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FACHE Credentialing

Becoming a Fellow

Become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earn the distinction of board certification in healthcare management!

Fellowship Requirements

Fellow candidates must meet all of the following requirements prior to applying and sitting for the Board of Governors Exam.

Become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earn the distinction of board certification in healthcare management!

Fellow candidates must meet all of the following requirements prior to applying and sitting for the Board of Governors Exam.

  • Current Member with three (3) years tenure as an ACHE Member, Faculty Associate, or International Associate. Student membership does not count toward tenure.
  • Master’s degree (or other post-baccalaureate degree). A copy of your diploma or final conferred transcript is required.
  • Currently hold an executive healthcare management position with a minimum of five (5) years of executive healthcare management experience. A copy of your job description, organizational chart and resume is required.
  • Demonstrate 36 hours of healthcare-related continuing education within the last three (3) years of submitting an application (12 hours must be ACHE Face-to-Face education).
  • Two (2) examples of community/civic activities AND two (2) examples of healthcare-related activities within the last three (3) years of submitting an application.
  • Two (2) references: One (1) Fellow reference (must be a structured interview), the second reference may be from a senior-level executive (VP or higher) in your organization, OR it may be from a second Fellow.
  • $250 Application Fee (non-refundable)

* Your Fellow application will remain valid for two (2) years in which you must pass the Board of Governors Exam.

Fellows Speak Up

John W. Henson, MD, FACHE

There are three meaningful benefits to physicians earning the FACHE credential:

Knowledge gained: Preparing for the Board of Governors Exam provides the discipline to study now the topics that are challenging the industry.

People notice: The FACHE credential demonstrates to peers, administrators and the board of directors a ‘broad interest in healthcare leadership’. The MD, FACHE combination is a relatively rare clinical/administrative combination that is rapidly gaining notice by recruiters and healthcare administrators.

Chicago Machine: The FACHE opens more options for engagement with peers nationally through ACHE conferences and locally through GAHE monthly meetings.

John W. Henson, MD, FACHE

Chief of Oncology Services, Piedmont Cancer Services

Bobby Ryan, FACHE

Becoming a Fellow exposes you to a broader comprehension of every aspect of healthcare from board relationships to IT. To employers, attaining the qualification of FACHE ensures that you have a baseline of knowledge and can take a global view of the healthcare market when making important business decisions. The relationships developed by networking at GAHE and Congress allows for access to many of the best thought leaders in the industry and a venue to meet great friends.

Bobby Ryan, FACHE

Chief Growth Officer, ApolloMD

Mary Germann, FACHE

As the landscape of health care continues to change, it demands the leadership of superior healthcare administrators. The FACHE certification is recognized by leadership across the country as the premier certification in healthcare administration.Just as a physician earns a specialty certification, earning and keeping the FACHE certification demonstrates ones achievement as a skilled senior leader and ones commitment to continual learning.For me, maintaining the FACHE credential has opened new doors for career growth and allowed me to bring my knowledge and value to the communities and organizations I serve.

Mary Germann, RN, MN, SFHM,FACHE
AVP, Hospital Based Physician Services
Healthcare Corporation of America
President, 2017 GAHE Board of Directors