Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Care Management

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The Department of Health Care Administration offers a post-baccalaureate Certificate in Health Care Management that provides students with a foundation of knowledge necessary for a successful career in health care management. The core educational component comprises approximately 18-21 semester credit hours depending on prior academic preparation and student career goals. Students who have successfully completed the certificate program and wish to pursue a master’s degree in health care administration at TWU, may apply certificate semester credit hours toward their degree requirements. However all core course work for the M.H.A. master’s degree must be completed within a six-year period. This includes transfer credits as well as M.H.A. degree requirements. TWU certificate students who desire to pursue the M.H.A. degree must submit a separate application and apply as an M.H.A. degree seeking applicant.  No additional application documents are required.  The GRE or GMAT exam is not required.  Only courses with a grade of B or better will apply toward M.H.A. degree course requirements.  The certificate in Health Care Management is not subject to accreditation by Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

For individuals seeking the license in long-term care administration, the TWU-HCA certificate course sequence has been approved as meeting the educational requirements of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).  Students interested in the long-term care license should take HCA 5723, Managing the Long-Term Care Setting, as an additional course.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants will have completed a baccalaureate degree, from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in a field related to the certificate program. Such related fields include business, nursing, physical or occupational therapy, nutrition and food sciences, health studies, and health administration. Related fields also include dental hygiene, laboratory or radiologic technology, biology, and chemistry. Applications for the certificate program must be received by:

  • May 30 for fall semester enrollment
  • September 30 for spring semester enrollment
  • March 1 for summer semester enrollment

The program requires that applicants submit:

  1. An application for admission to the certificate program and appropriate fees to the Office of Admissions Processing;
  2. Evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours and complete official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study to the Office of Admissions Processing (the GRE or GMAT exam are not required);
  3. Resume to the Department of Health Care Administration;
  4. Three letters of reference to the HCA Department;
  5. Provide a statement of your goals and reason for seeking a certificate.

Certificate in Healthcare Administration Program of Study (18-21 semester credit hours)

Students will learn about the organizational structure and operations of the health care system, and gain expertise in managing both human and financial resources. In addition to these fundamentals, students will be exposed to the ever-present social responsibility and ethical concerns facing those in decision-making roles.

Select 18-21 semester credit hours from the following:
(with Academic Advisor approval)18-21
Foundations of Health Services
Strategic Planning in Healthcare
Financial Accounting in Health Care Administration (Additional course for non-business majors)
Organizational Behavior in Health Care Administration
Human Resources Management in Health Care Administration
Management Accounting for Health Care Organizations
Ethical Analysis in Health Services
Total Semester Credit Hours18-21