Service to Veterans

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree 
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3818
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141

NOTE: No applications will be accepted for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please check back in summer 2023 for an update.

About the Program

This online certificate marks achievement of advanced understanding, comprehension, and application of the issues surrounding the veteran or veteran family member who has returned from military service and is entering or has entered civilian life. This combination of six courses provides the learner with the necessary knowledge to identify specific health and learning needs of veterans and to provide advocacy resources to help meet those needs. These courses will all be delivered through online instruction. By completing this certificate, the learner will be able to identify, refer, and advocate for the veteran and veteran family members with necessary specialized skills and knowledge to address many health and educational needs of this unique group.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited program.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework.
  • 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 following:
    • 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 United States 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

Required Courses
IPS 548Foundations in Transdisciplinary Professional Collaboration3.0
IPS 549The Military and Veteran Culture3.0
IPS 551Veteran Advocacy 3.0
IPS 553Neuroscience of Learning3.0
Select one concentration from the list below6.0
Health Professions
Veteran Healthcare Policy
The Unique Health Care Needs of our Military and Veterans
Substance Use Disorders (select 2)
Approaches to Substance Use Disorders
Motivational Enhancement Skills
Treatment Planning and Relapse Prevention
Foundations of Adult Education
Principles of Adult Learning
Legal Studies
Ethics and Professional Standards
Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management
Business (select 2)
Leadership and Professional Development
Leading Effective Organizations
Negotiations for Leaders
Public Health (6 credits) *
Total Credits18.0

Select 6.0 credits of PBHL 500 level or higher. Prior departmental approval is required.

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