Healthcare Leadership & Administration Certificate

Deepen Your Healthcare Leadership Skills. Move Into Healthcare Administration.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Move into Healthcare Leadership & Administration

Our HLA Certificate is designed for healthcare professionals looking to gain the education to enhance their administrative and leadership career opportunities. Build the skills and knowledge you need to move into a leadership or administrative role in healthcare.
Within the certificate program you will learn skills and behavior management strategies that promote patient-centric culture and help navigate individuals through a wide range of dynamic healthcare organizations including inpatient, outpatient, ambulatory care, community-based, and integrated systems. You’ll apply concepts and theories to authentic real-world situations to best prepare individuals who want to become healthcare administrators and leaders who deliver high-quality healthcare.

Increase Training & Development as a Current Leader or Admin

Are you already in a leadership or admin position in healthcare? Our HLA Certificate will increase your current leadership skill set with relevant healthcare leadership and administrative skills taught through meaningful and purposeful class assignments. You will be able to immediately apply what you learn to your current leadership situation. The HLA Certificate is a great resource and option to support continuing training and development.
Some of the skillsets you will develop further include:
Building, adapting, and improving healthcare organizations to meet the changing needs of healthcare communities

  • Integrating leadership theory into day-to-day administrative practices
  • Mediating and managing communication at every level within an organization
  • Collecting and critically analyzing research and data
  • Integrating current literature and evidence-based practices into leading and supervising healthcare delivery to patients

Designed for Working Healthcare Professionals

Our HLA Certificate is designed especially for working healthcare professionals, administrators, and leaders. With a completely-online program designed to fit with busy schedules, and that has three start dates a year, the HLA Certificate can fit your schedule.
Our HLA Certificate is designed to benefit individuals who fall into the following areas:

  • 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

Interprofessional Program Experience

Learn in an interprofessional program. Both students and instructors are from a variety of healthcare professions and are often former or current clinicians. Interact with healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines, deeping your learning and networking experience.

Transfer into our PhD or DMSc Programs

Are you interested in earning your doctorate? Credits from our HLA certificate transfer directly into our PhD in Health Sciences (PhD) or Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) programs. Our PhD is designed for a wide variety of healthcare professionals, while our DMSc is a clinical doctorate designed specifically for physician assistants. Make an easy transition from our certificate program straight into your doctorate degree.

HLA Certificate Curriculum

Deepen and develop healthcare leadership and administrative skills. Prepare to become a better leader and administrator.

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Delivering High-Quality Healthcare

Learn how to deliver healthcare in a way that lowers costs while improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. Understand how to impact and improve the care offered by clinicians and employees you supervise.
Delve into leadership theories, concepts, and challenges as they relate to healthcare.

Healthcare Systems

Learn how economics and healthcare systems interact. Deliver healthcare to the best of your clinic’s ability within that system.

Research & Data

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

Communication Systems

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

IMPORTANT DATES

Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021
Semester Start:  January 10, 2022

Summer 2022

Priority Application Deadline: March 7, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Semester Start:  May 2, 2022

Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

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. 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.

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Tuition

ProgramSemestersCost Per CreditMinimum CreditsTotal TuitionOther Program Specific FeesVarious Lab, Equiptment & Association Fees throughout the programUniversity Resource Fee (per semester)Additional InformationProgram Requirments
Master'sMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Five or Six Semesters (20 - 24 months depending on curriculum choice)$59030$17,700

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $1770

Thesis Commitee Fee $1050

$36 per credit
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96750$48,350*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-PMHNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96759$57,053*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-FNP/PMHNP)Six Semesters (24 months)$96777$74,459*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP/ENP)Six Semesters (24 months)$1,03465$67,210

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3,000

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

Master'sMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Seven Semesters (28 months)$1,017114$115,938$9,819$36 per credit

*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.

Please refer to the MPAS program’s Program Costs policy for full details on tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Master'sMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)Six Semesters (24 months)$99080$79,200$2,956$36 per credit

Always refer to your curriculum schedule for the most up-to-date tuition payment schedule.

