CHLM Degree Pathways

CHLM Degree Pathways were created for any PA or NP seeking an advanced healthcare degree with an emphasis on leadership development specific to PA and NP practice. This is the first pathway program to offer PA- or NP-specific content as a precursor to a graduate program.

CHLM Degree Pathways are designed for PAs and NPs who want to gain a skill set in leadership and management outside of the clinical realm, increase their influence with both peers and direct reports, develop new programs, quality improvement projects, or impact the healthcare delivery system through an administrative role.

How to Get Started

  • Complete eight CHLM prerequisite courses at a 10% discount: two required and six electives.
  • Matriculate to an eligible graduate program with one of CHLM’s academic partners listed below.
  • Eligible students receive a tuition discount on the cost of the graduate program.
  • Complete the certificate, master’s, or doctoral program.

Looking for less of a time commitment? Try CHLM’s 1-Hour Online Courses.

Learn more about the individual programs below or purchase your Degree Pathway now.

Arizona State University

Master of Science in Science of Health Care Delivery (MS)
  • Graduate Credit Hours:
    30 credits in 10 courses
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  • Time Commitment:
    2 years

Description: The MS program in the Science of Health Care delivery focuses on the study and design of systems, processes, leadership and management used to optimize health care delivery and health for all. Designed to augment the knowledge and skills for PAs and NPs already practicing in the healthcare industry, this degree program will provide additional knowledge and competencies to lead in a patient-centered, safe and cost-effective health care system.

Cost: Total estimated cost of the program is $25,410 with the partner discount

Related Positions: Chief Quality Officer, Chief Experience Officer, Administrative leadership roles, Systems Engineer

Application Deadlines: 5 times per year; 2 fall starts (August and October), 2 spring starts (January and March), 1 summer (May)

Leadership & Management Track(s): Administrative

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Master of Advanced Study in Health Informatics (MAS)
  • Graduate Credit Hours:
    30 credits in 10 courses
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  • Time Commitment:
    2 years

Description: PAs and NPs understand the health care delivery system and with specialized training in informatics, can become leaders in this expanding field. The MAS degree in health informatics is a flexible program formatted to meet the needs of working professionals. Core courses provide a background in clinical informatics, while electives allow students to specialize in focus areas such as data science or mobile health. Taught by national thought leaders, this degree program prepares graduates with skills for careers in a wide range of health care settings.

Cost: Total estimated cost of the program is $27,360 with the partner discount

Related Positions: Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, other lead roles in Data Management

Application Deadlines: 5 times per year; 2 fall starts (August and October), 2 spring starts (January and March), 1 summer (May)

Leadership & Management Track(s): Administrative, Clinical, Entrepreneurship and Industry

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Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH)
  • Graduate Credit Hours:
    84 credits (30 credits awarded for Masters; 54 credits doctoral courses)

Description: The DBH program prepares graduates to deliver integrated behavioral care treatment programs in primary care and other medical settings. The DBH track specifically offers training in business entrepreneurship skills, health care systems, policy, economics, and finance in order to respond to emerging opportunities in health care reform. With a focus on behavioral health and offering both clinical and management concentrations, this professional doctorate provides PAs and NPs with training in healthcare management that can be utilized to lead in many diverse healthcare settings.

Cost: Total estimated cost of the program is $59,238 with the partner discount

Related Positions: Clinic Director, Director of Integrated Behavior Health Programs

Application Deadlines: 5 times per year; 2 fall starts (August and October), 2 spring starts (January and March), 1 summer (May)

Leadership & Management Track(s): Administrative, Clinical, Entrepreneurship and Industry

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The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • General Information:
    Hybrid 22-month program
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  • Students take 1 course at a time
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  • 3 on-campus sessions per year
  • Program Begins:
    August 5, 2019
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  • Tuition Benefit:
    Up to four $7,000 scholarships will be awarded per year for two years

Description: At Dartmouth, you will learn how to use data, impact policies, and lead change to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of improving health and healthcare. We work to improve patient care by researching how healthcare systems are performing, and then we use that information to develop and test new models for health care delivery and payment. Our online MPH program is designed specifically for working professionals who are not afraid to ask tough questions and who are passionate about challenging the status quo. The 22-month program enables you to pursue your MPH online with minimal time away from your job.

