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Microcredential in Healthcare Administration

Become a leader in the ever-changing healthcare industry with your Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration.

Program Benefits

  • Gain credibility as a health care administration professional with a graduate-level certificate in healthcare administration
  • Gain competencies throughout the program to be well prepared for the American College of Healthcare Executive certification
  • Develop marketable knowledge of and skills in organizational and health care delivery systems, key impacts of health care reform, quality and patient safety, strategy management, and a model for servant leadership in the healthcare environment
  • Prepare for fast-growing opportunities in healthcare administration
  • Explore healthcare administration concepts that are immediately applicable to your organization

Topics Covered

  • Health care organizations and delivery systems
  • Impact of Affordable Care Act and other key legislation on health care reform
  • Quality and patient safety
  • Electronic health records and meaningful use
  • Strategic intelligence and strategy management
  • Transformational, servant leadership

Who Should Enroll

This graduate-level certificate is ideal for:

  • Those looking to better understand the implications of health care reform on the current landscape of healthcare transformation
  • Professionals seeking to advance their knowledge and credentials in healthcare administration
  • Leaders and managers who want to solidify and further develop their personal leadership philosophy and learn how to excel as a transformational servant leader
  • One year of experience in the healthcare industry is required

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, August 24, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
Monday, January 11, 2021

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Courses for Healthcare Administration Certificate

HCAM 5423 - Health Care Organizations and Delivery

This course is a comprehensive approach to healthcare systems, organization and delivery. Students will examine the evolution of the U.S. healthcare delivery system through to the current dynamic, integrated and managed care systems. Students will assess the interactions of regulatory, economic, political, and social aspects of the healthcare system on the structure and function of healthcare organizations. Students will explore transformational servant leadership qualities needed to promote change and effectively lead in the current era of health care reform.

HCAM 5453 - Health Information Systems

This course focuses on the critical role and types of e-health and information systems in the planning, operation, and management of health care organizations. Students will evaluate technology trends and clinical applications to determine the challenges and opportunities for the organization; assessing health information systems in the context of organizational objectives and improving patient care.

HCAM 5463 - Health Care Policy and Quality Systems

This course focuses on healthcare policy issues in the planning, organization and delivery of services. Students will explore the roles and influence of major stakeholders, regulations, and market pressures. Students will evaluate quality and safety systems used to implement policy and improve patient outcomes, along with the leadership qualities needed for transformational change.

HCAM 5483 - Strategic Management in Health Care

This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to develop the conceptual skills needed by effective health care managers. Student will examine the strategic management and planning processes within the dynamic, complex, and evolving nature of the health care industry. Students will demonstrate application, integration, and evaluation of (1) the strategic planning process (2) strategy map formulation of objectives and policies, (3) balanced scorecard measurement of strategic objectives and (4) management of change within the healthcare regulatory and fiscal environment. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major program courses.


At a Glance



Earn College Credit for the Courses

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program who successfully complete the certificate courses with grades of C or higher will receive a graduate certificate of recognition, and courses will be transcribed. Students who wish apply for admission in the full MBA or MSML program must complete the application process and submit all transcripts from previously enrolled institutions. Earned grades of C or higher in the microcredential program may be articulated into an appropriate Southern Wesleyan graduate masters program for students who are fully admitted into a graduate program. Additionally, microcredential students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completed coursework.


To be eligible to enroll in graduate-level certificate courses at SWU, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Certificate students are required to meet the same rigorous academic standards and outcomes as the degree-seeking students.

Certificate Program Fee

The cost for graduate certificate courses includes access to:

  • Course content and instruction
  • Online learning management system
  • Online SWU Library resources
  • SWU email account (while actively taking courses)
  • Microsoft Office 365 (while actively taking courses)


Payment will be required for one term (two courses) at a time. Course registration will not be complete until payment is made.

Credit/debit cards are the preferred form of payment. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Please call 864-644-5520 to make a payment over the phone.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

To withdraw, please contact your Academic Success Coach.

If submission of appropriate withdrawal paperwork is received prior to the course start date, the student is eligible for a full-tuition credit for that course.

If submission of appropriate withdrawal paperwork is received after the course start date but before the start of the second week, 90% of tuition (whether or not the student ever attended) will be credited.

Books and Materials

Books and other educational resources can be obtained through our online bookstore.

Academic Resources and Support

Certificate and degree-seeking online students have access to equivalent academic resources and support.

Program Cancellation or Changes

Southern Wesleyan University reserves the right to make changes to the information printed in materials or on its website. Programs may be added or cancelled throughout the year. If a program is cancelled, Southern Wesleyan University will refund the program tuition in full.