New Degrees and Certificates

Investing in your Future: College of DuPage Taps into Latest Trends

Adaptation and innovation are crucial in today's challenging economy. College of DuPage stays a step ahead of the curve by regularly introducing new programs in emerging industries and professions that are experiencing rapid growth, and providing training in new skills for existing career areas. The College continues to monitor national, state and local employment trends to ensure that you receive the most valuable and up-to-date learning opportunities.

Our new areas of study reflect changes that help you, the student, prepare for emerging career opportunities. With these offerings, College of DuPage now provides a choice of 79 associate degrees and 161 certificates.

American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Certificate (ASL) requires 21 credits and provides the language and cultural foundation for competency in American Sign Language as well as preparation for the certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting. Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply for selective enrollment in the American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate. 

American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate(ASLI) requires 24 credits and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. Successful completion of this certificate or degree program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies. 

Types of Jobs: Sign Language Interpreter or Translator, American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter, Certified Interpreter in American Sign Language, Educational Sign Language Interpreter, Deaf interpreter, and Sign Language Assistant. 

Anesthesia Technology Degree (Anesthesia Technology)

The Anesthesia Technology program prepares the student to be an integral member of the anesthesia patient care team.  Emphasis is on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation, and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care. 

Type of Jobs: Anesthesia assistant, anesthesiology assistants, anesthesia technician, and Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer. A. T.) 

Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program Certificate (Hearing Instrument Dispensary)

The Hearing Instrument Dispensatory Program certificate prepares students for entry level position as a hearing health care provider. Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to take their written and practical Illinois Department of Public Health Licensure exam.This certificate requires 22 credits in program requirements. 

Types of Jobs: The Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program certificate will train graduates for the occupation of:  hearing aid specialist, hearing instrument specialist, and hearing aid dispenser. To qualify for employment as a Hearing Instrument Dispenser per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the candidate must possess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, have completed specific course work within audiology and the hearing sciences, and have passed both the Illinois Department of Public Health Hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Written and Practical Exams. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Advanced Certificate (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to obtain cross-sectional anatomical images of the human body. This three semester advanced certificate program is designed for graduates of a radiography or nuclear medicine program, allowing graduates of the program to possess multiple credentials upon graduation. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements. 

Types of Jobs: The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology (MRIT) Advanced Certificate program will train graduates for the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to obtain cross-sectional anatomical images of the human body. 

Digital Broadcast Journalism Degree (Motion Picture/Television)

The Motion Picture/Television program specializes in preparing students for employment and/or transfer in the field of broadcast journalism.  Students will explore and become proficient in the basics of broadcast journalism and news and talk-show production.  This program will teach students techniques in news story gathering, on-camera talent techniques, field production, and studio production.  The Digital Broadcast Journalism degree program requires 64 credits in program requirements, program electives, and general education as listed below. 

Type of Jobs: Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions as broadcast news reporters and news production crew in a variety of work settings including news stations, radio stations, online news media outlets, and print media.

Surgical Assisting Certificate (Surgical Technology)

The Surgical Assisting Certificate will prepare students to assist the surgeon in surgical operations safely and expeditiously. The program provides advancement opportunities for Certified Surgical Technologist and Registered Nurses through a variety of instructional methods including online, laboratory, and clinical experience. Eligible students will be prepared to take a national certification exam. This certificate requires 35 credits in program requirement courses.

Type of Jobs: The Surgical Assisting Certificate program will train graduates for the emerging occupation of Surgical Assistant. To qualify for admission, students must be a Certified Surgical Technologist or Perioperative Registered Nurse. These occupations would be covered by the Health Science Career Cluster and Therapeutic Services Pathway.

Mental Health First Aid Certificate (Human Services)

Students who complete this certificate will have a solid foundational knowledge of mental health issues and ways to appropriately respond when people experience a mental health crisis. Aimed specifically at first responders, including firefighters, police, EMTs, and nurses who routinely confront people with crises related to mental health. The certificate requires three courses totaling seven credit hours.

Type of Jobs: The certificate itself will not directly prepare someone for a job. However, the skills gained from the certificate are considered important to a range of professionals. Targeted occupations include police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and nurses. The skills and knowledge learned in the program are considered invaluable to these professions.

