Online Certificate in Healthcare Administration

The range of roles available to healthcare managers is extensive, and the need for talented individuals in the healthcare industry continues to grow. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 32% growth for Medical and Health Services Managers through 2029.

ACU’s fully-online Certificate in Healthcare Administration provides foundational theory and techniques for effective leadership and administration skills necessary for the delivery of healthcare services. 

The range of roles available to healthcare managers is extensive, and the need for talented individuals in the healthcare industry continues to grow. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 32% growth for Medical and Health Services Managers through 2029.

ACU’s fully-online Certificate in Healthcare Administration provides foundational theory and techniques for effective leadership and administration skills necessary for the delivery of healthcare services. 

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Promote Patient Care in a Growing Industry

The healthcare industry is growing rapidly and seeing an influx of open positions — especially for leaders ready to take charge. Learn to improve quality of care and access for individuals, communities, and everyone in between with ACU’s online Certificate in Healthcare Administration program.

Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

 

About the Program

Certificate in Healthcare Administration

Through a Christian worldview, our Certificate in Healthcare Administration prepares leaders by focusing on innovation in the healthcare industry and exploring how faith shapes the ethical challenges of patient care. This program is designed to assist learners interested in pursuing work in healthcare and for those currently working in the field looking to expand their knowledge and administrative skills. Taught by experienced healthcare professionals, the program offers a depth and breadth of field-specific expertise that is beneficial to students and stands out to employers.

Program Structure

All the Details on Your Degree

This certificate provides an introduction to leadership and health policy and allows students to customize their experience by selecting from a number of graduate healthcare administration courses, such as strategic planning, revenue cycle management, informatics, and innovations and trends in healthcare.

Required Hours

15 hours
12 month timeframe

Example Coursework

Healthcare Policies and Ethics
Foundations in Health Services Administration & Leadership
Innovation and Trends in Healthcare
Healthcare Informatics

Upcoming Start Dates

August 23, 2022
January 9, 2023

Common Job Titles

Director of Patient Access
Clinic Operations Director
Healthcare Strategy Director
Compliance or Business Operations Director
Vice President of Quality Healthcare
Research and Development Analyst
Population Health Manager

Meet the Program Director

Meghan Hope, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

Dr. Meghan Hope, Certificate in Healthcare Administration

Dr. Meghan Hope is an assistant professor and program director for ACU’s Master of Healthcare Administration and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration programs. Meghan received her Juris Doctor with health law concentration from the University of Tulsa and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Midwestern State University. Prior to joining ACU, she worked as a healthcare regulatory and operations consultant focusing on new hospital development, management, and reimbursement issues. With more than a decade of expertise in the healthcare industry, Meghan has also served as an administrator in community-based and academic healthcare environments. Her research interests and passions include healthcare policy influences on management decisions and regulatory considerations in clinical research.

Meghan received her master’s online and has since developed a passion for the online learning experience. She loves the opportunity to form meaningful relationships with her students while helping them develop the leadership skills and industry expertise necessary for successful careers in healthcare administration.

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Certificate in Healthcare Administration

ACU’s Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to prepare students for leadership and management positions in governmental, nonprofit, public, and private organizations. Program outcomes focus on: 

  • Relationship management
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Knowledge of the healthcare environment
  • Administrative knowledge and skills
Certificate in Healthcare Administration

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted for those with a 2.5 to 2.99 GPA.
  • Submit a current resume.
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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).