The online undergraduate Healthcare Leadership (HCL) Certificate is designed to prepare students with project management, finance, HR and quality evaluation skills to positively impact their organization and the healthcare system, and advance their career.
UofL’s online certificate in Healthcare Leadership prepares you to stand out as you aspire to new roles, enriching your ability to lead and manage in a variety of healthcare settings. You’ll learn to navigate organizational challenges, drive change, and improve performance metrics while also expanding your decision-making skills and becoming more confident in your abilities as a manager and leader.
The online certificate is offered by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Louisville.
"Healthcare is an ever-evolving field, and the demand for quality leadership will continue to grow. The HCL Certificate is designed for healthcare workers who want to accelerate their growth potential and make a real impact in their organizations."
Tara McKinley, Ph.D Program Director
Healthcare occupations are projected to grow 15% by 2029, adding about 2.4 million jobs – which is much faster than the average for all occupations (bls.gov). The UofL Healthcare Leadership certificate prepares you to be part of this growth, helping you advance your career in health administration and/or healthcare management roles as well as clinic, service and department level positions in public or private healthcare organizations. Roles vary by industry, level and sector, including:
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 to be admitted in good standing (applicants with a 2.0 - 2.69 GPA may inquire about conditional admission)
1 year of work experience in a healthcare leadership or related role
Not meeting the admission requirements?
If you do not meet one or more admission requirement(s), you may submit a petition for admission requirement waiver within the application form, in conjunction with all other application materials, explaining 1) how this program fits in your career planning and 2) why the unmet requirement(s) will not be a barrier to success in this program.
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselors at 800.871.8635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The online Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership is a 12-credit hour program. All courses are delivered online through 8-week terms.
Yes, you can complete this program as either a part-time or a full-time student. As a part-time student, you can take more time to complete the program. As a full-time student, it is possible to complete this certificate in just one semester by taking all 12 credit hours at the same time!
I don’t have a 2.25 GPA, could I be accepted provisionally?
Yes, provisional admission is possible. The Admissions Committee will assess applications on a case-by-case basis, carefully considering all qualifications.
Is the online leadership in healthcare certificate suitable for me as an out-of-state student?
Yes, this program is applicable to students nationwide. Students can apply and enroll to UofL’s online programs, including this HR certificate from anywhere in the world. Out-of-state online students pay the same tuition rates as in-state students, which provides great savings.
Is UofL’s online certificate program for healthcare administrators open to international students?
No, there are no additional fees. However, you will need to purchase the textbooks specific to your chosen courses.
Can I transfer in credits?
No, transfer credits are not accepted for the certificate program. All 12 credits required in this program must be completed at UofL.
How long are the courses?
The courses are offered in an accelerated 8-week format, allowing you to focus on one discipline at a time.
Can I take summer classes?
Yes, classes are offered year-round including summer.
Can I take some classes on campus if I want?
No. All Healthcare Leadership Certificate courses are delivered in a 100% online format. These courses are not offered on-campus at this time.
I don’t have a bachelor’s degree. Do I need one to be admitted to this program?
No, this program is an undergraduate certificate and does not require a bachelor’s degree for admission, though you do need at least 1 year of work experience. Once you successfully complete the certificate, you can apply the credits earned in the certificate program towards your B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning degree.
Can I apply the certificate credits towards my bachelor’s degree?