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One-Year Certificate Programs

workforce and industry Certificate Programs


Clarion University offers workforce and industry certificate programs and credit-bearing certificates. An example of credit-bearing certificates are the Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate, Public Relations, and Advanced Paralegal Studies in Oil and Gas.  These programs are a great enhancement to degree programs and to complement education already attained. If you are interested in enrolling in a credit-bearing certificate please contact Admissions.

Workforce and industry certificate programs provide students the opportunity to earn a credential along with obtaining credits in an education and career pathway.

The programs are designed to support incremental progress and ideal for working adult learners, those that are unsure about committing to a four-year degree, and those that want to earn as they learn.

Students complete modularized credentials that lead to rewarding careers in a series of steps.  From workforce certificates to degrees, each segment is a step forward in career progression and earnings.

Healthcare Tracks

Take these in combination with Administrative Health Career Track or Clinical Health Career Track credit courses and you will earn a workforce certificate and be nearly half-way to earning an associate degree in just one year.  Credit courses apply to an associate of arts and science or associate of applied science degree.

 Non-Health related career tracks coming soon!

Amariliz Sanchez
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814 393 1207

Hope Lineman
Dean, Career & Workforce Education
Clarion University-Venango
1801 West First Street
114 Rhoades Center
Oil City, PA 16301
814 676 6591, ext. 1270

Criteria for Workforce Certificate Programs:

  • High school diploma or successful completion of the G.E.D. exam.
  • Act 33 and 34 (child abuse and criminal background) clearances for advanced medical technician, 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.adminmedicalassistant


Administrative Medical Assistant module provides you with training to function in many administrative and clerical positions in health care. Medical administrative assistants, medical secretary and medical records clerks are positions in great demand. The program covers important background information on medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, medical ethics, customer services and legal aspects. Students receive a well-rounded introduction to medical administration and gain skills to obtain a medical administrative assistant position in health care.

Clinical Medical Assistant module provides you with the skills necessary to function in the back office setting of medical practices. Students will learn to collect vitals, the various medical instruments, draping and positioning, medical record documentation, suturing, administration of EKG's, immunizations/injections, and how to assist in minor office surgery. 

Dental Assisting program prepares you for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions. This course familiarizes you with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provides training to function as an assistant in the dental practice. 

Pharmacy Technician module prepares you to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings. Pharmacy Technicians work 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, prescription dispensing, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement. 

male_scrubsPhlebotomy Technician module provides you with the training you need to become a 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 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 in the spring of each year.

"The Phlebotomy program was an amazing experience for me. I was able to complete the hands-on classroom training and clinical rotation in less then nine months.  The teacher was great and would review hard to learn concepts until we mastered them.  The thing I loved the most is that I was able to obtain a good paying job within weeks of completing the program and without having to go to school for years."      - Samantha Blandin


Emergency Medical Training (EMT)

This program will provide you with the overall roles and responsibilities of an EMT. Some of the topics covered:

  • Medical, legal, and ethical communication
  • CPR
  • Lifting and moving, patient assessment and providing emergency care
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Incident management
  • Hazmat awareness
  • Scene assessment and transport of patients

The program is offered in a hybrid format of classroom based and online instruction and is a collaboration between Clarion Hospital, Clarion University and the Venango Technology Center. The cost of the program is $800 and includes the online resource materials and an eBook.

The course includes a Pennsylvania State practical skills evaluation and written examination, which, if passed, will provide a PA state certification as an EMT.

The average Emergency Medical Technician salary in Pennsylvania is approximately $12.96 per hour, which meets the national average. (Salary information comes from 403 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on in the past 12 months - June 2017)

There are currently more than 400 open EMT positions across Pennsylvania.

Next class starts August 2022.  View the current schedule.

Last Updated 10/11/21