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One-Year Certificate Programs


We offer a variety of certificate programs to enhance employability in high-demand fields or grow in your current job. By taking a combination of classes, you are able to gain confidence, excellent job skills and a rewarding career.

Courses provide hands-on training and live classroom time as well as online instruction with qualified instructors. Certificate programs include both credit and non-credit classes.

Certificate programs are a good choice for students who are:

  • Unsure if they want to commit to a degree programblonde female nurse in white uniform
  • Want to gain skills in one year to secure employment
  • In need of additional training or skills to advance in their current employment. 

We offer the following certificate programs:

Criteria for Continuing Education Certificate Programs:

  • High school diploma or successful completion of the G.E.D. exam.
  • Act 33 and 34 (child abuse and criminal background) clearances for massage therapy, advanced medical technologist, pharmacy technician and phlebotomy technician certificate programs.


  • High school seniors may apply.
  • Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all courses and must maintain a 90 percent attendance rate in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Administrative Medical Assistant

This program prepares you to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care industry.  Medical administrative assistants, medical secretary and medical records clerk, are all positions in great demand.  This program covers important background information on medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, medical ethics, customer service and legal aspects.  This program is intended to provide students with a well-rounded introduction to medical administration so that a student can obtain a medical administrative assistant position in the health care field.

Advanced Medical Technician

The program has four modules including Administrative Medical Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Phlebotomy Technician.  You may choose to complete all four components to earn the master credential of Advanced Medical Technician or complete only the components of choice and receive recognition for completing those components. Invoicing will be based on only the components for which students registered.  Students can complete all four components in just 12 months. 

The one-year certificate program is offered through partnerships with Condensed Curriculum International.  Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for certification in a variety of fields that are governed and accredited by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and to become a Registered Medical Office Assistant. 

Module 1 – The Administrative Medical Assistant module provides you with training to function in many administrative and clerical positions in health care. Medical administrative Nurse with stethoscope msnassistants, medical secretary and medical records clerks are positions in great demand. The program covers important background information on medical terminology, insurance billing and coding, medical ethics, customer services and legal aspects. Students receive a well-rounded introduction to medical administration and gain skills to obtain a medical administrative assistant position in health care.

Module 2 – The Clinical Medical Assistant module provides you with the skills necessary to function in the back office setting of medical practices.  Students will learn to collect vitals, the various medical instruments, draping and positioning, medical record documentation, suturing, administration of EKG's, immunizations/injections, and how to assist in minor office surgery.   

Module 3 – The Pharmacy Technician module prepares you to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings. Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, prescription dispensing, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement.

Module 4 – The Phlebotomy Technician module provides you with the training you need to become a member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain a patient's blood specimen by venipuncture and microcollection. Phlebotomists work under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. Phlebotomists are employed in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMOs, public health facilities, veterans hospitals, insurance carriers and in various other settings.  This 90-hour program is only offered spring.

Dental Assisting 

The Dental Assisting program prepares you for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions.  This course familiarizes you with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provides training to function as an assistant in the dental practice. 

Students will learn:

  • the history of dentistry
  • the legal aspects of dentistry
  • policies and guidelines
  • oral anatomy
  • dental operatory
  • equipment
  • operation and maintenance
  • tooth structure
  • oral cavity and related structures
  • proper patient positioning
  • dental hand-pieces
  • sterilization
  • asepsis

Legal Office Supervisor

This program prepares you to work in the legal environment, which can include a law firm, a non-profit agency or at local, county and state government agencies that employ staff with expertise in this field.  Course content establishes a foundation of solid legal concepts along with in-depth knowledge on related subjects that make the legal administrator one of the most integral members in the organization. 

Employers who wish to train existing personnel in this field will find the flexible schedule of this program ideal.  It addresses those areas that employees may be lacking, thus making them an even more valuable asset upon successful completion of the program.  This one-year program is a combination of credit and non-credit classes.  The college credits you earn will apply to the Associate of Paralegal Studies degree.  This course of study does not qualify a student to work as a paralegal.

Medical Office Supervisor

This program addresses the demands of medical facilities that need quality office personnel to handle the varied responsibilities demanded by this unique employer base.  You are likely to be employed throughout the health care system in positions that require supervisory and leadership skill sets.  You will gain knowledge in business from communications and bookkeeping, to fundamentals of management and medical coding.  Through this one-year program you will gain quality job skills as well as college credit that can be applied to any of the associate's degrees offered at Clarion University–Venango Campus.

Online Medical Billing and Coding

This program offers the skills needed to perform complex coding and billing procedures. The course covers CPT (introduction, guidelines, evaluation and management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), ICD-9 (introduction and guidelines) and basic processes for insurances reimbursements.

Production Supervisor

This innovative program prepares you to fill entry-level supervisory openings. The unique course content includes continuing education, college credits, and half-day seminars taught by seasoned professionals with expertise in manufacturing, targeted critical areas of hiring, staff evaluation, and employee motivation and conflict management. 

Employers will spend less of their resources to address issues by having a candidate pool with the skill sets learned in this program.  It is also designed to provide regional employers' incumbent workforce an opportunity to learn supervisory skills for future promotion.  The training provides instruction for a broad array of management, supervisors, crew leaders and/or foremen-oriented positions.