Cancer Registry Management Certificate  (Cancer Registry Management)

The Cancer Registry Management (CRM) certificate provides didactic and practical experience to perform the duties of a cancer registrar or cancer registry manager professional in a hospital setting, private physician group practice, state agency, or national cancer organization. The certificate includes twenty four (24) credit hours and prepares the student for the national board examination for a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

Types of jobs: The Cancer Registry Management Certificate program will train graduates for positions in cancer registry abstracting, supervision and/or management of cancer registries in venues such as healthcare systems, State registries or professional organizations.  To qualify for admission, students must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree. These job categories are mapped to the Health Science Career Cluster of Biomedical Research. 

Practical Nurse for Military/Medical Corpsman  (Practical Nursing)

Addresses differences in competencies between the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program* and those of a practical nursing program as delineated in the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. Upon successful course completion, students will be awarded a practical nurse certificate and be eligible to sit for the practical nurse licensing exam (NCLEX-PN). The Practical Nurse Certificate for Military Medical Corpsman requires six credits in the program requirement courses. 

*Navy B-300-0010 Hospital Corpsman (HM-0000), Air Force Phase 1 L8AQJ4N031 01AA, Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice Course (4N031) 

Target Population-Type of Job: Veterans who have completed the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program* and seek to earn a practical nurse certificate. *Navy B-300-0010 Hospital Corpsman (HM-0000), Air Force Phase 1 L8AQJ4N031 01AA, Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice Course (4N031)

The graduate will receive a Practical Nurse Certificate from College of DuPage and will be qualified to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensing Exam-Practical Nurse).  If the graduate passes the NCLEX-PN, he or she will apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN) in Illinois. Once the graduate is licensed, he or she will be qualified to practice in any Illinois health care setting as an LPN. 

College of DuPage already has an approved Practical Nurse Certificate program.  This new program is separate, in that it is only for students with the military education named above, but the intended outcomes are the same. The program is guided by the gap assessment done by the Illinois Board of Nursing as instructed in the Governor’s Executive order and has been developed to meet the competencies the Board determined are needed by the graduates of the METC.

Proton Therapy Advanced Certificate (Radiation Therapy)

The Proton Therapy Advanced Certificate program provides advancement opportunities to registered Radiation Therapists through a variety of instructional methods including online and traditional instruction, simulated practical experience as well as clinical experience. The Proton Therapy Advanced Certificate will provide graduates with 16 undergraduate college credit hours.

Types of jobs: The Proton Therapy Advanced Certificate program will train graduates for the emerging occupation of Proton Radiation Therapist. To qualify for admission, students must be graduates of a Radiation Therapy program and possess at least an Associates of Applied Science degree. These occupations would be covered by the Health Science Career Cluster, Therapeutic Services Pathway.

Music Business Degree (Music)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Music Business program is a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in music industry. The degree is designed for the student interested in pursuing business opportunities involving music. This program combines elements of the traditional music curriculum with business, marketing, management, and music industry courses.

Types of jobs: Graduates of this program would find employment in the areas of Music Production, Broadcast Technicians, Corporate Positions in Music Companies, Concert Management, Artist Representation, Music Instrument Repair and Music Merchandising.

Audio Production Certificate (Music)

The Audio Production Certificate is intended for individuals interested in professional music production. This includes careers in live sound, audio recording, radio and television production, and Internet production. This certificate requires 24 credits in program requirements.

Types of jobs: Students of this certificate program would find employment in the areas of Music Production, Broadcast Technician, Corporate Positions with Music Companies, Music Instrument Repair, and Music Merchandising.

Perioperative Nursing Certificate (Surgical Technology)

The Perioperative Nursing Certificate program is designed to provide the registered nurse with the basic fundamentals of perioperative nursing. This course will provide the student with didactic instruction and clinical practice in preoperative patient assessment and diagnosis, surgical patient plan of care and expected outcomes, intraoperative activities, perioperative communication, transfer of care, cleaning, disinfecting, packaging, sterilization, transporting, and storing instrumentation and supplies, emergency situations, management of personnel, services, and material, and professional accountability. This program prepares students for the Certified Nurse in the Operating Room (CNOR) exam. This certificate requires six credits in program requirement courses. More Information about the Perioperative Nursing Certificate. 

Types of jobs: Certified Nurse of the Operating Room (CNOR), Circulating Nurse, Scrub Nurse, Perioperative Nurse

For general information about any of the College's new degrees and certificates, please contact the Admissions and Outreach Office at (630) 942-2380.