Education and Health Care Transition Certificate Program is Accepting Applicants

The University of Florida’s Education-Health Care Transition (EdHCT) Certificate Program is excited  to announce the beginning of its second year. It is currently recruiting health science graduate students who are interested in the transition of youth with special healthcare needs from pediatric to adult care, and from adolescence to adulthood.

The program was developed collaboratively between the College of Medicine and the College of Education and is hosted by the College of Education.  Students in the certificate program include both those in the health sciences and those in the field of education.

The online program consists of a maximum of  four courses (12 semester hours) of graduate-level credit. The certificate is designed to respond to an increased number of children and youth with special health care needs, or CYSHCN, and invisible chronic illness, or ICI, highlighting the importance of collaboration between healthcare transition and education transition. The latter is a process of  which many healthcare providers are unaware, which prepares students for work, secondary education and adult living.

The certificate program will begin on June 10.

Coursework provides background information on healthcare and education transition prior to discussing the relationship of the two disciplines, and topics address a variety of methods for collaboration between the two fields. The courses in the certificate program include in-depth group discussions, readings, journal writing, group activities and summary projects. Each course is taught by education and health care professionals, and are intended to be taken in a sequence, but can be taken independently. The first three courses are prerequisites for the seminar course, and all four courses must be completed to earn the EdHCT Certificate.