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Healthcare Management Certificate Program Available this Fall, 2005 Throughout Georgia, a Georgia LEADS Initiative


ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 25 -- In the ever-changing field of healthcare, charge nurses, shift supervisors and other healthcare professionals must be up-to-date on the latest in management and supervisory knowledge and skills. Starting this fall new managers, supervisors (or those soon to become managers), as well as those with managerial responsibilities will have the opportunity to participate in the Healthcare Management Certificate Program. The program will build upon existing leadership skills and provide new information about healthcare management.

The Healthcare Management Certificate Program will help participants increase their confidence and skills to become efficient managers through a series of six modules. Each module offers six-hours of face-to-face sessions and nine-hours of online instruction. Modules include information on human resource development and staff relationships, leadership skill development, and finances and accounting for the non-accountant manager. The modules can be taken in any sequence. The classroom components are offered at University System of Georgia schools throughout the state.

Each participant who successfully completes all the modules (90 hours of instruction), end-of-modules exam and all of the assignments will be awarded a Certificate of Completion and 9.0 general continuing education units (CEUs). The first program offering, Human Resource Development and Staff Relationships has been approved for 16.8 nursing contact hours by the Georgia Nurses Association approval of nursing contact hours.

The program was developed by a partnership of the Georgia Nurses Association, Georgia LEADS, the University System of Georgia, and the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Modules were written by university faculty and experts in the field of healthcare management.

Teri Crawford, a participant in the pilot program for the Healthcare Management Certificate Program, said the program is successful in that it provides information on a wide variety of issues that affect healthcare management. “Whether you are a novice or well-seasoned manager, this class has something for everyone,” Crawford said.

“(This is a) very good program for healthcare managers who want to make a difference in their organization,” said Colbert White, who was also a participant in the pilot program last fall.

For more information about the Healthcare Management Certificate Program, contact 800-325-2090.


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