Course Details

This Program Is for You If

You want to utilize new and innovative instructional design methods.
You want to redesign an instructional design project for real-world application in your future studies or employment.
You want to rethink your methods of instructional delivery.
You want to validate your knowledge of all of the above with an official digital certificate and badge from Bradley University’s Division of Continuing Education and Professional Development, which includes specific skill metadata you can show your current or future employers.

Who Should Take This Course

Bradley University’s Instructional Design for Healthcare Certificate is designed for professionals who want to support and improve learning in their organizations, or for individuals who simply want to better manage their own learning. Under the expert guidance of Bradley’s faculty, you’ll walk away with new tools and skills to help you improve your instructional delivery and methods.

What You'll Learn

The Instructional Design for Healthcare Certificate consists of three modules, focused on the following topics:

  1. Module 1: Issues in Instructional Design
  2. Module 2: Replicating Instructional Strategies
  3. Module 3: Maximizing Instructional Design

How You'll Learn

The Instructional Design for Healthcare Certificate integrates engaging videos and lessons on your own time, 1:1 scheduled interactions with Dr. Dakota Horn, and a scaffolded project throughout the 15 weeks that will result in a completed design blueprint for real-world use.

Who You’ll Learn From

Faculty: Dr. Dakota Horn

Dr. Dakota Horn is an Instructor of Communication focusing on introductory communication courses. He is the Course Director of COM103, the oral communication process course required of all Bradley students. His education involves communication and education studies with a Bachelors and Masters in communication from Western Illinois University and a Doctorate in Teaching and Learning from Illinois State University. His research interests include communication pedagogy, instructional communication, instructional clarity, and other education related communication.

He has published research on humor, storytelling, accessibility in online education, general education initiatives, and K-12 education. He has presented research on all of this as well as communication anxiety, teaching activities, and civic engagement initiatives at conferences including the National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, International Association of Media and Communication Research and the National Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference.

His current research initiatives include teacher/student relationships that increase clarity and decrease anxiety as well as supporting student learning.

Dr. Dakota Horn portait photo

Success Managers

Continuing Education staff is available during weekday hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST) for one-on-one support for technical and administrative challenges.

What You'll Earn

After successfully completing all three modules and project, you’ll earn a digital certificate and badge from Bradley University that you can display on your resume, social media sites, and LinkedIn page. These digital documents include detailed metadata that you can show your current or future employer to help you advance in your career.

Technical Requirements

To complete this certificate, you’ll need a current email account, access to a computer, reliable internet access (preferably 2mbps downloads or faster), preferably using Google Chrome as your internet browser.


"Great course! Great opportunity! Great that you are so responsive to changing educational needs! Dakota was awesome and everything has gone seamlessly! Thank you!!!"

Carol Pitcher RN, BSN, NPD-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist - NPD & Rehab
Carle Health