4-Week Course
40 Military Clock Hours
10 Military Clock Hours / Week

About the Course

To be successful, organizations must maximize effectiveness and efficiency by producing products and services better, faster and at a lower cost than the competition. Blending theoretical concepts and practical ideas from proven quality improvement methodologies, the Essentials of Lean Six Sigma course explores the data-driven Six Sigma approach to eliminating defects and improving quality, and the Lean methodology for removing waste.

The four-week course looks at the fundamentals and terminology of Lean Six Sigma.

Online Learning Experience

Imagine an online classroom that takes students inside successful organizations, pairs them with top instructors and puts innovative learning tools at their fingertips. As a recognized leader in Six Sigma education online, Villanova University is dedicated to providing the most dynamic and engaging learning environment available.

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4 Week Course
Module 1
  • The importance of improvement
  • The definition of Lean Six Sigma
  • The Voice of the Customer
  • Value
  • Waste
  • Variation
  • The normal curve
  • Measures of central tendency
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Populations and samples
  • Histograms
Module 2
Six Sigma Methodology - DMAIC
  • The five phases and 15 tollgates of Six Sigma
  • Project charters
  • Process maps
  • Data collection
  • Baseline measurement
  • Cause and effect diagrams
  • Root cause analysis
  • Run charts and statistical process control charts
  • Implementing improvements
Module 3
Lean Methodology
  • Lean and efficiency
  • Waste walks
  • Value stream mapping
  • Types of waste
Module 4
Additional Topics
  • Mistake proofing
  • Kaizen events
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Compare Lean and Six Sigma
  • Lean and Six Sigma roles
  • Why quality initiatives fail
Learning Objectives
Skills Learned
Project Management Process Improvement Lean Methodology Six Sigma Methodology Data Management Organizational Effectiveness
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Lean Six Sigma Certificate

24+ Weeks
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Become a change champion at your company by learning how to identify and solve critical business process problems.

Certification Available

Who Should Register?

Professionals requiring high-level knowledge to understand and support Lean or Six Sigma projects can benefit from this course. It is positioned for employees involved in projects in a Lean and/or Six Sigma operating environment or those who seek foundational knowledge as a precursor to a Green Belt and Black Belt.

Other Course Options for Lean Six Sigma

Essentials of Lean Six Sigma is one of five course options available to professionals seeking to learn about process improvement. The other four are:

Tuition & Payment

Total Course Cost


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