Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management

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Discover Your Future in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Leadership

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The George Washington University’s (GW) online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program prepares you for a variety of health care leadership positions. You’ll gain the skills required for hospital management, plus the expertise to effectively lead clinical operations and strategic development initiatives throughout the health care field.

In GW’s flexible graduate certificate program, you will explore health care leadership as you study ways to improve your own communication skills for optimal interprofessional practice. You’ll also learn to lead efforts in quality improvement and utilize the technological tools needed to conduct effective data analyses for strategic development within the health care field.

*The total number of credits and duration of the program depend on the number of transferred credits

 

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Program Highlights

  • 100% online, no visits to campus required
  • The program requires 18 total credits and can be finished in 1 year
  • Additionally, all credits can be transferred into the MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program

 

Curriculum

The George Washington University’s (GW) online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management prepares you for a variety of health care leadership roles that require you to effectively lead clinical operations and strategic development initiatives throughout the health care field across the continuum of care.

In GW’s flexible online graduate certificate program, you’ll explore health care leadership as you study ways to improve your own communication skills for optimal interprofessional practice. Additionally, you’ll also learn to lead efforts in quality improvement, and utilize the technological tools needed to conduct effective data analyses for strategic development within the dynamic health care field.

When you complete the graduate certificate program in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management online, you’ll be prepared for hospital management roles along with a variety of clinical operations careers throughout the health care field.

All 18 credit hours are transferable to the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program for seamless enrollment in the Masters in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management.

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Program Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management online program leverages distinguished faculty, innovative curriculum, and real-world experience. You will gain the comprehensive skills needed to succeed in the health care field, so when you graduate, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively across a variety of platforms to optimize interprofessional practice and operations
  • Evaluate health care leadership and systems to enhance ethical, efficient, and financially sound operations
  • Conduct effective data analyses for operational and strategic development in the health care field
  • Lead efforts to continuously improve the quality and value across health care operations
  • Improve organizational performance by successfully implementing change management
  • Apply effective leadership skills in hospital management positions
  • Align your practice with American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) standards

 

Who Is the Ideal Student for This Program?

The online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program is ideal for professionals within the health care field who are looking to advance their health care leadership skills and to improve operations management within the field.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program provides current students and graduates the opportunity to gain significant health care leadership skills and foundational learning knowledge that is needed to achieve certification and or fellowship status for many health care management professional associations such as ACHE, HFMA, HIMSS MGMA, ACMPE, NAHQ, Six Sigma, and Lean, Project Management, to name a few.

Below is a list of the health care professional associations that students and graduates can consider joining to advance their learning and professional potential within the health care field:

  • ACHE American College of Healthcare Executives (www.ache.org)
  • HFMA The Healthcare Financial Management Association (www.HFMA.org)
  • HIMSS Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (www.himss.org)
  • MGMA Medical Group Management Association (www.mgma.com)
  • NAHQ National Association for Healthcare Quality (www.nahq.org)
  • AAHAM The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (www.aaham.org)
  • AHIMA American Health Information Management Association
  • APHA American Public Health Association (www.apha.org)
  • ANA American Nursing Association (www.nursingworld.org)
  • AMA American Medical Association (www.ama.org)

Career Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 32% growth for medical and health care leadership positions through 2030.1 GW’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare program prepares graduates to meet the need for diverse health care careers including:

  • Clinical Operations Associate
  • Clinical Consultant
  • Clinical Quality Specialist
  • Operations Manager/Specialist

 

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management, you’ll need:

  • Completed application
  • 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Tuition Details

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program at GW consists of 18 credit hours. Please find the cost per credit hour and total estimated program costs here

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change and additional fees may vary by program. 

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Meet the Program Director

Mountasser Kadrie

 

GW’s experienced faculty provide you with the rich, practical knowledge and support needed for you to succeed in the program and in your career.

Mountasser Kadrie, PhD, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE, CPHIMS, BPE, CAF

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Dr. Mountasser Kadrie has over 30 years of health care executive management experience gained from holding executive leadership appointments at world-renowned health systems and leading academic medical centers. Dr. Kadrie’s executive expertise has been focused on the development and implementation of strategies to maximize organizational performance and to promote transformational change.

