Medical and Healthcare Programs

Patient Navigation

Program Description

Patient navigation is widely used in various healthcare settings to enhance service delivery and improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. The Certificate in Patient Navigation is designed to prepare individuals to successfully navigate patients through the healthcare system over the course of a treatment plan. This program will help individuals act as a liaison between patients and their healthcare team and serve as a guide and advocate. The Certificate in Patient Navigation teaches skills essential to the safe and effective movement of a patient across the care continuum, improved self-management of patient care, and enhanced patient-practitioner communication.

The Jesuit value of "Cura Personalis" (Care of the Person) is both integral to the core values of Georgetown University and to the goals of a patient navigator working to promote wellness by addressing the mind, body, and spirit. A patient navigator understands that there is a great deal of diversity among patients and that each patient requires a personalized plan unique to their needs and goals. This certificate provides formalized patient navigation education with a focus on holistic care.

Designed For

  • Individuals seeking to join the healthcare field as a patient navigator or serve as a caregiver
  • Healthcare professionals seeking a career transition into patient navigation
  • Health administration or health allied professionals interested in expanding their skill set to include patient navigation
  • Current patient navigators seeking formal training, further skills, and/or a deeper understanding of their role and responsibilities
  • Anyone interested in learning about patient navigation 
Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Certificate in Patient Navigation, participants will be able to:

  • Define patient navigation and the various roles and responsibilities
  • Understand the history, purpose, and goals of patient navigation
  • Successfully communicate and interview patients to assess barriers to care
  • Guide patients, caregivers, and family members through a treatment plan with the goal of improving patient outcomes
  • Provide physical, emotional, and social support to patients following a treatment plan
  • Identify and explain health resources including publicly funded health insurance programs and health delivery systems

Program Format

The Certificate in Patient Navigation combines traditional classroom learning with active application of the course content through role-play, modeling, and case studies. The program includes three courses for a total of 48 contact hours. The three courses are designed to build upon each other, though students may elect to take individual courses without completing the certificate program.

Program participants are expected to:

  • Engage in practical application of program content
  • Participate in class and online discussions
  • Apply course content through role-play and case studies

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in Patient Navigation from Georgetown University, participants must successfully complete the three (3) required courses for a total 4.80 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 48.0 contact hours. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the required courses in sequence.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Patient Navigation Fundamentals Required 1.60
2 Building the Patient-Patient Navigator Partnership Required 1.60
3 Developing the Patient Navigator Skill Set Required 1.60
Total   3 Required 4.80

See below for course schedules and registration information.

Program Registration

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Program Prerequisites

Participants in the certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.

Program Tuition

Tuition is $995.00 per course. Total program tuition for all three courses is $2,985.00. Students can register and pay for courses separately or register for all three courses at one time. Payment is due at time of registration. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

The program may also qualify for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students. 

Tuition Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Enroll in our interest-free payment plan
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/ GI Bill - (approval currently pending with the Department of Veterans Affairs)
  • Apply for a private education loan
  • Take advantage of tuition discounts for alums, groups, and select partner organizations
  • Register for individual courses over multiple semesters

Program Materials

Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition, though students may be required to purchase textbooks for specific courses. Please check course syllabi to determine if textbooks must be purchased. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.

International Students

Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please send an email to or call 202.687.7000. Interested students are also encouraged to RSVP for an upcoming information session.

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Course Schedule

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