The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Innovation, a collaboration between the VCU School of Nursing and the VCU da Vinci Center, is one of the first of its kind. The certificate equips students with specific knowledge and skills to become leaders in developing digital and physical products, as well as processes related to the development and implementation of innovative solutions to health care issues, such as rising costs and improving quality and access to care. The curriculum focuses on merging principles of leadership in health care and principles of product innovation and emphasizes the analysis of organization and clinical processes for effective operations to improve quality and safety.
A recent example of these skills and knowledge applied in health care is a sock-like wearable device being designed by Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, Ph.D., RN, senior nurse researcher at the School of Nursing, and Hawa Stwodah, M.F.A., assistant professor in the School of the Arts. The device incorporates vibration therapy to help Parkinson’s patients who have difficulty walking. Other examples include RoundTrip, a startup using an Uber/Lyft on demand ride sharing platform to connect patients who require medical transport to qualified drivers, and DuraSafe, a new epidural device that reduces medical errors through an automated delivery mechanism in the administration of epidurals.
Faculty and staff from the VCU School of Nursing and VCU da Vinci Center for Innovation share a new graduate certificate program that will make it simpler for those with an interest in innovation to develop products and solutions to challenges facing the health care industry.
The certificate will provide opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and skills at identifying problems and implementing solutions to foster high quality, safe and accessible health care.
The graduate certificate program is 12 credit hours. Full-time, non-degree seeking students can complete the certificate in two semesters, with a course load of six credits each in the fall and spring semesters. Part-time, non-degree seeking students can complete the certificate in two years (four semesters) with a three-credit load each semester. Degree-seeking students can complete the certificate in two years (four semesters with a three-credit load each semester).
Nursing courses will be taught by faculty in the School of Nursing; INNO courses will be taught by faculty associated with the da Vinci Center.