CertificateHealth Professions Education

Health class with professor and student

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.

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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. Synthesize concepts, models, and theories through the appropriate application of theoretical and empirical knowledge.
  2. Design evidence-based pedagogical strategies and methodologies with appropriate scope, sequence, and focus for learners.
  3. Demonstrate multiple approaches to assessing student learning.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of programs, curricula, and instructional events.

Faculty Profiles

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

Barbara Jackson, PhD, RN

Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., RN
Dr. Jackson serves as the chair of the PhD in Health Professions Education program, is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Assessment and Accreditation of the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences. She was elected to the Education and Research Cabinet with the Kentucky Nurse’s Association, where she also serves as secretary. Dr. Jackson earned her BSN at Indiana University Southeast and her Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Louisville. Her 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 community health, health policy, evidence-based practice, scholarship, and pedagogy in HPE and Qualitative Research.


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, where she served as department chair. 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. Currently, Dr. Kane serves as Dean of the Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences. Dr. Kane has numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as presentations at state, regional, and national conferences.

Megan Danzl, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Dr. James D. Breslin
Dr. Breslin, is a higher education scholar, practitioner, and consultant who specializes in student success, academic support and advising, assessment, institutional effectiveness, and leadership and administration. He currently serves as Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Institutional Effectiveness at Bellarmine University. An active citizen of the field, Dr. Breslin regularly publishes, presents at conferences, and serves on editorial boards for several peer-reviewed publications and in elected leadership roles in professional organizations.

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.


For more information, call 502.272.7100 or email your questions to admissions@bellarmine.edu.