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Online Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate

Become a Leader in Healthcare

Our healthcare system needs administrative experts to help organizations provide quality patient care. With the 100% online Healthcare Administration certificate, you can get the skills you need for an in-demand career. This certificate is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators, a carefully crafted series of master’s-level graduate certificates. Designed to advance your career to help you meet personal and professional goals, this certificate is offered through a standalone program, or you can apply your credits as a pathway toward a master’s degree, such as our M.A. in Healthcare Administration.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers an online Healthcare Administration certificate online for professionals who want to become managers and leaders in healthcare. The Healthcare Administration certificate is delivered in a flexible online format so you can maintain your work commitments while earning a high quality credential.


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Why Earn Your Healthcare Administration Certificate Online?

Take the lead in your healthcare career by developing a set of advanced, in-demand administration skills. Saint Mary’s Healthcare Administration certificate provides the expertise you need to qualify for professional advancement opportunities, plus credit that can be applied to a master’s degree. Finish your education fast so you can begin the next chapter of your healthcare administration career as soon as possible.

Program Highlights

  • Apply Credits to Select Graduate Programs
  • Prepare for Healthcare Management and Leadership Roles
  • No Letters of Recommendation Required

Course List & Requirements

Our Healthcare Administration certificate online program includes four courses for a total of 12 credits, all of which can be completed conveniently online in two semesters. The certificate can be completed alone or with your chosen degree, and your certificate credits may be applied to a master's degree.

  • This course examines the financial practices and procedures of leading a healthcare, long-term care, or human services organization. Students have the opportunity to analyze and interpret financial statements, as well as create and evaluate capital budgets. Public policy and the economic forces that influence healthcare organizations are explored.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Create an operating and capital budget for an organization
    • Evaluate budget decisions and common economic variables
    • Describe and interpret how public policy may affect the financial operations of a healthcare entity
    • Examine the reimbursement requirements and regulatory compliance on financial performance
    • Analyze and evaluate the financial statements of a healthcare organization

  • This course evaluates the fundamentals of current healthcare and human services delivery systems in the U.S. Topics include health sector regulatory and financial systems, delivery operations, and organizational design theories.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Compare the evolution of various types of services for vulnerable individuals and populations
    • Analyze the impact of social, economic, political, and regulatory forces on planning and objective setting
    • Evaluate the emergence of organizational designs, operations, and governance in the health sector
    • Analyze the factors influencing organizational outcomes and consumer/patient/client satisfaction
    • Assess and analyze how the health sector financing and policy, care management, private health coverage, and government programs and reforms (including Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA) impact the cost, quality, experience, and outcomes of care and delivery systems within the U.S

  • This course examines the ethical, legal, and culturally relevant dimensions of the U.S. health sector, including not-for-profit, for-profit, and public health systems. Topics include ethical issues, public policy, stewardship, and compliance standards impacting healthcare finance and delivery; frameworks for ethical decision making; socio-economic impacts on public policy; and strategies for influencing the policy-making process within the health sector.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Apply frameworks for ethical administrative decision-making
    • Analyze policies and laws impacting the delivery and financial operations of services for vulnerable individuals and communities
    • Evaluate the effect of current policies, payment systems, and regulatory agencies on quality and system performance
    • Examine and evaluate the policy environment and solutions while exploring ways to influence the creation and implementation of public policy

  • This course explores applied theories and skills of leadership and management within the health and human service sectors. Leadership styles and culturally responsive approaches to decision-making are examined. Topics such as governance, vision and mission, strategic planning, business decision support, and promotion of sustainable, ethical organizational growth and organization stewardship are explored.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Illustrate roles, relationships, and legal responsibilities for administration, board members, departmental managers, clinicians, staff, external stakeholders, and suppliers
    • Articulate an overview of the scope and roles within strategic planning and external relations (market research, marketing, public and communication relations, communication, media, and government relations)
    • Communicate organizational vision and manage internal communication and cross-functional teamwork
    • Analyze organizational board governance systems for effective implementation of shared vision and mission.
    • Evaluate strategies for promoting and leading organizational change
    • Evaluate ethical standards and decision-making models for health and human service administration

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The online Healthcare Administration certificate is designed to be completed in just one year and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply. For admission to the program, you'll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director

  • No prerequisite coursework or experience is required for this program.

  • You don’t need GRE/GMAT scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Healthcare Administration Certificate:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Healthcare Administration Certificate:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Healthcare Administration certificate.

Healthcare Administration Certificate Careers & Salary

With the online Healthcare Administration certificate, you can prepare for management and leadership roles in healthcare settings like hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, long-term care facilities, and not-for-profit organizations. This specialized program focuses on the skills employers want, so you earn a valuable credential to advance your career. You can enhance your yearly earnings in the following health services management roles:

Medical and Health Services Manager – Hospital


Medical and Health Services Manager – Government Facilities


Medical and Health Services Manager – Physician's Offices


Medical and Health Services Manager – Nursing and Residential Care


What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Interpret financial information in healthcare and human services
  • Evaluate current healthcare and human services delivery
  • Assess current health and human services policy, ethics, and systems
  • Understand strategic planning and organizational leadership within the field

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Healthcare Administration certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: August, January or May.

No. Transfer credits are not accepted for graduate certificates.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, along with a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.00. Further information about admissions requirements and the application process can be found in the admissions section on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's University are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's University student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Healthcare Administration Certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.

No. The degree you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the degree offered on campus.

The online Healthcare Administration certificate program requires you to complete 12 credit hours of program work. However, you'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as two semesters.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Yes. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Medical and Health Services Managers: Pay.” Retrieved October 10, 2023, from