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 Questions about credit certificates contact Rebecca Colletti at 814-375-4772, rjm32@psu.edu


Business

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

  • designed to introduce key concepts in the field, such as systems analysis, trade-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 

Criminology

Crime, Law, and Justice

  • provides education focused on the understanding of both our justice system and national government. For prospective students contemplating careers within the criminal justice system, but still undecided, this certificate provides the perfect introduction. For those already within the criminal justice system, the series of courses will enhance their base knowledge and broaden their perspectives within their chosen field. (12 credits)

Earth Science

Understanding the Earth’s Processes

  • includes the study of rocks, minerals, soil characteristics, water flow, natural resources, and much more. This certificate is the beginning of the Earth Sciences Certificates. (9 credits)

Earth’s Materials and the Environment

  • an in depth exploration of natural resources with emphasis on either the environmental chemistry of soil or hydrogeology, the role of water in geologic processes. (16-17 credits required in addition to completion of Understanding the Earth’s Processes Certificate)

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)

Education

Chemical Dependency Prevention and Counseling

  • develop a focused academic background in the prevention and treatment of chemical dependencies. The coursework will introduce students to basic concepts related to chemical dependency, its prevention and treatment, and helping those with problems associated with chemical dependency. (18 credits)

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

Rural Health Information Technology

  • designed to assist in preparing Health Information Technology (HIT) workers to implement and maintain systems such as electronic health records, telehealth, home monitoring and mobile health technology.  The certificate is suitable for new HIT employees, current healthcare staff who are looking to move into HIT positions, and/or to upgrade the skills for current HIT employees.  Upon completion of the certificate, participants may consider sitting for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems certification exam. This certificate an be applied to a number of health and technology related Penn State degrees (22 credits)

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)

Children, Youth, and Family Services

  • prepares students to help deserving families as they work toward a better life. It helps prepare students to accept responsible roles as highly qualified service providers in preschools, day care centers, hospitals; institutional and community programs for mentally handicapped, emotionally disturbed, abused or neglected children and adolescents, as well as in a variety of public welfare and family service agencies. Courses included in the program cover such topics as communication, introduction to human development and family studies, physiology, nutrition, infant and child development, adolescent development, family studies interventions, social sciences, and professional ethics. (30 credits)

Early Childhood Care and Education

  • designed to allow people interested in the provision of child care to gain pertinent knowledge and professional development.  The program emphasizes work with infants, toddlers, and young children, as well as parent/family communications.  Developmentally appropriate activities in various learning areas and practical guidance techniques will be addressed. Courses in the certificate can also be applied toward degree programs such as the associate degree in human development and family studies or a bachelor’s degree in one of several fields at the University. (15 credits)

Information Sciences and Technology/Business

Rural Health Information Technology

  • designed to assist in preparing Health Information Technology (HIT) workers to implement and maintain systems such as electronic health records, telehealth, home monitoring and mobile health technology.  The certificate is suitable for new HIT employees, current healthcare staff who are looking to move into HIT positions, and/or to upgrade the skills for current HIT employees.  Upon completion of the certificate, participants may consider sitting for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems certification exam. This certificate an be applied to a number of health and technology related Penn State degrees (22 credits)

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.

 Questions about credit certificates contact Rebecca Colletti at 814-375-4772 or email rjm32@psu.edu