Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration

Degree Awarded: 
Graduate Certificate
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The graduate certificate in healthcare administration (HA) is designed to offer core healthcare administration content to healthcare managers and other healthcare professionals. The graduate certificate in HA is taught in a learning environment where students with management and professional experience can supplement their existing practical knowledge with new theoretical knowledge of healthcare organizations, healthcare organizational behavior, healthcare financial management, and related healthcare administration topics. The graduate certificate in HA includes six courses (18 semester hours) which are taught online, using both synchronous and asynchronous methodology.

Admission Requirements: 

Applicants applying for the graduate certificate in HA must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have at least two (2) years of work experience in a healthcare organization.  Applicants must provide a current resume during the application process.

Once accepted, students must complete a six-course (18 semester hour) program of study with a 3.0 or better GPA and no grade lower than “C”. In most cases, coursework taken  for the graduate certificate with an earned grade of “B” or better can be transferred to the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program if the student is admitted to the MHA program and the courses meet degree requirements.

Other Information: 
Plan of Study

Required courses include:

Semester 1
HA 510 Foundations of Healthcare Administration 3
HA 530 Organizational Theories and Leadership 3
  Total 6
Semester 2
HA 560 Advanced Financial Management in Healthcare 3
HA 640 Operations & Performace Management 3
  Total 6
Semester 3
HA 630 Seminar in Healthcare Administration 3
HA Elective Elective 3
  Total 6
  Total HA Credits with Elective 18


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