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Certificate in Healthcare Administration

Become a leader in the ever-changing healthcare industry with your 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 professional development 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, February 3, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020

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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

Noncredit Professional Development Certificates

Southern Wesleyan University professional development courses are noncredit and will lead to a certificate of recognition once all courses within the professional development track are completed with a grade of Pass (equivalent to a grade of C or higher on a standard grading scale) for each course.

Students who complete the required courses for the professional development certificate with a grade of Pass (equivalent to a grade of C or higher) for each course will be awarded a certificate of recognition and a certified letter of completion. Academic transcripts are not available for students who are seeking the professional development certificate. Certificate-seeking students who fail to complete the requirements for the certificate will receive neither the certificate of recognition nor a letter of completion.

Earn College Credit for the Courses

Students enrolled in a professional development certificate may choose, if qualified, to change from certificate-seeking status to degree-seeking status at the end of their first successful semester or upon successful completion of the graduate professional development certificate. Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program who choose to pursue a graduate degree must meet all requirements for graduate admission, regardless of grades earned in professional development certificate courses, and they must submit a graduate admission application. Students who apply for admission in a degree program must submit all transcripts from previously enrolled institutions.

Earned grades of C or higher in the graduate professional development certificate may be articulated into an appropriate Southern Wesleyan graduate degree program for a transcription fee for students who are fully admitted into a graduate program. The transcription fee is 50% of the current graduate business tuition rate per credit hour. However, the School of Business graduate school policy allows for no more than two grades below B- for students to remain in good academic standing, including grades earned in professional development certificate courses.

Degree-seeking students who successfully complete the certificate courses (required concentration courses for the degree) will receive a certificate of recognition and will receive a diploma after satisfactory completion of the entire degree. Degree-seeking students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completion of the appropriate degree and concentration. Degree-seeking students who fail to complete the requirements for the degree but who successfully complete all of the certificate courses (required concentration courses for the degree) may request a certificate of recognition. Additionally, degree-seeking students may request an academic transcript that will indicate completed coursework; however, the transcript will not indicate completion of the certificate.


To be eligible to enroll in graduate-level professional development courses (noncredit certificate courses) at SWU, students must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Because certificate courses may be articulated for graduate degree credit at SWU, certificate students are required to meet the same rigorous academic standards and outcomes as the degree-seeking students.

Certificate Program Fee

The cost for professional development 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.

Students who desire to receive college credit and enroll into the degree program will also need to pay the college transcribing fee (50% of the current graduate business tuition rate per credit hour).

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid is not available for SWU professional development courses.

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.