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Health Systems Administration Certificate

Carla Stebbins, Program Director
(585) 475-4761,

Program overview

Students working on undergraduate degrees in the health sciences or those considering a career within the health care industry, would benefit from an orientation to the industry as a whole. The health systems administration certificate introduces students to the extraordinary complexity of the U.S. health care system while also exposing students to the systems of care in other countries; how health care organizations plan for and deliver effective health care services; how various services are financed as well as other financial management strategies; and how to effectively lead these highly complex, mission-driven organizations that serve people throughout their lives.


Health systems administration, certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
HLTH-315 Reinventing Health Care 3
HLTH-325  Health Care Leadership 3
HLTH-328 Finance for Health Care Professionals 3
HLTH-330 Health Care Planning and Program Development 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 12

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Many students who have completed their associate degree consider entering the health care work force but require an orientation to health systems. These students do not wish to attain a bachelor’s degree but rather to enhance their knowledge base about health care. Students who wish to pursue a certificate in health systems administration must have completed their associate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0. To earn the certificate, students must attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the certificate courses. These courses are only available online.


Health systems administration, certificate program, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
0635-310 Survey of Healthcare Systems 4
0635-320 Health Systems Administration 4
0635-351 Health Care Economics and Finance 4
0635-421 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration 4
0635-431 Health Care Quality Assurance 4
0635-441 Health Planning and Program Development 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 24

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles are:

Department of Labor Occupational Codes and Titles 11-9111 Medical and Health Services Managers
  15-1131 Computer Systems Analysts
  15-1142 Database Adminstrators
Program Length 24 quarter credit hours 
Tuition for completing the program in the time listed above* $17,136
Fees $76
Books and Supplies $700
Room and Board N/A**
Median Educational Debt - federal loans N/A***
Median Educational Debt - private loans N/A***

* Costs are based on the cost to complete the program based on the credit hours and 2011-2012 credit hour rate and do not include any financial aid awards.  Prices for books and supplies are estimated.  Your individual costs may vary. Tuition expenses are lower for deaf and hard of hearing students sponsored by NTID.

** Room and Board rates are not applicable due to program length.

*** Due to privacy concerns, the U.S. Department of Education regulations prohibit us from disclosing the information for programs graduating less than 10 students during an award year.