Become a Fellow

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Achieve Board Certification in Healthcare Management.

Become a recognized leader among executives in healthcare management by becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives®.

Demonstrate your expertise in the industry by setting yourself apart! The FACHE credential brings continuous value to you as a healthcare leader, to your organization and to your community.

The credential:

  • Provides recognition as a leader among leaders in healthcare management.
  • Demonstrates your competency in all areas of healthcare management.
  • Signifies your lifelong commitment to change and improvement.

It All Begins Here.

Fellow candidates must meet ALL of the following requirements prior to applying and sitting for the Board of Governors Exam in Healthcare Management:

  • Membership: Be a current Member with one year of tenure as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate or International Associate. Student Associate membership does not count toward tenure.
  • Advanced Degree: Earn a master's degree (or other post-baccalaureate degree). A copy of your diploma or final conferred transcript is required.
  • Healthcare Management Experience: Currently hold an executive healthcare management position AND have a minimum of five years of healthcare management experience. A copy of your job description, organizational chart and resume is required.
    • Current employment by a healthcare organization or a healthcare influencer (i.e. consulting firm, government organization, supplier, etc.)
    • Control of departmental budgeting, planning, and staffing
    • Accountability to senior management for departmental performance
    • Minimum of five years of experience in healthcare management
  • References: Obtain two references. The first reference is a structured interview, either face-to-face or by telephone, between you and a current Fellow. The second reference is in written form, and should come from another current Fellow, or a senior leader within your organization. The name of each individual providing a reference on your behalf is required for your application.
  • Continuing Education: Complete a minimum of 36 continuing education hours related to healthcare management and administration within the three years prior to submitting an application. (12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face education.)
  • Volunteer Activity: Complete four volunteer activities within the three years prior to submitting an application. Two of these activities must be community/civic and two of these must be healthcare-related activities.

 

Board of Governors Exam

The final step to becoming a FACHE involves passing the Board of Governors Exam, which consists of 200 questions from the following 10 knowledge areas;

  • I. Healthcare
  • II. Management and Leadership
  • III. Finance
  • IV. Human Resources
  • V. Quality and Performance Management
  • VI. Business
  • VII. Healthcare Technology and Information Management
  • VIII. Laws and Regulations
  • IX. Professionalism and Ethics
  • X. Governance and Organizational Structure
Learn more about preparing for the exam

 

Already meet the requirements and ready to take your exam?

In the summer of 2020, ACHE of Central Florida organized the state’s first virtual BOG exam preparation course, which included participation from all four Florida chapters.

You may purchase the entire course or specific chapters by visiting ACHE of Central Florida's website HERE.

To learn more about becoming a Fellow with ACHE and to submit your application online

Visit the FACHE informational page

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