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The certificate in health administration is designed for health care workers who hold non-administrative degrees and for administrative degree holders who have no health care experience and may wish to seek employment in health care. 

In the case of current health care workers who have health care related degrees, exposure to certificate courses should increase their skill set and position them for advancement into or within management. 

For students with administrative related undergraduate degrees (Business or Public Administration) the certificate courses will expose the student to the uniqueness of the health care field.

The certificate program will provide both sets of students with the knowledge and skills needed for employment and success in health care administration.  Specifically, candidates who successfully complete the certificate should be able to better understand the organizational structure of health care organizations, know how reimbursement systems function, explain the basics of third party payment, appreciate how legal and regulatory constraints affect the operation, management, and financing of health care organizations, and understand the role played by information technology in managing health care. 

The Health Care Administration Certificate is available to all students holding a baccalaureate degree.  The certificate requires successful completion of 15 s.h. in COHE: COHE 6000 or HIMA 6060 and COHE 6300, 6310, 6600, and 6620. Students who have not previously passed a graduate health care systems course must first complete COHE 6000 before taking any other course. Students who have already taken the equivalent of COHE 6000, are advised to take HIMA 6060. Certificate students may transfer credits to other graduate programs but acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee acceptance into other programs and non-degree students can only apply 9 s.h. toward a graduate degree.

The certificate program can be started at any time; however, it is better to begin in summer or fall due to the sequencing of class. Schedule of classes are below:

Summer I: COHE 6000 or HIMA 6060, and COHE 6300

Fall: COHE 6000 or HIMA 5060, and COHE 6310

Spring: COHE 6000 or HIMA 6060, and COHE 6620 and 6600
(COHE 6000 or HIMA 6060 may be taken Summer I, Fall or Spring)

Students need to apply for certificate graduation during their last semester of courses.  Students will not be allowed to repeat a failed course.

To enroll in classes you must apply for admission to the ECU Graduate School, have official transcripts sent, and pay an application fee. There are no standardized tests required; however, there is a requirement of a minimum 2.75 GPA in either undergraduate or graduate studies.


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