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Health Navigator Overview

Are you interested in a career in healthcare, but prefer to work behind the scenes helping the patient navigate the often overwhelming medical world? The Health Navigator program allows you to work as an advocate for patients, ensuring that their medical journey is smooth and worry-free.

The world of healthcare today is complex and there is a need for knowledgeable employees that can assist patients and their families with understanding health insurance options and available resources. As a health navigator, you will be the person that can ensure life-changing medical
decisions can be made with confidence and a sense of ease.

This program is ideal for current healthcare workers who would like to gain a better understanding of the healthcare field, as well as those who want a career in healthcare, but may not have an interest in the clinical side of healthcare.

As a Health Navigator you will:

  • Evaluate client needs and potential barriers
  • Provide information and refer patients to resources and services
  • Optimize financial resources available to the client
  • Model professional behaviors and practices as a health navigator
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare team, diverse client populations and their families
  • Promote individual and community health

The Health Navigator program is offered as MyChoice, however clinical experience is required to complete the program.

Career Opportunities

Community Health Worker

Health Insurance Navigator

Patient Navigator

Just the Facts

Health Navigator
60 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

PROGRAM START //
Fall 2019

   Financial Aid Eligible

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,282

Term 2

$

2,109

Term 3

$

2,258

Term 4

$

2,109

Books

$

1,937

Estimated Total:  $10,695

 

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Health Navigator program.

Introduction to Public Health
A survey and analysis of current public health problems incorporating an epidemiologic framework. A basic introduction to community health history and organization is followed by specific health issues analyzed through the agent, host, and environmental interrelationships. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, and health promotion strategies are detailed.

Human Diseases for Health Professions
Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures.

Prevention and Community Health
This course will address levels of prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary), assess individual and community needs and discuss use of evidenced based practices and community resources to engage individuals and families in ongoing prevention and health assessment efforts.

Health Navigator Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

 

$34K*
Yearly Salary

Health Navigator professionals make an average starting salary of $34,154.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

 
* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from EMSI which is an Economic Modeling Software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

Health Information Management & Technology, Associate Degree

Human Resources, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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