Healthcare Project Management

Program Info

  • Length Of Study:

    6 months with the opportunity to move at a faster pace

  • Career Level:

    Entry level

  • Online Type:

    Asynchronous, self-directed learning

About

Get started in the high-growth field of project management with a professional certificate developed by Google. Discover how to manage projects efficiently and effectively, using traditional and agile methods.

This program focuses on project management artifacts and skill sets as well as essential business acumen skills like stakeholder management, influencing, critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication.

These skillsets are vital as healthcare leaders work hard to continuously refine and advance their processes to improve patient care, reduce costs, and improve the patient’s overall experience and satisfaction–the Triple Aim. Healthcare project management skills have become increasingly important to businesses, including the healthcare industry, because they help control costs, manage risk, and improve project outcomes. By applying project management techniques--from waterfall to agile methodologies, organizations can systematically plan, organize, and execute a set of tasks maximizing resources and achieving specific goals.

You’ll learn these job-ready skills in this certificate program through interactive content (discussion prompts, quizzes, and hands-on activities) in approximately six months, with 10 hours of study a week. Along the way, you'll work through a curriculum designed with input from top employers and industry leaders, like the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Scrum.org. You’ll be introduced to how these skills can be applied in healthcare. For those new to the industry, you will practice medical terminology to better communicate with those around you.

Learners who complete this program should be equipped to apply for introductory-level roles including Project Coordinator or Junior Project Manager in healthcare. No previous experience is necessary! Prior healthcare experience is welcomed though not necessary.

Project Coordinators

Project coordinators are an important part of an organization’s project team. They work under a project manager to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Project coordinators oversee small parts of the larger project and are primarily responsible for administrative tasks and work with various members of the project team and the customer to develop a timeline, create schedules, and oversee progress to make sure goals are met on time.

Junior Project Managers

Junior Project Managers are responsible for planning, organizing, and directing operations related to ongoing projects in the company. They lead team the efforts of members in the project and oversee company projects to make sure they are running as planned. Computer skills are extremely important, and junior project managers will need to be capable of using basic office software program and the ability to type and run various company reports.

Length of Study

6 months with the opportunity to move at a faster pace

Prerequisites

A general aptitude and interest in computers, solving problems, and strong desire to work with people.

Medical Terminology Jumpstart Course is a required pre-requisite for those new to the field of healthcare.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Healthcare Project Management program, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the significance of the project initiation phase of the project life cycle.
  2. Describe the key components of the project initiation phase.
  3. Determine a project’s benefits and costs.
  4. Define and create measurable project goals and deliverables.
  5. Define project scope and differentiate among tasks that are in-scope and out-of-scope.
  6. Understand how to manage scope creep to avoid impacting project goals.
  7. Define and measure a project’s success criteria.
  8. Complete a stakeholder analysis and explain its significance.
  9. Utilize RACI charts to define and communicate project team member responsibilities.
  10. Understand the key components of project charters and develop a project charter for project initiation.
  11. Evaluate various project management tools to meet project needs.
  12. Identify what aspects of a project to track and compare different tracking methods.
  13. Explain the purpose of a retrospective and describe how to conduct one.
  14. Explain the Agile project management approach and philosophy, including values and principles.
  15. Explain the pillars of Scrum and how they support Scrum values.
  16. Build and manage a Product Backlog and perform Backlog Refinement.
  17. Describe the five important Scrum events and how to set up each event for a Scrum team.
  18. Implement Agile’s value-driven delivery strategies and define a value roadmap.
  19. Apply skills to healthcare.

If you are new to healthcare, you will gain exposure to medical terminology with a jump start course.

Online Type

Asynchronous, self-directed learning

Credential Awarded

Google Project Management Certificate which prepares you to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam.
*CAPM is not covered by Futuro Health

Occupation

Project Coordinator or Junior Project Manager

Career Level

Entry level

Student Cost

  • In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on our communities, Futuro Health is waiving tuition fees for all programs in 2021.
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $100 per certificate program
  • Med Term will be required for students without a healthcare background. The registration fee for Medical Terminology is $50. This is a nonrefundable fee.
  • You have the option to join SEIU-UHW's Healthcare Justice Division to receive added benefits. There is a $20 per month fee if interested, waived for current SEIU-UHW members.

Fast Facts

Job Outlook

$59,000 - Average entry-level salary in project management

475,100 - Job openings in the field of project management in healthcare and other industries.

(Burning Glass: Labor Insight (Last 12 Months: Feb. 1, 2020 - Jan. 31, 2021))

Work Environment

Hospital, Clinic, Home, Office

Duties

  • Creates and maintains project schedules for own projects and on behalf of other program and project managers
  • Coordinates with functional areas the allocation of members of projects teams
  • Provides input on drafting and issuing project proposals, RFP’s, budgets, cash flows, preliminary schedules, and presentations
  • Produces and distributes all project artifacts
  • Collects and centralizes documentation related to the project (e.g. regular status reports, time sheets, expense claims, etc.)
  • Responds to stakeholders’ need for information through pre-defined channels
  • Prepares project status reports resulting from regular governance review meetings
  • Monitors and reports on issues and risks associated with the targets and milestones of the project, and suggests and manages risk mitigation actions
  • Updates of risk registers, issue logs and decision logs and assists program and project managers with these tasks
  • Documents risks that will escalate to the executive leadership and assists program and project managers with these tasks
  • Effectively and accurately communicates relevant project information to the project team
  • Prepares project organization and communication charts

Enrollment

Minimum Qualifications

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Have the ability to work in the U.S.
  • Have no felony conviction on record
  • High school diploma or GED certificate
  • Be computer and internet proficient
  • Have home access to reliable high-speed internet
  • Have a working computer less than 7 years old
  • Be willing to commit 10 hours per week of study time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Be a California resident
  • Experience working with people on different teams
  • Experience planning meetings and events
  • Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Be referred by a member of SEIU-UHW who is in good standing (if you are not already a member of SEIU-UHW)

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants will be required to take a free Wonderlic assessment
  • Those who are new to healthcare will be enrolled in a free medical terminology jump start course.