Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Advanced Certificate 6860adcert

Overview

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One of two Health Care Management programs offered at BCIT, Health Leadership is the only academic advanced certificate program of its kind in Canada. We have been educating healthcare professionals in leadership and management for over 30 years.

This highly specialized program is specifically focused on developing emerging health leaders. From leading oneself, understanding health organizations, budgeting, project management, and managing people, our courses are taught through the healthcare leadership lens. This gives you the leadership expertise your industry needs.

About the program

  • Part-time, advanced certificate program that takes an average of two years to complete
  • Online learning gives you flexibility to continue working as you study 
  • Take courses as you need them or complete the full certificate

Visit Program Details for more information on our Health Leadership program.

Who it’s for

This program is for healthcare professionals who:

  • Are in the first half of their healthcare career, or in a related industry looking to work in health care
  • Are interested in developing skills to lead high-performing teams
  • Enjoy leading others in a fast-paced, dynamic environment 
  • Are interested in enhancing the patient care experience from organizational and operational perspectives

Discover if BCIT’s Health Leadership program is right for you – see Program Entry for details.

What grads can do

All of our grads are applying their skills to their workplace. See Graduating and Jobs to learn about career opportunities.

Program Entry

Application processing

This program has applications processed throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements to be accepted.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-secondary education: one of the following from a recognized post-secondary institution:
    • Health science diploma or
    • Bachelor degree

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

January each year.

Students who have been accepted into the program are formed into cohorts and proceed together through the program. Students who are accepted may begin taking courses in April and September, prior to joining a cohort in January.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

BCIT believes that you should receive credit for what you have accomplished. BCIT has several options for assessing your prior learning and for granting transfer credit. If you qualify for one of these options and satisfy the program entrance requirements, contact the Program Head to discuss your prior learning. Please note that PLAR may not be available for certain courses.

myCommunication

Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Books and supplies

The estimated cost per course is $750 tuition plus an average of $50 for reading materials (reading materials range from $30 to $110, depending on the course). The total cost to complete the program, if you complete all 8 courses (24 credits), is approximately $6,400.

Courses

Program delivery

The delivery method is online part-time studies using educational technologies to promote interaction and engagement within the program and cohort, while maintaining flexibility over time and ensuring educational interactions across the province and beyond.

Program matrix

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Year 1: Credits
  HLED 7110 Fundamentals for Emerging Leaders in Health Care 3.0
  HLED 7120 Canadian Health System 3.0
  HLED 7130 Leading Health Professionals 3.0
  HLED 7140 Leading Sustainability in Health Care 3.0
 
Year 2: Credits
  HLED 7250 Leading Performance Measurement and Management 3.0
  HLED 7260 Leadership Issues in Evidence-based Decision Making 3.0
  HLED 7270 Project Leadership in Health Care 3.0
  HLED 8280 Leadership Integrative Project 3.0
 
Total Credits: 24.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

BCIT Annual Symposium on Health Leadership

An annual Symposium will be held each year in the Vancouver Lower Mainland area to celebrate students’ academic and professional achievements, and bring together students, faculty, staff, advisory board members, professional associations, and supporters. After completing their first year, students will be awarded a BCIT Statement of Completion. Students in their second year will be invited to present their Integrative Project.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program aim

The aim of the Advanced Certificate in Health Leadership Program is to provide emerging leaders with a foundation for future growth in healthcare leadership.

What is an "emerging health leader"?

At BCIT, we define an emerging health leader as an early-career health professional who is passionate and committed to pursuing a career in health leadership.  

