Health Care Administration Certificate

Are you a medical student, surgeon, department head or hospital administrator? Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Health Care Administration (alone or with an MBA)  provides you with the tools you need to navigate the increasingly complex health care environment and become a leader in your chosen field.  Become more effective in a clinical environment or gain the foundational knowledge necessary to operate or join a medical practice.

The certificate program consists of four courses designed and taught by leaders in the health care industry.

Getting started is easy, just complete the online application for admission and provide a transcript showing the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher and a current résumé. No admissions tests are required. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to complete the graduate certificate.

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Required Courses

  • 3
    This course will address managing organizational behavior issues and techniques with a specific focus on Human Resource management issues unique to the health care industry. Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics, Business Policies, and Management.
  • 3
    This course is specifically designed for graduate students enrolled in the Health Care Administration Certificate Program and/or an MBA with a health administration specialty. This course will focus on: The principles and theories of law as it relates to health care delivery; health care management and administration; examination of the applications of laws in relation to health care liability prevention and risks facing administrators, managers and practitioners. Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Business Ethics and Legal Environment.
  • 3
    This course presents an in-depth review of the financial management of health care organizations. This includes but is not limited to: budget formulation process specific to health care delivery systems, funding sources and payment methodology, managing working capital and capital budgeting, the unique characteristics of non-profit organizations, and financial analysis of such organizations. Students will also do case study analysis in the previously mentioned topics. Prerequisites: BU 5190 and Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Business Finance.
  • 3
    This course will be a seminar style presentation of current health care topics. This will be an integrative course which incorporates all previous coursework into a cohesive body of knowledge. The topics will include but will not be limited to: health care policy, quality initiatives, marketing in health care, current issues within Medicare and Medicaid, strategic decision making and public health. Prerequisites: BU 5410 and BU 5430.
  • Total for Health Care Administration Certificate – 12 credits

Did you know that you can apply your Health Care Administration certificate credits toward your MBA?

By completing the two Cornerstone courses and an additional four core MBA courses and two electives, you can roll your Health Care Administration courses into a full 36-credit MBA. No admissions tests are required and financial aid is available for qualified students.

  • Cornerstone Courses – 6 credits
  • 3
    Professionals refer to accounting reports and consult with accountants for the information they need to make strategic financial decisions for their organizations. Understanding the accounting cycle and interpreting financial statements is essential in assessing the viability of projects and making investment decisions. Students will strengthen their financial decision making skills so as to articulate their position on investment decisions.
  • 3
    Managers must understand organizational structures, process and culture while developing a strategic view of organizational performance. Opportunity and risk must be evaluated. Operations must align with strategic goals. Using the case study method, students confront real world challenges. Decision-making, communication, and leadership skills are strengthened in this cornerstone course while students begin their own leadership journey. Prerequisite: BU 5070.
  • Additional MBA Core Courses – 12 credits
  • 3
    Budgetary accounting and cost accounting including profit planning and control systems, budget process, cost systems, and their managerial applications. Prerequisite: Common Professional Component (CPC) competency in Accounting.
  • 3
    Today's business climate demands managers who can make decisions involving the best use of an organization's scarce resources under conditions that change rapidly. This course demonstrates the power of problem-solving insights and uses a cross-functional approach. Topics to be covered include strategic pricing using game theory, forecasting techniques and demand estimation, cost analysis, linear programming and optimization under various market structures. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Economics and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    Examination of the nature and structure of decision-making in the midst of uncertainty. Formal techniques for measurement of risks and rewards are applied to case studies based chiefly on production systems. Concludes with a survey of current techniques for operations analysis, planning and control. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Quantitative/Statistics.
  • 3
    The objective of this course is to help students develop a broad understanding of marketing techniques, strategies and tactics employed by the marketing manager. This course will cover the use of the 'marketing mix' elements as they pertain to the planning and implementation of the marketing plan. Prerequisites: Common Professional Component (CPC) competencies in Management and Marketing.
    • MBA Electives – 6 credits

The elective requirement may be satisfied using coursework in the areas of accounting, economics, general management, health care administration, human resources, international business or marketing; or Small Business Institute credits.

  • Total for MBA in General Management with a certificate in Health Care Administration – 36 credits minimum


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