Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration

The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program is designed for individuals who would like to gain a solid foundation in healthcare administration topics as a means to explore a career in healthcare administration, develop specific healthcare management skills, or to take the first steps to pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration. Students who successfully complete the certificate program can later apply these courses to the Master of Healthcare Administration program, once an application has been submitted and accepted. The Certificate program is composed of five (5) graduate-level healthcare administration courses covering healthcare management and delivery, laws and regulations, strategic planning, finance and informatics and technology.


Admission Requirements

The certificate program is open to individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university.


Applicants must:

  1. submit a completed Graduate Certificate Application form
  2. have an undergraduate GPA of 2.70 or higher.
  3. submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  4. submit a Statement of Purpose which includes the applicant’s professional goals
  5. provide two Letters of Recommendation


For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at508-626-4501.


Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is permitted in this certificate program.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration program, students will have acquired the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to manage healthcare services, resulting in their abilities to:


  • identify all aspects of the healthcare system and its development, policy, laws, regulations, and ethics;
  • integrate into practice the theory and application of healthcare economics and financing, insurance, operational considerations and budgeting;
  • develop, monitor, and evaluate a healthcare strategic plan;
  • integrate healthcare informatics and technology into the records management system; and
  • collaborate and communicate effectively and professionally with all stakeholders.



Certificate Course Requirements (5):

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration, students must complete the following five (5) courses with a grade of “B-” (2.70) or better:

  • HCAD 909 Healthcare Delivery System, Policy and Reform
  • HCAD 917 Health Law, Regulations, and Ethics
  • HCAD 920 Strategic Planning of Healthcare Services
  • HCAD 924 Healthcare Economics and Financing
  • HCAD 940 Healthcare Informatics and Technology