Advanced Certificate in Health Services Management

Acquire the skills needed to manage a range of health services. Learn the fundamental science underpinning health as well as essential skills to organise and oversee health care services and professionals.

Course Code: VRE049
Fee Code: AC
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 900 hours
Qualification Advanced Certificate
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Broaden Your Skillset

Many people who go into management positions in health services do so with only a general background in management.

Our course offers you a chance to learn a solid foundation in health sciences and related studies as well as management and organisational studies. As such you should develop a more acute understanding of the health services industry. 

Obtain the skills for successful management of Healthcare Services

  • Gain a solid foundation of the necessary skills to provide effective management of health services. 

  • Increase your knowledge of the medical/health/fitness fields, through the guidance and feedback of experienced professional tutors.

Work towards your strengths

Health services can be dynamic and complex.  Therefore, being able to evaluate, plan and implement positive management practices will be depended upon your attitude and quality background knowledge.  

Health care systems and services encompass a wide range of disciplines, therefore the paths towards your future career are endless.  You can direct your studies to your current area of expertise, or chose a new direction for yourself.  You can also make your learning bundle as focused or as broad as you need it to be.

This course is different to many others, because it goes well beyond just teaching you basic management skills.  It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with a variety of health care professionals, while exploring the nature and scope of the health service industry.

This networking will provide the basis for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to changes as your career moves forward

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Health Services Management.
 Health & Fitness I BRE101
 Management VBS105
 Medical Terminology BSC109
 Personnel Management VBS107
 Sales Management BBS102
 Therapeutic Nutrition BRE211
 
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Research Project I BGN102
 Workshop I BGN103
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 49 modules.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Anger Management BPS111
 Aromatherapy VHT104
 Biochemistry I (Animal and Human) BSC103
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Counselling Skills II BPS110
 E Commerce BIT100
 Fitness Risk Management VRE104
 Human Anatomy & Physiology (Human Biology 1A) BSC101
 Human Nutrition I BRE102
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Stress Management VPS100
 Workplace Health & Safety VBS103
 Advanced Aerobics BRE208
 Aged Care and Counselling BPS212
 Aquafitness BRE207
 Biochemistry II (Plant & Animal) BSC203
 Bioenergetics (Human Biology IB) BSC201
 Biopsychology II BPS204
 Child and Adolescent Mental Health BPS214
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Developmental, Learning and Behavioural Disorders in Children and Adolescents BPS215
 Entrepreneurship BBS204
 Ethics BPS217
 Health & Fitness II BRE201
 Healthy Buildings I (Building Construction & Health) BSS200
 Human Nutrition II BRE202
 Managing Mental Health in Adults BPS216
 Muscles & Movement (Human Biology II) BSC202
 Nutrition for Weight Loss BRE210
 Operations Management VBS201
 Project Management BBS201
 Research Project II BGN201
 Research Project III BGN202
 Biochemistry III (Animal Processes) BSC303
 Biophilic Landscaping BHT343
 Cardiorespiratory Performance (Human Biology III) BSC301
 Children's Nutrition BRE304
 Health & Fitness III BRE301
 Healthy Buildings II (Building Environment & Health) BSS300
 Human Nutrition III BRE302
 Neuropsychology BPS306
 Professional Practice For Consultants BBS301
 Psychological Assessment BPS308
 Psychopharmacology (Drugs & Psychology) BPS302
 Technical Writing (Advanced) BWR301
 Weight Loss Consultant BRE307
 

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Health Services Management is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Aims

  • Learn to be a skilled manager
  • Explore theories and procedures, problem solving and decision making tactics
  • Identify the processes and procedures that are associated with the effective management of staff in the workplace.
  • Describe the use of motivation in the workplace and the effects this can have on staff performance.
  • Develop skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology
  • Understand how ethics can be applied to determine and manage the rights of individuals
  • Explain how ethics can be applied by people in the work they do, on a daily basis and throughout an entire career
  • Understand medical services, sport, recreation services, food, and natural therapies. Any and all of these goods and services can be considered to be part of the health and fitness services.

WHAT'S NEEDED TO SUCCEED IN HEALTH SERVICES?

Certain qualifications may qualify you to work as a doctor or nurse; but there's a lot more to health services than just being a nurse or doctor. Being a nurse or GP may be the most obvious jobs in health, but that is because in the past they have been the most visible. That may not be the case in the future though.

