With the FACHE credential after your name, you demonstrate your competence, credibility and dedication to healthcare management excellence. View details here.

Fellow status is the most prestigious level of certification offered by our profession. When you attain the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives credential (FACHE), you experience the continuing recognition of and gain respect from your colleagues and position yourself for new professional opportunities. And most importantly, you accomplish a goal that is important to you, your organization, and the field. Build your career legacy and commit to achieving Fellow status today.

You can earn the elite FACHE credential by completing a Fellow Application (PDF). As a healthcare executive, it’s likely that the work you do every day will apply to your Fellow project. You can opt to complete four case studies, a one-year mentorship, or a thesis. Choose a Fellow project that matters to your colleagues, to the field, and to you!

As you work to attain Fellow status, your efforts will make a difference to the field of healthcare management. By sharing your knowledge and experiences with colleagues, students, consultants, trustees, university program faculty, and others, you demonstrate your commitment to the healthcare field.

By acquiring the FACHE credential, you:

  • Demonstrate your professional accomplishments and commitment to leadership excellence.

  • Contribute to the general body of knowledge by studying and writing about broad issues in the field of healthcare management.

  • Experience the continuing recognition from and respect of your colleagues.

  • Position yourself for new professional opportunities and relationships.

An elite group of dedicated leaders, Fellows comprise only 10 percent of ACHE affiliates. As an ACHE Fellow you will position yourself for new professional opportunities through access to exclusive Fellows-only educational seminars and networking events. And since almost half of ACHE’s Fellows are CEOs, you will build relationships with many of the top healthcare leaders in the field.

MHCE can be your resource

An ongoing goal of MHCE is promotion of professional standards, ethics and development for the betterment of its members, their organizations and the healthcare professions at-large. A key way to advance your knowledge and professional potential, whether you are a physician practice administrator, managed care network executive, health system executive or healthcare agency executive, is study and certification in the field of healthcare administration.

Should you decide to sit for the Board of Governor’s Certification Examination , earning you will have made an important decision to advance your career and value to our industry and your own profession. To demonstrate your knowledge and expertise, the BOG represents a comprehensive review and assessment of ten key (10) areas of knowledge:

Governance and Organizational Structure

This area deals with the development and analysis of the organizational structure and with delineating responsibility, authority, and accountability at all levels of the organization. Functions include the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the governance process.

Human Resources

This area deals with assessing the need for and the supply of professional and other personnel. Functions include recruitment, selection, training, compensation, and evaluation of such personnel and examining ways to evaluate productivity and monitor accountability for results.


This area deals with the planning, development, establishment, analysis, and assessment of financial management processes for an organization’s capital, budget, accounting, and related reporting systems.

Healthcare Technology and Information Management

This covers both management information and clinical information systems, including computer-based support for management, assessing how current technologies and major innovations are changing the way healthcare executives manage, using information systems for short- and long-range planning, using clinical information systems, and information systems acquisitions.

Quality and Performance Improvement

This area deals with the development, implementation, and evaluation of organizational accountability including TQM/CQI programs, quality assessment and assurance philosophies, policies, programs, and procedures.

Laws and Regulations

This area deals with identifying and interpreting the impact of government regulations and law on the organization; identifying the need for and working with others to develop new regulations and laws; investigating, monitoring, documenting, and enforcing existing statutes; and maintaining communication and cooperation with both public and private organizations.

Professionalism and Ethics

Professionalism deals with the development, monitoring, and maintenance of procedures to ensure that the needs of professional staff are met. Ethics includes identifying, monitoring, and disseminating codes of professional conduct; understanding the implications of ethical decisions, providing procedures to monitor standards of behavior within the organization; and determining, maintaining, and monitoring accountability procedures.


This area includes a broad range of organizations and professions involved in the delivery of healthcare. Included are managed care models, healthcare trends, and ancillary services provided.


This area covers general management principles, planning, organizing, directing, and controlling in addressing overall organizational objectives.


Knowledge that pertains to specific areas/concepts of the organization (e.g., marketing, business planning, strategic planning).

To sit for the certification examination you must submit an Application Form to ACHE per the detailed instructions that you obtain from the ACHE website or official reference materials. Materials to assist you in test preparation are available, including:

  • Exam overview

  • Exam FAQs

  • Exam outline

  • Sample questions from past exams

  • Reference list

  • Study tips from ACHE affiliates

  • Scoring information

  • ACHE’s Code of Ethics

  • ACHE’s Ethical Policy Statements

  • Ethics Self-Assessment

  • Exam registration form (PDF)

  • FAQs about Prometric testing centers

Once approved to sit for the examination, you may do so at a local test center. The West Tennessee testing location is the Thompson Prometric Test Center at 8176 Old Dexter Road, Suite 101 in Cordova, Tennessee. The testing site code is 5479 for this location.

Though sitting for the certification examination as a step in your own professional development may cause some level of anxiety, just relax and know that your fellow members of the MHCE are here to assist you in any way feasible. Please contact the MHCE should you have any questions or concerns