Credit Certificate Programs

Curriculum Guidelines and Career Opportunities for Health and Human Development Credit Certificate Programs

The college offers credit certificate programs: Adult Development and Aging Services; Children, Youth, and Family Services; Health Care Management; and Health Policy and Administration.

Feeder Function of Certificate and Associate Degree Programs

The college currently offers associate degree programs and credit certificate programs that are responsive to local community needs for the offering campuses.

The philosophy applied in developing both degree and certificate programs is to allow for maximum transferability of credits among certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degree programs. Such credit transfer allows opportunity to advance in one's profession with minimal loss of academic credit.

For example, all credits earned via the Adult Development and Aging and the Children, Youth, and Family Services Certificate Services Programs apply to the associate degree program in Human Development and Family Studies (2 EHFS); all credits from the associate degree program transfer to the HD FS baccalaureate degree.

Similarly, all credits earned in the Certificates in Health Care Management and Health Policy and Administration are included in the baccalaureate degree program in Health Policy and Administration
(H P A).

Certificate Program in Adult Development and Aging Services

HD FS Student Services Office
315 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000

Program Description

The certificate program in Adult Development and Aging Services is designed as a flexible opportunity for gaining knowledge and professional development for people interested in working with older adults in a variety of community settings.

The program enhances knowledge and skills of people for service roles in area agencies on aging, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other institutions for the aged, public welfare and family service agencies, mental health facilities, as well as roles in business and industry dealing with older consumers and/or employees.

The program has been designed in concert with the Penn State Gerontology Center. The certificate can supplement the student's prior education by providing a foundation of understanding of later life. Courses in the certificate also can be applied toward degree programs such as the associate degree in Human Development and Family Studies (2EHFS)(adult development and aging option) or a baccalaureate degree in one of several fields at the university.

A total of 15 credits is required for the certificate. The courses are divided into a Professional Core (9 credits) and Professional Electives (6 credits).

Courses in the program are available through Resident Instruction, Continuing Education, and the World Campus. Based on evidence of earned credits or approved academic experiences at other accredited higher education institutions, certain course requirements may be waived and appropriate Penn State courses may be substituted for them. All substitutions and course waivers must be approved by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Course Requirements

Professional Core (12 credits):
BIOL 155 (GN)
HD FS 249 (GS)
H P A 101
SOC 035

Professional Electives (6 credits):

Choose one course from the following courses:

Select from HD FS 129 (GS), HD FS 216, HD FS 301, HD FS 311, HD FS 315 or 315Y (US), NUTR 251 (GHA), PSYCH 100 (GS), SOC 001 (GS)

Certificate in Children, Youth, and Family Services

HD FS Student Services Office
315 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8000

Program Description

The certificate program for Children, Youth, and Family Services is designed to improve the quality of planned programs in a wide variety of community settings. It prepares students for service roles in preschools; day care centers; hospitals; institutional and community programs for emotionally disturbed, abused or neglected children and adolescents; as well as a variety of public welfare and family service agencies.

The primary goal of the certificate program is to provide a flexible and convenient opportunity for self-enhancement, further education, and professional development for those currently working or considering a career in human service settings.

The 30-credit program offers university credit courses through a flexible instructional program that considers a student's past experience, current employment, and future goals. Courses are required in three areas: Foundation Courses (9 credits), Professional Core (15 credits), and Professional Electives (6 credits).

Courses are available through Resident Instruction, Continuing Education, and World Campus. Based on evidence of earned credits or approved academic experiences at other accredited higher education institutions, certain course requirements may be waived and appropriate Penn State courses may be substituted for others in the 30-credit program. All substitutions or course waivers, however, must be approved by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses (9 credits):
ENGL 015 (GWS) or CAS 100 (GWS)
PSYCH 100 (GS) or SOC 001 (GS)
BIOL 141 (GN) or BI SC 004 (GN) or NUTR 251 (GHA)

Professional Core (15 credits):
HD FS 129 (GS), HD FS 229 (GS), HD FS 239 (GS), HD FS 311, HD FS 315 or 315Y (US)

Professional Electives (6 credits):
Select from FIN 108, HD FS 395, HD FS 216, HD FS 218, HD FS 330, BB H 101 (GHA) or KINES 060, PHIL 103 (GH) or PHIL 103W (GH) or HD FS 301

Certificate in Health Care Management

HPA Undergraduate Certificate Programs
604 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802-6500
814-863-1523

Program Description

This certificate program is particularly relevant to those trained in professional or technical health care fields who have been promoted or desire promotion into a health care managerial or supervisory position.

In addition, the certificate provides a starting point for those considering management careers in a health care environment without committing to an associate or baccalaureate degree program.

Course Requirements

The seven required courses (22 credits) provide a deeper understanding of the principles of management, health care financing, legal aspects of business, and the development, organization, and evaluation of a health care facility or department.

Required Courses: MGMT 100, ACCTG 211, B LAW 243, ECON 102 (GS), H P A 101, H P A 332, H P A 447.

All course prerequisites must be met. Based on evidence of earned credits or approved academic experiences at other higher education institutions, certain course requirements can be waived or substituted. No more than two courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the certificate. A grade of "C" or better is required in each course for completion of the certificate.

Certificate in Health Policy and Administration

HPA Undergraduate Certificate Programs
604 Ford Building
University Park, PA 16802-6500
814-863-1523

Program Description

This certificate program is designed to allow students switching into health care from another industry to continue their education, if they desire, through a major in Health Policy and Administration or a bachelor's degree in one of several fields at the university combined with a minor in Health Policy and Administration.

The required courses provide a basic overview of the health care system and management in health care. The 9 credits in electives allow students to gain a deeper understanding of health care issues involving managed care, financing, strategic planning and marketing, or human resources. Students taking H P A 447 should note that they must complete INS 301 or FIN 100 as a prerequisite.

Course Requirements

Required courses: H P A 101, H P A 332

Elective courses: 9 credits from H P A 420, 447, 455, 460

Program Requirements

  1. All course prerequisites must be met.
  2. Based on evidence earned credits or approved academic experiences at other higher education institutions, certain course requirements can be waived or substituted. All waivers or substitutions must be approved by the Department of Health Policy and Administration.
  3. No more than two courses taken at other institutions may be applied toward the certificate.
  4. A grade of "C" or better is required in each course for completion of the certificate.