There are scholarship opportunities that are
available for a good number of students should
they meet the qualification requirements. You
can call a program counselor or visit our
website for more into. 888-777-5054.
are submitted by individual students who must
identify themselves and agree to verification of
belongs to that student and that student alone.
+ On the Plus Side +
consists of eight courses over one year.
The format is that lectures and
materials are put together by one
person, usually with a Phd or Masters
and an instructor interacts with the
students and grades discussion posts and
essays. The lectures and materials are
generally of high quality but there are
inexcusable typos in assignments. Focus
of courses tends to be on hospital
settings but information can be
generalized to private practice. Quality
of instructors has been mixed. One in
particular was AWOL.
and one-third through, so far very
satisfied with content and diversity of
topics. Instructor quality is mixed -
one instructor has been excellent,
offering fresh information and
facilitating creative dialogue among
students. Another was mediocre, relying
on old sources, prone to typos and
errors. For those planning to do
independent advocacy consulting, the
program isn't geared that way; however
the learnings can be transitioned into a
variety of career paths.
- Cautionary Comments -
PROS: * I made
lasting contacts with other advocates.
* I worked hard for a year and will have
a patient advocacy certificate from UCLA
to show for it.
CONS: * Go somewhere
else if you plan to set up an
independent advocacy practice: there's
very little "independent" content here.
* Some courses have too much overlapped
* The "revolutionary iPad platform" has
too many continuing support issues to be
* There's an unprofessional amount of
typos/errors in presentation PDFs for
all courses (e.g., "Segway" instead of
"segue"? "Breath" instead of "Breadth"?)
I hope this program improves and adds
some courses for independent advocates
in the future.