PA and NP Leadership and Management Certificate

Northeastern University has partnered with the Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM) to offer specialized training for those pursuing, or those who are currently in leadership and management positions within their healthcare organizations. This graduate certificate is the first of its kind in the country and is designed for PAs and NPs and those who manage PAs and NPs. The certificate’s curriculum is deliberately distinctive from that typically found in MBA or MHA programs as it focuses on critical competencies specific to managing advanced practice provider workforces.

Through this graduate certificate, students will learn how to manage conflict, communicate effectively, advocate for their ideas, measure workforce productivity and outcomes, as well as understand the nuances of PA and NP billing and reimbursement.

The PA and NP Leadership and Management Certificate is designed for the busy healthcare provider or administrator. All classes are online and can be completed in as little as 9 months.

Designed for PAs and NPs and those who manage PAs and NPs

Post-baccalaureate Education

Can be completed in less than one year

How Will You Benefit from This Graduate Certificate in PA and NP Leadership & Management?

Position yourself for leadership.

Develop the advanced management knowledge and communication skills to lead advanced practice providers and collaborate with other healthcare leaders.

Become well-informed on the nuances of billing, reimbursement, and compliance.

Develop concentrated knowledge and resources on PA and NP billing, reimbursement, and hot button compliance issues.

Apply organizational strategy.

Learn how to discuss and implement the strategic utilization of a PA and NP workforce within an organization.


The 4 courses and their descriptions:

Medical Billing and Reimbursement for PAs and NPs (Fall)

Advocacy in Leadership (Fall)

Metrics: Measuring, Comparing, and Privileging Your PA and NP Workforce (Spring)

Principles of Leadership in Healthcare (Spring)

Curriculum subject to change.


Applicants will apply independently to the PA and NP Leadership and Management Certificate Program. Applicants will need to have completed at bachelor’s degree and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in order to be admitted to the program. Applicants may matriculate twice a year, at the beginning of either the Fall or Spring semesters. There will be a rolling admission process, and applicants will be required to submit their completed applications for the certificate program by August 1 for Fall semester matriculation and November 15 for Spring semester matriculation. Applicants will be informed of admissions decisions by August 15 for a Fall semester start and December 15 for a Spring semester start.

Admissions Checklist

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Completed application
Degree requirements
Official transcripts
3 letters of recommendation

Personal statement


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the tuition costs for the PA Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate program?

The program consists of 12 credits. For the 2018-2019 academic year, each credit hour is $900. This rate is subject to change and reflects a 37% partnership discount off of the normal per credit cost.

What kind of financial assistance is available?

Since the program offers both academic and continuing medical education credits, students are encouraged to utilize tuition reimbursement and CME reimbursement options through their employers.

How does this certificate differ from an MBA or MHA?

The majority of the content in this program will not be found in a typical MBA or MHA curriculum. It is distinctive because it focuses on critical competencies related to managing and leading PAs and NPs. This certificate allows learners to acquire leadership and management knowledge that is particular to their profession. The content will be immediately applicable to a learner’s work environment.

Are the courses offered online or in person?

The courses for the PA Leadership and Management Certificate Program are offered online to maximize flexibility for the working individual.

Can I earn CME credit as well as academic credit for the certificate classes?

Yes. In addition to earning academic credit for completed courses, students may earn 15 AAPA Category 1 CME credits per course for a total of 60 CME credits when the certificate is completed.

How long will it take me to complete the certificate?

We anticipate most learners will choose to finish the certificate in less than one year, however, enrollees will have up to four years to complete the certificate coursework.

What is the Center for Healthcare Leadership and Management (CHLM)?

CHLM is a subsidiary of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). Although linked to the AAPA, CHLM has a slight different mission than the Academy. The CHLM team has two goals: 1) educating employers of PAs and NPs about better utilization efforts, risk mitigation, and improved billing and reimbursement practices and 2) providing leadership and management skills and competencies to PAs and NPs nationwide. For more information please visit

Contact Information

We welcome any questions you might have about our program.

Belcher, Bianca Sat 2/16/2019 3:54 PM Good afternoon Deidre, I am writing to request some time sensitive changes to the PA leadership and management certificate website. The certificate was recently approved for a name change which went through officially on February 13. The certificate is put on in conjunction with an outside partner. This outside partner does most of the marketing and they are planning to do a marketing push in the very near future with the new name. It's crucial for us to change the Northeastern site prior to that marketing push so not to cause confusion! Site: Please see attached document for content changes. If you would please let me know once you've had a chance to make these changes I would be appreciative. Best, Bianca Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C Director, PA and NP Leadership and Management Certificate Program Assistant Clinical Professor Bouvé College of Health Sciences | Northeastern University 617.373.3195 | For more info: PA and NP Leadership & Management Graduate Certificate

Bianca Belcher, MPH, PA-C
Program Director