Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Life Care Planning Certificate is made possible through the university’s Division of Continuing Education, and administered under the Department of Life Care Planning. This course of study is intended to prepare working professionals who are seeking to become Certified Life Care Planners, by equipping them with the knowledge necessary to successfully pass the certification exam offered by the International Commission on Health Care Certification. This program’s hybrid delivery, consisting of five online courses and one short residential institute, was designed with working professionals in mind that wouldn’t typically have the freedom to pursue a traditional graduate degree on-campus due to family, location, or work commitments.

Some of the topics covered in this program’s pre-certification curriculum include Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Amputations, Standards, Case Ethics, and Expert Testimony in Life Care Planning, and a Professional Orientation to Life Care Planning. All of the online courses have an open enrollment period, so participants may be able to enroll at any time, and are also allowed up to three months to complete each course. All of the online courses that students will participate in utilize audio and video lectures, electronic slide shows, chat room interaction with top-notch faculty members, online guest lectures, exercises, and many other multi-modal techniques that lend themselves to complete mastery of this material.

The on-site residential institute aims to provide participants with an opportunity to experience the consultation and testimony process, as well as a chance to work through several exercises in ethical decision making with their fellow cohorts. Students will need to utilize the theoretical knowledge and skills learned during the online portion of the course to successfully complete these exercises. Additionally, this may give students the opportunity to socially network and directly interact with some of the most experienced and well-known life care planners in the field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Many different health and legal professionals can participate in this program.


    3 day on site segment.

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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