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Healthcare Leadership Academy FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


Who is this program best suited for?
A high potential leader who’s gotten their feet wet in management but desires to equip themselves to
level up in leadership or acquire new skills and knowledge. Participants include both clinical and
administrative professionals.

Is a bachelor's degree required to apply for or be accepted into the Academy?
No, there is no minimum education attainment required to participate in the Academy. However, a
bachelor's degree is required to earn on the available six (6) graduate credit hours.

Must I be employed at an AzHHA member hospital to participate?
This program was developed as an AzHHA member benefit. However, should we not receive the
minimum number of applications by the Nov. 30 deadline, the program will be opened to other
hospitals and healthcare organizations.


Who are the program faculty?
Creighton University’s faculty include program leaders who are full-time academics and a roster of
veteran healthcare executives who are practitioners in the respective curricular topics that they teach.
They’re current hospital and health system CEOs, CFOs, marketing/strategy/physician/DEI executives,
association leaders. Half of the faculty are board certified Fellows of the American College of Healthcare
Executives (ACHE).

What can I expect in the learning environment?
The program is delivered with an engaging blend of didactic teaching and interactive or simulation-
based learning. Program participants can expect to gain exposure to current research and best practices
in each curriculum module through lectures, and to be invited to participate in active discussion and
peer-to-peer experience share and discussion that will equip and inform them as leaders.

I have responsibility for hospitals in multiple states. Is the curriculum Arizona-focused and would course content apply to hospital operations in other states?
The two modules that are tailored to deliver Arizona-specific content are the policy and advocacy session and the current trends session. The balance of the curriculum is current industry content.


How competitive is the application process?
The cohort can be no smaller than 20 and no larger than 25. Based on initial interest shared by hospital
CEOs, we hope to easily meet the 20-student minimum cohort. This is not assured, however, and if the
minimum is not attained, the 2024 program will be postponed.


What if I cannot attend a session?
Students may miss up to one (1) session as long as that session is made up and related assignments


What expenses are included with tuition?
Curricular coursework, readings, instruction, faculty oversight of capstone projects, leadership
assessment, breakfast and lunch during in-person days, Hospital Leadership Conference registration

What expenses are not included with tuition?
Travel to/from the two (2) in-person sessions, nor hotel expenses should the student elect to stay the
night before and/or the night of in-person sessions; room and meals for the Hospital Leadership

Can tuition be reduced if I don’t plan to attend the 2024 Hospital Leadership Conference?
It is highly encouraged that all HLA participants attend the conference for learning, networking, and
relationship-building opportunities. HLA participants will also receive public recognition for their
leadership development work. However, if a participant is unable to the Hospital Leadership
Conference, tuition cannot be reduced due to pre-paid expenses.

Are group discounts available if my hospital is sending more than one participant?
The program will endeavor to incorporate geographic and facility-type diversity, and as such, it is
unlikely that more than two individuals from your hospital will be accepted into the program. In such an
instance, discounts for more than one participant will not be offered.