Principles of Leadership in Healthcare

Explore leadership theory, knowledge, and skills applicable to the healthcare setting.

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Students will gain insight into differing leadership theories such as scientific, moral, transactional, transformational, and situational as well as be able to assess current knowledge and skill in essential leadership practices such as vision, planning, decision-making, communication, team leadership, conflict resolution, motivation and developing others, power/influence, culture, change, mentorship, and evaluation.


Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners who are currently in supervisory roles or seeking to enter a supervisor position and/or individuals who seek to earn Continuing Medical Education credits.

Continuing Medical Education

This course provides 24 AAPA Category 1 CME Continuing Medical Education credits for PAs and NPs.

Overview & Assignments

Throughout the course, instructor Michael Gerlach, M.S.P.A., PA-C, will guide you through leadership theory and extensive interpersonal skills that you'll apply to real-life leadership scenarios in your work environment.

Consisting of eight weeks of guided learning, the course includes multimedia, interactive modules, and curated readings. You should expect to spend approximately 6-7 hours per week working through the materials and assignments.


As a student in this course you'll be able to:

  • Explain the different leadership theories
  • Apply leadership theories to clinical practice scenarios
  • Integrate leadership core knowledge into skills that can be applied to roles in the healthcare system
Course Format: Online, Self-Directed
Schedule: Begin your course on the first Sunday following enrollment.
Tuition: $1995
CMEs: 24
Registration Opens: April 15, 2023


Instructor Michael Gerlach, M.S.P.A., PA-C

Course instructor Michael Gerlach

Instructor Michael Gerlach, M.S.P.A., PA-C

Michael Gerlach is a physician assistant who works for Southcoast Physicians Group Urology in the Southcoast area of Massachusetts. His expertise is in general urology, surgery, and men’s health. In his role as an advanced practice coordinator at Southcoast, Michael manages scheduling, training programs, and clinical protocols, often leading teams to efficiently deliver high quality care. As the first physician assistant to serve on the Board of Governors for Southcoast, he helps to resolve issues and provides input on new policies as well as form, lead, and serve on workgroups. He writes and reviews exam questions for the national Physician Assistant boards, which helps advance his knowledge on all aspects of medicine. 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. Michael earned a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Physician Assistant studies from Seton Hall University.