Sexual Health and Wellness

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter

Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.0001
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 21.1091

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please check back in summer 2020 for an update.

About the Program

This program will prepare health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to provide comprehensive and sensitive sexual health care to their patients and their partners. Students who complete the certificate program will be able to discuss a wide range of patient sexual health issues, promote sexual wellness, and provide patient education on various sexual health topics.

This post-baccalaureate certificate should allow graduate students from various health-related programs of study to obtain a deeper knowledge base and improved skill set related to human sexuality. Not only can many sexual problems and dysfunctions be clinically managed to improve patient quality of life, but patient education, health promotion, and risk reduction counseling can reduce negative and unintended consequences of sex while enhancing overall patient health and sexual wellness. Issues such as unwanted pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, sexual assault and abuse, and lack of access to family planning, along with increased incidences of breast, gynecological and prostate cancers challenge health professionals across disciplines to increase their knowledge and skills to appropriately address the sexual health needs of their patients. In addition, greater social acceptance and legal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals has increased the need for health professionals to combat health disparities and discrimination within these populations and better serve these clients.

The intended audience of this post baccalaureate certificate program is health professionals – both clinical and non-clinical who seek to specialize in sexual health and medicine. This program is designed to enhance the graduate education of physicians; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; nurses in inpatient, outpatient, or school settings; social workers; health educators; behavioral health counselors; and other health professionals. It is important to note that this program prepares the healthcare professional as a sexual health educator not as a sex therapist.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree from a fully accredited program.
  • 2.75 GPA or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

International Students: International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing. and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

IPS 534Introduction to Patient Sexuality3.0
IPS 535Sexual Function and Dysfunction 3.0
IPS 536Sexuality Counseling & Interviewing 3.0
IPS 537Medical Management of Sexual Health and Wellness Across the Continuum3.0
or IPS 538 Foundations of Sexuality Education and Health Promotion
Total Credits12.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
Term 1Credits
IPS 534Introduction to Patient Sexuality3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 2
IPS 535Sexual Function and Dysfunction 3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
IPS 536Sexuality Counseling & Interviewing 3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
IPS 537
or 538
Medical Management of Sexual Health and Wellness Across the Continuum
Foundations of Sexuality Education and Health Promotion
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 12.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Ms. Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor 

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