The Certificate in Healthcare Services is designed to address the emotional and psychological impact of providing care to patients with severe and chronic illnesses. Having in-depth, focused advanced education available to healthcare professionals worldwide that aids them in more fully understanding and supporting the psychological and emotional impact of illness will help improve the quality of life for millions of individuals seeking care.

The curriculum is versatile and is comprised of four core courses and two electives. The Administrative or Psychological elective courses will give learners the option of either going deeper into mental health topics or gaining a greater understanding of working with and navigating the public healthcare system.

The Certificate in Healthcare Services provides foundational education for baccalaureate professionals who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of providing information and care to individuals whose quality of life has been impacted by chronic illness, terminal illness, stress and other related mental health issues.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 18
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 1 year  (full-time status)

Time to certificate completion can be shortened by accelerating completion of courses and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Promote the integration of practical psychological experience with formal academic learning.

Foster growth in intellectual accomplishment and an opportunity to develop an executive level perspective on practices in the behavioral sciences.

Promote the acquisition of psychological concepts, principles, standards, and processes as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Encourage legal and ethical behavior as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Encourage ethical behavior in regards to information technology skills as it applies to mental health environments.

Promote the analysis and evaluation of information critically and effectively.

Foster the integration of multicultural awareness of human diversity as it relates to the behavioral sciences.

Career Outcomes

Clinical Director

Health and Social Services Manager

Healthcare Administration / Management

Medical Executive Assistant

Certificate in Healthcare Services Requirements

Certificate Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 12
Elective Courses (choose two) 6

Courses + Credits

CalSouthern’s Certificate in Healthcare Services is an 18-credit program comprised of four (4) required courses and two (2) elective courses from the listings below.

Required Core Courses

  • PSY 7527 The Psychology of Stress and Stress-Related Disorders — 3 credits
  • PSY 7533 Psychology of Death and Dying — 3 credits
  • PSY 7737 Psychology of Chronic Illness — 3 credits
  • PSY 7707 The Psychology of the Mind: Mind-Body Connection — 3 credits

Elective Courses (choose two)

  • HCA 6800 Healthcare Administration — 3 credits
  • HCA 6804 Healthcare Economics — 3 credits
  • HCA 6810 Healthcare Informatics — 3 credits
  • PSY 6502 Counseling Theories and Strategies — 3 credits
  • PSY 6511 Substance Use and Related Disorders — 3 credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

I had a wonderful experience and loved the flexibility of the program. I could go at my own pace, was able to work ahead when I needed to, and to take extra time when I needed to. The faculty mentors were fantastic and very helpful and inspiring. I feel like I got an excellent education for an affordable price and I appreciate everything that it brought to my life.

– Jinxi Caddel, School of Behavioral Sciences

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Accreditation & Approvals


California Southern University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is one of six institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Institutional accreditation is the most highly respected and recognized form of accreditation in the United States, and it provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

Please visit the Accreditation & Licensure page to learn more.

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