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Health Administration Graduate Certificate

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Earn a Relevant Credential in Health Administration

Starting or advancing your career in the ever-changing field of health care isn’t always easy—but Capella’s online health administration certificate can help you stand out. This certificate is designed to expand your knowledge of business operation aspects of the health care industry. You’ll gain the foundational knowledge to drive change in the health care landscape. Get ready to dive deeper into topics like health care economics, strategic health care planning, organizational leadership and governance, and more. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core Courses 

Classes Start November 5th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements »  | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What You’ll Learn

Lead Through Change

Learn to facilitate organizational transformation and change processes in the continuously evolving field of health care. 

Plan & Act Strategically

Implement evidence-based strategies for optimal performance of health care organizations. 

Be an Ethical Leader

Support strategic vision and ethical leadership decision-making in health care administration. 

Build & Lead Strong Teams

Develop, nurture, and inspire others to build the interprofessional teams your organization needs. 

Collaborate Cross-Functionally

Improve systems-level outcomes though interprofessional collaboration.

Make Data-Driven Decisions

Analyze data for decision-making to achieve organizational goals and meet external benchmarks.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Designed Around National Standards

The collaborative, practice-based learning is designed around the National Center for Health Care Leadership Competency Model™. 

Immersive Learning Experiences

In our exclusive virtual health care simulation tool Vila Health™ you’ll practice real-world skills in a safe learning environment.  

Apply Credits to an MHA Program

Credits for this certificate can be applied to a Master of Health Administration degree at Capella. 

FlexPath is available

for this certificate program. That means you have the ability to set your own deadlines and move through courses at your own speed—potentially saving you time and money. 

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$8,416 estimated tuition*
$526 per credit, 16 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,100 per 12-week billing session, 8 total program points, 0 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Employer Reimbursements

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to employees, even if there’s no formal program. Check with your manager or HR dept.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample Courses

The health administration certificate curriculum focuses on the administrative, economic, and political aspects of health care administration, including planning, leadership, and regulatory compliance.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
MHA5010 Strategic Health Care Planning
MHA5012 Organizational Leadership and Governance
MHA5014 Health Care Quality, Risk and Regulatory Compliance
NHS6008 Economics and Decision Making in Health Care

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Relevant Blog Posts

How to Start and Grow a Career in Health Administration

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Which Health Care Career Path Is Best for Me?

A visual guide to career options in health administration, policy and advocacy, public health, and nursing.  

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