Certificate in Health Care Administration

Health care administrators are usually prepared at the masters' degree level for job entry into upper management. There is, however, an increased emphasis to prepare health care professionals to function as managers at other levels as well. Increasingly, physicians are also seeking preparation in the elements of management. These diverse groups use management skills in such health organizations as hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, health maintenance organizations, health planning, and regulatory agencies, group medical practices, health insurance firms, pharmacy, and medical companies.


The Certificate in Health Care Administration (HCA) is comparable to a minor of 12 units. Components of the program include the forms of organization and operation of health care systems, human resources management, and leadership and development.  The Certificate may be combined with major programs from a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, behavioral and natural sciences, humanities, health professions, business, and public administration, and social work. 

Students may only pursue the certificate program in combination with a CSULB degree program.

  1. Concurrent enrollment in any bachelor's degree program at CSULB (except Health Care Administration)
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.4 in all completed coursework
  3. Junior standing
  4. Program Director or CHHS Advising approval

Completion of the following 12 units: