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Healthcare Leadership

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Open for Fall 2021

Length: 1 year Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate Delivery: Part Time Online

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The Healthcare Leadership program focuses on the critical areas of leadership and management development specific to healthcare.

Learners will develop core skills and competencies in leadership and management, conflict management and resolution, people management, effective communications, finances and economics, service and patient focus, healthcare governance, performance measurement, and other elements of leadership in a healthcare environment. To correspond with current trends in healthcare leadership, the program will offer unique skills in the areas of resilience and emergency planning and preparedness.

This program is comprised of inter-disciplinary study, culminating in a capstone project that enables students to apply their knowledge towards addressing leadership challenges in their own organizations. The Healthcare Leadership program is led by experienced healthcare and business instructors, blending health topics with strategic leadership studies that prepare students to navigate the rapidly changing field of healthcare.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Healthcare Leadership post-diploma certificate.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue healthcare leadership job opportunities in: 

  • director of care (long-term)
  • team coordinator 
  • clinic administrative manager 
  • clinic care manager or assistant manager 
  • clinical care or technical supervisor
  • client services manager 
  • hospital manager
  • health unit manager or supervisor

Related careers include: 

  • health service administrator
  • community health nurse
  • community health representative 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $9,334 

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 are now open. Apply today!
  • This program is currently does not accept international students. There are many program options for international applicants - find out more.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 6, 2021 

How to apply

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Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications for fall 2021 are now open. Apply today!

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree in a healthcare discipline from a recognized university, institute, or college, or,
  • Post-secondary certificate in combination with relevant work experience may be considered and approved at the discretion of the Academic Chair
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

    Step 3: Apply to the Healthcare Leadership program and submit your transcripts.

    • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

    Step 4: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status and to monitor changes to your application status.

    Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

    Communication during selection

    Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add hps.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe sender's list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


    Program Outline

    First Year

    Semester 1

    Course Code Course Name Credit
    HCAR-401 Health Economics 3.0
    HCAR-403 Healthcare Systems and Governance 3.0
    LDSH-405 Leadership 3.0
    MNGT-408 Project and People Management 3.0
    Semester 1 Total 12.0

    Semester 2

    Course Code Course Name Credit
    HCAR-400 Emergency Preparedness and Planning 3.0
    HCAR-402 Healthcare Leadership Capstone* 6.0
    HCAR-404 Quality and Performance in Heathcare Services 3.0
    LDSH-401 Applied Leadership 3.0
    Semester 2 Total 15.0
    Program Total 27.0

    *Please note that completion of this program’s capstone course requires a letter of acknowledgement from a health-related employer or organization indicating approval for the implementation of a capstone project at their organization.


    Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

    Transfer Options

    The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges. Visit  Transfer Options to learn more.


    2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

    Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
    1 $8,000 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $9,333

    *Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

    SAIT Fees

    Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
    Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
    Student support fee: $150
    Student technology fee: $150

    Health and Dental Fees

    Domestic Students 

    • Health Plan: $122
    • Dental Plan: $130
    • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

    Books and supplies*

    • Books, supplies and uniform are approximately $2,500.
    • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

    Find out about tuition and financial aid.

    * Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

    Next steps for incoming students

    Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

    Important dates and deadlines

    Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

    Important Dates

    ✅ Plan ahead ❗️

    You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

    Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

    Get started on pre-orientation requirements


    To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

    We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

    Preparation courses

    To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT.

    Required textbooks

    The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

    Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


    Phone: 403.284.8481
    Email: hps.info@sait.ca

    Academic chair

    Shay Gornshtein, Academic Chair
    Email: shay.gornshtein@sait.ca

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