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.

Nail Technology Certificate (Cosmetology)

The art and science of beautifying and improving nails and skin of hands and feet. Includes the management of salon operations and licensure requirements. This certificate requires 16 credits in program required courses.

Interactive Media Degree (Graphic Design)

The Interactive Media degree provides students with interdisciplinary, theoretical, and application knowledge in the design, development, and production of interactive media, including web-based and other emerging media, to create interactive design solutions for a variety of media such as web sites, digital interfaces, and applications. This degree program consists of a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, program electives and general education.

Type of Jobs: Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions as User Researcher, Interaction Designer, Visual Designer, and User Experience Designer.

CNC Operations Certificate (Manufacturing Technology)

Students will learn operations of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) controlled machining and turning centers. The CNC Operations Certificate requires 17 credits in program required courses.

Type of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as CNC operators in a variety of work settings, including companies in manufacturing and precision machining. Graduates will have the opportunity to present a very-highly sought after credential that can translate to entry-level position in the field of production, structural, aerospace, renewable energy, pipeline and advanced manufacturing both in DuPage County and throughout the world.

Welding Technology Degree (Welding Technology)

The Welding Technology program will provide students with the theory and practice in entry-level welding skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for the American Welding Society (AWS) examinations. This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, program electives and general education.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as welders and fabricators in a variety of work settings, including companies in manufacturing and construction. The basic knowledge and credentials acquired will translate to related careers in welding and manufacturing.

American Sign Language Interpreter Degree (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Interpreter degree will prepare students for a career working as a sign language interpreter for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. This degree combines both the 21 credit hour certificate of American Sign Language proficiency as well as the 24 credit hour certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting 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. This degree also requires completion of 19-22 general education credit hours. Successful completion of this program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies.This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements and general education.

American Sign Language 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 Assistant Certificate (Surgical Technology)

The Surgical Assistant 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 Assistant 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.

Game Animation and Design Degree (Computer Information Systems)

This degree prepares students to create computer generated animation, design, and create video games, and incorporate the art assets into games. The degree requires a minimum of 68 credits in program requirements and general education.

Type of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as designers and animators in a variety of work settings including companies that specialize in computer-based games, console-based games, hand-held based game in the entertainment, simulation, education, and training segments of the game industry.  The basic knowledge acquired will translate to related careers in designing where any form of interactive interface is required.  This includes the Internet and mobile devices. With this degree, graduates will have very-highly sought after job skills that can translate to entry-level position in the field of Game Development, Broadcast Design, Game Design, Mobile Applications, CD-ROM Design, Web Design, Film Effects, Characters & Props, Film animation, Television Effects, Medical Field, Law Field, Trade Shows, Corporate Videos.

Mechatronics Technology Certificate (Electro-Mechanical Technology)

Mechatronics Technology (MET), a one-year program leading to a certificate, is designed to meet industry needs for multifunctional technicians competent in mechanics, computers, and electrical/electronic technology. This project-based certificate program allows students to learn and work in collaborative teams. As MET technicians, graduates may work as a member of technological teams, applying design concepts to creation of new technologies in the areas of automated systems operation and maintenance.

Types of jobs: Systems and Automation Technicians, Maintenance Technicians, Industrial Process Technicians, Testing Technicians, Technical Service Technician, Machine Designer, Packaging Machine Technician, Automation Specialist, Human/Machine Interface (HMI) Programmer, Controls Specialist, Motion Control Programmer

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