Health Navigator Associate Degree

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A new way to make a difference in health care.

Program Code: 105392

Today’s health systems are increasingly complex. Professionals are needed to assist individuals and communities in navigating the U.S. community health, health care, and health insurance systems. The Health Navigator program will prepare graduates for employment in a variety of health industries including public health, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, and a variety of non-profit agencies involved in serving the community.


Employment Potential

• Community Health Workers: work with agencies and their clientele to manage promote optimal health through access and use of appropriate resources.

• Patient Navigator: facilitate care and follow up for clients with complicated care needs.

• Health Insurance Navigator: assist clients in appropriate utilization of health insurance.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Attend or view online program pre-registration information session.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Students following the study plan below will complete the Health Navigator associate degree program in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: High school GPA greater/equal to 2.6; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 18; OR Next Gen Reading score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 260; OR "preparatory course(s)", contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-539-205 ACCESSING AND ANALYZING HEALTH INFORMATION ...this course will address evidence based thinking in health, introduce health information concepts and information skill development. The student will learn how to evaluate online health information and how to access data in health information systems.
10-501-112 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.
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-501-104 CULTURE OF HEALTHCARE...prepares learners to work in the healthcare environment as part of a healthcare team. Learners will investigate the healthcare community, patient privacy standards, and the professional behavior that is expected in today's medical community. Learner will examine various aspects of verbal and written communication skills, customer service principles, and problem solving techniques necessary to be a vital member of the healthcare workforce.
10-501-107 DIGITAL LITERACY FOR HEALTHCARE...the course will explore the use of the electronic health record, the role of social media in health care communication, the uses of wearable technologies that monitor activity and heart rate, the use of data to manage population health and the impact of new developments on the healthcare workforce.
10-530-182 HUMAN DISEASE 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. (Prerequisite: 10-501-101, Medical Terminology; Co-requisite 10-806-189, Basic Anatomy)
10-539-201 NAVIGATOR HEALTH INSURANCE ...this course presents common health insurance terminology. Students are introduced to various insurance programs including: private health insurance, Workers’ Compensation, disability insurance, hospital insurance, government plans including: Medicare and Medicaid. Students will also learn the impacts of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance.
10-539-202 NAVIGATOR HEALTH CARE DELIVERY ...this course examines the history of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, how it operates today, who participates in the system and the governance of this system. The course also reviews the different healthcare institutions and the various roles of healthcare providers as well as the legal and ethical components.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-539-204 HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS ...this course will provide an overview of health communication and its use with individuals, groups and communities. Topics will include health literacy, culturally appropriate communication and communication within special settings and populations. (Prerequisites: 10-539-202, Health Care Delivery; 10-801-196, Oral/Interpersonal Communication; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)
10-539-108 NAVIGATOR PHARMACOLOGY ...introduces students to medication classification, basic pharmacology principles, and supplements. Students apply basic pharmacodynamics to identify common medications and calculate dosages in preparation for medication administration.(Prerequisite: Completion of 10-501-101 Medical Terminology: 10-530-182 Human Disease for Health Professions.)
10-544-201 GERO: INTRO TO GERONTOLOGY ...provides an opportunity for the student to develop greater awareness and appreciation for aging. Topics addressed include demographic, biological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process as well as careers within the field of aging.
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arith score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 567; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-539-203 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. (Prerequisites: 10-501-112, Introduction to Public Health; 10-539-202, Health Care Delivery; 10-530-182, Human Disease for Health Professions)
10-539-206 PRACTICUM 1...this supervised practicum experience will focus on application of skills and knowledge in either the community health setting or the insurance setting. (Prerequisites: 10-539-203, Prevention & Community Health; 10-539-204, Health Communications; 10-804-134, Mathematical Reasoning; Corequisite: 10-539-205, Accessing and Analyzing Health Information)
10-539-207 PRACTICUM 2 ...this supervised practicum experience provides application of health navigator acquired skills and knowledge in an agency setting of student’s choice (community health, insurance or health care agency as patient navigator). (Corequisite: 10-539-206, Experiential Practice 1)
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP ...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-539-XXX, 10-544-XXX, 10-530-XXX, 10-501-XXX , 10-806-XXX, and 10-804-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

Program Outcomes

• Evaluate client needs and potential barriers.
• Connect clients 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.


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Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to provide their own transportation to practicum sites and cover any other expenses related to practicum experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances to practicums.
• Dependent on the site, students may be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service.
• Dependent on site, students may be required to complete a background check. A fee is charged for this service as well. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program

Flexible Learning Option

The entire Health Navigator program is offered online WITH THE EXCEPTION of the practicum in 4th semester. The program may be completed in a part-time or full-time format.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.