Health Professional Education (Graduate)


The Health Professional Education Certificate is offered jointly by the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the School of Education. It is a graduate level program. For Admission Forms or more information on course schedules, please contact Jennifer Daood, Recruitment, Student Affairs at (414) 229-5474 or daood@uwm.edu.

The Health Professional Educational certificate is designed to provide health professionals, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists and other, with additional preparation in educational principles and theory to support them in their roles as educators of students, staff and clients. This program is designed for health professionals who have been in clinical practice for a number of years and are now teaching in their specialty or want to be prepared to teach in their specialty. This program is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program or health professionals holding a baccalaureate, masters or doctoral degree.

Recognizing the need of working adults to advance their careers and education simultaneously, UWM has designed a flexible, realistic, and affordable way to earn a certificate in Health Professional Education. Courses are offered either one night per week (4:30 pm - 7:10 pm), on the weekend (Friday evening and all day Saturday four times during the semester) or online. Faculty incorporate web-based technologies into weekend courses to facilitate student discussions and learning between meeting times. On-line courses are offered in an asynchronous web-based format. The program offers high quality, individualized educational formats conducive to the busy lives of working adults.

The Graduate School description of the program provides more details at http://graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/prospective/areas-of-study/certificates/health-professional-education/


Applicants are admitted to the certificate program in one of three categories:

  1. Post baccalaureate: must have completed a bachelor's degree in a health profession discipline with a grade point average of 2.75 or above (4.0 scale) and not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM.
  2. Current UWM graduate health profession student: must be in good standing.
  3. Post-graduate student: must have completed a graduate degree in a health profession or related discipline with a grade point average of 3.0 of above (4.0 scale).


The completion of 15 credit hours (5 courses) within 3 years is required for the certificate program. Students complete 2 core courses and then select from 3 credits in the area of curriculum/program planning and evaluation, 3 credits in teaching/instructional strategies, and 3 credit hours in an elective area.

Core Courses - 6 credits
Principles & Foundations of Adult Education 3 cr
Practicum & Seminar in Health Professional Education 3 cr

Curriculum/Program Planning & Evaluation Courses - 3 credits
Select one course from the following:
Program Planning in Adult Education 3 cr
Coordination of Staff Development & Training Program 3 cr
Evaluation of Adult Education & Training Programs 3 cr
Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 3 cr

Teaching/Instructional Strategies - 3 credits
Select one course from the following:
Instructional Design & Teaching Strategies 3 cr
Using Technology with the Adult Learner 3 cr
Seminar in Adult & Organizational Learning 3 cr
Instructional Strategies for Patient Education 3 cr

Elective Courses - 6 credits
Select of the following:
Seminar in Continuing Education on the Professions 3 cr
Administration of Adult Education Program 3 cr
Planning & Implementing Education Program for Older Adults 3 cr
Changing Health Behaviors 3 cr
Teaching in a Practice Discipline 3 cr

This certificate program is subject to federal Gainful Employment regulations. For information regarding the certificate please review the disclosure information here.