Earn Your Health Administration Certificate Online

Gain skills and credentials that expand your knowledge of health administration and your ability to positively impact your health care organization.

Whether you are seeking licensure or certification for career progress in health administration or are looking for continuing education opportunities as an experienced professional, Saint Joseph’s College offers an online program that flexes to your needs. Request more information today.

Efficient, career-boosting credentials for working professionals

Not every working professional can commit to a full bachelor’s or master’s degree program. Our online Health Administration Certificates provide a means to bolster your professional credentials relatively quickly. These programs allow you to:

  • Focus studies on a niche area of health administration: Certificates are available in general health administration, long-term care administration, Catholic health care leadership and advanced graduate-level interdisciplinary studies.
  • Study online on your schedule: Courses can be taken around your work schedule, with weekly deadlines to help you stay on track to earning your certificate.
  • Apply credits toward completing your degree later: Certificates can be applied to the bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Saint Joseph’s College when you’re ready.
  • Meet state licensure or continuing education requirements: Refresh your health administration skills and stay at the forefront of your field.

Pursue a health administration education tailored to your life. Apply now to take the next step.


What online health administration courses can I take?

Curriculum for each certificate program focuses on a specific set of health administration skills, providing students with well-rounded knowledge they can apply immediately in the workplace.

Undergraduate Health Administration Certificates

Health Administration Certificate – 18 credits

Develop a foundational knowledge of health care systems, human resource management, financial management and ethical and legal aspects of healthcare — an excellent framework for success in entry-level positions in hospitals, outpatient services and other primary care settings.

Long-Term Care Administration Certificate – 15 credits

Begin managing in long-term care facilities by elevating your skills in human resources and financial management, as well as legal and regulatory issues in long-term care. Internships are not part of the certificate program but are available to meet administrator-in-training (AIT) requirements for licensure.

Graduate Health Administration Certificates

Catholic Health Care Leadership, Graduate Certificate – 18 credits

As the only program of its kind in the country, this certificate helps students explore dimensions of the Catholic faith as it applies in Catholic health care organizations. Students develop a mission-focused approach to leadership and management of patient care, drawing on knowledge from courses such as Catholic Bioethics, Catholic Healthcare Leadership and Health Administration Mission Integration.

Graduate Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration – 15 credits

Prepare for leadership positions in long-term care settings by focusing your studies in courses like Long-term Care Operations and Administration, Gerontology and Healthcare Financial Management. In many states, this certificate will make a student eligible to become a licensed nursing home administrator.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS): Health Administration or Interdisciplinary Studies – 18 credits

Remain on the forefront of your field. If you already hold a master’s degree, you can continue your studies through a selection of graduate and/or post-graduate Health Administration courses. Focus exclusively in Health Administration topics, or self-design your curriculum in the interdisciplinary studies program. All 18 credits must be earned at Saint Joseph’s College. Tuition costs vary depending on program areas.

Certificate in Healthcare Educator – 12 credits

For professionals in the healthcare system who are interested in becoming educators or enhancing their existing knowledge and skills in the classroom setting.

Related degree programs

Want a stepping stone to complete your degree? Credits from the Health Administration Certificate programs can be applied to the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration or Master of Health Administration degree programs.

We can help you figure out which program is right for you. Contact our online admissions office.

Career moves

What can I do with a Health Administration Certificate?

The career outlook for health administrators is strong. Due to growth across the health care industry, there is a need for professionals who can step into leadership roles, such as health information managers, clinical directors and department leaders. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services management job opportunities are projected to grow at the much-faster-than-average rate of 20 percent by 2026.

What can you do to prepare to step into these roles? Adopt some career habits that can help you advance, including continuing your education in health administration.


Frequently asked questions about earning a Health Administration Certificate

How long does it take to complete a Health Administration Certificate?

A Health Administration Certificate can be completed relatively quickly. Each certificate program includes either five or six courses, which students can complete over the course of one year. Your individual time to completion will depend on how many courses you take during each term and which courses are needed to complete your chosen certificate program.

Some course offerings vary from term to term, so check out the health administration course schedule for specific timelines.

Do I need certification to be a health care administrator?

The typical credential required for most health care administrator roles is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. However, professional credentials are also preferred in specific areas of health administration. For example, individuals looking to enter health information management are well advised to earn a credential of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as many employers seek job applicants with these credentials.

Earning a Health Administration Certificate that can be used as a stepping stone into a bachelor’s or master’s degree program is a good first step toward building a career in health administration.

Gain a new perspective and impact health administration

If you see opportunities to improve the world around you, a career in health administration could give you the means to do so. Take the first step and earn your Health Administration Certificate online. Request more information today, or apply now if you are ready to get started.

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Student stories

Amy Landry
Amy LandryRegistered Nurse
“An Interdisciplinary Studies degree will prepare me to become a more effective healthcare team member and problem solver. Most importantly, I will be better able to help patients who rely on nurses daily in various medical settings.”
Tabetha Woods
Tabetha WoodsIDS, Health Administration student
“I wanted a degree that would challenge my mind and allow me the freedom to learn a variety of differing perspectives so I could grow in my own thinking. A degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is what I needed for long term success without being limited to one focus and one way of thinking. It has given me the unlimited opportunity to pursue my career in any direction I choose.”
Alexia Adams
Alexia AdamsPathology Support Operations Manager, Central Maine Med. Ctr., Lewiston, ME
“By combining my on-the-job knowledge (as I venture into my first health care management position) with the knowledge that I continue to gain with each additional class, I feel confident with the situations that I face on a daily basis throughout my career, and with the knowledge base that I have gained from my degree program at SJC.”

Some of our faculty

Kevin Harrington
Kevin HarringtonProgram Director, Online Health Administration
MATS, St. Charles Seminary
MS, Independence University (formerly California College for Health Services)
BS, LaSalle College
Kathleen Cross
Kathleen CrossOnline Health Administration Faculty
MSN, Saint Joseph’s College
BSN, Loyola College
Valerie Connor
Valerie ConnorOnline Health Care Administration Faculty
MA, University of Northern Iowa