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:

  • take the Commission for Case Manager Certification Exam
  • 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.
    • In spring 2019, NRSG 770 will be offered in a hybrid model, with five online modules and five face-to-face classes on Saturdays.
  • 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.

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Course Listing

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.

Sample Plans of Study

  • The Care Coordination Certificate will be launched in fall 2018.
  • Students may apply for the certificate for fall, spring, or summer enrollment.
  • Admission is on a rolling basis.

Based on interest, for the first cohort:

  • NRSG 770: Care Coordination I will be offered in spring 2019.
  • NRSG 771: Care Coordination II will be offered in fall 2019.

Beginning fall 2019 and beyond, courses will be 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.

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.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

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.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

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?

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)

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

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 to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.