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Undergraduate Credit Certificates

Take the first step toward earning an associate or baccalaureate degree by enrolling in a credit certificate program. Credits may be used toward completion of a degree.  

Business Essentials for Professionals (12 credits)

This program is designed to provide the high potential employees in your organization with the knowledge and skills they need to advance as talented productive leaders. 

Who should attend? Adult learners who:

  • need an accelerated and convenient way to earn a credit certificate in business
  • want knowledge and skills in management of information systems, effective communication, selling techniques and management principles
  • desire a credit certificate from an institution recognized around the world
  • require real-time interaction and support from the instructor and students in the classroom to learn effectively

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Communication and Leadership (12 credits)

This program is designed for supervisors and leaders to hone skills and earn an academic credential. This certificate program addresses 21st-century organizational issues from a number of angles. You can learn practical skills that focus on understanding organizations, their processes and their interactions. You can build communication skills for complex interactions within organizations including conflict resolution and negotiation.  You can also gain insight into how individuals function within organizations and why dysfunction can exist. 

Prerequisites:  A potential student should hold an associate or bachelor's degree to begin this certification. At a minimum, the student should have had a basic speech and psychology course at the undergraduate level. All courses can apply toward a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership at Penn State.

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Health Professions (18 credits)

  • BA 250 - Small Business Management
  • ACCTG 211 - Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • HPA 101 - Intro to Health Services Organizations
  • MGMT 301W - Basic Management Concepts
  • MKTG 301 - Principles of Marketing
  • PHIL 103 - Introduction to Ethics

Information Sciences and Technology (12 credits)

  • IST 110 - Information, People, and Technology
  • IST 210 - Organization of Data
  • IST 220 - Networking and Telecommunications
  • IST 250 - New Media and the Web

Rehabilitation & Human Services (12 credits)

This certification program prepares you for an entry-level position within a human services organization. Certificate holders may work for agencies providing services to people with physical, emotional or mental disabilities. Pursue employment opportunities in rehabilitation centers, drug and alcohol programs, community mental health programs, intellectual disability programs, corrections systems and hospitals. 

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Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Who Should Attend

  • Buyers, agents and representatives
  • Logistics and transportation managers, analysts and planners
  • Operations/warehouse personnel
  • Customer service, order fulfillment and inventory control managers

Credit and Noncredit Course Option

All courses are taken for a letter grade and require 37.5 hours of course work. Students completing all four courses will earn a Certificate of Completion from Penn State. Those who do not wish to take the entire series are welcome to register for any course of interest. Students who take the courses for credit may do so as non-degree students and are not required to apply to the university; however, if you wish to pursue a degree at a later date, the credits earned may apply. Students enrolled in credit courses earn three credits per course.

A noncredit enrollment option is also available to students at an adjusted tuition rate and students will earn 3.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of each course. The CEU is based on a standard of one unit per ten hours of classroom contact.

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Letters, Arts, and Sciences (18 credits)

The certificate program in letters, arts, and sciences will introduce you to an array of disciplines, enhancing your understanding of the arts, sciences, and humanities. The certificate is a solid foundation on which to build an associate or baccalaureate degree program in a variety of majors. The credits earned in the certificate program can be used to satisfy course requirements for Penn State’s associate and baccalaureate degrees in letters, arts, and sciences.Of the 18 credits required to complete the certificate, 6 credits can be transferred from other institutions of higher education. Evaluation of prior course work will be conducted to assess eligibility of course substitution.

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Nurse Management (12 credits)

Set yourself apart from other registered nurses on the career ladder by gaining the tools needed for nurse manager positions. Enrich your knowledge of basic health care organizations and administration.

Enrollment in these courses is open to currently licensed registered nurses. All program courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must maintain at least a C (2.0 grade-point) average to receive a Penn State certificate upon completing the program.

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Engineering Leadership Certificate Program (8 credits)   

The Engineering Leadership Credit Certificate Program provides engineering professionals with the opportunity to learn critical leadership skills needed in today's global economy to:

  • Lead multidisciplinary and cross functional teams
  • Utilize innovation and creativity as leadership tools
  • Improve products and processes
  • Manage projects on time and within budget
  • Focus on customers and markets

Project Management for Professionals - ENGR 405 3 credits - beginning Fall 2016, dates and times TBA, please check back.

  Covers the essential concepts and skills needed to make effective contributions on projects, on time, and within budget.

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Supply Chain and Materials Management

This 12-credit certificate program in logistics and supply chain management introduces you to key concepts in the field, such as systems analysis, trade-off analysis, transport systems, procurement, inventory management, and supply chain integration and strategy. The 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. The implications of e-commerce in relation to supply chain management are also explored.

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For more information, please contact:
Debra Conway
Associate Director of Continuing Education
Penn State Hazleton
Phone: 570-450-3136
Email: dxk40@psu.edu


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Contact Information

Debra Conway
Slusser/Bayzick Building
Phone: 570-450-3136
Email: dxk40@psu.edu


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