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Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program

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Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program

The Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP) offers permanent Veterans Administration (VA) employees and Interns/Recent Graduates an opportunity to provide staff support to key health care management officials within VA medical facilities. GHATP is a leader in developing highly trained health care administration professionals from both within and outside of the VA.

Candidates will participate in a 12-month structured training program designed to develop core competencies and targeted skill sets in a hospital environment. These experiences supplement the knowledge from those receiving or who have just received their master's degrees, such as Master of Health Care Administration (MHA), Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Public Administration (MPA) or Master of Business Administration (MBA). MBA and MPA candidates must have had coursework in health care administration to qualify.

Each trainee will complete a leadership development team assignment, an individual project, serve as a facilitator, complete public speaking skills training, and demonstrate community involvement as part of the developmental assignments during the program. The 12-month program is offered at the GS 7-9 grade range with potential to GS11.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet one of the 3 categories to be considered eligible for the program.

  1. Current permanent VA employees who meet qualification/experience and time-in-grade requirements for the Health System Administration Series (0671). Opportunities offered at GS 9 and GS 11 levels.
  2. Interns – Graduate students who have completed the instructional portion of their accredited graduate program, are in the second year of their Master's program, and are seeking practical experience for up to 12 months prior to receiving their degree. Opportunities offered at GS 7 level.
  3. Recent Graduates – Graduates who have completed a Master's Degree from a qualifying educational program within the last 2 years of their degree, up to 6 years for Veterans, and who are seeking advanced practical experience up to 12 months. Opportunities offered at GS 9 level.

Candidates must possess a degree in a major field of study in hospital administration, public health administration, or related fields such as business or public administration with course work in health care administration that is recognized by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.

Ideal candidates will possess a high degree of analytical ability, strong interpersonal skills, and specialized knowledge of the fundamental operations of health care management.

Application Process:

All opportunities are posted on Recruitment cycle begins in the fall of each year with the program commencing the following June. Please apply directly to (keyword search: (GHATP) for all GHATP opportunities announced by participating VA medical centers. Medical centers and network directors re-apply every year to become a GHATP preceptor; therefore, the GHATP sites will change annually. Training year runs from June-June. For general information about GHATP, contact and please download our GHATP informational flyer as an additional point of reference.

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