The insurance concentration prepares students who wish to become insurance professionals such as customer service representatives or agents. The program offers a strong technical base of insurance principles and concepts. The insurance curriculum is derived from the Insurance Institute of America's education curriculum, allowing students to learn a multitude of insurance industry designations. Students who successfully complete the program will take the Pennsylvania mandated pre-licensing course which prepares students to take the state licensing exam. The technical education partner for the program is Preferred Systems, Inc. (PSI) of Erie.
The goal of this degree program is to prepare individuals to have the technical expertise and insurance professional designations and licenses to be ready from day one to work in the exciting insurance field. Students can graduate as a licensed insurance professional and have several professional insurance designations such as INS (General Insurance), AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance), or even CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter). Students take up to 28 credits in insurance professional designation classes, including Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MS Word & Excel).
Currently, the insurance industry is seeing a high-number of retirements, and the need to replace these individuals with licensed professionals as customer service representatives or as agents. The industry needs more than 200,000 people per year to replace the retirements happening in the industry. There are a number of local agencies seeking licensed professionals in the area, especially those who have also attained their Associate degree.
An academic background in business and general education will give graduates an advantage over others applying for the same positions in the insurance field.
If you have any questions, or if you wish to schedule an appointment to explore careers in the insurance industry, please contact Dr. Bill Hallock at 814-676-6591, ext. 1307. If you already have insurance designations thru the IIA, and are looking to complete your associate's degree, you can also contact Dr. Hallock to see how your designations can be transferred for college credit in this program.