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Master Certificate in Health Care Practice Management

Master Certificate in Healthcare Practice Management

Classes begin: August 7, 2017

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Designed in extensive collaboration with leading medical practitioners, the Certificate in Healthcare Practice Management is designed to prepare today’s healthcare professionals to become a high-level leader through its specific healthcare administration focus on business and leadership competencies applicable across heathcare-related fields.  The curriculum is aligned with the outcome competency models from the National Center of Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) and Healthcare Leadership Alliance (HLA).

The certificate program consists of five, three-credit hour masters-level courses delivered in an online format.  Courses are scheduled in a lock-step sequence to be completed over a one-year period.  Each course qualifies for three CME credits.  The graduate-level academic credit earned through the satisfactory completion of the fifteen credit-hour certificate can be transferred as credit hours toward the thirty-six credit-hour MBA graduate degree – participants satisfactorily completing the certificate program can complete the MBA degree with only seven additional courses.

Flexibility for the Working Professional

Participants can continue meeting the demands of their careers while earning a graduate certificate from one of the best business schools in the world.  Reflecting the realities of participants’ disparate work schedules and widespread locations, the program is offered in a cohort-based, online format.  Each course will be taught online in an accelerated 9-week course cycle with only one course being offered at a time.  This allows participants to focus on one specific course over each 9-week period and allows the five course certificate program to be completed within a one-year period.


15 hours of transcripted graduate coursework that can count towards the completion of the MBA or stand on its own as a certificate.

  1. MBA 5123 Effective Leadership and Communication 
  2. MGMT 6703 Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations 
  3. FIN 6333 Healthcare Financial Strategies & Decision Making 
  4. MKTG 6143 Health Care Marketing & Patient Satisfaction 
  5. MGMT 6723 Medical Law & Regulation

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of a completed bachelor degree from regionally accredited university with cumulative GPA ≥ 3.00.
  • Two years or more of relevant, professional work experience.
  • Completion and submittal of the application for OCU Graduate Admission.

OSMA Members receive several benefits from OCU when applying to this program.
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  1. OSMA Members receive an application fee waiver of $50, which covers the full cost of graduate application.  Members simply notify me that they have started the application, and I will waive the fee for them prior to submitting the application.
  2. OSMA Members do not pay the associated $115/per credit hour university fee.  This makes the tuition only $590/credit hour without the additional university fee of $115/credit hour.
  3. OSMA Members are NOT required to submit letters of recommendation nor a personal statement for the application process.  This reduces the amount of documents supplied to us for the application to: an online graduate application form, a current resume/CV, and a degree granting transcript.
  4. OSMA Members receive an expedited application review process that will take only a few days to complete once we receive the application materials.

Meinders School of Business Admissions
Contact Information

Cindy Treadway, Meinders Graduate Advisor or (405) 208-5154. 

You may also request more information from graduate admissions.

Course Descriptions

MBA 5123 – Effective Leadership and Communication - 3 Credit Hours

Based on the established foundations of the Authentic Leadership Model and utilizing the in-depth CDR Assessment Group program for self-assessment and leadership coaching, this course facilitates the development of interpersonal and team skills leaders need to function effectively. The primary focus is on integrated behavioral competencies demanded in organizations today: self-awareness, communication, negotiation, collaboration, and relationship building. Students will work through their own, individualized leadership profile assessments, evaluate effective leadership behaviors, and explore techniques and processes to communicate and negotiate effectively within organizations.

MGMT 6703 - Strategic Management of Healthcare Organizations - 3 Credit Hours

Emphasizing best practices related to setting up and managing the organization, this course focuses on managerial and operational concepts including strategic planning; quality improvement, organizational strategy and design; individual, interpersonal, and team/group management; along with employment and human resource management topics including selection, staffing, retention, discipline, motivation, productivity, and team building.

FIN 6333 - Healthcare Financial Strategies & Decision Making - 3 Credit Hours

This course establishes a mastery understanding and ability to apply basic financial management principles within the emerging patient-centered care environment and across a variety of health care operational settings. A wide range of health care financial management topics are covered, including health care accounting systems, financial analysis, revenue planning, resource management and allocation, third-party reimbursement, regulation, legislation, and contemporary health care finance problems.

MKTG 6143 – Health Care Marketing & Patient Satisfaction - 3 Credit Hours

This course employs leading-edge knowledge from services marketing to integrate key aspects of strategic marketing planning and implementation with the achievement of practice-based objectives for assuring patient satisfaction. Health services marketing topics include organizing for marketing; psychographic, demographic, and epidemiological analysis of the market; analysis of the product, price, place, and promotion; competitor analysis; market opportunity and demand for forecasting; market strategy; along with understanding the nature and antecedents for client satisfaction and the assessment and assurance of client satisfaction objectives.

MGMT 6723 - Medical Law & Regulation - 3 Credit Hours

Examines medical ethics, laws and regulations pertaining to the obligations and liabilities of health and health care institutions, health agencies, third-party payors, and health care providers. Significant emphasis deals with enhancing students’ understanding of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health care practice and management.