Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Awareness and Resilience in Healthcare Settings

Class Type:
Fully Online
$620/Credit hour
Upcoming Start Dates:
Rolling admissions and enrollment Fall, Spring, and Summer
Program Options:
Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours
Months (Avg.)

This fully-online graduate certificate is designed to educate and support nurses and other allied healthcare professionals and staff who are increasingly confronted by trauma's impact on routine patient or client care. Advanced education in trauma and resilience will give staff the ability to recognize a traumatized patient or client and develop a care plan that matches the specific needs of the client.

Our experienced professors and collaborative online classroom environment can enhance your skills to respond effectively to your patients and build relationships that enhance patient care.  

Graduate Certificate: Trauma and Resilience in Healthcare Settings (15 credits)

To qualify for the graduate certificate in Trauma and Resilience in Healthcare Settings, candidates must complete fifteen required credit hours. Courses in this program can be taken in any order or as a stand-alone. In addition, coursework from the TRHS Certificate can be used toward an MSN in Leadership for Trauma Awareness & Resilience

EMU Nursing offers a Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Awareness and Resilience in Healthcare Settings for nurses and non-nurses. The purpose of this certificate is to prepare healthcare workers  to meet the health needs of those affected by trauma. This postbaccalaureate program consists of 15 credits of coursework. 

All courses are offered online. This certificate program can be taken as part of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Leadership in Trauma-Awareness and Resilience concentration or independent of the MSN. For students wishing to pursue an MSN, the certification program provides an easy transition into the MSN Leadership in Trauma-Awareness and Resilience concentration. 

Certificate Program Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in any field
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for application. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to demonstrate academic ability prior to enrolling in the program.

Required Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Awareness and Resilience in Healthcare Settings consists of five courses.

TRHS 541 Trauma, Restoration and Resilience in Healthcare Settings – 3 semester hours
This course will introduce the core concepts of adverse experiences, toxic stress, trauma, restoration, self-care, and resilience in the healthcare setting and provide a research-based, strength-based approach to creating a trauma-informed, resilience-fostering healthcare setting.  

TRHS 561 Neurobiology of Trauma - 3 semester hours 
This course will provide a foundational understanding of the neurobiology of the human stress response.  Students will gain a knowledge of neuroscience as it applies to medical, emotional, and psychosocial stress, resilience, and the cultivation of well-being. Various heuristics of the brain and central nervous system will be presented and explored including the Neurosequential Model and Polyvagal Theory. Finally, the course will present the frame of Interpersonal Neurobiology as an integrative method of applying neurobiological principles in the field. 

TRHS 571 Self-Care and Resilience for Healthcare Providers – 3 semester hours
This course will introduce students to the core concepts of self-care in order to provide a
research-based, strengths-based approach to creating trauma-informed and resilience-fostering
environments. Students will gain an understanding and awareness of burnout, compassion
fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and vicarious trauma for trauma-responsive professionals.
Risk and protective factors as well as symptoms will be explored. The course is also designed to
familiarize students with contemplative practices, its relevance for the field of wellness, and to
give professionals methods for taking care of themselves and preventing burnout. Applying
course concepts, students will gain hands-on practice examining and applying the use of a
variety of self-care assessments. Assignments will emphasize the ethical, legal, multicultural,
and spiritual implications for wellness and self-care, including personal, professional, and
organizational elements. As a final project, students will develop an individual self-care plan to
address personal and professional risk factors and mitigate the impact of stress by enhancing
protective factors that support ongoing wellness.

TRHS 621 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Healthcare Providers – 3 semester hours

This course prepares workers in all genres of healthcare to deal with the experience of traumatic events. This can profoundly influence their client's health and well-being and response to care. The healthcare worker may be unaware of the specific traumatic events impacting each client in the clinical setting and may, without knowledge and discernment, exacerbate the impacts of trauma. Traumatic events may cause a client to respond to therapy and care in ways that are more destructive than healing. When the healthcare worker is well trained to identify signs of trauma, they can initiate a care plan that provides tools for resilience. This course will provide strategies to intervene in trauma-informed and restorative ways for healthcare providers, co-workers, and clients. Organizational environments that offer healing and restoration will be explored. 

TRHS 631  Research in Risk and Resilience - 3 semester hours

This course will examine current research-based evidence on trauma, risk, resiliency, and protective factors. Course material will be drawn from research focusing on both healthcare providers and potential clients. Course participants will review the literature addressing the needs of multiple populations and strategies to build resilience in healthcare providers, co-workers, and clients



Steph Jensen, Graduate Recruitment Specialist


Phone: 540-432-4029

Admissions Process


Applicants are accepted to the program on a rolling basis, with preference given to applicants who will study full time. The admissions committee will review complete applications. Applicants will be notified as committee decisions are made.  


  • This is a post-baccalaureate certificate
  • Courses are offered online
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. 
    Minimum 3.0 GPA for application. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis and may be required to demonstrate academic ability prior to enrolling in the program.
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