CAP Application Requirements


Dolan Career Accelerator Program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Master's degree or other post-baccalaureate degree (see advanced degree description here).
  • Minimum 5 years management experience, with at least 3 recent years in healthcare management.
  • Currently employed by a hospital, health system or other healthcare organization with strong potential for advancing in the organization.

Requirements include:

Please direct any questions or comments about the Thomas C. Dolan Career Accelerator Program to diversity@ache.org.

Personal Statement

Dolan CAP Scholars assume a critical role in fulfillment of the Program’s purpose. Please submit a three-part personal statement that responds to the items below, which will exemplify how your professional experiences and perspectives may contribute to advancing the Program’s objectives. Please be specific in your responses, and each response should not exceed 250 words:

  • Describe how your personal diversity identity and experiences are reflected in ACHE's Statement on Diversity.
  • Describe a specific example in your professional career of when you exercised leadership even though you did not have a corresponding formal leadership title or position.
  • Describe how your participation in the Dolan CAP will further your advancement opportunities within your current organization and/or position you to achieve future career goals. 

Letter of Support or Reference

  • Letter of Support: A letter between 250–500 words from the applicant’s CEO or senior-level healthcare executive in the organization, highlighting the organization’s plans for developing and advancing the applicant’s role within the organization; OR
  • Reference Letter: A letter between 250-500 words from a senior-level healthcare executive who can speak to the applicant’s leadership skills and experiences, highlighting the applicant’s likelihood for advancing in healthcare management.

ACHE Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

As the professional membership society for healthcare leaders, the American College of Healthcare Executives promotes diversity within the healthcare management field, and it believes in the fair and equitable treatment of all people. ACHE recognizes diversity, equity and inclusion as ethical and business imperatives and priorities. ACHE values diversity in its leaders, members and staff, which serves as a catalyst for a stronger workforce, improved decision-making, increased productivity and a competitive advantage. In addition, ACHE fosters an inclusive and equitable culture that recognizes the contributions and supports the advancement of all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. An inclusive environment can enhance the quality of healthcare, improve hospital/community relations and positively affect the health status of society. These priorities are reflected in ACHE's strategies, structure and initiatives.

ACHE Statement on Diversity