Jul 23, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Healthcare Management and Leadership Certificate

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The primary mission of this certificate program is to prepare the next generation of healthcare managers for lifelong pursuit of professionalism, knowledge, innovation, stewardship, and leadership for an improved healthcare system to meet the needs of all populations.

Consistent with this goal, the program is designed to provide sufficient content, knowledge and skills to prepare students to sit for the board examination in healthcare management as an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) fellow.

Administrative Faculty

Director of Certificate Program

  • Kathleen Fortier, PT, DPT,MBA

About the Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management and Leadership will prepare students to manage inefficiencies and become successful leaders in the healthcare industry. 

  • Courses utilize a model of online learning with a flexible completion model.

  • Course will be a practical application of real time and life scenarios to improve problem solving.

  • The program is affordable and competitively priced.

  • Students will work together in interdisciplinary and collaborative teams replicative of successful networks and partnerships in the healthcare industry.

  • All Certificate in Healthcare Management and Leadership courses are 3-credits.

  • Students can take two courses before formal application and matriculation.

  • Students will be able to continue to an advanced degree after completion of the certificate.


The curriculum consists of six 3-credit courses.  One course will focus on healthcare economics and policy which will assist students in exploring alternative payment models based on economics, policies, and past and present healthcare trends.  Another course will explore accounting and finance as applicable to healthcare facilities.  A course in healthcare information management will assist the student in being able to analyze and utilize data and quantitative information in decision making.  Since communication and emotional intelligence is a large part of a leader’s success, there will be a course dedicated to communication and leadership.  There will be a strategic planning course which will allow learners to utilize all of the concepts explored in the other courses along with allowing them to further solve healthcare challenges in real time. 

All applicants to the program must start with CHS600 Introduction to Healthcare Management and Leadership.

Admission Requirements

Students may take two courses before formal application and matriculation.

The following program-specific requirements must be met:

  1. Graduate Application, including personal statements and resume, must be completed online.  Please complete the application via a desktop computer for a better user experience. 
  2. A clinical degree at a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree level or higher from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.7 or better.
  3. One official transcript from each college, university, or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  4. Three current letters of recommendation - one from a current or past supervisor and two from professional or academic recommendations (employer, coworker, colleague, professors, etc.) Please note: No friend/personal references will be accepted.

    In addition, all applicants must meet the following requirements:
  • Possess basic computer skills including internet and email.
  • Have access to a computer system that meets the requirements described on our Computer Recommendations page.
  • Complete an online plagiarism training module and submit a certificate of completion prior to beginning their first class. Complete instructions will be communicated at the time of acceptance into the program or registration for a course


Tuition for 2020-2021

Matriculated Package (discounted):  $700 per credit*

Individual Course:  $800 per credit*

Corporate Enrollment (discounted enrollment of 10 students):  $550 per credit


*May be eligible for financial aid through Graduate Loans if taking more than 6 credits/semester.

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