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Health Navigator Associate Degree

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Be a health care hero (Cape, optional)  

Become a health care navigator  

If you or a loved one have ever experienced major medical issues, you know how difficult and challenging it can be to navigate the complex health care system. 

What if you could combine your life experiences with a degree and make an impact on others? You can be the guiding hero – advocating and being the voice for patients during the most difficult and challenging moments of their lives. 

With our Health Navigator associate degree program – available 100% online – you can gain the knowledge and tools needed to help patients and families find their way through a life-changing medical event.  

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.
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Requirements for Program Entry

  • Completed application.
  • High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.
  • 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 mandatory program orientation.
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Curriculum
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Health Navigator associate degree program in the number of semesters shown.
First Semester
Semester Total
16
Second Semester
Semester Total
16
Third Semester
Semester Total
15
Fourth Semester
Semester Total
14
Total Credits
61

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.

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.

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

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 www.castlebranch.com 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.

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 nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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