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Health Care Administration - Finance, Graduate Certificate (GCRT)

A Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration is earned after completing four courses of focused study. This degree credential can serve both as a stepping-stone into more advanced study, leading to a master’s or doctoral degree, or as a standalone educational achievement to strengthen professional advancement opportunities. 


This certificate is fully online and is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain a base knowledge to supplement their work in the academic discipline they have chosen. Students who are pursuing degrees in areas such as business, finance, information systems and analytics can prepare themselves for positions with health systems and health organizations through this certificate program. Students in the Master of Health Care Administration or Master of Global Health programs may also enhance their academic disciplines by adding this certificate to their curriculum. Students who earn a certificate will have a distinct advantage over others in an employment recruiting circumstance. 



Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration – Finance Courses (12 credit hours): 

  • HCA 5083: Financial Structures of Healthcare Organizations (3)
  • HCA 5213: Advanced Cases in Healthcare Finance (3)
  • HCA 5163: Healthcare Accounting and Auditing (3)
  • HCA 5063: Healthcare Compliance (3)


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

  • Completed online application: rolling deadline (*We do strongly suggest applying at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin your studies to allow for enough time to get you properly oriented.)
  • Completed bachelor’s degree official transcript
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Statement of purpose describing your personal career goals and how the master’s degree will support those goals, a brief description of experience or qualifications in support of the application and the specific track you want to pursue.
  • OPTIONAL (but encouraged): Up to three letters of recommendation preferably from professors and/or supervisors familiar with your academic ability, work ethic, and skills. (Applicants only need to provide their recommenders’ email addresses. Recommenders will then be emailed a link from which to upload their letter.)
  • OPTIONAL (but encouraged): Resumé/Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
    Skills, equipment and access for online course participation includes the capacity for independent learning, proficiency in Windows, Internet, e-mail and basic applications; multimedia computer and high-speed Internet access are necessary.
  • Applicants graduating from schools outside the U.S. are required to submit transcripts that have been evaluated to U.S. standards
  • $50.00 application fee 

Cost and Assistance

Students enrolled in the Health Care Administration program with an emphasis in Finance will complete 12 credit hours during the course of their studies. Cost estimates below are calculated based on 2022-2023 rates. Additional cost details and OSU’s tuition and fee estimator are available on the Bursar website.


2022 - 2023 Estimated Cost *(Tuition Only)
  Resident Non-Resident - Only Online
Total cost per credit hour $233.80 $364.00
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $701.40 $1,092.00

*This is only an estimate of costs, based on currently approved 2022–2023 rates. Cost estimates do not include textbooks or exam and course fees. Costs will vary if coursework is not fully completed online. Rates may differ for international students.Active-duty military may qualify for resident tuition rate. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. Full disclaimer


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