Prepare to provide telehealth services to patients in clinics, at home and in other community settings as a nurse practitioner in a medically underserved area.
The Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP-DNP) is intended for doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) students who wish to learn about the delivery of healthcare using telehealth technology.
The term “telehealth” covers a range of methods including: videoconferencing in real-time (synchronous), store and forward (asynchronous), patient monitoring, mHealth and provider education. The rural health care delivery system is a prominent environment for telehealth use. You will have the opportunity to analyze and evaluate different elements of delivery systems related to rural clients, including: provider and organizational outcomes, informatics and leadership in the design, implementation and evaluation of rural healthcare systems.
Through this program, you will develop an advanced understanding of the necessary components of a sustainable telehealth program that provides patient-centered delivery. Identifying one key area of telehealth technology you wish to explore, you will evaluate the fit among the environment, client, telehealth technology and desired outcomes for capacity building and sustainability.
Completion of this certificate will demonstrate to future employers your knowledge of telehealth and its application in your area of specialty. Clinical residencies are required, but these can be either face-to-face or conducted by remote telehealth.
Eligibility: The current Plan of Study for the RTCP is designed for students enrolled in the College of Nursing Doctorate of Nursing Program. Applicants will be held to the same requirements as all students who are participating in clinical residency hours.
Cost & Eligibility
The curriculum for this degree program includes:
- NURS736: Technology for Expanding Healthcare – Examine the use of technology for expanding capacity to deliver health care services and education. Explore major conceptual and methodological issues associated with designing, implementing and evaluating the effectiveness of technology-enhanced interventions.
- NURS774: Rural Health Systems or Rural Community Health – Examine the health of rural populations within the context of diverse rural communities. You will be provided with opportunities to integrate knowledge of theories, models, and research on multiple community levels.
- NURS693A: Clinical Residency – An individualized, supervised clinical practicum to expand your advanced practice competencies in direct patient care as related to the care of specialty populations relevant to the student’s advanced practice nursing specialty.