Hamline University School of Law has been accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB) to offer a Health Care Corporate Compliance Certificate education program through its Health Law Institute. Hamline's certificate program is the only one of its kind in the Upper Midwest and one of only four such programs in the nation to be accredited by CCB.
The health care compliance profession is growing rapidly. Membership in the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), which seeks to champion ethical practice and compliance standards, has grown approximately 10 percent per year in its first 12 years and now includes 5,500 members. In 2008, 21 percent of HCCA member organizations required, and 58 percent preferred, the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) credential for their assistant compliance officers. CHC certification also was preferred or required in similar percentages for compliance; auditors, coders, trainers, generalists and attorneys.
"As the compliance industry continues to grow, employers are increasingly hiring certified compliance professionals because the certification shows that these professionals have the required commitment and training," said Roy Snell, CEO, Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE).
Hamline's 13-credit program is designed to be completed within one year, with courses offered in the evening, making the program accessible for both working professionals and graduate students. The Health Law Institute designed the certificate program to focus on areas included in the CCB exam. Upon completion of Hamline's certificate program, students will be prepared to pass the exam and become certified health care compliance professionals.
"As the trend toward requiring business compliance officers grows, Hamline's Health Law Institute is in a leadership position to meet this important educational need," said Hamline Health Law Director Lucinda Jesson.
Classes are beginning this fall. For more information and complete course descriptions, please visit the Health Care Compliance Certificate page at www.hamline.edu/law/health or contact Health Law Institute Assistant Director Marcia K. Miller at 651-523-2625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.