Care Coordination Certificate

Focus on solutions. Help improve the quality of care, promote evidence-based practice, and control costs.

New models of health care delivery, managed care oversight, and government regulation have increased the demand for highly skilled nurse case managers and care coordinators. The 12-credit post-baccalaureate Care Coordination Certificate program will help prepare you to:

  • meet the growing demand for highly skilled nurse case managers and care coordinators
  • improve patient care and health outcomes through the design and implementation of care coordination systems.

How the Program Works

  • You’ll take courses in a mix of on-campus and online formats:
    • NRSG 780 and NRSG 782 are offered online.
    • NRSG 770 and NRSG 771 are offered on campus.
  • You’ll complete a 45-hour practicum experience in a community-based case management setting.
  • You can complete the certificate in one year (two semesters).
  • You can apply up to two of the four certificate classes toward a master’s degree in Community/Public Health Nursing.

Current students may use two courses toward this certificate if they apply to the certificate program while still enrolled at UMSON. Otherwise, coursework used to satisfy graduation requirements of another UMSON program may not be used to satisfy requirements for this certificate.

What You’ll Learn

Public health experts and industry leaders will teach you how to:

  • implement case management processes to coordinate care for clients with complex needs
  • use state-of-the-art technologies, information systems, and communications to support safe nursing practice
  • evaluate the effects of care coordination on patient health outcomes.

What You’ll Do

Practice opportunities for registered nurses with advanced training and skills in care coordination are available in:

  • acute and long-term care facilities
  • human services agencies
  • managed care organizations
  • community-based settings.

Program Snapshot

Length

As little as 2 semesters

Format

Blended (face-to-face and online)

Tuition View overview

In State: $824/credit
Out of State: $1,461/credit

Credits

12

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Courses You'll Take

Care Coordination Courses:

  • NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health
  • NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy
  • NRSG 770: Care Coordination I
  • NRSG 771: Care Coordination II

Course Descriptions:

To view course descriptions for upcoming courses, search the course catalog.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your education.

Type of AidAward
Federal Financial Aid various award amounts
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships


All students receiving funds through the University must:

  • be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) in a degree-seeking program
  • complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by UMB's award priority deadline
    • FAFSA Submission period: Oct. 1 (of the previous year) through Feb. 28
    • FAFSA School code: 002104

The UMB Office of Student Financial Assistance & Education is available to guide prospective and current students through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.


Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | nrsscholarships@umaryland.edu

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | aidtalk@umaryland.edu

Sample Plans of Study

  • Students may apply for the certificate for fall, spring, or summer enrollment.
  • Admission is on a rolling basis.

Courses are offered as follows: 

Course Fall Spring Summer
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health x x x
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy x x x
NRSG 770: Care Coordination I x    
NRSG 771: Care Coordination II   x  

Courses may be completed in a variety of sequences.

Note that NRSG 770: Care Coordination I is a prerequisite for NRSG 771: Care Coordination II.

Sample Plans of Study

Fall 2018 Start ONLY
(3-semester sample plan of study)

Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall 2019
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health* NRSG 770: Care Coordination I NRSG 771: Care Coordination II
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*    

Spring 2019 Start ONLY
(2-semester sample plan of study)

Spring 2019 Fall 2019
NRSG 770: Care Coordination I NRSG 771: Care Coordination II

NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*

NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*

Fall Start (Fall 2019 and Beyond)
(2-semester sample plan of study)

Fall Spring
NRSG 770: Care Coordination I NRSG 771: Care Coordination II

NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*

NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*

Fall Start (Fall 2019 and Beyond)
(4-semester sample plan of study)

Fall Spring Fall Spring
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*
NRSG 770: Care Coordination I NRSG 771: Care Coordination II

Spring or Summer Start (Fall 2019 and Beyond)
(3- or 4-semester sample plan of study)

Spring/Summer Fall Spring
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health*
and/or
NRSG 782: Health Systems and Policy*
NRSG 770: Care Coordination I NRSG 771: Care Coordination II

*NRSG 780 and NRSG 782 can be taken any semester, including summer

Admission Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Sept. 1
  • summer enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1

Qualifications:

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • be a registered nurse
  • have a bachelor's degree or be enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
    (Graduate students may complete the certificate concurrently with their other graduate studies.)

Application materials:

Material

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now via the Admissions Dashboard.

The Admissions Dashboard is where you will:

  • submit your online application and fee
  • submit/request any supplemental documents
  • check your application status.

You can save your progress and return to your application at a later date. We recommend that you continue to log in for regular updates.

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a mentor, teacher, or employer who can speak knowledgeably about your potential to successfully complete the certificate program.

Submit/request these materials via the Admissions Dashboard.

Essay. Please submit a concise essay (no more than 350 words) addressing the following: How will earning this certificate impact your care of the population you expect to serve after graduation?

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

Have each institution submit electronically to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Scholarships to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.