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Improving Health, One Patient at a Time

The class allows you to test the waters in one of Colorado’s fastest growing health care fields. This course provides an entry point for you when you have no prior health care experience and/or want to change careers within health care. Demand is high; you can take this course and find work as a health navigator or similar position. Or you can continue on with just two additional courses and sit for an exam to become certified as a health navigator across Colorado. From there, you can stay in the workforce and/or continue on to get a Bachelor’s degree in public health.

Health Navigator is one of the fastest-growing positions in healthcare. The skills learned in this class transfer across many jobs such as Health Educator, Community Health Worker, Medicaid Service Coordinator, Access Representative, Patient Access Manager, Patient Advocate, Admissions Coordinator, and more.

The class is taught by MSU Denver faculty experts in the field, 100 percent online, eight weeks long, and self-paced.

Career goal pathways

Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete Health Navigation Fundamentals course and immediately enter the workforce.

  • The median salary is $28,703 a year


Pathway 2: Go deeper and convert your noncredit course to credit, and take and pass two additional courses. This makes you eligible to sit for Colorado’s Health Navigation Assessment.

  • The median salary is $46,920 a year


Pathway 3: Continue your academic journey to get a degree in health, such as public health, which will allow you to increase your earning potential.

  • The median salary is $65,586 a year
Graphic showing how a noncredit class can be staked to credit class, certificate, or bachelor's degree

About the course

About the instructor

Allison Draayer, LCSW, is an MSU Denver faculty member with over 10 years of healthcare experience. She is originally from the Chicago area but moved to Denver in 2008. She has a degree in Communications from Calvin College in Michigan and received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver in 2014. Allison currently works as the Director of Community Care at a health center in Colorado. She is passionate about serving others and improving health care for the underserved.

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If you are a current MSU Denver student who is or has been enrolled in courses for the recent current spring, summer, or fall semester, do not submit any forms. Contact Andrea Pazos at [email protected] for instructions on how to register for these courses.

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Phone: 303-615-1234

Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building
3rd Floor – #330
Auraria Campus

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Innovative and Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 6
Denver, CO 80217-3362