both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms, and will conceptually synthesize and demonstrate all steps of the research process.
  2. Demonstrate critical reasoning skills in the patient care process by conducting a client assessment, identifying functional problems, and developing an appropriate intervention plan.
  3. Interact and communicate professionally and courteously with clients while demonstrating the necessary clinical competencies required within their respective health care discipline.

4-Year Course Sequence

Year 1

Fall

Spring

BIO 121

or

BIO 211

Human Structure & Function I

(CORE)

or

Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BIO 122

or

BIO 212

Human Structure & Function II

or

Anatomy & Physiology II

4

HP 125

Introduction to Patient Navigation

3

HCM 101

Intro to Health Systems

3

ENG/HIS/RLS

151- University Writing Seminar - CORE

3

MTH 115

Statistics (CORE)

3

PSY 123

Intro to Psychology

CORE

3

ENG/HIS/RLS

CORE

3

MTH

Math Core-Group A- based on SAT’s - CORE

3

MI 106

Medical Terminology

(on line)

1

16

14

Year 2

ENG/HIS/RLS

CORE

3

ENG/HIS/RLS

CORE

3

HP 135

Health Behavior Change Application

3

HP 225

Advanced Care Coordination

3

FA

CORE

3

HP 235

Prevention and Chronic Disease

3

PHL 100

Intro to Philosophy

CORE

3

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Free Elective

3

SOC 101

Comparative Sociology CORE

3

PHL

CORE


3

HP 999

CPR Certification

0

15

15

Year 3

Fall

Spring

Natural Science core

CORE (3* or 4 cr.)
(cannot be BIO 121 or 211)
*If 3 cr. core, may need additional 1 cr. free elective)

4

HCM 401

Managed Care

Pre-req.- HCM 101 and 371

3

HCM 371

Health Care Reimbursement and Finance

Pre-req.-HC 101,HP 125

3

HCM 406

Current Issues and Trends in Healthcare

Pre-req.-HCM 101, HCM 371

3

HP 200

Healthy Lifestyles

3

HCI 110

Introduction to

Health Informatics (online)

3

SOC 122

Social Problems

3

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Free Elective

3

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Free Elective

3

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Free Elective

3

16

15

Year 4

ENG/HIS/RLS

CORE

3

FA

CORE

3

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Free Elective

3

ENG/HIS/RLS

CORE

3

---------------

Free Elective

3

----------------

Free Elective

3

GER 241

Introduction to Social Gerontology

3

---------------

Free Elective

3

HP 241

Fundamentals of Food and Nutrition

3

HP 325

Patient Navigation Fieldwork

2

15

14

NOTE:
Graduation Requirements: Students must successfully complete 2 writing intensive (WI) courses.

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.

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