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University teams with Cerner for certification
Associates earn graduate certificate in instructional design & technology

November 14, 2013

Cerner ClassAvila University has partnered with one of the Kansas City area’s most prominent and respected corporations to form a unique program whereby associates can further their educations in a convenient way, on their job site, while maintaining full-time work schedules.

Avila has infused its graduate certificate program in instructional design and technology with 20 students at Cerner Corporation, the Kansas City-area firm known throughout the world as one of the foremost purveyors of health-care solutions. Beginning in June, the 20 students, all Cerner associates, started meeting once a week at Cerner’s Innovation Campus in Kansas City, Mo. for a series of five classes that will result in 13 credit hours toward a graduate certificate in instructional design and technology. The company is covering tuition for the students, all of whom are Cerner “learning consultants.”

Robert Campbell, vice president and chief learning officer at Cerner, said Avila was a perfect partner for Cerner in this project because of the University’s willingness to work with Cerner’s unique business environment.

“Avila’s flexibility in adapting to our needs, including their approach to onsite delivery and customized material, were absolutely key,” Campbell said. “They were able to step out of the traditional education institution mindset and approach us as a real partner who understands our business.”

The learning consultants come from all over the world, some from as far as Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

“The Avila program uses a competency-based learning approach,” said Mark Eaton, Ph.D., who facilitates the course with colleague Andria Stokes, Ed.D. “Students use Cerner real-world projects as case studies. Through various deliverables and ePortfolios, we assess their competencies based on the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction.”

Students can take the 13 hours earned for the graduate certificate and easily roll them into a master of arts in management degree, if they so choose.


About Avila University
Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.