Principles of Leadership in Healthcare

Flexible Healthcare Leadership Course for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

As a new, aspiring, or seasoned leader in healthcare, you’ll learn how to more effectively manage teams and care for patients through Bryant University’s Principles of Leadership in Healthcare course. It’s a practical course developed so that you can apply new leadership skills to your practice immediately. The instructor incorporates modeling and mirroring exercises to increase confidence, helping you to inspire colleagues and resolve conflicts. 

Key Knowledge Areas in Healthcare Leadership

Through our Principles of Leadership in Healthcare course, you will:

  • Gain insight into different leadership theories such as scientific, moral, transactional, transformational, and situational.
  • Assess current knowledge and skills in essential leadership practices.
  • Develop a definitive leadership career plan and goals. 
  • Build skills in areas of:
    • Communication
    • Gaining and maintaining trust
    • Team leadership
    • Conflict resolution and management
    • Creating and maintaining culture
    • Power and influence
    • Mentorship
    • Networking


  • New and seasoned nurse practitioners and physician assistants
  • Supervisors seeking to increase efficiencies and improve communication
  • Clinicians treating patients in a practice and find themselves in leadership roles
  • Professionals who seek to earn Continuing Medical Education credits


Physician assistants and nurse practitioners will earn 24 American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) Category 1 Continuing Medical Education credits on successful completion of this course. 

Course Requirements

Consisting of eight weeks of guided learning, the course includes multimedia, interactive modules, curated readings, and meetings with the instructor as requested. You should expect to spend approximately 6-7 hours per week on coursework and assignments.

First-time online learner? “Strategies for Success” is a one-week module that will familiarize you with our learning system before you begin your certificate program and ensure you are ready to participate. Required for all first-time, self-paced Bryant learners.

Course Format: Online, Self-Paced
Schedule: 8-week course, 6-7 hours/week
Begin the Sunday following enrollment
Tuition: $1995
CMEs: 24
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Certificate Requirements

This course is part of the PA and NP Leadership in Healthcare Certificate. In order to receive the certificate, you must complete four courses in this field. The courses below are currently available, with more in development and coming soon: 

Learn From an Industry Expert

“A huge part of the course is working on real-life leadership skills that can be applied in anyone’s practice.”

Instructor Michael Gerlach, DMS, MSPA, PA-C

Bryant Value


No matter how busy your schedule is, Bryant’s online, self-paced leadership course gives you the flexibility you need.

High-Caliber Instructors

All of our online courses are taught by top-notch Bryant faculty or industry experts who are leaders within their field.

Interactive Learning

During this 8-week course, you'll spend 6 to 7 hours per week on guided learning, interactive modules, and curated reading.

Meet Your Instructor: Michael Gerlach

Michael Gerlach, DMS, MSPA, PA-C, is a physician assistant who works for Southcoast Physicians Group Urology in Massachusetts. As an advanced practice coordinator, Gerlach manages scheduling, training programs, and clinical protocols, leading teams to efficiently deliver high-quality care. As the first PA to serve on the Board of Governors for Southcoast, he helps resolve issues and provides input on new policies. He also writes and reviews exam questions for the national Physician Assistant boards. He is a clinical adjunct faculty member for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, a visiting clinical instructor for Regis College, and an adjunct instructor at Bryant University. Gerlach earned a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Seton Hall University.

Meet Your Instructor: Michael Gerlach

Bryant University Instructor Michael Gerlach

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