Certificate in Health Professions Education

Bellarmine’s Certificate in Health Professions Education prepares students to teach in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings through a 100% online curriculum designed for working professionals.

The Certificate in Health Professions Education is a 12-credit hour (post master’s degree) program delivered in a fully online format that prepares you for successful teaching in a variety of healthcare-related fields.

Why earn your Certificate in Health Professions Education?

The certificate prepares students from diverse healthcare backgrounds for hospital-based education as well as clinical precepting. All healthcare related providers are welcome including, but not limited to nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, speech-language pathology, medical laboratory sciences, imaging sciences, radiation therapy, child life specialists, dental hygiene, and health care administration.

The program includes student development theories, as well as pedagogical strategies for teaching in the classroom, online, clinical, and laboratory settings. In addition, the program prepares graduates to evaluate student learning. Three one-credit hour seminar courses complete the program required curriculum.

Transcript Review

We can provide feedback about your transcript(s) and coursework. Simply complete the form below by attaching unofficial copies of your transcript(s).

Student Learning Outcomes

Across broadly defined and culturally contemporary concepts related to issues of inclusion, diversity, abilities and identity, students will be able to:

  1. Design evidence-based pedagogical strategies and methodologies with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for learners.
  2. Demonstrate multiple approaches to assessing student learning.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members.


Christy Kane, Ph.D., RRT, RRT-NPS, RRT-ACCS, AE-C, FAARC 
Dr. Kane completed an Associate of Applied Science degree from Vincennes University as well as a Bachelor of Health Science degree, a Master of Education, and a PhD from the University of Louisville. She served as the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Louisville’s respiratory program for six years. In 2001, the University of Louisville’s Respiratory Therapy Department moved to Bellarmine. Dr. Kane was appointed the department chair in 2008. In addition to her role in respiratory therapy, Dr. Kane also serves as the chair of Bellarmine’s PhD in Health Professions Education Program. In 2016, American Association for Respiratory Care honored her service with a fellowship. Dr. Kane is the current president-elect of the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education (CoBGRTE), with her term beginning in 2020. Dr. Kane has numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at state, regional, and national conferences

Barbara Jackson, PhD, RN

Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Jackson serves as an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Assessment and Accreditation of the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences. She earned her BSN at Indiana University Southeast and her Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Louisville. Dr. Jackson’s research interests include focus on vulnerable populations, including homelessness, poverty, and incarceration. She has worked with mothers who live in urban settings, mothers in prison, as well as rural and urban pediatric populations. She works with a hospital research council on topics related to patient education and staff development. Her primary teaching responsibilities have included health policy, evidence-based practice, nursing education courses, scholarship and pedagogy in nursing and other health science graduate programs and pediatrics, leadership and management and community health in the undergraduate nursing program.

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, Ph.D., NCS
Dr. Danzl teaches in the following courses: Introduction to Acute Care, Service Learning Clinic, and Neurological Rehabilitation for the Adult Patient. Her current scholarship interests include examining the practice of patient and caregiver education in physical therapy practice, the use of qualitative research methods in physical therapy research, and neurorehabilitation. She serves as the research and education coordinator in the Bellarmine University and Norton Healthcare neurologic physical therapy residency.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a master’s degree or professional doctorate with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in all graduate coursework completed at the time of application. For a comprehensive look at the admission procedure, please visit our Admission Requirements page (link to admission requirement page with the below):


  1. Complete the application at: www.bellarmine.edu/applynow.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.2 in all graduate coursework at the time of application.
  3. Must hold a master’s degree or professional doctorate.
  4. Three professional references addressing academic skills, including oral and written communication, from individuals who hold a masters or doctoral degree.
  5. 300-500 word essay addressing professional goals.
  6. Current CV or resume, describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  7. Proof of active, unrestricted professional license (if appropriate).
  8. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission and should not be marked “Issued to Student.” If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine International Programs Office. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
  9. Applicants will complete a formal interview with the doctoral program faculty.

Contact Information

Jordan Wiehebrink, Associate Dean of Graduate Admission
502.272.8245 or jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu

Dr. Christy Kane, Associate Professor and Program Chair
502.272.8424 or ckane@bellarmine.edu

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