Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate

The Healthcare Leadership and Administration (HLA) Certificate is for healthcare professionals looking to gain the education to enhance their administrative and leadership career opportunities.

The HLA Certificate teaches skills and behavior management strategies that promote patient-centric culture and helps navigate individuals through a wide range of dynamic healthcare organizations including inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory care, community-based and integrated systems. Concepts and theories are applied to authentic real-world situations to best prepare individuals who want to become healthcare administrators and leaders who deliver high-quality healthcare.

The Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate provides a foundational basis for individuals who are:

  • Looking into a career as a healthcare administrator and may earn an MBA, MPA, or MHA degree in the future.
  • Currently working as a healthcare practitioner and are interested in gaining more administrative skills.
  • Presently working as a healthcare administrator and seeking additional confidence and leadership and administrative skills.
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Academic Model

Online — The Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate is a completely online program (no onsite visits are required). Each course is 15 weeks with assignments typically due in 1-2 week increments and designed with busy working professionals in mind.

Why Choose RMUoHP?

“I had a very positive experience as a student at RMUoHP! The rigor of the program was sufficient to promote my career beyond ways I ever imagined!”

Angela Boyd, OTD

“Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) is a great institution for any healthcare professionals who want to advance their careers by learning the most current up-to-date practices in their fields. The faculty are “the best of the best” in the United States in their respective areas.”


“Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions nurtures the best and brilliant minds. Come check it out yourself.”

Abdi Chepkwony, RN M.D.

“My experience at RMUoHP was life-changing. The support of the faculty played an integral part in my success. RMUoHP is a quality institution that I am proud to be an alumni of.”

Lori Mayfield, DNP

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RMUoHP HLA Certificate Program Highlights

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Our Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate Features:

The Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate can be transferred to the PhD in Health Sciences program. Students can opt to take individual courses to sharpen specific skills within the certificate curriculum instead of completing the entire certificate program. Before starting a course, students participate in a program-specific orientation where they learn how to navigate the Learning Resource Center, utilize the online learning platform (Canvas), and balance being a successful online student. During orientation, students also meet program directors and fellow students. All students have access to the Learning Resource Center, where they can find literature and other resources; the Writing Center, where they can submit assignments for review before submitting for a grade. Students also have the opportunity to work in collaborative online student groups through Canvas. Most class sessions and forum discussions can be completed according to each student’s schedule (asynchronous), but some orientations and expert guest lectures are scheduled (synchronous) to bring additional value to the course topics and overall student experience. Students in the HLA Certificate program can expect to spend 5-10 hours per course per working on a variety of coursework assignments to be submitted through Canvas. Students do not routinely take exams but rather are challenged to think and reflect critically using evidence and best practices of teaching and learning to complete assignments and participate in class discussions. Instructors with a wide variety of experience lead class sessions that focus on skills to prepare healthcare administrators/managers to:
  • Build, adapt, and improve healthcare organizations to meet the changing needs of healthcare communities.
  • Integrate leadership theory into day-to-day administrative practices.
  • Mediate and manage communication at every level within an organization.
  • Collect and critically analyze research and data.
  • Integrate current literature and evidence-based practices into leading and supervising healthcare delivery to patients.
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Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Become An Effective Healthcare Leader and Administrator

Are you currently a healthcare administrator or interested in becoming one? If so, earning your Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate or taking any of the individual courses within the Certificate program will prepare you to lead with confidence.

Anyone who is currently a healthcare administrator, a healthcare manager, or even working in a field unrelated to healthcare can apply for the Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate. For students who are interested in healthcare administration but are not sure if they are ready to start an entire degree program, the HLA Certificate gives students a comprehensive foundation for a healthcare administration degree. If you do not have healthcare experience, the HLA Certificate will help you explore the possibility of healthcare administration and leadership as a potential career path.

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Learn More About Our Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate

We invite you to learn more about our Healthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate by speaking to one of our faculty members or program advisors, as well as exploring our program brochure to determine whether our certificate program is the right fit for you.

All incoming students must have a bachelor’s degree and the ability to learn in an online course setting.

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We are committed to the development
of a healthcare professional who can:

Efficient Healthcare Quality

Deliver High-Quality Healthcare Efficiently

Effective healthcare professionals understand how to deliver healthcare in a way that lowers costs while improving patient outcomes and satisfaction.

Efficient healthcare systems

Understand Healthcare Systems

Effective healthcare professionals understand how economics and healthcare systems interact to deliver healthcare to the best of their clinic’s ability within that system.

Effective Research Data

Collect and Critically Analyze Research and Data.

Effective healthcare professionals integrate critically-reviewed current literature and evidence-based practices into the daily administration of healthcare delivery.

Effective Communication

Build Effective Communication Systems

Effective healthcare leaders mediate and manage communication at every organizational level to optimize the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.