Program goals

The goal of the advanced certificate is to produce health care graduates who are acquainted with health care leadership issues and who are able to:

  • communicate successfully in the clinical environment
  • function as an effective health care team member
  • evaluate operational change in the context of evidence-based decision making
  • prepare, develop and manage a department budget
  • manage projects according to health care standards and constraints
  • apply LEADS concepts to performance management
  • appreciate complex labour relations of the health care setting
  • lead members of the health care team in busy stressful environments
  • discuss appropriate professional judgment in the applicable health care settings
  • ensure a high standard of patient care to patients and families
  • illustrate exemplary ethical decision-making to applicable health care settings
  • discuss the application of safe practices in the applicable health care settings
  • correlate academic knowledge with health care leadership practice
  • demonstrate professional judgment in identifying, documenting and communicating issues in leadership situations

Learn more about Healthcare Management in the School of Health Sciences.


Participants will be required to complete the program over a two year period. The first year focuses on the fundamentals of health leadership, management of resources, sustainability, leading people, and the Canadian health system. At the end of the first year, accomplishments are recognized and celebrated, and participants are awarded a Statement of Completion. In the second year, participants apply their learning to addresses performance management, use of evidence in health leadership decision-making, and project leadership. In the final capstone course, participants complete an Integrative Project in their workplace with the support of an organizational sponsor and a BCIT facilitator. The courses consist of 24-credits at the upper Bachelor-degree level, consistent with BCIT standards. In addition, by incorporating practical and applied learning approaches that BCIT is known for, the participants and their organizations benefit from day one of the program, by tapping into skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to the workplace.


The Health Leadership program is closely aligned with industry, through its program advisory committee and its adoption of the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework, a leadership capability profile that defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes a leader needs to exhibit in order to successfully contribute to an effective and efficient Canadian health system. As such, the framework has been adopted by the Health Care Leaders Association of BC, the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Canadian Health Leadership Network, and Emerging Health Leaders.

The delivery method is online part-time studies using educational technologies to promote interaction and engagement within the program and cohort, while maintaining flexibility over time and ensuring educational interactions across the province and beyond. The faculty will have a minimum of a Master’s credential with real-life experience at middle and senior levels of leadership in the health system. The key strengths of the program are:

  • Curricula that is linked to industry standards, and specifically to the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework
  • A cohort and online learning approach that enables inter-professional collaboration, relationship building across the province and beyond, and effective use of time
  • Upper-level study that enables potential laddering to further academic credentials
  • Gatherings in a health leadership professional setting on an annual basis while in the program to recognize and celebrate accomplishments
  • Opportunity to complete an Integrative Project with support and guidance

Program length

Students are expected to complete the program over a period of 2 years in a cohort model.

If extenuating circumstances prevent completion within this period, a formal request for program extension is required. Courses older than 3 years, at the time of the projected graduation date, cannot be accepted for credit except on specific recommendation from the department.

Program location

Courses are offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

Courses are at the level of a 3rd and 4th year bachelor degree program, enabling potential laddering to further academic credentials.

Graduating & Jobs

Our graduates move up

Flexible. Specialized. Skills focused. Our grads are working in healthcare positions across all areas of the industry. From supervising medical laboratories and imaging departments to leading nursing teams and community health initiatives, our Health Leadership program prepares you from day one.

Carrer opportunities

Gain the professional development and résumé relevancy employers seek. We give you health leadership and managerial skills that you can apply to any healthcare field.

Health leadership positions start at approximately $50,000 to $74,000 per year. Apply your new skills to your current role or seek out leadership positions in health care, with roles like:

  • Program or project leader
  • Team leader 
  • Team or program coordinator
  • Regional manager
  • Supervisor in an area related to your clinical field
  • Director 

Professional associations

The program is based on the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework, a leadership capability profile that defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes a leader needs to exhibit in order to successfully contribute to an effective and efficient Canadian health system. As such, the framework has been adopted by the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the Canadian Health Leadership Network, the Emerging Health Leaders, and the Health Care Leaders Association of BC.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Shan Satoglu
Program Head
604-451-6975
shan_satoglu@bcit.ca

Victoria Banham
Program Assistant
604-432-8727
victoria_banham@bcit.ca

Contact Us

Program Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8087
Toll free: 1-800-663-6542, ext 8087
Email: healthleadership@bcit.ca

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