About SCHA's management academy

Management Academy was established in 2003 by the South Carolina Hospital Association and The Duke Endowment to provide an opportunity for hospital employees to enhance their leadership abilities and better understand the issues facing healthcare today.
The program accepts up to 26 participants every year who join together with colleagues and peers from diverse hospital settings across the state in a nine-month curriculum focused on leadership development. The goal is to prepare hospital employees who are managers or being groomed for management for the changing healthcare environment and to help them develop the skills needed to lead the missions of their organizations.


Participants in The Management Academy must be employees of South Carolina hospitals who are in management positions in nursing, allied health or hospital administration or individuals who are being groomed for management positions. The program is appropriate for new managers or those who desire additional training and experience to meet the demands of the changing healthcare environment.

continuing education credit

The South Carolina Technical College System will offer CEUs for program completion.

attendance policy

Participants must be present for 75 percent (or 3 full sessions) of the total scheduled hours of training. 

lodging information

Complete lodging information to follow from SCHA staff after participants are notified of their acceptance into the 2018 class of The Management Academy. SCHA staff coordinates all lodging and meals for Academy participants.

a typical session

Participants will arrive Wednesday around noon for the opening session and dinner. Thursdays are all-day sessions and conclude with dinner. The Academy reconvenes Friday with final sessions and ends by noon, allowing ample travel time.


Participants are encouraged to wear business casual attire. Participants may want to bring a jacket or sweater to
ensure comfort in air-conditioned rooms.

if unable to participate ­– refund/cancellation policy

The Management Academy formally accepts individuals who are nominated by their hospitals and who meet the Academy’s eligibility requirements. Therefore, in the event that a participant is unable to attend, sponsoring hospitals typically cannot substitute another member of their staff to attend. Those who are unable to attend for an unforeseen reason are encouraged to apply to future sessions of The Management Academy.

The Management Academy tuition of $4,400 is not refundable if a participant attends the first session but is unable to continue with the other sessions. SCHA regrets not being able to refund the fee, however, there are significant fixed costs for providing faculty and lodging for the program. If SCHA is notified of a participant’s cancellation no later than five business days prior to the start of the first session, SCHA will refund 50% of the tuition to the sponsoring hospital.


Any opinions, findings, recommendations or conclusions expressed by session leaders or speakers do not necessarily reflect the views of SCHA or its member hospitals.

a special note for the disabled

The South Carolina Hospital Association wishes to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied
services, segregated or otherwise treated differently from other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. If you need any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act, please write or call SCHA Education Services at 803.796.3080.

a reminder

Enrollment applications, essay responses, updated resumes, and letters of recommendation must be returned to SCHA no later than Wednesday, March 21.