Success in the health industry is not just a matter of being able to do the job. It is also very much dependent upon the attitude you have and the decisions you make.

Where can this course lead?

With the strong foundation gained through this course, you will have a great standing for any successful management career in private or public heath care services. 

Industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes, and ongoing changes as your career moves forward.

Job opportunities in support of both physical and mental health care services will be highly varied.  This course may be different things to different graduates. The following are just some of the opportunities in the future may be found in:

  • Research and Development - in self employment; sub contracting R & D services, or working for someone.

  • Health testing or assessment services - can be as varied as medical laboratory testing to psychological assessments and development of medical testing equipment, both hardware or software.

  • Manufacturing health industry products (eg. anything sold in a chemist shop, used in a hospital or displayed in a Health Food shop).

  • Preventative medicine

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Psychological Health

  • Marketing - health services and products

  • Education -public education

  • Business Management and Development requires both management skills as well as a solid understanding of the health industry.

The sort of skills required by a good health practitioner are often not the same as what is needed to be a successful health services entrepreneur, innovator, educator or product developer.

ACS is a Member of the Complementary Medicine Association.

ACS Global Partner - Affiliated with colleges in seven countries around the world.


How can I start this course?

You can enrol at anytime and start the course when you are ready. Enrolments are accepted all year - students can commence study at any time. All study is self paced and ACS does not set assignment deadlines.

Please note that if a student is being assisted by someone else (e.g. an employer or government subsidy), the body offering the assistance may set deadlines. Students in such situations are advised to check with their sponsor prior to enrolling. The nominal duration of a course is approximately how long a course takes to complete. A course with a nominal duration of 100 hours is expected to take roughly 100 hours of study time to complete. However, this will vary from student to student. Short courses (eg. 100 hrs duration) should be completed within 12 months of enrolment. Certificates, Advanced Certificates and Awards (eg. over 500 hours duration) would normally be completed within 3 -5 years of enrolment. Additional fees may apply if a student requires an extended period to complete.
If a student cannot submit their assignments for 6 months to ACS, they should advise the school to avoid cancellation of their student
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If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

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You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

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If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

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Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding of the subject. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

Yes, if you don’t have access to the internet, you can receive the course as paper notes or on a USB stick for an additional fee. We can also make alternative arrangements for you to send your assignments to us.

We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

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We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (8-9 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- an Advanced Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

Yes, our courses are built to be applicable for people living anywhere in any situation. We provide the fundamentals, and each student can apply their own unique flair for their own interests, region and circumstances with the one-on-one guidance of a tutor. There is also a bit of student directed research involved.

Employers value candidates with industry skills, knowledge, practical skills and formal learning. Our courses arm you with all of these things to help prepare you for a job or start your own business. The longer you study the more you will learn.

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ACS Distance Education have been educating people for over 40 years.

We are established and safe- we have been in education for over 40 years.
We are focused on developing innovative courses that are relevant to you now and what you will need to know in the future.
We are focused on helping you learn and make the most of your experience.
You can enrol at any time, you can work on your course when it suits you and at your own pace.
We are connected to many industry bodies and our staff participate in continuous improvement and learning activities to ensure that we are ahead of what learning is needed for the future.

Our courses are not accredited by the Australian Government. However many of our courses are recognised and held in high regard by many industry bodies.

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Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Nicola Stewart

BA(Hons); Dip.Pub; CIM Dip.Marketing; PGCE; Dip.Holistic Aromatherapy; Dip.Reflexology; Dip.Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Language Education; Masters in Education & Professional Studies/Research, PhD (underway)

Nicola worked in publishing before changing direction to teach Anatomy, Physiology and various complementary therapies in the UK’s post-compulsory sector for 16 years. She is the published author of 10 books, plus a range of magazine articles and has also ghost-written across a number of genres. When she is not working for ACS, she provides specialist literacy tuition for children with dyslexia.

Jade Sciascia

B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Prof.Ed, Cert Food Hygiene.

Former Business Coordinator, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Administrator (Recruitment), Senior Supervisor (Youth Welfare). International Business Manager for IARC. Academic officer and writer with ACS for over 10 years, both in Australia and in the UK.

Sarah Pirecki

BAnVetBioSc., Dip. ProjMgt (TBC).

A passionate advocate for animal health and welfare. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience majoring in Animal Health and Disease and is currently completing a Diploma of Project Management. She has a wide range of experience working in agricultural settings, veterinary nursing, assistance dog raising, and animal education.

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