Our Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) Health Professions Education is carefully designed for students who hold a master's degree in a health professions specialty. All classes are conducted online, allowing students to continue their careers while being certified. Whether you're a nurse, physician's assistant, physical therapist or other health professional — you'll gain critical skills in educational strategies and technology.

Demand for effective educators within their fields of practice is growing. Our professors-of-practice focus their classes around issues and trends in higher education as well as the fundamentals of teaching. You'll earn your certification and be prepared for a faculty or health educator position within the health care arena.

The CAGS is an asynchronous online program of 18 credits (six 3 credit courses, two in the fall and spring, and one in summer and fall), and may be completed within one year depending on educational immersion availability. However, students may choose to spread out the online courses, taking one course per semester as needed. Students can enter the CAGS program in September on completion of the program will receive a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Health Professions Education.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A master's or higher academic degree in a health professions specialty from a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution and have an overall GPA of 3.0. in both undergraduate and graduate studies.
  • Practical experience within the healthcare arena within the past three years.
  • Courses in this program are only open to matriculated students. Non-degree status is not available nor do we offering continuing education credit. Since an official certificate will be awarded upon completion of the prescribed curriculum, it is considered an academic credential and thus formal application and admission is required.

CAGS Health Professions Education Sample Curriculum

The program consists of six courses, totaling 18 credit hours. The curriculum includes six didactic courses and one practicum. All courses are taught online.

Year I

Fall (3 credits each)

  • HPED 520: Trends in Health Professions Education
  • HPED 521: Learning Theory and Practice

Spring (3 credits each)

  • HPED 530: Principles of Inquiry and Evidence in Education
  • HPED 531: Teaching Methodologies, Course Design, and Assessment

Summer (3 credits)

  • HPED 540: Curriculum Development, Program Design, and Evaluation

Year II

Fall (3 credits)

  • HPED 541: Educational Application and Immersion Experience
    This is a 100 hour immersion experience in the field of higher education individualized to help you achieve your career aspirations. You will work with faculty to identify a PhD prepared educator to work with for a full semester who will provide advice and mentorship to help you apply the theories, concepts, principles, and research learned throughout the educational courses.

On satisfactory completion of the HPED CASGS, those who wish to continue to the doctoral level may apply to the PhD portion of the program.

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Health Professions Education Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS)

How to Apply

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