This certificate marks achievement of advanced understanding, comprehension and application of the issues surrounding the veteran or veteran family member who has returned from military service and is entering or has entered civilian life. There are 22.2 million veterans in the United States and Puerto Rico and about 8 million of them are enrolled in the VA health care system. About 2/3 of our veterans are not receiving medical care at the Veterans Administration Health System, most are receiving health care in our civilian medical systems, and these veterans have special needs that are unmet.
What will students learn?
A combination of six courses provides students with the necessary knowledge to provide health care to veterans. The recognition, treatment and/or referral of veterans for appropriate health care is often the result of medical teamwork, and would not occur if the medical team did not intervene within this unique population.
By completing this certificate, the health care provider will be able to identify, refer and advocate for the veteran with necessary specialized skills and knowledge, being equipped to care for many medical needs of this unique group.
Who is the program intended for?
This certificate is designed for health professionals who want to help veterans through providing safe and effective healthcare and advocacy for those veterans.
This certificate is also designed for:
- Veterans who want to serve other veterans
- Veteran’s Administration employees who wish to advance their knowledge and application skills to this population
- Health care professionals wanting to increase cultural competency and training in veteran issues
- Career advisors who work with veterans
- Veteran service officers
- Veteran advocacy officers
- First responders
- Veteran and veteran family members wishing to improve personal advocacy.
What makes the Drexel program unique?
This program was one of the first health professional courses developed for this population.
Certificate completion will provide prospective employers with evidence of background knowledge and assessment skills which will translate into improved job performance for this unique population, veterans.
Each course may be taken alone or as part of the four course certificate. Certificate completion is only awarded if all four courses are taken and completed with a grade of B or higher. Graduate students at Drexel University may take any course regardless of discipline major, Drexel undergraduate students may apply to take this course with approval of course instructor and junior or senior level standing at the University.
Applications for this certificate program are currently being accepted for fall 2016 admission.
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed.
Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
If you attended a Diploma School of Nursing and the school was affiliate with a college/university, the official transcript must be submitted from the college for any non-nursing courses for which you received credit.
One professional letter of recommendation.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in certificate program.
Specific work experience not required.
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Veterans’ Healthcare tuition page
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