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Foundational Business and Entrepreneurial Skills in Healthcare

Are you interested in starting a private business in healthcare, but you don’t know where to start? Do you have a problem you want to solve but need the project and business management skills necessary to bring your solution to market? This program provides the skills and training you need to successfully start on your entrepreneurial journey or advance your healthcare career into a new role.

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What is a Microcredential

A series of carefully curated learning activities that provide learners with opportunities to gain specific skills or competencies that are workforce relevant and valued by employers, without enrolling in a credential program. The outcome can be shared digitally and allows employers to easily identify candidates who have mastered a specific skill set for success in their industry.

What to expect from the program

This program is broken into four badges. You can take all four badges to earn your microcredential or take a single badge. Each badge includes a 16-week completion period.

  • Introduction to Project Management in Healthcare (7.5 hours)
  • Introduction to Design Thinking in Healthcare (7.5 hours)
  • Introduction to Business Management for Healthcare (15 hours)
  • Introduction to Negotiation and Communication in Healthcare Business (9 hours)

Some of the skills and knowledge you’ll develop include:

  • Examining a project management life cycle and applying project management tools
  • Understanding the design thinking process and comparing different stages
  • Identifying best practices in healthcare business management specific to operations, marketing, finance, administration, and technology
  • Identifying best practices related to negotiation and communication
  • Recognize the essential components of successful negotiation

You can complete this program entirely online and enjoy a flexible environment to advance your career and gain project and business management skills without taking an expensive or lengthy certificate program.

Who is this program for? 

Designed for healthcare professionals, this program is for: 

  • Health Care Aides, Therapy Assistants, and Recreation Therapist 
  • Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses 
  • Psychologists and mental health professionals 
  • Healthcare educators and teachers 
  • Healthcare team leads and managers 
  • Business professionals looking to branch into healthcare 

In addition, this program is ideal for individuals who: 

  • Wish to embrace a growth mindset 
  • Are attempting to avoid red tape that can often limit idea development in large organizations  
  • Are looking to bring an important and meaningful solution into the healthcare industry 

Career opportunities 

This program will give you the foundational knowledge you need to create your very own healthcare business while also giving you a competitive advantage in the job market. 

Some career opportunities include:  

  • Project Management Coordinator 
  • Project Management Support 
  • Project Control Specialist 
  • Small Business Manager 
  • Interaction Designer 
  • Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner 

After completing a topic, you’ll receive a sharable, digital badge that you can use on your LinkedIn profile, resume, and portfolio.  

Program requirements

This microcredential is open for enrolment to anyone of interest. However, we recommend that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • secondary school completion
  • grade 12 English or higher

We recommend a level of technical competence which includes proficiency in:

  • navigating the Internet
  • using word processing program like Microsoft Word

A diploma or degree in a health-related or computer-related field is considered an asset. If you have previous experience working in fields such as healthcare, administration, or technology, this microcredential is a great opportunity to build on your experience.

Reduced program fees

As a pilot program, we’re offering a limited time sale on the microcrential. If you’re interested in this program, we recommend you register as soon as possible to lock in your savings.

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To register for a badge, please click on the title and purchase the badge online. You’ll be directed to a new page where you can make your purchase.

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