Health Care Administration Management

Ontario College Graduate Certificate | Code: 1506

Please note:

There are twelve compulsory courses in this program. Before applying to the program, students must complete the 8 specific courses listed in the admission requirements below.

About the program

To effectively manage in the health care sector, it is important to have a solid understanding of the practical techniques required of a manager to support administrative and clinical operations and stakeholders. If you are a graduate of a health-related program, or have at least three years of work experience in health care, the Health Care Administration Management program will be of interest to you.
This program will help you develop project management skills, practical communication techniques and continuous improvement acumen in order to support operational efficiencies and effectiveness. Through theoretical and practical courses, you will be exposed to real life situations that arise in the workplace and gain a strong set of practical tools, techniques and practices to help you contribute to organizational success. You will work individually and in groups developing your knowledge of health care management practices and focus on applying practical frameworks and models to help inform management practices.

Admission requirements

  • An Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Degree or equivalent OR a minimum of three years of full-time work experience in the Health Care field.
    • Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume including references outlining related work experience.
  • And the successful completion of the following Conestoga College courses:
    • Financial Practices for Health Care (FIN8060)
    • Human Resources Management in Health Care Operations (MGMT8730)
    • Change Management in Health Care Operations (HEAL8210)
    • Communications for Health Care Management (COMM8270)
    • Project Management (MGMT8665)
    • Process Design for Effective Health Care Operations (QUAL8240)
    • Management and Leadership Essentials (MGMT8760)
    • Current Issues in Health Care Management (HEAL8230)
  • Domestic applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
    • IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT 88
    • CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
    • PTE Academic 58
    • Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6

Note re: admission requirements

  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of the admission requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Program requirements

  • Applicants not meeting the credential requirements must submit a resume outlining work experience and career goals.

Graduate opportunities

Graduates may find employment in supervisory or managerial teams within a health care environment.

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Program outcomes

  • Produce managerial correspondence and reports accurately by specified deadlines using available computer technology and professional writing standards.
  • Assess the components of the Canadian and Ontario health care systems and the external environmental factors affecting the management of health care organizations to ensure compliance in service delivery.
  • Analyze laws, regulations, court decisions, and health policies to determine their impact on decision-making in health care organizations and health services delivery.
  • Critically examine ethical choices, values, and professional behaviour to make recommendations that inform health care management roles and decision-making.
  • Analyze the operations of a health care organization to identify and resolve problems and improve performance.
  • Integrate data, critical thinking, and effective decision-making skills to support strategic and operational goals.
  • Select appropriate leadership strategies to effectively manage human resources, human relations, and organizational culture and environment.
  • Contribute to the strategic decision-making of a health care organization by applying basic financial management analysis.
  • Apply principles of operational planning, project management, and quality management to support health care operations.

Program contact

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Winter Registration: Opens November 1, 2021
Spring Registration: Opens February 7, 2022