Rural Telehealth Certificate Program

The College of Nursing (CON) is already a leader in Rural Health Education providing graduate students with our Rural Health Professions Program (RTCP) certificate.  This new certificate incorporates a key component to rural healthcare, the use of telehealth. 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.”

The U.S. telehealth market is predicted to increase over the next 7 years by 14.8 percent to reach $2.8 billion. North America will be a leader in the telehealth market during this time period. Reason for the increase include government initiatives to increase adoption of telehealth solutions, technological advancements, and efforts by technology companies to expand their market presence in North America.

Nurse Practitioners, among other health professionals, are working in all areas of healthcare and especially in rural health care will engage in telehealth. The College of Nursing is well positioned to provide an online certificate program to educate the next generation of rural health nursing and other health professionals in telehealth.

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.

RTCP Program Guide (DNP Student)

Application to the RTCP

Minimum Eligibility
To qualify for entry into Rural Telehealth Certificate Program (RTCP), you must have an undergraduate degree (BSN) and active unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

Application Process
The RTCP accepts applications starting in August each year and applications are closed at the end of October of every year. Applicants are notified of the outcome of their submission no later than the last week of November. If accepted courses begin in January each year.

Application Requirements

  • BSN or higher nursing degree 
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Unrestricted RN licensure 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

Complete the University of Arizona Graduate College online application.

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Enrollment Requirements

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:

Financial Assistance

Graduate certificate students are generally not eligible to receive federal financial aid. College of Nursing scholarship opportunities are limited for graduate certificate students.

For more information contact:

Office of Student Support & Community Engagement
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(520) 626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158