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Health Care Management

Graduate Certificate (Certificate)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Nursing


The goal of this program is:

  • To provide students with knowledge of the critical issues and concepts for effective management of health care organizations.
  • To facilitate integration of key elements of effective health care management and how they work jointly to enhance the quality of healthcare and the performance of health care managers, and thus, the overall performance of the health care organization itself.
  • To emphasize the importance of all aspects of health care management and their relationship in achieving and maintaining professionalism in internal/external customer relationships.
  • To facilitate effective decision making in the day-to-day operations of the management of health care organizations.
  • To provide the understanding of health care management processes and practices as they apply to diverse health care settings in such a way that they support long-term advancement and career opportunities in health care management.


Core Curriculum
Sem. Hrs.
HP 6313: Topics in Healthcare Management
HP 6323: Healthcare Law and Quality Improvement
NURS 680V: Healthcare Management Seminar
MGMT 6003: Organizational Behavior in Healthcare Organizations
FIN 6813: Healthcare Finance
MIS 6513: Healthcare Informatics
Total Core Hours:

Sem. Hrs.
One of the following:
MKTG 6213: Healthcare Marketing
MGMT 6013: Human Resource Management for Health Care Organizations

Total Hours:

  • Admission Information


    Students may be admitted unconditionally, conditionally or as a non-degree seeking student.

    Unconditional Admission Status:

    The student must:

    Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

    Have a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate or 2.75 overall.

    Be currently employed in healthcare.

    Conditional Admission Status:

    An applicant who fails to meet the GPA requirements for Unconditional Admission Status or whose background degree is from a college of university lacking appropriate accreditation, may be granted Conditional Admission Status after following the steps detailed in the ASU Graduate Bulleting.

    A student will not be considered for admission to a graduate program until such time as the student completes 12 graduate semester hours, has a minimum 3.00 GPA on those 12 hours, has no more than one course in the 12 hours with a grade of "C", and meets unconditional or program admission requirements.

    Admission as a Graduate Non-Degree Student:

    This option is for those seeking personal development, or those fulfilling professional renewal requirements and are seeking a Graduate Certificate in one or more of the Program's specialty areas of study.

    Graduate School Admission Information

    You may apply online here.  The following must be submitted to ASU Graduate Admissions at:

    ASU Graduate Admissions
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    An official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work (personal copies will not be accepted)

    A designated, non-refundable application fee of $30

    A written documentation of measles and rubella immunization

    US citizens must be registered or exempt with the selective service and an Affirmation Form is required.

    You may contact the ASU Graduate School Admission at (870) 972-2031.  Students must meet all graduate school requirements.