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Health Care Administration Certificate 


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The Healthcare Administration Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to explore the areas specific to the healthcare industry and the challenges it faces in light of regulatory changes and client needs. The course requirements provide an understanding of the healthcare system in the United States and associated concern for security, privacy protections, quality and cost controls, as well overall viability. This certificate program provides an in-depth level of expertise that would allow students to prepare for careers in healthcare administration.

Student Learning Outcomes

After completing the certificate program students should be able to:

  1. Identify the components of healthcare administration that must be managed based on impacts from the global economy.
  2. Apply critical analytical skills in choosing among alternative courses of action in various aspects of policy and practices for fiscal responsibility and accountability.
    1. Analyze the impact of the legal and regulatory environment on healthcare organizations as well as respond to competitive pressures.
    2. Develop healthcare management systems that reflect operational practices and security protocols for organizational effectiveness.

Admission to Study

Applications for graduate study should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for regular admission to the Healthcare Administration Graduate Certificate program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of an application form and payment of the application fee.
  2. Submission of an official undergraduate transcript from each post-secondary school or college previously attended, including any graduate study previously undertaken.
  3. Evidence of having received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in this country or its equivalent at a foreign institution based on a four-year degree.
  4. Completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test [GMAT] within the last five years. GMAT waiver: Applicants with a minimum of 5 years of relevant, professional work experience will not be required to take the GMAT. The GMAT requirement can be also be waived at the discretion of the College of Business Graduate Director with approval of the MBA Committee. Students requesting a GMAT waiver should submit the request in writing to the College of Business Graduate Director. The request should specify the academic and relevant work experience that reflects the rigor equivalent to the higher level of study required in graduate programs of business.
  5. A minimum GPA of 3.0 overall from undergraduate and graduate programs completed. The College of Business Graduate Director also has discretion in evaluating GPA requirements for admission.
  6. If a non-native speaker of English, provide official results from tests taken within the last three years or one of the following acceptable means of documenting English language proficiency consistent with success in graduate programs. Note that higher scores may be required of some graduate programs so applicants are urged to consult their desired program to identify whether a higher score is required.

a) A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) or 79 on the internet (iBT) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL);

b) A minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam;

c) Certificate of Completion of level 112 of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) from an ELS Language Center;

d) Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 59;

e) Cambridge CAE (Certificate of Advanced English ) with a minimum level of C1;

f) Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a minimum level of C1;

g) MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) with a score of 77;

h) TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) with a score of 745;

i) Bachelor’s degree or higher earned from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education; or

j) Admission to any graduate program at Coastal Carolina University.

7. Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the academic ability, level of responsibility and work ethic of the applicant.

An admission decision is made when all evidence of the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate studies has been submitted. 

Required Graduate Degree Credit Hours (12 Graduate Credit Hours) 


Required courses (6 credit hours):

MBA 670: The US Healthcare System………………...………………………………..3

MBA 674: Healthcare Financial Decision-Making …………………………………….3

Elective courses (6 hours): Choose two of the following:

MBA 671: Healthcare Strategy …………………………………………..……………..3

MBA 672: Healthcare Quality Management………………………………..…………..3

MBA 673: Information Systems in Healthcare………………………………...…........3