Program Description

The Health Navigator Associate Degree program will prepare graduates for employment in a variety of health industries including public health, clinics, hospitals, insurance companies and a variety of non-profit agencies involved in serving the community. The goal of the program is to educate frontline health workers with expertise and experience in assisting individuals and communities to navigate the U.S. community health, health care and health insurance systems.

Approximate Cost

$12,334
Tuition: $9249 , Books: $3085

Starting Salary

$34,445
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
100%
at Antigo
100%
at Medford
100%
at Phillips
100%
at Spencer
100%
at Wittenberg
100%
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate ability to improve patient outcomes for a specific illness or complex disease
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare team, diverse patient populations and their families
  • Incorporate evidence-based healthcare practices into the delivery of services
  • Demonstrate networking and marketing skills in the health care environment
  • Demonstrate adaptability and the ability to manage conflicts in the changing healthcare environment
  • Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect safe, legal and ethical practice
  • Provide information and refer patients, based on the identified barriers and needs, to appropriate resources and services available to the patient

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Health Insurance Navigator
  • Patient Navigator
  • Community Health Worker

Courses

The Health Navigator Associate Degree is a 60 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3.00
CULTURE OF HEALTHCARE 2.00
INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH 3.00
BODY, STRUCTURE & FUNCTION 3.00
ELECTIVE 1.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00

Second Term

DIGITAL LITERACY FOR HEALTHCARE 2.00
HUMAN DISEASE FOR HLTH PROFES 3.00
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 3.00
SPEECH 3.00
HEALTH INSURANCE 3.00
FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTH INSURANCE 3.00

Third Term

INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3.00
HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS 3.00
MATH WITH BUSINESS APPLICATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00

Fourth Term

PREVENTION AND COMMUNITY HEALTH 3.00
ACCESSING AND ANALYZING HEALTH INFORMATION 3.00
HEALTH NAVIGATOR EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE 1 2.00
HEALTH NAVIGATOR EXPERIENTIAL PRACTICE 2 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00
ELECTIVE 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

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The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.