This fall, Community College of Philadelphia will introduce two new certificate programs, one new degree program and three updates to current certificate and degree paths. In doing so, the College hopes to help students stay on the forefront of today’s job markets and to give professionals new opportunities to supplement their skillsets.
New and improved two-year degree programs include Public Health, Biomedical Equipment Technology and Education, while new certificate programs have been created for Project Management, Personal Training and Religious Studies.
For students who want to study the broader effect of disparities within health care systems and look to create change in the communities they serve, a Public Health degree will be added to our renowned Department of Allied Health. Students looking to transfer to four-year institutions will have the opportunity to participate in dual admission at a number of institutions within Philadelphia, such as Temple, Drexel and Arcadia universities.
For students who wish to study the maintenance and repair of technologies used within the medical field, our Biomedical Equipment Technology degree provides a direct line of entry into the workforce. By combining what was previously two certificate programs, this degree program offers complete working knowledge of relevant technologies as well as the opportunity to continue into a four-year program with junior standing at partnering colleges and universities, or directly enter the workforce.
By consolidating our Middle Level, Secondary Humanities/Social Studies, and Secondary Math/Science education degree paths into one program, our new Education – Middle and Secondary level degree will provide a well-rounded set of course offerings that gives students the flexibility to enter a variety of education programs at the four-year college of their choosing. With nearly two dozen colleges participating in our dual admissions program, students can transfer to the Pennsylvania state college of their choosing with junior standing and become board certified Pennsylvania state educators.
The Department of Business and Technology’s most recent certificate program, Project Management, will prepare students to excel past entry-level employment and step into higher-level roles with an understanding of how organizations can function at their best. Gain real-world experience through hand-on courses and transfer these new skills into fields like health care, information technology, construction, finance and advertising.
The Religious Studies program has been adapted into a proficiency certificate program, giving the opportunity for students to understand and compare the nature of human spirituality and faith as a supplement to their majors and professions in health and human services. Those who work in or plan to enter fields like social work, medicine and education can gain the knowledge they need to build trust and create bonds with people of all different cultural and religious backgrounds. In an ever-changing and globally interconnected world, cultural understanding and the ability to empathize are some of the most valuable soft skills that can be exercised by those who serve the public.
For fitness enthusiasts who want to gain knowledge of human biology, help others succeed and quickly acquire new professional qualifications, the College is introducing a Personal Training Proficiency Certificate. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for a Personal Trainer Certification exam offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), or comparable certifying organizations.