Health Care Administration Graduate Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration provides post-graduate education focused on health care management without the broader curriculum requirements of degree programs. The one-year program is open to all students who have completed a graduate or professional degree, or those with undergraduate degrees who are interested in entering or advancing in the health care field with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and 2 letters of recommendation.
The Graduate Certificate curriculum was developed in partnership with the Health Care Advisory Board of the Health Care Administration Department, consisting of regional leaders in the health care field representing health systems, hospitals, government agencies, and physician practices. Selected courses for the Graduate Certificate focus on needed management skills preparing students for new and advanced jobs in the field. Those with clinical degrees benefit from the administrative perspective of the Certificate program helping them advance to higher leadership roles in their organizations.
Courses in the Graduate Certificate program meet one night per week, with the remainder conducted online, allowing us to provide both quality education and flexibility for the students. Students in the one-year program do have some additional face-to-face interaction with the faculty on the Methodist University campus – an orientation Saturday for new students, a mid-course update Saturday, and a final presentation and graduation weekend.
Students who complete the program will receive a Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration from Methodist University. Students who continue their education after completing the Certificate can transfer their courses into MBA, MHA, or other graduate programs.
Important to the program is the Capstone Experience, which allows the student to apply their knowledge to a real-world health care organization (HCO). We envision students and faculty working together to solve unique management and leadership issues HCOs in the regions face every day. The Capstone can take place in a variety of settings and is often conducted at the student’s regular place of employment. This arrangement offers great benefits to the student and their health care organizations.
Course Sequence (8-week Terms)
- HCA 5410 Organization and Leadership of Health Care Organizations
- HCA 5600 Health Policy Issues
- HCA 5650 Health Care Finance and Economics
- HCA 5990 Capstone Experience (Six hours)
Classes are also available during summer.
The demand is high for health care administrators. After a few years of experience, our graduates average approximately $79,000 per year, according to a 2012 survey. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the field will grow faster than the average, with a demand of some 60,000 new health care administration professionals through the year 2020. With the population of the United States growing older, the demand for all facets of health care is expected to rise, and our graduates will be there to provide the strong management skills this demand will require.
As our graduates gain valuable professional experience, they have a great deal of opportunity for upward mobility. The American College of Healthcare Executives provides some insight
into the strong salary potential for health care administrators. Some of these are:
- Chief Executive Officer: $450,000 +
- Chief Operating Officer: $200,000 +
- Directors: $100,000
- The Federal Government: $87,000
- General Medical Hospitals (Mid-level Manager): $71,280
- Home Health: $60,320
- Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes: $60,400
- Nursing Homes
- Physician’s Offices: $61,320
These average figures are examples of the potential in health care administration (www.ache.org). While salary is not the only reason to consider health care administration as a career, it can be lucrative and allow an individual to serve the health care needs or his or her community.