Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to popular questions for the 100% online Healthcare Leadership Graduate Certificate

What careers does this certificate prepare me for?

Among other positions, the Healthcare Leadership Graduate Certificate prepares students to work as:

  • Hospital CEO
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Clinical Director
  • Practice Manager
  • Lawyer

Is it required to have work experience?

Yes, one to three years is requested for those applying to the Health Leadership certificate.  The certificate is designed to start mid-way through the Master of Health Administration curriculum to learn skills focused around leadership.  It is expected students in the certificate will have a basic understanding of the healthcare system and structure in the United States.

How do online classes work? Do I have to be at my computer at a specific time?

As a Purdue student, you will be taking classes in an online environment. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Your lectures are not time restricted, meaning you don't need to be logged in to view your course materials at a specific time.

However, all of your course activities, assignments and exams must be completed by their respective due dates. You will need to view course lectures regularly to keep current.

How much time should I plan to spend on the program each week?

Students should expect a time commitment of approximately 15 hours per week.

How will I be graded?

Students are graded based on their performance in class. The courses we offer online will have various methods for grading depending on the specific requirements for a given class. Students can expect to experience any combination of homework, graded exam, final project, group work or graded reports. Purdue Grading Scale​

Can I count the graduate certificate towards the Master of Health Administration?

Yes, students who complete the Healthcare Leadership graduate certificate can count the credits toward the MHA. If currently admitted for the MHA certificate, the student will have to complete an additional application and pay an additional application fee.

What will the certificate say?

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership

Is there financial aid available for this program?


What is the frequency of starts for this program?

There are three starts for this program - fall, spring, and summer.