Care Navigation and Coordination

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  • Credits to complete: 10.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: | Part Time - 2

About the Program

Seattle Central College offers a Care Navigation and Coordination Certificate designed to prepare individuals who are interested in coordination and advocacy roles across health and human services systems. The certificate is based on the concept of integrated care for the whole person and focuses on strategies to navigate care for clients. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is expected to rise 16 percent from 2016 to 2026. This increase is considered much faster than other occupations.

Career Opportunities

Care coordinators and navigators act as liaisons between clients, and many facets of healthcare systems. As a care coordinator or navigator, you may work closely with an interdisciplinary medical team. The duties of a care coordinator/navigator may include:

  • Assessing client needs
  • Assisting in navigating the complex healthcare and insurance systems
  • Referring clients to community resources
  • Developing goals for continuing care with clients, their families and the medical team
  • Writing care plans
  • Assist in care transitions

Care Coordinators/Navigators are employed in field such as:

  • Healthcare settings
  • Housing
  • Schools
  • Insurance companies
  • Human service agencies
  • Rehabilitation clinics
  • Substance abuse treatment agencies
  • Behavioral health

A certificate in Care Navigation and Coordination can significantly boost your marketability. You will enhance your understanding of new care models, increase client/patient satisfaction and quality of care and broaden your career horizons.

Who Should Enroll

  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Patient Care Representatives/Techs
  • Alternative Practitioners
  • Peer Specialists
  • Community Health Workers
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Medical Interpreters
  • Home Care Aides
  • Care Managers
  • Human Services Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Other Family and Community Stakeholders

Gainful Employment

Learn more about this program’s Gainful Employment information (pdf).

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.