Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate
Steps to Becoming a Patient Advocate
The role of patient advocate is fairly new, and there are only a handful of institutions that offer certificates or degrees in patient advocacy. Patient advocates typically give themselves the title. However, there are a few schools that offer patient advocacy programs:
• Cleveland State University
• Sarah Lawrence College
• The University of Wisconsin
• Stanford University
If you are considering becoming a patient advocate but you don’t want to go back to school, you should choose a specialty area and gain experience. As we said, many patient advocates are healthcare professionals with advanced experience in a specific field who go on to volunteer their time as an advocate.