UW Medical Center - Gonzaga Healthcare Partnership

Certificate in Healthcare Leadership

Leadership training to take the next step in your healthcare career

In healthcare, individuals are often tapped for supervisory roles based on their technical skills, but rarely given adequate time and training to develop leadership skills. To close this gap, Gonzaga University is offering a leadership course specifically designed for the unique and nuanced nature of the healthcare environment: Certificate in Healthcare Leadership.

This hybrid, cohort-based program empowers you to effectively lead individuals, teams, and organizations. Through a combination of in-person and virtual learning, you’ll gain practical knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership Identity, Strengths and Core Values
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Team Development and Collaboration
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Inclusivity & Diversity
  • Problem-Solving & Leading Change
A nurse uses a Butterfly handheld ultrasound device.

What you'll learn

  • Explore the unique, complex challenges facing healthcare leaders and study the competencies needed to address them.
  • Identify your leadership strengths, core values, and development areas, and consider how these apply to work in healthcare fields.
  • Develop your emotional intelligence to lead more effectively under stress.
  • Gain tools to build cohesive teams and collaborate in remote and in-person environments.
  • Enhance your interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Create inclusive cultures in which people of diverse identities, backgrounds and abilities can thrive.
  • Learn strategies to problem solve and manage change.
Leadership students have a discussion.

Ideal candidates

  • Diverse healthcare professionals
    • Including, but not limited to, physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, hospital/clinic administrators & managers, dentists, orthodontists, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, mental health practitioners and more.
  • New healthcare supervisors and team leaders looking to develop leadership skills as they advance their career.
  • Experienced healthcare leaders seeking to refresh and enhance their leadership skills regardless of how long they've been in a managerial role.
A Gonzaga nursing student.


  • Pilot cost: $3,900 per person
  • Timeframe: Late January 2023 – early June 2023 
  • Duration: Five months / 20 weeks
  • Format:
    • One full-day, in-person class each month on a Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (five sessions total)
    • One 2-hour Zoom class once a month (six total) on a Monday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Time commitment: Average 3-4 hours per month of reading and work outside of class sessions.
  • CE Credits: 7 (seven) representing 70 hours of class time and independent learning. CE Credits will appear on a Gonzaga University transcript. In-person classes to be held at Gonzaga University and UW School of Medicine.