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Choose Hodges University for Your Certificate Program

See for yourself just how easily Certifications can give you the Skills and Training you need to achieve more from your career (or jump into a new career). Whether online, in your living room, or halfway around the world, we have the certification to fit your unique circumstances.

What is the difference between a Graduate Certificate, Certificate, Certification, and Industry Certification

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are for those who already hold a Master’s degree or a Doctorate but want graduate-level coursework in another specialization. Often, these programs are utilized to add graduate semester hours, (typically 18) to enhance the academic achievement needed to teach college-level courses. 

These programs attract those currently pursuing a graduate degree who wish to specialize in a concentration (typically 9 graduate semester hours) or require additional hours to reach the 18 credit hours needed to complete a Master’s Degree. For example, an MBA graduate whose curriculum was in general business but whose interests and/or employment include Public Administration or Database Management, could take the certificate as an “add-on” to the degree and meet the typical minimum qualification to teach in that selected discipline.

Lastly, Grad certificates can be taken as stand-alone credentials for advancement in one’s career or to provide a vehicle for skills and knowledge updating.

Examples of Graduate Certificates

  • Cybersecurity
  • Database Management
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • Public Administration
  • Visual Communications

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate certificates are intended for those enrolled in an Associate or Bachelor’s degree program who wish to concentrate elective choices in a given area. These programs allow undergrad students to earn additional credentials, giving them a competitive edge in their field of study. 

Hodges University’s curriculum covers a wide range of topics and disciplines in fields such as business, computer science, marketing, and professional sales. They can also be taken stand-alone, helpful for those with some earned credits to complete their degree.

If you’re looking to expand your skills, but don’t necessarily want to take an entire professional certificate program, Hodges also offers various non-credit industry-specific certifications that may be a fit. (Scroll Down Further)

Examples of Undergraduate Certificates

  • eBusiness Software
  • eBusiness Ventures
  • eDiscovery and eLitigation
  • Professional Sales

Clock Hour Certificates

These certificates are workforce-preparation programs that require that the student attend classes for a specified amount of time and to maintain a high level of attendance.

Clock-Hour Programs are typically taught during the workday and include a licensure requirement for employment. Our innovative training can help you meet state licensure requirements and ready you for the licensure exams.

The cost of a clock-hour program at Hodges University is only $10 per clock hour, making them an affordable option for training to get started in the workforce.

Examples of Clock-Hour Certificates

  • Paramedic
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant

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Non-Credit or Industry Certifications

Non-Credit or Industry Certifications programs are intended to provide students with training in specific workforce-preparedness or advancement areas. 

Industry Certifications are often shorter in duration and have a sharp focus on specific knowledge, skills, or abilities. They do not result in college credit, but they do often prepare a student to sit for a nationally-recognized industry certification exam. Typically these credentials are awarded by an industry giant such as Microsoft or Cisco, or by a government entity.

Examples of Undergraduate Certificates

  • AuotCAD Drafting
  • Graphic Design Production
  • Help Desk Support
  • Information Technology Support
  • Networking Specialist
  • UX and Web Design
  • Animation Design
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