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Care Coordinator

Care Coordinator

Train for One of the Fastest Growing Allied Health Careers

If you are passionate about healthcare and interested in working with patients to help them navigate their medical journey, a Care Coordination certificate provides you with the skills you need to start an in-demand allied health career.

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65k

There’s an annual demand of 65K+ allied healthcare workers in California through 2024.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Two stackable certificates to choose from. You can start earning while working toward your bachelor’s degree.

29,340

Annual job openings per year for care coordinators in California.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Care Coordinator Overview

A Care Coordinator, also known as a Patient Care Coordinator, Patient Navigator, and Resident Care Coordinator, helps patients through the complex and often frustrating elements of healthcare, helping them get organized and feel confident throughout the process. If you are an excellent communicator and a good listener who is willing to put yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand their feelings, this growing allied healthcare field is for you.

The Care Coordinator is responsible for managing the details of a patient’s care and serves as the connection between the patient and the medical and administrative staff. Patient Care Coordinators provide education about medication, care instructions, and diagnoses so that patients and their families can make informed health care decisions. Care Coordinators understand patient needs and continue to work with patients after they are discharged from the hospital and assist with follow-up appointments, prescriptions, and obtaining special equipment or therapy needed in the home.

Futuro Health offers two Care Coordination certificates. Earning a certificate in the Care Coordinator Program is a great way to advance your career. The coursework is transferrable for academic credit if you are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science Health in Services Coordination in the future. The certificate also provide flexible upskilling opportunities for existing Medical Assistans and Licensed Vocational Nurses/Licensed Practical Nurses.

Care Coordinator Program – Emphasis in Chronically Ill Populations

A chronic care coordinator helps patients manage, understand, and live successfully with their chronic disease and health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and sleep apnea.

Care Coordinator Program – Emphasis in Behavioral Health

A behavioral health care coordinator ensures that the best resources are being used to help the patient get better and also promotes a patient’s mental well-being when they are in recovery from behavioral, mental, and addictive disorders. 

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Fast Facts

Where Do Care Coordinators Work?

Care Coordinators typically work in hospitals, emergency rooms, hospice facilities, insurance companies, and long-term care facilities.

Care Coordinator Salary

For Care Coordinators with a certificate, the salary range is between $34,440 and $47,840. Care Coordinators who complete a bachelor’s degree can earn salaries up to $92,170. (Source: Indeed)

Job Outlook

There are approximately 29,340 annual job openings per year for care coordinators in California. (Source: BLS)

HOW FUTURO HEALTH HELPS YOU SUCCEED

Connect to a Bigger Community of Healthcare Workers

Futuro Health believes that investing in education, skills training, and retraining results in better paying jobs for workers,
better care for patients, and better workers for employers to hire.
The health care field provides many opportunities for people interested in helping others.
Whether you would like to work directly with patients or work behind the scenes,
there are many different entry level roles available and a lot of growth ahead.
Futuro Health wants to help you take your first (or next) step in the world of healthcare.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to students?

Your costs will vary depending on your educational goal and which course(s) or program you select. 

Known costs include: 

Registration fee:  $50 per course; $100 per program 

  • Waived in 2020 for English Readiness for Allied Health (Spanish) 
  • Waived in 2020 for Pandemic Readiness for LVN/LPNs 
  • Waived in 2020 for COVID-19 Readiness for Healthcare Workers and First Responders 

Monthly membership for education and training:  $20 per month 

  • Waived in 2020 for Pandemic Readiness for LVN/LPNs 
  • Waived in 2020 for COVID-19 Readiness for Healthcare Workers and First Responders 

Tuition and student support fee:  Futuro Health is prepaying the cost of tuition and student supports for all students.  For some programs, repayment will be required following employment based on income level.  Futuro Health is working with its partners to design affordable financing repayment options. 

  • Waived in 2020 for English Readiness for Allied Health (Spanish)  
  • Waived in 2020 for English Readiness for Medical Assistant (Spanish) 
  • Waived in 2020 for Jump Start into Medical Assistant  
  • Waived in 2020 for Medical Assistant Program for those referred by SEIU-UHW members
  • Waived in 2020 for Pandemic Readiness for LVN/LPNs 
  • Waived in 2020 for COVID-19 Readiness for Healthcare Workers and First Responders 

Books and incidentals:  Varies depending on the education provider 

Background/Drug Screen $72-$119 for combined background check and drug screen required for those enrolling in clinical programs.  Higher cost applies to individuals having to retake drug screen.  Not required for these courses: 

  • English Readiness for Allied Health (Spanish)  
  • English Readiness for Medical Assistant (Spanish) 
  • Jump Start into Medical Assistant courses 
  • Pandemic Readiness for LVN/LPNs 
  • COVID-19 Readiness for Healthcare Workers and First Responders 

Immunization: $24 required for those enrolling in clinical programs.  Not required for these courses: 

  • English Readiness for Allied Health (Spanish)  
  • English Readiness for Medical Assistant (Spanish) 
  • Jump Start into Medical Assistant courses 
  • Pandemic Readiness for LVN/LPNs 
  • COVID-19 Readiness for Healthcare Workers and First Responders 
How long is the Care Coordinator Program?

Students typically complete their coursework in 6 -8 months.

Are Care Coordinator classes offered online or in-person?

All Care Coordinator courses can be completed online.

Am I required to complete any courses prior to enrollment in the Care Coordinator program?

To be eligible for the Care Coordinator Program you must have 3+ years’ experience as a Medical Assistant or Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse.

What is the career progression for a Care Coordinator?

Earning a certificate in the Care Coordinator Program is a great way to advance your career.  The coursework is transferable for academic credit if you are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Coordination in the future. The certificate also provides flexible upskilling opportunities for existing Medical Assistants and Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurses.

Will I need a computer and internet access to take the program?

Yes, all students will need regular access to a computer and high-speed internet. Your computer will need at least a 2GHz processor or faster, 4 GB RAM or more, built-in or external speakers, USB 2.0 port or adaptor, a webcam supported operating system, Windows 7 or higher, or MacOS Sierra 10.12 or higher.

How many hours a week will I need to study?

To be most successful in the Medical Assistant and Care Coordinator Programs, we recommend 3+ hours per day of study.

Will I need to pass a drug test?

You should expect that our educational partners will require you to pass a drug test before starting school or sometime during your educational journey, and that all employers will require you to pass a drug test before starting work.

Will I have support during the program?

For the Pandemic Readiness courses, you will have access to technical support from Canvas if you have trouble with the learning management system.  If you are having trouble logging in please contact help@futurohealth.org.  Due to the short length of the course, there will be no student success coach assigned to you.

For all other Programs Futuro Health has success coaches available to guide you along your educational journey, including helping you select your career pathway and transition to work. Learn More.

What is the role of SEIU-UHW?

Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is doing outreach to scout and recruit candidates for Futuro Health. In addition, as you progress through your educational journey, you may be matched for mentorship with a SEIU-UHW member — someone who is already employed in the allied health field and can help you navigate your career.  This is a unique benefit that sets Futuro Health apart and is intended to help you grown your professional network of employment opportunities. Learn More