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Case Management IntensiveFPM-40226

Units: 9.00


Case managers are needed in all areas of healthcare delivery when meeting the needs of patients and families. Healthcare professionals (RNs, MDs, RT, LVN, social workers) are eligible to become certif...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Demand and Job Prospects

Hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, insurance companies, HMOs, long term care facilities, and more, all need case managers. We do not provide job placement services, but because the goal of professional education is to prepare students for employment or advancement, our instructors make a point of discussing placement options in every class.

Industry Certification

The program helps prepare qualified candidates for the Certified Case Manager (CCM) designation through the Commission for Case Manager Certification (

Conditions for Admission

Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program. Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Continuing Education for Nurses

 UC San Diego, Division of Extended Studies is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Course content expires December 31, 2026. No one in a position to control content has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.

 UC San Diego Extended Studies is an approved provider of re-licensure credit for registered nurses by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number 0058.

Special Notes

Now offered year-round, in Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall quarters. For schedule, please contact Debbie Ortuño at

Military spouses are eligible to use My CAA $4000 scholarship. Apply at MyCAA.

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What is case management?

The Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) defines case management as: “a collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individual’s health needs, using communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes.” (

How long is the program?

The certificate program can be completed within one university quarter.  A typical schedule will be 8 - 9 consecutive Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. (see when and where is it offered below). On the first day, students are assigned a case study on which they will work for the duration of the program. This case study will be presented on the last day and a half of class; the final grade in the class is based on this project. Students can expect to spend a minimum of 18 hours outside of class working on this case study project.

When and where is it offered?

This intensive-format course is now offered year round, during each of the four quarters.Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., (PST), on Saturdays but occassionally a Friday class is scheduled. Please check each quarter's class meeting schedule at the time of enrollment for specfic dates. Class is held via live Zoom remote. Students must have a Zoom account to participate.

Who can attend? Do I have to be a nurse/RN?

Enrollment is open to anyone with an interest in working in the field of case management; a
nursing degree is not required. That said, the course is optimized for healthcare professionals: social workers, physical therapists, rehabilitation counselors, utilization review and physicians can
move into new careers in case management. Of course, a career in case management can be seen as natural progression for an RN after many years on the floor, who now needs a less physically-demanding environment.

Where are the jobs? Will you place me in a job?

Hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, rehabilitation facilities, insurance companies, HMOs, long
term care facilities, and more, all need case managers. We do not provide job placement services, but because the goal of professional education is to prepare students for employment or advancement, our
instructors make a point of discussing placement options in every class.

What is the difference between a certificate and certification?

The Specialized Certificate documents your 90 hour course of study, focusing on relevant and applicable job knowledge. A student can earn the certificate with no job experience, and indeed, many people take the course in order to find first time employment as a case manager. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive the certificate. Certification (as a CCM, for example) comes from taking and passing a proctored exam such asoffered through the CCMC (Commission for Case Manager Certification), the prerequisite for which is a minimum level of on-the-job experience. This is the method to receive “CCM” designation; please visit the CCMC website at for details.

Is there a required textbook for this class?


  • Case Management: A Practical Guide for Education and Practice, Fourth Edition, by Suzanne K. Powell
  • Hussein A. Tahan, ISBN-13: 978-1496384256.

Students may purchase the text via the UC San Diego Bookstore or (no tax, free shipping).

How much does the program cost?

The Case Management Intensive course is $1,795. The Certificate Fee is $95. The required textbook is about $60- $80 (if ordered through Amazon—see "Is there a required textbook for this class?").

How do I enroll?

You may enroll by phone by calling 858-534-3400 (Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon).

You may also enroll online here. Be sure to have the section ID of the course ready when you call or enroll online; see "How much does the program cost?"

Does enrolling in the Certificate Fee section hold a space for me in the class?

No. You must enroll in the Case Management Intensive course to have a seat in the class.

Is financial assistance available?

UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies facilitates private education loans through UC Approved Lenders. Information on these programs can be found at State-Funded Training is available through EDD (Employment Development Dept.); information is on their site:

If I have more questions, who may I email or call?

Debbie Ortuño will assist you. Email: Phone: 858-534-9278. Fax: 858-534-9257.

Renae Rasmussen

I would highly recommend the CMI course if you need continuing education or pursuing a career in Case Management. The CMI program will certainly help you reach your career goals.

Renae Rasmussen

Advisory Board

Donna Beifus, MPA, BSN, RN, CCM

Chief Administrative Officer, Care Management

Jacobs Medical Center

Ariella Darlington, MSN, RN, CCM

Medical Case Manager

Mariecand David, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN

William Frederick III, MD, PhD

Physician Advisor, Dept. of Care Management

Division of Hospital Medicine, UC San Diego

Jennifer Hagan, MSN, RN, ACM, IQCI

System Clinical Specialist and Nurse Educator

Sharp Healthcare

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.