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Accounting, Business, and Computer Skills for Professionals

  • designed to produce exactly what employers need - employees who are proficient in accounting and other business related practices utilizing current technology. Whether a new business manager or a professional seeking a career transition with greater business responsibility, this certificate employs techniques that are consistent with modern principles and best practices, providing knowledge and skills that can be used immediately. Skills developed through this program are in great demand throughout a wide spectrum of business. (10 credits)

Business Essentials for Professionals

  • designed for the adult learner who would like to gain a knowledge of essential business concepts. These adult learners may already possess a degree in a non-business discipline, but need to augment their knowledge and resumes to advance their careers with their current employer or transition into a new job.

Foundations in Business

  • provides students with a solid foundation in economics, accounting, and English. It also provides students with information to broaden their understanding of the legal business environment.

Small Business Managers

  • designed to teach critical skills needed by potential or current small business owners. By successfully completing the certificate, individuals will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of effective small business practices that can give them an edge in the competitive small business market. (19 credits)

Supply Chain Management

  • off analysis, transport systems, procurement, inventory management, and supply chain integration and strategy. Program provides an overview of logistics and supply chain management and addresses the needs of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, merchandisers, transportation and warehousing firms, and government agencies

Earth Science

Exploration of the Earth’s Sub-Surface

  • includes imaging the interior of the Earth to find oil, gas, hydrological flow, earthquakes, and much more. (14-15 credits required in addition to completion of Understanding the Earth’s Processes Certificate)

Engineering Technology

Spatial Analysis and Engineering Design Principles

  • provides innovative instruction about the application of new design methods and processes in a variety of engineering disciplines. The certificate emphasizes the use of CAD software to create concise drawings to develop an effective design system to provide solutions for specific products, systems, components, or services. (7 credits)

Health Care

Health Informatics

  • The healthcare industry is moving towards the widespread use of digital records and electronic information transfer.  This is resulting in a need for healthcare professionals to be knowledgeable in information technology and for information technology professionals at healthcare facilities to be more knowledgeable of the healthcare industry.  Professionals in these two areas both need to understand the complexities of medical information being digital stored and transferred.  This 18 credit certificate program provides students with insight into both professional areas.  Students may receive credit for previous coursework (up to 3 courses) upon academic review.

Health Science Professions - Get your free e-book here!

  • designed to provide students interested in nursing, health science or a healthcare profession a foundation in core academic classes needed in a health science or healthcare career.  Students who earn this certificate will be able to acquire an entry-level job (or other positions based on a student’s additional experiences, professional background or degree(s) earned) in the healthcare industry, meet the prerequisites needed to access the educational pathway toward a career in the health industry such as nursing, or begin  coursework needed to obtain additional credentials or a degree in a related science discipline or other disciplines.  This certificate provides the ultimate opportunity to learn about health science and healthcare and explore healthcare career options without exactly knowing which job or specialty to pursue at the start. 

Health Care Leadership

  • designed to meet the immediate educational needs of those currently working full or part-time in a health care environment who want further information and professional development in health care management. It is particularly relevant to those trained in professional or technical health care fields who have been promoted, or seek promotion, into a health care managerial or supervisory position. Also, it provides a starting point for those who are considering a managerial career in the health care field, but do not want to commit to an associate or baccalaureate program.

Nursing Management

  • developed by the School of Nursing to meet the career needs of current and potential nurse managers. A Penn State certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the four required courses. RN’s who do not want to take the entire sequence are welcome to take any course or courses that interest them.(12 credits)

Human Development and Family Studies

Adult Development and Aging Services

  • designed as a flexible opportunity for gaining knowledge and professional development for people interested in working with older adults in a variety of community settings. The program enhances knowledge and skills of people for service roles in area agencies on aging, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions for the aged, public welfare and family service agencies, mental health facilities, as well as roles in business and industry dealing with older consumers and/or employees. Courses in the certificate can also be applied toward degree programs such as the associate degree in human development and family studies (adult development and aging services option) or a bachelor’s degree in one of several fields at the University. (15 credits)

Information Sciences and Technology/Business

Health Informatics

  • The healthcare industry is moving towards the widespread use of digital records and electronic information transfer.  This is resulting in a need for healthcare professionals to be knowledgeable in information technology and for information technology professionals at healthcare facilities to be more knowledgeable of the healthcare industry.  Professionals in these two areas both need to understand the complexities of medical information being digital stored and transferred.  This 18 credit certificate program provides students with insight into both professional areas.  Students may receive credit for previous coursework (up to 3 courses) upon academic review.

Managing Technology for Professionals

  • designed for professionals whose goal is to become focused on the strategic benefits of effectively and efficiently managing information and technology in their businesses. Program courses emphasize the use of technology as a tool for providing information for effective decision making, increased productivity, and the overall sound strategic management of emerging technologies in the corporate environment. (10—22 credits)

Liberal Arts

Labor Studies and Employment Relations

  • designed as a series of credit classes that can help you gain an understanding of workplace and employment issues from both the employee's and the employer's perspective.