The Certificate in Health Professional Education Program is designed for health care professionals who have been in clinical practice for a number of years and are now teaching in their specialty or want to be prepared to teach in their specialty. The Certificate is offered jointly by the College of Health Sciences, the UWM College of Nursing and the UWM School of Education.

Like a departmental minor, certificate programs offer a specific academic focus but differ by being interdisciplinary, allowing students to combine related courses in different disciplines to explore a common theme.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • The program offers high quality, individualized educational formats conducive to the busy lives of working adults.
  • Courses are offered either 1 night per week (4:30 pm – 7:10 pm), on the weekend (Friday evening and all day Saturday 4 times during the semester) or online.
  • Faculty incorporate web-based technologies into weekend courses to facilitate student discussions and learning between meeting times. Online courses are offered in an asynchronous web-based format.

What can I do with a Certificate in Health Professional Education?

The Certificate in Health Professional Education is designed to provide health professionals, such as nurses, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists and others, with additional preparation in educational principles and theory to support them in their roles as educators of students, staff and clients.

The Certificate will prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Academic institutions



Recognizing the need of working adults to advance their careers and education simultaneously, the College of Health Sciences has designed a flexible, realistic and affordable way to earn a Certificate in Health Professional Education.

As a graduate level program, the Certificate Program is open to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program. It is also open to health care professionals who hold a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree.

With a Certificate in Health Professional Education, you will be better prepared to teach in clinical settings.

HPE Core Courses

Required Courses: 
Principles & Foundations of Adult Education3
Practicum & Seminar in Health Professional Education3

HPE Curriculum/Program Planning & Evaluation Courses

Program Planning in Adult Education3
Coordination of Staff Development & Training Program3
Evaluation of Adult Education & Training Programs3
Curriculum Development in Nursing Education3

HPE Teaching/Instructional Strategies

Instructional Design & Teaching Strategies3
Using Technology with the Adult Learner3
Seminar in Adult & Organizational Learning3
Instructional Strategies for Patient Education3

HPE Elective courses

Seminar in Continuing Education on the Professions3
Administration of Adult Education Program3
Planning & Implementing Education Program for Older Adults3
Changing Health Behaviors3
Teaching in a Practice Discipline3

The UWM Graduate School description of the program provides more details at

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Certificate in Health Professional Education is for me?

Professional advisors provide information and guidance to help students make informed educational decisions. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once each semester. To schedule an advising appointment, contact:

Jennifer Daood
Senior Advisor
UWM College of Nursing
Cunningham Hall 621
(414) 229-5474

How can I apply?

For Admission Forms or more information on course schedules, contact the advisor:

Jennifer Daood
Senior Advisor
UWM College of Nursing
Cunningham Hall 621
(414) 229-5474

If you are not already admitted to a UWM graduate degree program, you must complete a UW System Online Admission Application and have an official undergraduate transcript sent to the UWM Graduate School.

Is there a deadline to apply?

No, the enrollment period is rolling. You can apply at any time. Deadlines only surround class schedules.

Is the Certificate Program online?

No. Courses are offered face-to-face, once a week, online or on the weekends. Please refer to the schedule of classes for the most up to date course offerings.

Are there any prerequisite requirements for this Certificate?

There are some prerequisites that must be satisfied before declaring a Certificate in Health Professional Education. When you apply to the program, you will be placed into one of 3 categories:

  1. Post-baccalaureate student

    If you are in the Post-baccalaureate category, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a health care profession discipline with a grade point average of 2.75 or above (4.0 scale) and not be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at UWM.

  2. Current UWM graduate health care profession student

    Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate health care profession degree must be in good standing.

  3. Post-graduate student

    Post-graduate students must have completed a graduate degree in a health care profession or related discipline with a grade point average of 3.0 of above (4.0 scale).

What courses can I take to get the Certificate?

The completion of 15 credit hours (5 courses) within 3 years is required for the certificate program. Students complete 2 core courses and then select from 3 credits in the area of curriculum/program planning and evaluation, 3 credits in teaching/instructional strategies, and 3 credit hours in an elective area.

How much does the Certificate Program cost?

Tuition fee information may be found at the UWM Business and Financial Services Office under Tuition and Fees information.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?

Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.