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 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.