Related Positions: Healthcare Consultant, State Epidemiologist, Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Instructor, Chief of Clinical Operations, Policy Analyst, Clinician-Researcher

Application Deadlines: December 1: priority deadline for scholarship consideration | February 1: final deadline for scholarship consideration

Leadership & Management Track(s): Administrative, Clinical, Education, Research, Industry

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The George Washington University

Graduate Certificate & MSHS in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Management (COHM)
  • Program Begins:
    Spring, Summer, and Fall
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  • Tuition Benefit:
    10% tuition discount

Description: With this flexible online program, you’ll learn what it takes to lead a healthcare delivery system that is clinically effective, cost-efficient, and improves overall patient care and safety. With a focus on population healthcare, you’ll learn ways to improve your own communication skills for optimal interprofessional practice, lead efforts in quality improvement, and understand the technological tools needed to conduct effective data analyses for strategic development.

Related Positions: Director of Clinical Operations, Clinical Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Vice President of Operations

Leadership & Management Track(s): Clinical, Administrative

Graduate Certificate & MSHS in Clinical and Translational Research (CTR)
  • Program Begins:
    Spring, Summer, and Fall
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  • Tuition Benefit:
    10% tuition discount

Description: The Clinical and Translational Research program quickly prepares you for the role of a primary investigator in clinical research on multi-site projects. You will learn to improve patient and community health as you understand how science and clinical research moves from the bench (i.e., lab) to bedside (i.e., patient).

Related Positions: Principal Investigator, Director of Research

Leadership & Management Track(s): Research, Clinical

Graduate Certificate & MSHS in Healthcare Quality (HCQ)
  • Program Begins:
    Spring, Summer, and Fall
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  • Tuition Benefit:
    10% tuition discount

Description: Designed to support excellence in quality improvement and patient safety leadership, GW’s Health Care Quality program equips you with a survey of practical knowledge and skills necessary to affect health care quality and patient safety within the healthcare setting.

Related Positions: Director of Provider Quality, Healthcare Associate, Healthcare Quality Analyst, Quality and Safety Specialist, Quality Assurance Consultant, Quality Manager, Quality Improvement Specialist

Leadership & Management Track(s): Clinical, Industry

Graduate Certificate & MSHS in Integrative Medicine (INTM)
  • Program Begins:
    Spring, Summer, and Fall
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  • Tuition Benefit:
    10% tuition discount

Description: The GW INTM program prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate and lead innovation in health care. Practitioners will learn to utilize their new knowledge of biological systems and advanced analytical methods to evaluate the needs of their patients and make informed decisions while building each patient care and wellness plan.

Related Positions: Additional credential added to provider’s credentials

Leadership & Management Track(s): Clinical, Research

University of Colorado Denver

Executive MBA in Health Administration
  • General Information:
    Offered in a hybrid format consisting of both on-campus and online instruction. Students travel to Denver for one week in July and January to receive introductory lectures from faculty during the on-campus session. Course work is then completed online for the semester.
  • Students come on campus five times during the program
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  • 25-month program commitment
  • Program Begins:
    August 2019
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  • Tuition Benefit:
    10% tuition discount

Description: The Executive MBA in Health Administration program provides healthcare professionals the knowledge and tools to manage complex issues within the healthcare industry. Accelerate your career with a specialized MBA degree in two years. On campus and online format.

Related Positions: CEO, CMO, CFO, Service Line Directors, Practice Administrators

Application Deadlines: May 30, 2019; rolling admissions

Leadership & Management Track(s): Administrative, Clinical, Industry

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