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Healthcare Leadership & Administration Certificate

Deepen Your Healthcare Leadership Skills. Move Into Healthcare Administration.
Online | Complete Within 1 Year | Certificate for Academic Credit
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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.


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

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.





This course supports knowledge of the theories of organizations, the use of leadership, management processes, and organizational structures and outcomes. Specific topics include governance, strategic management and marketing, human resources management, recruiting, training, process improvement, management theory, and employee wellbeing. This course is designed for future managers and leaders of healthcare organizations and those who expects to have extensive involvement with each from the perspective buyers, insurers, or policymakers. The course provides students with knowledge about how the best healthcare provider organizations deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare, how the response to their environment, and how they reach and implement decisions about future activities.

Offered Every Semester

This course explores the legal and ethical issues and dilemmas in the delivery of healthcare. The principles and practical application of laws and regulations affecting operational decisions of healthcare providers, health plans, and third-party payers are discussed. Also addressed are social, moral, and ethical issues encountered in the balance of patient interests, needs and rights.

Offered Every Semester

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Concepts of leadership related to current healthcare organizations are examined. Specific concepts including communications, public relations, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution are explored. Strategic aspects such as vision, viewpoint and admission included. Managing uncertainty is discussed in relation to healthcare organizations. Contemporary leadership challenges, communication strategies and crisis communication are explored. Leadership functions and decision-making are analyzed.

Offered Every Semester

Leadership concepts related to current healthcare organizations are examined. Specific concepts, including communications, public relations, team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution are explored. Strategic aspects such as vision, viewpoint, and admission are included. Managing uncertainty is discussed in relation to healthcare organizations. Contemporary leadership challenges, communication strategies, ethics, and crisis communication are explored. Leadership functions and decision-making are analyzed.

Offered Winter, Summer Semesters




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This course will train healthcare leaders to implement or teach principles of delivering better healthcare at lower costs through improving clinical and non-clinical processes. This course will introduce methods and tools for conducting quality improvement projects. Also discussed will be methods of health services research, teams and teamwork, outcome measurement, and medical informatics. A key learning experience of this course will be developing and implementing a quality improvement project.

Offered Every Semester

Introduces current and aspiring healthcare leaders to key dimensions of effective management and entrepreneurship. Explores professional, legal, and ethical aspects of development as healthcare professionals seeking to develop management and entrepreneurship opportunities. Synthesize of entrepreneurial and management competencies to plan and implement a simulated interdisciplinary business venture are explored.

Offered Summer Semester*
*Course requires a minimum of 3 students. If less than three students are interested in elective course it will not be taught in a particular semester.

Semester Dates

Summer 2024



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Fall 2024



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Winter 2025



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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.

Clinical Rotation Requirements including required vaccinations: Admitted students to Rocky Mountain University who will be completing a clinical rotation will receive vaccination forms regarding required vaccinations. Not all vaccinations or proof of immunity are required at the beginning of the program but will be prior to the first clinical rotation. The University allows for vaccination exemptions and more information about the University’s position on vaccination can be reviewed at

RMU requires the following items prior to starting any clinical rotations (these are subject to change depending upon public health concerns and specific clinic requirements):

  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB
  • Tdap
  • Annual Influenza
  • COVID 19
  • HIPAA certification
  • OSHA certification
  • CPR certification


Jennifer Austin


Program Director, Healthcare Leadership & Administration Certificate Program

Tuition & Fees

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$39 per credit (Up to 15 credits per semester)

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