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Certificate in Clinical Leadership

Certificate in Clinical Leadership

Although the BLS predicts much faster than average growth rates for the field of Medical and Health Services Managers, it does not document that many of those management positions must be held by those with a clinical/technical license. For example, a Director/Manager of a Radiation Therapy department typically needs a correlating clinical license to be eligible to hold that clinical leadership position. Allied health/clinical professionals have the clinical knowledge needed for patient care. However, to fill the predicted workforce demands, a significant number will need the leadership and operational knowledge to prepare them for clinical leadership roles.

The Certificate in Clinical Leadership (CCL) is open to post-bachelor level healthcare professionals who hold a valid license in a clinical specialty and is available in both the online and on-campus format.

The CCL is designed to provide the knowledge and skills specifically needed for licensed health professionals to hold roles in clinical leadership. It also serves as a transition certificate toward earning a master’s degree given a number of courses (once successfully completed in the CCL) may count as courses completed in the Master of Health Administration and/or the Master of Health Informatics.

Courses in the CCL are specific to patient care environments and will include, but not be limited to: strategic planning, operations, human resource planning, health information, and evidence based managerial decision making specific to patient care environments.

Students must complete 18 semester hours of graduate level study, all at SIUC, with a C or above in all required courses which includes:

            MHA 510, 3 - Effective Health Care Operations

            MHA 531, 3 - Human Resources in Healthcare

            MHA 536, 3 - Strategic Leadership in Healthcare

            MHA 566, 3 - Managing Health Information

            MHA 580, 3 - Managerial Epidemiology and Evidence Based Management

            MHA 585, 3 - Financial Issues in Healthcare

Students earning a grade lower than a C may retake individual courses only once. If a grade of C or higher is not received on the second attempt of an individual course, the student is removed from the certificate program due to academic performance. Online courses are restricted to online students and on-campus courses are restricted to on-campus students.