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What is a Certificate Program?

What is a Certificate Program?

A certificate program is a sequence of credit classes that provides you with core competencies in a specific area. With careful planning, the credits can usually be applied toward an associate or baccalaureate degree. Because certificate programs usually require only between 12 and 25 credits for completion, you are able to earn this Penn State credential in a relatively short time.

Certificates offered at Penn State DuBois

Healthcare Informatics

This 18 credit certificate program provides healthcare professionals to be knowledgeable in information technology and for information technology professionals at healthcare facilities to be more knowledgeable of the healthcare industry.
Required Courses.

IST 110 Information, People and Technology (3 credits) The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

IST 210 Organization of Data (3 credits) Introduction to concept of databases including the storage, manipulation, evaluation, and display of data and related issues.

IST 220 Networking and Telecommunications (3 credits) Introduction to digital network topologies; transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security.

H P A 101 Introduction to Health Services Organization (3 credits) Examination of the social, political, historic, and scientific factors in the development and organization of health services.

H P A 332 Health Systems Management (3 credits) Introduction to and analysis of managerial roles and practices in health service organizations.

H P A 470 Health Care Information Management (3 credits) This course introduces information systems terminology, data structures, software applications, and their management functions in health services organizations.

Please contact Fred Terwillinger, Instructor in IST at for more information and how to enroll in the Healthcare Informatics Credit Certificate.

Spatial Analysis and Engineering Design

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

EDSGN 100 Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credits) Introduction to engineering design processes, methods, and decision making using team design projects; design communication methods including graphic, verbal, and written.

EDSGN 110 Spatial Analysis in Engineering Design (2 credits) Spatial analysis techniques using advanced computer-aided drafting and design systems, with an emphasis on engineering concepts, analysis and design. Prerequisite: EDSGN 100

EDSGN 210 Tolerancing and Spatial Models (2 credits) Tolerances; form and size; unilateral, bilateral, and symmetric; form control, critical fits, tolerances specifications precedence; applications in spatial models. Prerequisite: EDSGN 110 

Students are responsible for meeting all required course prerequisites.

Please contact Douglas Miller, Instructor in Engineering at (814) 375-4731 or for more information and how to enroll in the Spatial Analysis and Engineering Design Credit Certificate.

What advantages are associated with certificate programs?

Certificate programs are ideal for people who want to set smaller, more immediate goals and work up to meeting larger ones. In fact, a certificate program can be the gateway to a college degree. You start by completing the credit courses and earning the certificate, and you apply those courses toward a degree now or in the future. If you have a college degree, certificate programs offer advantages for people like you, too. You can gain knowledge in a new subject area, stay current with developments in your field, acquire new skills or learn the latest technology.

Let your employer know!

Employers today are demanding more education from their employees than ever before. A certificate in a specialized area represents knowledge, accomplishments and competencies. What better way is there to position yourself for advancement in your career or to prepare for a new one?