NRHA's Rural Hospital HR Certification Program 

The increasing rates of employee burnout and turnover coupled with the struggle to recruit and retain staff are just some of the every day obstacles faced by rural hospital HR Leaders. Along with constantly changing policies and regulations and a lack of resources across the board, there has never been a more crucial time to support rural hospital HR Leaders. 

Kick Off: March 14th, 2024 at 1:00 pm EST

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Build Your Confidence & Network

Create a nationwide network of like-minded individuals who understand your context! Grow confidence in your knowledge, skills, and in YOURSELF!

Created with You in Mind

Our curriculum is based on input from successful rural hospital HR leaders who have lived the experience.


Created by rural hospital HR leaders for rural hospital HR leaders.


The curriculum was developed by asking successful, tenured rural hospital HR Executives this question:  What do you know now that you wish you would have known then? 


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Enrollment Process:

NRHA's Rural Hospital HR Certification Program is open to those currently working as an HR executive/leader in rural hospitals.

Enrollment requires the following:

  • Currently employed as an HR executive/leader in a rural hospital 
  • Complete the enrollment informational form
  • Upload a signed letter of support from your CEO

Upon receipt, enrollment documents will be reviewed and a follow-up email will be sent confirming admission and providing payment options.

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Leadership makes the difference. Today’s rural hospitals and clinics have tremendous challenges and uncertainty and are closing at an unprecedented rate. One out of three rural hospitals have been identified as “at risk.” An individual with this certification will immediately be recognized as someone qualified to help lead a rural hospital with excellence.

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