Health Care Administration, 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 Courses (12 credit hours):
HCA 5013: Survey of Health Care Administration (3)
HCA 5123: Research and Evaluation Methods in Healthcare (3)
HCA 5033: Legal Issues in Health Care Administration (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 Graduate Certificate program 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.