In addition to his extensive background in business and health care administration, Dr. Kadrie is a leader in the higher education industry, scholar, and a subject matter expert. His professional and research interests are focused in the areas of U.S. and global health systems, health informatics, change management, and leadership, strategy, operations management, high-reliability organizations, and higher education transformation.

Dr. Kadrie is a widely published author. His research has appeared in many prestigious academic journals and he’s presented at national and international meetings on topics related to his work in the health care and higher education fields.

Dr. Kadrie serves as a board member at prestigious health care and higher education institutions. He is a subject matter expert and has also consulted extensively with universities and national and international health care organizations in the areas of strategy, program development, and change management.

Dr. Kadrie is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE). He is a Board Certified Examiner with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) – The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Performance Program, and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Source:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021 September 8). Medical and Health Services Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved February 15, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm.

Curriculum Details   

18 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

Starting in Fall 2024, the HSCI 6223 course will be replaced with COHM 6235.

Improve your own communication skills for optimal interprofessional practice, lead efforts in quality improvement, and utilize the technological tools needed to conduct effective data analyses for strategic development.

When you complete the graduate certificate program in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management (100% online), you’ll be able to pursue a clinical operations career in a variety of health care organizations.

All 18 credit hours are transferable to the MSHS program for seamless enrollment in the Masters in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management.

Core

COHM 6210 Strategic Communications (3)

The course introduces students to the power of effective communication in the healthcare environment. Students will evaluate their personal communication styles and discuss the impact of effective communication.

COHM 6220 Finance for Health Care Operations (3)

Applied health economics, finance and policy for high-quality, value-based health care operations; costs, expenditure, and reimbursement of services; strategic financial planning tools. Restricted to students in the clinical operations and health care management program.

COHM 6235 Leadership Development in Healthcare Systems (3)

Overview of principles related to leadership, including theories and styles, organizational management and values, communication strategies, and change in the context of healthcare systems. 

COHM 6320 Informatics for Operational Leadership and Health Care Quality (3)

This course focuses on the clinical informatics-system life cycle through a survey of the clinical informatics landscape and its affiliated data, governance, and interoperability structures.

COHM 6430 Healthcare Systems Operations (3)

The course introduces students to management in the healthcare industry In this course students will survey the systems and functions required to plan, produce, and deliver high quality, patient centered health care services.

COHM 6470 Applications in Clinical Operations and Health Care Management (3)

This course builds upon prior coursework to apply clinical operations and health care management practices. Students analyze and discuss real-life operational case studies from a diverse array of healthcare organizations.

Key Dates

 

Summer 2024

Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Application Deadline

March 20, 2024

(Closed)

July 20, 2024

(Open)

December 1, 2024

(Open)

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management program (100% online), you’ll need:

Completed application
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
Resume/CV
Personal statement: Please include a 250–500 word essay describing your reasons for undertaking study at the George Washington University, your academic objectives, career goals, and related qualifications including collegiate, professional, and community activities relevant to your program of interest. Include any substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
Two letters of recommendation
Previous work experience (health care experience preferred)
Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $80 is required. The application fee is waived for active-duty U.S. military, current GW students, degree-holding GW alumni, current McNair Program Scholars, and graduates of minority-serving institutions (MSI).
Official transcripts from every college and university attended. All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by an accredited foreign credential agency. Please find the list of member organizations here: https://www.naces.org/members.

International Students

International students should check with individual programs regarding eligibility for visa sponsorship. Generally, online and hybrid programs are not eligible for student visa sponsorship from GW. This would include transfer students from any other institution with an existing visa.

Official transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grades, U.S. degree equivalency, grade-point averages (GPA), and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services, please visit NACES.

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are also required to submit official test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) Academics or the academic International English Language Test System (IELTS). To be considered for admission, there are required scores that you will need to meet. Score requirements may differ by school and program so check the admissions requirements for your program.

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