Students choose elective courses, with variable credit loads. At least 6 elective credits required.

Master'sMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)/Master of Science in School Counseling (SC)Seven Semesters (28 months)$70560$42,300Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$36 per credit

*Program requires student to complete 2 elective courses (6 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Dual‐degree program option exists: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Science in School Counseling. This dual-degree option requires student to complete an additional 12 credits (72 credits total). This extends the program to 9 semesters or 36 months.

*Dual‐degree program requires student to complete 1 elective course (3 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP)Six Semesters (24 months)$59033$19,470$36 per credit

*5 additional credits consist of HLA 620 (3 credits), ATH 720L (1 credit), ATH 730L (1 credit), which have variable timing.

The Healthcare Leadership course – HLA 620 (3 credits) can be taken in any semester. The lab courses ‐ ATH 720L & ATH 730L (1 credit each) – need to be taken during an on-site summer immersion session. Students can choose which summer immersion session they attend, and only need to attend one session to complete their course of study.

DoctoralDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Four or Five Semesters (16 - 20 months depending on curriculum choice)$76936$27,684Course Fee for HLA 620* $100$36 per credit

*Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $100 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

DoctoralDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Five Semesters (20 months)$96747$45,449Scholarly Project Fee (to be applied in semester 5 when completing project) $2000$36 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Four Semesters (16 months)$96730$29,010*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateEmergency Nurse Practitioner (ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Three Semesters (12 months)$1,17315$17,595*ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000$36 per credit*ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNPC/ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Five Semesters (20 months)$1,03445$46,530

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit).

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health)Four Semesters (16 months)$96739$37,713*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

DoctoralDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Eight Semesters (32 months)$861129$111,069$1,805$36 per credit*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.
DoctoralDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesNine Didactic Semesters and minimum of Three Dissertation Semesters (48 months)$94470$66,080Dissertation Committee Fee $3000$36 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Four Semesters (16 months)$92630$27,780$36 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Seven Semesters (28 months)$97740$39,080Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $2360$36 per credit
DoctoralTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Three or Four Semesters (12 - 16 months depending on curriculum choice)$94824$22,752$36 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC/PMHNPC)Five Semesters (20 months)$96757$55,119*Lab Fee(to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateHealthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate (HLA)$44012$5,280$36 per credit
CertificateHealthcare Professions Education Certificate (HPE)$44012$5,280$36 per credit
CertificateEmergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate (EPCAT)$44010$4,400$36 per credit
CertificateHealth & Wellness Coaching Certificate (HWC)$4409$3,960$36 per credit
CertificatePost‐Professional Occupational Therapy Certificates$5009$4,500$36 per credit
CertificatePsychiatry Certificate (for PA clinicians)$44015$6,600$36 per credit
CertificateMental Health Couseling Certificate & School Counseling Certificate (MHCC)(SCC)$70515$10,575Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$36 per credit

Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Mental Health Counseling: (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits required)Credits
CO 650 Mental Health Care Systems3
CO 671 Internship A - Mental Health3
CO 672 Internship B - Mental Health3
Mental Health Counseling Course Total:6-9
Determined Courses: (2-3 Courses; 6-9 credits required)
Deficit courses; based on transcript review and license requirements.6-9
Determined/Deficit Course Total:6-9
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program

School Counseling Certificate

School Counseling Courses: (4 courses, 12 credits required)Credits
CO 640 Foundation of School Counseling3
CO 641 School Services, Administration & Evaluation3
CO 642 Counseling Interventions for Student Success3
CO 655 Field Work in Counseling3
School Counseling Course Total:12
School Internship Courses: (1 Course; 3 credits required)
CO 673 Internship A - School Counseling3
CO 674 Internship B - School Counseling3
School Internship Course Total:3-6
Optional Courses:
Deficit courses; based on transcript reviewAs needed
Optional Course Total:As needed
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program
CertificateFunctional Nutrition Certificate (FNC)$44012$5,280$36 per credit

Faculty

Jennifer Austin

Jennifer Austin

PhD, LAT, ATC, GTS

Program Director, Healthcare Leadership & Administration

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

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.

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