The College of Nursing (CON) is already a leader in Rural Health Education providing graduate students with our Rural Health Professions Program (RHPP) certificate. The new Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP) incorporates a key component to rural healthcare, the use of telehealth. As the name indicates, this forward-thinking certificate program was established before telehealth became mainstream, when remote access to care was needed for rural dwellers. The updated course content is instructional in best practices when using telehealth for urban, suburban and rural dwelling patients.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as “The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”
Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, professional healthcare providers have increased use of telehealth by over 8336%.
Nurse Practitioners, Medical Doctors, Social Workers, Pharmacists, Physical therapists and nutritionists are among the many different types of healthcare professionals that rely on telehealth to continue treatment programs, provide assessments as well as maintain routine care. Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was useful for providing access to care in rural areas, however, now, access to care for vulnerable patients everywhere is needed. The College of Nursing is well positioned to provide an online certificate program to educate the next generation of nurse practitioners and other health professionals about best practices when using telehealth.
There are two different types of entry points into the graduate level Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP):
- Applicants who are currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program
- Applicants who are licensed or pre licensed in a healthcare profession.
This program guide is a recommended course schedule for students enrolled in the DNP program. Students should meet regularly with their faculty advisor to discuss specific course selections. Applications open in February.
This program guide is a recommended course schedule for Interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. Students should meet regularly with the RTCP coordinator to discuss specific course selections and practicums. Applications open in November and February.
To qualify for entry into Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP), you must have an undergraduate degree and active unrestricted licensure or in graduate school preparing to obtain professional healthcare licensure.
- Bachelors or higher level degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
- Unrestricted licensure in your profession within the U.S.
- Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts must be uploaded to GradApp as part of the application process. Official transcripts will be required if offered admission to the program.
- Computer literacy
Once admitted to the RTCP you must submit an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card. ARS § 15-1881 is a condition of final acceptance. Complete information about the statute can be found at the following web sites:
Graduate certificate students are generally not eligible to receive federal financial aid. College of Nursing scholarship opportunities are limited for graduate certificate students.
- Application Opens September 7th
- Application Closes October 31st
Notification of Admission
Applicants are notified of their admission decision in the beginning of December.
If accepted, students will start in January.
Complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application. You will be asked to:
- Upload copies of your unofficial transcripts
- Provide a brief personal statement
- Upload a copy of your CV/resume
When searching for the application, make sure to select “University of Arizona – Main” as your campus, and you will then be able to select the certificate program application from the drop down menu.Apply Now