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**Texas Healthcare Trustees 2017-2018 Certification Program
Published by Texas Healthcare Trustees

Change is occurring at an unprecedented pace in health care, making it more important than ever that board members be educated, informed and armed to lead their organizations into the future. This constant change makes a board member’s role more important than ever. This voluntary board certification program is designed to help health care board members become better qualified to make effective and efficient decisions for the future of their health care organizations. This program also verifies a board member’s efforts to remain up-to-date on health care issues on the local and national levels. The Texas Healthcare Trustees Certification Program is for board members who have served on a hospital or health system board in Texas for at least one year and have committed themselves to further knowledge through continuing education and improving their personal health care knowledge.

Why Become a Certified Trustee?
- Assures the hospital and community that the board member is committed to his or her work as a governing board member in this demanding industry;
- Assists the board member in getting a full range of skills to make challenging decisions facing their health care organization; - Enables hospitals and communities to know they are guided by knowledgeable and dedicated board members;
- Allows board members to become ambassadors and champions for health care in their community;
- Assists each board member in meeting his/her fiduciary duties of care, loyalty and obedience.

Texas Healthcare Trustees Certification Program has a term of three years with an option to renew after the third. Education must either be completed through approved sources or completed in specific categories.

Guidelines and Prerequisites for New Applicants:
- Must be on a hospital/health system board for at least one year
- Must have completed at least 24 hours of continuing education by approved sources
- CEO must approve and sign completed certification form
- Submit application fee of $100 (member) or $150 (non-member) at time of knowledge assessment
- Pass knowledge assessment

Guidelines for Renewal:
- Must be previously certified by THT for the term prior
- Must have complete 12 hours of continuing education by approved sources
- CEO must approve and sign off
- Submit application fee of $100 (member) or $150 (non-member) at time of knowledge assessment
- Pass knowledge assessment

Approved Education Sources:
- Texas Healthcare Trustees
- Texas Hospital Association
- American Hospital Association
- Center for Health Care Governance

Required Categories:
- 6 hours of quality-related education
- 6 hours of governance-related education
- 6 hours of fiduciary-related education
- 6 hours of general/community-related education

Study Guide Option:
The Texas Healthcare Trustees Guidebook for Hospital and Health System Governance may be used as a study guide for the knowledge assessment. To purchase the Guidebook, please visit THT web site.

Originally Published
January 1, 2016

How To Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.

Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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