Health Care Risk Management Certificate

Program Overview

Being prepared to manage risks isn’t an option in the field of health care, it’s a necessity.

The State of Florida requires that health care facilities providing inpatient treatment, surgical services and complex medical care employ a licensed health care risk manager. To meet this need, the College of Community Innovation and Education and UCF Continuing Education provide the Health Care Risk Management Certification for health care professionals.

The 12-module course may be completed entirely online and students will be able to complete it at their own pace. The modules are taught by respected academics and experienced practitioners, and include lectures, case studies, videos and activities. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate and will be prepared to take the risk manager licensure exam.

The Health Care Risk Management Certificate has been offered at UCF for more than 25 years and is approved by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the State of Florida.


The 12-module Health Care Risk Management Certificate program offered by the College of Community Innovation and Education and UCF Continuing Education is open to health care professionals including:

  • Registered Nurses (RNs)
  • Medical Doctors (MDs)
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory Therapists (RRTs)
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Administrators of Healthcare Organizations
  • Osteopaths
  • Podiatrists
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)

To find out whether you qualify for this licensure, contact the Agency for Health Care Administration at 850-412-4549.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for the course is $995. UCF alumni are eligible for a discounted fee of $895. Those who are pursuing this course to maintain licensure can elect to pay the Continuing Education Unit fee of $45.

For more information or to register for the course, visit the UCF Continuing Education website.


No. You can register for the course anytime.
Yes. If you are enrolled in the graduate health services administration program and are interested in pursuing this course for elective credit, you will need to speak with your academic advisor to seek approval for enrollment. Once you receive approval, you will need to:

  • Enroll in HSA 5509 through the MyUCF portal and pay the tuition fees.
  • Enroll in the Health Care Risk Certificate program through UCF Continuing Education and pay the $895 course fee. You can enroll online or by calling 407-882-0260.

To receive college credit, you must be enrolled and submit payment to both entities. Failure to pay UCF CE, or to set up a payment plan, will jeopardize your enrollment in the M.S.-HSA.

A CEU is a continuing education unit. If you are a health care professional whose company or profession requires you to pursue this training to maintain your licensure, you will be eligible to receive a CEU or a general CEU certificate upon completion of this course. If you would like to receive a CEU, you will have to pay the $45 fee at the time of enrollment.
Yes. If interested professionals do not meet the eligibility requirements outlined by the Agency for Health Care Administration, they can still take the course to obtain the information and broaden their knowledge base. They will still receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
The Risk Management Handbook for Health Care Organizations, Student Edition, Fifth Edition, by Roberta Carroll. The ISBN is 978-0-470-30017-6.
No, the registration fee does not include the cost of the textbook. The book can be purchased directly through the publisher, Wiley Higher Education.
Students can complete the 12 modules at their own pace. However, the entire course will need to be completed within one year.
Students will be prepared to take the licensing exam offered at the end of the course. However, licensing also depends on additional eligibility requirements as determined by the state.

Program Modules

Development of a Risk Management Program
In this module, students will be introduced to risk management. They will learn the history of risk management and how risk management serves as a process to effect change.
Statues, Standards and Regulations
In this module, students will receive an overview of Florida State Statues regarding risk management. Topics include incident reporting, state and regulatory requirements, complaint and grievance management, and education as a risk management tool.
Occupational and Environmental Risk Exposures for Health Care Facilities
This module covers occupational and environmental risk exposures, the Safe Medical Devices Act and medical equipment management, as well as disaster and emergency preparedness management.
Managing Risk in Acute Care Specialty Units
This module will cover topics such as clinical risk management, discharge planning, proper documentation and workplace violence.
Risk Financing Techniques
In this module, students will learn about commercial insurance and other areas of risk financing. Specific areas of discussion include the legal framework of insurance, types of commercial insurance, occurrence forms and claims made, calculating an insurance premium, insurance terms and the evolution of health insurance in America.
Physician and Allied Health Professional Credentialing
In this module, students will learn about credentialing and the reappointment process for licensed health care providers. Topics include hospital quality assurance programs, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act and ADA law.
Workers’ Compensation Programs in Health Care OrganizationsIn this module, students will receive an overview of workers’ compensation.
Ethics and Patient Care
Students will learn about ethical decision making, patient perspectives and performance outcomes in this module. They will also have the opportunity to study some case law briefs.
Claims and Litigation Management
This module covers topics such as claims management, litigation management, alternative dispute resolution and notice of intent to sue letters.
Patient Rights and Informed Consent
In this module, students will learn about patients’ rights and informed consent, the Florida Access to Emergency Services Law and HIV/AIDS patients.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Students will learn about HIPAA legislation in this module.
Evolving Future Risks
In this final module, students will learn about the evolution of risk management.
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