Health Systems Administration Certificate

A credential driven by real-time employer demand

There will be 4 million new jobs in the health care industry by 2026. Gain the skills you need to advance in this growing field.

The health care job market

12%

Job growth

64K

Average annual salary

11M

Health care jobs past 12 months

$2.5B

2019 health care industry revenue

Program Highlights

This degree is ideal for students who have earned an associate degree and would like to enter or advance in the health care field. In this program, you will increase your knowledge in the management of health care services and population health. Ideal for working professionals, this credential can be earned in one year studying part-time.

Curriculum

HLTH-315
Credits 3
This course discusses reinventing health care in our country. Specifically the course will review the current status of American health care including research into population demographics and health, and the concept of wellness and prevention. We will review the role of health care reform in reinventing health care. Following this we review international health care models as we consider best practice as alternative care models for consideration for the US. Third the students will develop, for their area of interest and expertise, a strategy for incremental or radical innovation in how we provide health care to our constituents.
HLTH-325
Credits 3
Highly trained clinical and administrative professionals drive the nature of work in health care. The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to study leadership theory as it is applied in health care organizations. Leadership theories and applications geared toward professionals working in health service organizations will be emphasized. Students will learn to apply leadership theories via case studies and issue analysis of their active work environments.
HLTH-328
Credits 3
This is an overview course that will provide an in-depth investigation of the financial workings in the health care industry. The course will be presented through the investigation of the operations of various health care settings – hospitals, physician practices, long term care facilities and home health care providers. The course covers all the essential functions in health care internal financial operations that would be experienced throughout the industry, except for the insurance companies. There are several examples involving physician practices, inpatient hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, etc. During the course the participants will carefully evaluate what the finance department is expected to accomplish. They will better understand the role of the clinical operations manager in the financial health of a health care organization. The course is designed to provide an approach that includes some terminology used in accounting, but more so those terms associated with finance.
HLTH-330
Credits 3
This course provides a review of the methodology of planning effectively for health care services. The use of data systems and the methods of forecasting, identifying, and analyzing problems are explored. The course will all address the process of strategic planning, setting priorities, developing projects and allocating resources. Students prepare actual application for new programs to regulatory agencies.

Admission Requirements

  • If you have never attended college previously, we require a high school transcript or copy of your GED or other high school equivalency document.
  • If you have earned more than 30 semester credits or 45 quarter credits of college credit, you are required to send college transcripts only.
  • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English. Applicants are exempt if they have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years or they are from countries and attended universities whose native language is English.

Cost

The online Health Systems Administration Certificate requires 12 credits and costs $1,094 per credit hour (Academic Year 2020 – 2021). 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Military tuition benefits
  • Support from employers
  • Private scholarships
  • Financing
  • Payment plans

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