Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Charter Oak's certificate programs are perfect for professionals and adult learners seeking continuing education and career advancement opportunities.

The following certificate courses are all offered online, in accelerated, convenient, 5- or 8-week terms. Students do not need to be matriculated with the college. Students who are already fully matriculated with Charter Oak State College can apply for a certificate program without the certificate application fee.

After School Education Credential

This is a professional certification program developed through collaboration among Charter Oak State College, the Connecticut After School Network, and Connecticut Charts-A-Course that establishes educational and experiential competency standards for specialists in the care and education of children, ages 5 - 15, outside of school hours.

Connecticut Director's Credential

This professional credential was created through a unique collaboration among Charter Oak State College, Connecticut Charts-A-Course, the Connecticut Department of Social Services (now under the CT Office of Early Childhood) and the Hartford Area Child Care Collaborative. This credential is issued through Charter Oak State College at three levels of proficiency. The credential acknowledges that, as a professional administrator of a program serving children, one has the knowledge, experience and competency in core areas of knowledge for directors.

Direct Care Workers Certificate

This certificate for Direct Care Workers provides an overview of issues in aging and the main issues direct care workers will be facing. The certificate is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It also provides an avenue for health care providers to move into supervisory positions and/or to further their education towards advanced degrees.

Direct Care Workers Certificate - Specialty Skills in Elder Care

The certificate for Direct Care Workers - Specialty Skills in Elder Care is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It targets specialty areas in elder care and gives an overview of health care systems and administration. It also provides an avenue for health care providers to move into supervisory positions and/or to further their education towards advanced degrees.

Health Information Management Certificate

The Certificate in Health Information Management is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in anything other than Health Information Management who wish to qualify for the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) credential exam administered by AHIMA. Charter Oak's online bachelor's degree in Health Information Management equips students with the health care knowledge and skills needed to manage patient data and improve patient care in today's health care environments. Knowledge of the electronic management of sensitive patient health information and health care organization revenue cycle management is critical for success in the health care field today. Our program is structured to provide a professional education with a comprehensive curriculum that is guided by the principle of quality health care through quality information.

Health Insurance Customer Service Certificate

The Certificate in Health Insurance Customer Services is designed for students who are interested in career development within the Health Insurance industry. It is also appropriate for individuals seeking to transition into the Health Insurance industry. All of the courses are available in an online accelerated format through Charter Oak.

Infant-Toddler Care Certificate

Anyone who works with infants and toddlers in a licensed child care center or licensed family child care program, including teachers in Early Head Start and other publicly funded programs will benefit from this certificate. This certificate will also allow you to earn 12 college credits toward an associate degree in early childhood education.

Land Surveying Certificate

The certificate in Land Surveying is designed for students with a background in land surveying who desire to advance their knowledge of the art and science of the profession and better prepare themselves for professional licensure. It is also designed to allow students with no land surveying experience to better transition into the profession.

Leadership in Health Care Administration Certificate

This certificate is primarily intended for students who are already employed in the health care industry (clinical, allied health, insurance, medical office, etc.) and are seeking career advancement. All courses may be completed online, and all credits will apply toward degree requirements at Charter Oak State College.

Medical Coding Certificate

This certificate is designed for students who are interested in the profession of medical coding and wish to earn a medical coding credential from AHIMA or the AAPC. Charter Oak's online Certificate in Medical Coding equips students with the health care knowledge and skills needed to analyze and code patient data and improve reimbursement and data in today's health care environments. Knowledge of the electronic management of sensitive patient health information and health care organization revenue cycle management is critical for success in the health care field today. Our program is structured to provide a professional education with a comprehensive coding curriculum that includes a medical science foundation, and is guided by the principle of quality health care through quality information. This is a 21 credit certificate.

Paralegal Certificate

Students who complete a certificate in Paralegal Studies will be able to understand, apply and adhere to ethical and professional practices within the scope of their position, understand the doctrines of the Attorney/client privilege and apply that to legal review, conduct legal research effectively, and more.

Paraprofessional Educator Certificate

This certificate is a continuing education and professional development program that prepares education paraprofessionals for entry into the ever-expanding field of Education. This certificate program is specifically designed to refine your teaching skill sets as they relate to working with students in an educational setting and to enhance your opportunity for career advancement. This program of study is also appropriate for practicing paraprofessionals who would like to extend their knowledge while earning college credit.

Connecticut Parenting Educator Credential

This professional credential, created in collaboration between Charter Oak State College and the Connecticut Parenting Education Network (CT-PEN), establishes consistent criteria for the knowledge, skills and experience required for parenting educators including home visitors, trainers, facilitators and parenting education coordinators. This credential is issued through Charter Oak State College at five different levels. The Credential acknowledges that, as a professional in the field, you have obtained the experience and competency in the core areas of knowledge for parenting educators and that you adhere to the CT-PEN Parenting Educator's Code of Ethics.

Project Management Certificate

Does your current position require project management skills, or are you looking for a career that does? This certificate program is designed to assist professionals, with some college credits and work experience, in developing valuable project management skills.

Public Safety Certificate

Are you a public safety professional with some college education and work experience? If so, you probably already possess strong technical skills in fire science, criminal justice, or law enforcement. You may, however, lack the management training necessary to truly advance your career. The Public Safety Administration Certificate provides the advanced management education that helps public safety professionals succeed as managers and administrators.

Speech and Language Pathology Assistant Certificate (PDF)

A continuing education and professional development opportunity for those committed to achieving their career objectives in the specialized field of Speech and Language Pathology.

Apply for a Certificate Program

Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course. Certificate students are subject to our administrative withdrawal policy.