With the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, Hofstra University’s School of Education is pleased to launch a new Advanced Graduate Certificate program which aims to give practicing healthcare professionals the skills, knowledge and vision to become educators who can teach a new generation of healthcare workers. This program, Advanced Certificate in Pedagogy for Health Professionals, is open to all health professionals who hold an undergraduate or post- graduate degree in their field. According to Program Director Alice Fornari, EdD, RD, “Many physicians, nurses, physician assistants, therapists, nutritionists and others in health-related fields realize a desire to teach future professionals at some point during their career. The Advanced Certificate gives them a secondary credential that paves a smooth transition into academia.”
This program combines the expertise and resources of Hofstra University’s School of Education, the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and the North Shore-LIJ Heath System to give students a comprehensive learning experience.
The growing demands for credentialed health professionals have sparked a growth in pedagogical programs throughout the country and internationally. In fact, this Advanced Certificate Program joins more than 100 similar programs at prestigious universities worldwide. Hofstra’s advanced degree program supports the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) for the competency of Practice-Based Learning and Improvement (PBLI), focused on teaching others.
According to Professor Fornari, participants in this program can expect to learn how to:
- Plan and implement innovative educational programs;
- Foster continuous quality improvement measures; and
- Develop skills that support effective teaching in a multitude of settings where practice occurs and with a diverse array of adult learners.
This 15 credit graduate program’s flexible structure allows full time professionals to complete the program within one calendar year. In general, students may take two fall courses, two spring courses and one summer practicum. In the fall and spring, one course would be taken online and the other on-site at Hofstra University using an executive scheduling model.