Patient Navigation Job Roles by Levels of Experience: Workforce Development Task Group, American Cancer Society National Navigation Roundtable (ACS NNRT) 2023

The ACS NNRT Workforce Task Group worked on the roles and responsibilities of entry, intermediate, and advanced level cancer patient navigators. This table provides a resource for creating job descriptions for navigators with specific levels of expertise and for patient navigators to advance their oncology careers and attain a higher level of expertise.

___2022b WFD Navigation Job Performance Behaviors by 3 Levels (Entry, Intermediate and Advanced).xlsx; WFD Competency_Job_Beh LANDSCAP;

Integrative Oncology Patient Navigator Training Course

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is excited to share that we are launching an online Integrative Oncology Patient Navigator Training in partnership with The Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH).

This online self-paced professional training course for healthcare and integrative health practitioners provides in-depth education about integrative oncology and current complementary cancer therapies, how to review evidence for these therapies, body mechanisms targeted by various integrative approaches, and how to craft integrative care plans. Learners from various professions can earn a certificate of completion and up to 44 CEUs/Contact Hours including Nurses, Social Workers, Health and Wellness Coaches, and Nutrition Specialists.

For more information and to register visit Smith Center


 Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF)


Is a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school. 

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends patient navigation services to increase breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings among historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations and people with lower incomes. The recommendation is based on a systematic review of 34 studies. 

Partner Resources

The American Cancer Society has a number of resources that can help. We stand ready to assist patients throughout their cancer journey.

Below are some ways the American Cancer Society is able to support your patients and their caregivers virtually (embedded links below):

NCIC – Our National Cancer Information Center is being staffed 24/7 so that even now families can get answers from a live person wherever they are, no matter what time it is. Our trained cancer information specialists provide accurate, up-to-date information. People may call us by phone (1-800-227-2345) or Live Chat. You don’t have to face a cancer diagnosis alone. Talk or chat live with a trained cancer information specialist or find support in your own community.

  • Reach To Recovery – We’ve shifted our Reach To Recovery one-on-one support program to completely phone-based, linking new breast cancer patients with survivors who have had a similar diagnosis and treatment plan

Support Group Resources: We have online support resources so those touched by cancer can connect, interact, and find answers in this time of crisis. 

  • Cancer Survivors Network – Patients and caregivers can find a safe, supportive online connection at There are discussion boards and chat rooms where people can built their own support network.

Additional ACS Resources

  • – Get comprehensive information about cancer risk, prevention, screening, detection, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care, and learn how to manage common problems and concerns.
  • Personal Health Manager – Track and organize information about a cancer diagnosis and treatment with this helpful tool.
  • “tlc” – Tender Loving Care®  – Helps women with appearance-related side effects find affordable wigs, hats and scarves, and a full range of mastectomy products.
  • Caregiver Video Series – Find support for those giving care to loved ones with cancer, including strategies for self-care as they navigate the caregiver experience. 
  • Caregiver Resource Guide – A tool for people taking care of someone with cancer.
  • American Cancer Society YouTube Channel – View or listen to information about the impact of important ACS work and research.
  • Cancer Information Videos – Learn more about cancer and cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, programs and services, and listen to survivors’ stories of hope. 

Whether you want to learn about treatment options, get advice on coping with side effects, or have questions about health insurance, the American Cancer Society is here to help. We can even find you a free ride to treatment or a free place to stay when treatment is far from home.

Patient Navigation Services to Increase Breast Cancer Screening and Advance Health Equity

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends patient navigation services to increase #BreastCancer screening among historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic populations and people with lower incomes.

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