Health Care Navigator

This certificate covers navigating and coordinating care in health and human services systems. Incorporated in the certificate are factors affecting patients such as chronic disease, behavioral health, wellness and patient activation and engagement. Communication strategies such as patient/client coaching, motivational interviewing, and health literacy are covered. Diverse patient experience, decision support, and advocacy will be explored. Relevant case studies and applied learning strategies are used to build skills and knowledge.

Also available: the RTC/VMC Health Coach Program. Accepted students will learn biological, psychological, and sociological insights in an 11-week course in Fall 2018, followed by nine months of real-world training helping patients make positive health and lifestyle changes.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters

Certificate of Completion: 
2 Quarters
35 Credits

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (hybrid option available)

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Sheila May-Farley, Donna Maher

Entry Requirements


  • Minimum age:  18 years
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.


  • Language Skills: Students must provide evidence of their ability to compose basic business letters, memos and reports, or have completed a COMP 100 or above course with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students may take an assessment to determine readiness for COMP 100 or ENGL& 101 courses. (Students entering without basic skills in English, grammar and mechanics may take longer to complete.)

  • Computer Applications:  Students must be computer literate at least at the basic level.  Students must provide evidence of their ability to work in a PC Windows environment, do word processing with MS Word, send and receive e-mails with attachments, and have basic Internet skills.  (Students entering without basic computer skills may take longer to complete.)

Course Information

To earn a certificate or degree, you must successfully complete the courses listed below. Program requirements are subject to change. For the most current information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Certificate of Completion

Course # Title Credits
AMATH 164V Introduction to Math Operations 3
COL 101 College Success 2
MAP 101 Introduction to Medical Terminology 4
MAP 110 Beginning MS Office 3
MAP 112 Document Production 1
MAP 120 Customer Service and Human Relations in a Medical Setting 4
MAP 138 Coding 1 – Medical Coding Fundamentals 2
MAP 190 Career Opportunities 2
MAP 228 Introduction to Chronic Illnesses 3
MAP 230 Navigating Health Care with Patient Engagement 4
MAP 242 Introduction to Patient Navigation 4
MAP 248 Introduction to Health Care Processes 3
  Total 35


Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Patient Navigator Program:

  • Locate and evaluate patient resources
  • Learn strategies for working with the healthcare team
  • Learn communication strategies for building effective client relationships
  • Model ethical behavior
  • Assess client readiness to make health decisions
  • Learn basic concepts of motivational interviewing
  • Maintain patient confidentiality under HIPAA regulations


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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