MHS Post-Graduate Certificate

Health care professionals have a passion for their field and understand the importance of advancing their skillset to remain competitive. Caring for others is just the beginning! Many paths lead to the education field whether you supervise students in a clinical setting or lead a health professions program. These educators share their knowledge and skills to help others deliver care or help individuals better care for themselves. It is a critical responsibility that requires advanced training such as the MHS post-graduate certificate program offered 100% online by Washburn University.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $79,540online
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What is a MHS Post-Graduate Certificate

This certificate program, offered completely online, is designed for busy health care professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of teaching and learning. You will cover topics such as educational foundations, instructional methods, assessment and instructional technology. Candidates can complete the nine credit-hour program in as few as 1.5 semesters and begin in either the fall or spring. Among the requirements:

  • completion of a master's degree or higher with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0*
  • two years of professional health care experience
  • GRE or GMAT not required
  • open to residents of all U.S. states**

Cohorts, which begin each fall and spring, are comprised of a diverse group of health care professionals at various stages in their career. The curriculum meets the expectations of many accreditors, such as CAPTE, concerning the completion of education-focused coursework by health professions faculty. When paired with a master's or doctoral degree in nursing, this certificate fulfills the education eligibility requirements for the Certified Nursing Educator (CNE) exam.

*conditional acceptance to candidates with a cumulative GPA of 2.75-2.99

**applicants residing in California can find information on the complaints process concerning out of state online schools through Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)


Becky Dodge, PhD, RT (R)(T), is program coordinator of the MHS program. If you have questions, contact her at 785.670.1440 or

Students may start in the fall or spring and must complete three out of the four courses listed below within six years of the program start date. Each course is eight weeks in duration. For successful completion of this certification program, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

  • AL600 Foundations of Health Care Education (offered in August)
  • AL624 Assessment in Health Care Education (offered in October)
  • AL626 Instructional Technology (offered in January)
  • AL720 Curriculum and Instruction Methods in Health Care Education (offered in March)

The certificate program does not qualify for Visa status. International students may apply for admission to this program by completing the admissions process through the Office of International Programs. Please submit the following:

*If your graduate degree was completed outside of the U.S., you must request a course-by-course evaluation of the transcripts by either ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.) or WES (World Education Services), and an original evaluation report must be sent to Washburn University by the evaluation service.

Ali's Story

"The MHS post-graduate certificate experience was truly a rewarding experience. I entered into the program, taking the Instructional Technology course first and it incorporated learning educational foundations while simultaneously learning about how to incorporate this with active learning and appropriate up-to-date instruction technology. I utilized all of the information I learned in my courses within my physical therapy educational strategies. In addition, the courses were very well organized and easy to follow allowing for self-paced learning within each week. This was a vital piece, as I am a very busy educator and administrator for a physical therapy assistant program and efficient and organized ways to access and complete my additional responsibilities as a post-professional student were key for my retention and success. The courses were also filled with supplemental materials that I greatly appreciated and continue to utilize. The instructor's form of communication was exemplary and her expectations for the courses were clear and her feedback both positive and constructive. I wish I had the time to complete further classes in this program and hope to do that one day after COVID-19's added stressors subside. I would highly recommend this program!"

- Ali, Physical Therapist & Associate Dean of Health Science and PTA Program Director

By the Numbers

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Employment for postsecondary teachers is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It also predicts fields such as health specialties and nursing will experience better job prospects than others.

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Certificate Program Application

A cohort format is in place for this certificate program. You may begin courses in either the fall or spring. If you are starting in the spring, the preferred deadline is November 1. Applications received after this date will be considered based on availability. To apply, please follow these steps:

  • complete an Online Graduate Application
  • create an account, as part of the Online Graduate Application
  • within application, select " certificate seeking" option when prompted
  • within application, upload unofficial transcripts demonstrating completion of a master's or doctoral degree (official transcripts are required only after being admitted)
  • no application fee


Allied Health
Benton Hall, Room 107
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2170

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