We offer an array of certificate programs to enhance employability in a variety of high-demand fields or expand advancement potential in a current job. Certificate programs include both credit and non-credit classes.
Certificate programs are a good choice for students who are unsure if they want to commit to a degree program, who want to gain skills in just one year to secure employment, or need additional training or skills to advance in their current employment. By taking a combination of classes, you are able to gain confidence and excellent job skills, and a rewarding career. Courses provide hands-on training and live classroom time as well as on-line instruction with qualified instructors.
Medical Administration Assistant
This program prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care industry. Medical administrative assistants, medical secretary, and medical records clerk, are all positions in great demand. This program covers important background information on medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, medical ethics, customer service and legal aspects. This program is intended to provide students with a well-rounded introduction to medical administration so that a student can gain the necessary skills required to obtain a medical administrative assistant position in the health care field.
Advanced Medical Technician
The program has four modules including Administrative Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Clinical Medical Office Assistant. Students may choose to complete all four components to earn the master credential of Advanced Medical Technician or complete only the components of choice and receive recognition for completing those components. Invoicing will be based on only the components registered for. Students can complete all four components in just twelve months.
This one-year certificate program is offered through partnerships with Condensed Curriculum International. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for certification in a variety of fields that are governed and accredited by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and to become a Registered Medical Office Assistant.
Module 2 - Phlebotomy Technician provides you with the training you need to become a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain a patient's blood specimen by venipuncture and microcollection. Phlebotomists work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the health care system, in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMOs, public health facilities, veterans hospitals, insurance carriers, and in various other settings. This 90-hour program is offered Spring only. Now recruiting for the February 2012 class.
Module 3 - Pharmacy Technician prepares you to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, and other health care settings, working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement. This 50-hour program is offered in September of each year.
Module 4 - Clinical Medical Office Assistant
provides you with the skills necessary to function in the back office setting of medical practices. Students will learn the various medical instruments, draping and positioning, suturing, administration of EKG's, immunizations/injections, obtaining vitals, and charting.
prepares student for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions - Dental Assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. Students will learn the history of dentistry, the legal aspects of dentistry, policies and guidelines, oral anatomy, dental operatory, equipment, operation and maintenance, tooth structure, oral cavity and related structures, proper patient positioning, dental hand-pieces, sterilization, and sterility and aspesis.
Executive Bookkeeping Assistant
Provides training in general ledger management. You will learn skills in accounts payable and receivable, correct accounting balancing and reconciliation procedures, and tax return preparation and depreciation.
Legal Office Management
prepares you to work in the legal environment, which can include a law firm, a non-profit agency or at local, county, and state government agencies that employ staff with expertise in this field. Course content establishes a foundation of solid legal concepts along with in-depth knowledge on related subjects that make the legal administrator one of the most integral members in the organization.
Employers that wish to train existing personnel in this field will find the flexible schedule of this program ideal. It addresses those areas that current employees may be lacking, thus making them an even more valuable asset upon successful completion of the program. This one-year program is a combination of credit and non-credit classes. The college credits you earn will apply to the Associate of Paralegal Studies degree.
prepares you for a rewarding career in the alternative health care system. Massage therapists work in conjunction with many different types of health care practitioners from physicians and chiropractors to health club fitness consultants and in wellness centers.
August 2011 - August 20121: 600+ hour program
:: Now an assigned school for Nationally Certified Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers (NCTMB).
Medical Office Supervisor
addresses the demands of medical facilities that need quality office personnel to handle the varied responsibilities demanded by this unique employer base. You are likely to be employed throughout the health care system in positions that require supervisory and leadership skill sets. You will gain knowledge in business from communications and bookkeeping, to fundamentals of management and medical coding. Through this one-year program you will gain quality job skills as well as college credit that can be applied to any of the associate's degrees offered at Clarion University–Venango Campus.
is an innovative program that will prepare you to market yourself to employers that are seeking qualified candidates to fill entry-level supervisory openings. Course content is unique, since it includes continuing education, college credits, and half-day seminars taught by seasoned professionals with expertise in manufacturing, targeted critical areas of hiring, staff evaluation, and employee motivation and conflict management.
Employers will spend less of their resources to address issues by having a candidate pool with the skill sets learned in this program. It is also designed to provide regional employers' incumbent workforce an opportunity to learn supervisory skills for future promotion. The training provides instruction for a broad array of management, supervisors, crew leaders and/or foremen-oriented positions.
Criteria for admission for Continuing Education Certificate Programs:
High school diploma or successful completion of the G.E.D. exam.
Act 33 & 34 (child abuse and criminal background) clearances for massage therapy, advanced medical technologist, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy technician certificate programs.
*High school seniors may apply.
*Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all courses and must maintain a 90 percent attendance rate in order to receive a certificate of completion.