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Lean Healthcare

If your healthcare organization aims to cut costs, increase the efficiency of teams, and avoid systematic errors, then Lean Healthcare is for you.

This certificate program, in collaboration with the NW Center for Performance Excellence, provides the Lean tools needed to start, maintain, and thrive in healthcare. The courses offer hands-on exercises, simulations, and case studies to empower students.

For decades, Lean has been used in manufacturing to increase efficiency and ensure that each task has a purpose and each minute adds value. Now these practices are being applied beyond manufacturing to other environments, such as medical organizations. These practices empower staff to improve treatments, billing systems, and emergency room
processes while also reducing litigation risk.

5 Required Certificate Courses:
(Below is the recommended sequence; courses may be taken in any order)

Certificate Cost: $1995 (Or $2424 for full certification track; see below for more details)

Option: Project and Exam Certification Track
Want to drive your career to higher success? Consider taking our full certification option. This track adds a two-day course (BE500) that teaches project leadership skills and weaves them into the activities of the Lean Healthcare certificate courses (BE501 - BE505). Students plan and share final presentations with peers and receive coaching along the way.

Certification option required course:

Program Snapshot:

5 7-hour courses (Typically 1 full day each)
Offered 1 time a year (winter/spring)
Can be completed in as little as 2 terms
Must be completed within 3 years
Students who additionally enroll in BE500 complete a project and exam

onsite program informationInterested in bringing this program to your organization? Contact Michelle Giovannozzi.


Courses can be taken individually or can be applied to a certificate within a three-year limit. Courses completed outside of the three-year limit will need to be retaken to qualify for certificate completion.