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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Patient Advocacy (PSY-370)


Varies (self-study, self-paced). 

Various; distance learning format.

April 2020 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: analyze the importance of health advocacy; investigate the techniques for utilizing various forms of media, whether print, television, or online; describe the legislative process of advocacy; examine how to refer a patient for legal help, create a medical-legal partnership and advocate for policy changes; examine class action for health professionals; analyzing the benefits of using research for policy change; examine the methods to identify and approach a community organization; and examine the roles and responsibilities of fundraising.


Major topics include: an introduction to the issues required for community mental health advocates, including the legislative process, approaches for using the media, when to seek an attorney, when to litigate, working with family and community, and funding strategies.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Health Care Administration, Psychology and Sociology, Allied Health, Health and Wellness, or Counseling and Social Work (4/20).