Health Administration Certificates

  • Overview

    Saint Joseph’s College offers a number of certificate programs in health administration and long-term care administration for licensure, certification or continuing education.

    An additional benefit of earning a certificate is that it provides a relatively quick method of preparing yourself for entry-level positions in health care settings. The certificate programs only require you to complete six courses (18 credits). The courses can be used toward credit fulfillment of either an undergraduate or graduate degree.

  • Curriculum

    Health Administration Certificate

    The undergraduate 18-credit certificate in health administration provides basic education in health care systems, human resource management, financial management and ethical and legal aspects of healthcare. These courses provide an excellent framework for success in entry-level positions in hospitals, outpatient services, and other primary care settings.

    Long-Term Care Administration Certificate

    This undergraduate 15-credit certificate in long-term care administration provides the introductory education necessary to begin managing in long-term care facilities. This program includes courses in the system, human resources and financial management, as well as legal and regulatory issues in long-term care. An internship, although not part of the certificate program, is available to meet administrator-in-training (AIT) requirements for licensure. The certificates and individual courses meet a number of needs, including serving as refresher course, meeting state licensure regulations and meeting continuing education requirements.

    Senior Living Leadership Certificate

    This undergraduate 18-credit certificate in senior living leadership is available to those aspiring to be in a leadership position in the senior living industry. Models of senior living continue to evolve, requiring visionary leaders who understand aging, business administration, and hospitality.  

    Catholic Health Care Leadership Graduate Certificate

    This graduate 18-credit certificate in Catholic health care leadership is focused on health care administrators and department managers working in Catholic health care organizations who desire to advance their career and provide leadership in the Catholic tradition within health care organizations.

    Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study: Interdisciplinary Studies

    The certificate of advanced graduate study is for the student who already holds a master's degree and wishes to continue their studies. Some career tracks recognize the CAGS for compensation rewards beyond the master's. This certificate allows for students to self design their learning. All 18 credits must be earned at Saint Joseph’s College. The first five courses will be taken from at least three graduate program areas (theology, nursing, education, health administration, business). Students can choose any combination from the courses listed; the design is interdisciplinary. The final course is always the CAG 600 Interdisciplinary capstone course, but the student will request which program area or faculty they wish to have supervise that final course. *Tuition costs vary depending on program areas.

    Graduate Certificate, Long-Term Care Administration

    This graduate certificate provides an option for individuals with a Bachelor’s degree to earn a certificate in Long-Term Care Administration. In many states, this certificate will make a student eligible to become a licensed nursing home administrator. Check out the course schedule.

  • Some of our faculty
    Twila Weiszbrod

    DBA, Northcentral University
    MPA, California State University, Fresno
    BS Health Administration, Saint Joseph's College

    Learn more about Twila

    Danine Casper

    MHA, St. Joseph's College
    MA, Creighton University
    BA, Marian University

    Learn more about Danine

    Valerie Connor

    MA, University of Northern Iowa

    Learn more about Valerie

  • Student Stories
    • Alexia Adams

      Pathology 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 with the knowledge base that I have from my degree program at SJC.” Learn more about Alexia.

    • Migdalia Santiago-White

      Health Care Counsultant

      Our program enables students to earn their degree while working. Migdalia worked full-time and part-time while earning both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in health services from Saint Joseph's.

  • Career Moves

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities will be good for medical and health services managers, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business and management skills.

    A master's degree is the standard credential, although a bachelor's degree may be adequate for some entry-level positions. Employment is projected to grow faster than the average.