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2021-2022 Catalog 
2021-2022 Catalog

Interprofessional Healthcare (certificate)

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Official Title of Certificate: Interprofessional Healthcare, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 32

Learn more about the Interprofessional Healthcare program

Purpose: Prepares students interested in a career in the healthcare professions. Allows graduates multiple avenues to pursue their interests in the fields of medicine, healthcare, and human services. Students interested in the healthcare professions as a first or second career choice benefit from this robust, interdisciplinary certificate program designed to better prepare students to face the demands of graduate-level health professions education. Students will earn valuable patient contact experience that will enhance their pursuit of graduate level degrees in health care professions such as physician assistant.

The most competitive graduates of this certificate program will be encouraged to apply for graduate level Physician Assistant education through a partnership with the University of Maryland Baltimore by matriculating into their Health Sciences degree program at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels.

Accelerated Pathway to the UMB/AACC Collaborative Physician Assistant Program

In addition to selection as a traditional post-baccalaureate applicant, those desiring to become a Physician Assistant in the UMB/AACC Collaborative Program can apply without a bachelor’s degree if they progress through our 3+2 accelerated pathway. Successful students in this program can become a Physician Assistant in 5.25 years while earning both their B.S. and M.S. degrees in Health Sciences, a much quicker option for those entering as college freshmen.

Those interested in the PA profession as a second career, who have not been in college for a while and need to refresh their knowledge, or who need to take extra coursework may have the option to progress into the PA program through the rigorous Interprofessional Healthcare (IPH) Certificate. For more information please contact the AACC IPH coordinator at or UMB PA Assistant Director of Admissions

Range of Occupations

This certificate program is designed to enhance an individual’s medical knowledge and skills and help prepare them for an advanced degree. With additional education, certification and/or training this certificate program can lead to careers in:

  • Physician assistant
  • Physical therapist
  • Medical research technician
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical technologist
  • Medical technician
  • Pharmacologist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Social worker
  • Pathology assistant
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Medical navigator
  • Simulation specialist
  • Dietician/Nutritionist
  • Pharmacy technician/assistant
  • Forensic science technologist
  • Palliative care worker
  • Health educator
  • Health services administrator

Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid by calling 410-777-2203, emailing or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101 ENG 101A , ENG 111, ENG 115, or ENG 121. See Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Prerequisites for Term 1:

  • IPH 240: MDA 100, HEA 150, BIO 233, BIO 234
  • IPH 260: MDA 100 and PSY 111 or PSY 211 or PSY 250
  • IPH 261: MDA 100, PSY 111
  • IPH 262: BIO 223, BIO 233 and BIO 234; CHE 112 or CHE 113
  • HUS 275: HUS 101 or permission of department chair

Prerequisites for Term 2:

  • IPH 263: IPH 262
  • IPH 264: HUS 275, IPH 260, IPH 261
  • IPH 265: MAT 145 and MAT 146 or MAT 151 or higher level math
  • IPH 266: MDA 100, PSY 111, BIO 223, BIO 233, BIO 234
  • IPH 267: BIO 223, BIO 233, BIO 234; CHE 112 or CHE 113
  • IPH 268: MDA 100, BIO 223, BIO 234

Certificate Requirements: 32 credits

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:​

  1. Communicate principles of physical, biological, and social sciences as related to real-world medical conditions and disease processes.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Problem solve by applying discipline-appropriate quantitative tools, concepts, and methods.
  4. Investigate physical phenomena experimentally by understanding research design and utilizing discipline-specific techniques and methodology. 
  5. Engage in lifelong learning by becoming a self-directed learner in the physical, biological, and social sciences.
  6. Embrace interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare by cooperatively problem solving and making decisions in whole-person healthcare.
  7. Communicate effectively with language sensitivity and professionalism.
  8. Exhibit cultural awareness and humility in community health and wellness.
  9. Demonstrate moral and ethical fortitude and professionalism in all settings.
  10. Fulfill a healthcare professions-specific career goal.

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