About this certificate.
The Patient Advocacy Certificate at UCLA Extension provides the broad-based, fundamental knowledge required to pursue a career in patient advocacy and navigation.
Patient advocates are the guiding lights in an ever-changing health care system, handling any number of logistical, financial, and communication aspects of hospital and medical care to enhance the patient experience. This unique and growing role is designed to alleviate the confusion for patients and families so they can focus on what’s most important: health and well-being.
Considering the constantly evolving landscape of health care, our program is ideal for both entry-level and mid-level patient advocates. Coursework is updated based on the latest government enacted laws and policies as well as updates to health care practices. The Patient Advocacy program at UCLA Extension was developed by a team of academics and seasoned health care professionals to educate and ground students in the necessary fundamentals and specialized skills of this emerging area of health care.
Complete the program entirely online. New students may start in either Fall or Spring quarter.
Bachelor’s Degree in any field or an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, or other allied health fields required in order to apply for this program.