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    Certificate Programs

    Interested in advancing in your current field or seeking employment in a new field? it’s important to have the necessary qualifications to show that you are capable. Earning a professional certificate from Kaplan University could help you build your skills, increase your knowledge in your chosen area of study, and prepare for career advancement.*

    Kaplan University’s online certificate programs allow you to study at a time that’s convenient for you without sacrificing your work or family obligations.

  • Benefits of a Certificate From Kaplan University

    • Typically completed in a few months to 1 year
    • Focus on your chosen area of study
    • Develop relevant career skills without the commitment of a full degree program
    • Coursework focuses on specialized skills, professional development, and advanced training

    Kaplan University offers a variety of online and on-campus certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels designed to provide you with new skills that can be directly applied to your field. 

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    Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    Consider earning a post-master’s Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Kaplan University. Our program is designed to help professional nurses like you promote holistic health care to the adult population, and diagnose and manage their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 55 credits

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    Applied Behavior Analysis Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    Planning to build your competencies in psychology? Kaplan University’s postbaccalaureate certificate is designed for motivated professionals like you. If you already possess a bachelor’s degree, earning this certificate could help you prepare to advance or diversify within this field.

    The curriculum includes five courses that focus on the developmentally disabled, the autistic, and individuals with traumatic brain injuries. You’ll also explore behavioral concepts and theories, and develop assessment and intervention skills.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    Developed specifically for early childhood professionals working with and supporting young children, the certificate is based on current research in the field of autism and coursework focuses on applied theory, ethics, and professionals in various education and support settings. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 24

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    Cisco Networks Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    Cisco Systems, Inc., is an international innovator of networking and communications technology. If you hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, our postbaccalaureate certificate program could prepare you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the rapidly changing world of IT. You will study to gain foundational expertise in key information technology areas such as network administration, TCP/IP protocols, and network routers and switches. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 27

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    If you hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, our postbaccalaureate certificate program could help you acquire the knowledge and technical skills to pursue an entry-level position in computer forensics—online, on your own schedule. The Computer Forensics Postbaccalaureate Certificate consists of a minimum of 28 quarter credit hours. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 28

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Corrections Certificate

    If you want to pursue entry-level positions in a corrections facility, or want to advance in your current corrections career, Kaplan University's online Corrections Certificate program may provide you with the necessary skills and credentials to excel in this rapidly growing, increasingly complex career field.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 36

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    Crime Scene Technician Certificate

    When you enroll in the Crime Scene Technician Certificate online program at Kaplan University, you could study to acquire the practical skills required to pursue a career in crime scene investigation, such as observing minute details at the scene and relating them to the crime; visually identifying and describing persons, vehicles, and locations; and giving expert testimony about evidence in criminal court cases.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 44

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    Executive Leader Graduate Certificate

    Do you want to pursue a more responsible, rewarding position in health care? Consider earning your Executive Leader Graduate Certificate online at Kaplan University. The Executive Leader Graduate Certificate is designed to help professional nurses like you pursue managerial positions and leadership roles in hospitals, community health, long-term care facilities, and other health care systems.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30 credits

    Time to Complete: Complete your certificate in approximately 7 months

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    Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

    Prepare for exciting new opportunities in a variety of health care settings. Consider earning a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate online at Kaplan University. Our program is designed to help professional nurses like you promote holistic health care to adults and children in a family context, and diagnose and manage their acute and chronic health problems. Prepare to serve as an advocate for clients as they interface with the health care system.  

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 65 credits

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    Graduate Certificate in Accounting

    In Kaplan University’s graduate certificate program, you will explore accounting and financial reporting systems, business law, auditing techniques, and cost accounting. The program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a certificate.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 16

    Time to Complete: Four terms (one course per term)†

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    Graduate Certificate in Addictions

    Kaplan University’s Graduate Certificate in Addictions is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue employment or career advancement as an addiction professional. Courses in the program focus on chemical and psychological dependency counseling, advanced addictions counseling, group counseling, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on application.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 40

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    Graduate Certificate in Human Resources

    If you hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, our Graduate Certificate in Human Resources program offers you the opportunity to study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build a brighter future.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 16

    Time to Complete: Four terms (one course per term)†

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    Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    As part of our comprehensive portfolio of psychology offerings that help build professionals and leaders in this field, our graduate certificate program in industrial/organizational psychology is designed to broaden the working professional’s knowledge to apply the principles of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology in business and organizational settings.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30

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    Online

    Graduate Certificate in Information Security

    The online Graduate Certificate in Information Security’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to explore network operating systems, network security, threat detection and response methods, disaster recovery planning, cryptography, and information security and risk management.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 16

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design for Organizations

    Kaplan University’s master’s-level certificate programs in the School of Graduate Education are designed for motivated educational professionals like you. The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design for Organizations is designed to prepare you to design, develop, and evaluate instructional programs, materials, and media in corporate and military environments.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 21

    Time to Complete: Minimum of 4 terms (full-time)

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    Graduate Certificate in K-12 Educational Leadership

    Looking to develop additional competencies in a specific field of education? This master’s-level certificate program in the School of Graduate Education is designed for K-12 teachers who want to develop their skills in K-12 educational leadership. The certificate program includes four courses from the Master of Science in Education curriculum. Courses emphasize the role of the educational leader in today’s world, school finance and operations, legal issues in education, diversity, curriculum development for school improvement, supervision, and staff development. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 17

    Time to Complete: Minimum of 4 terms (full-time)

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    Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language Teaching

    Looking to develop additional competencies in a specific field of education? Kaplan University’s master’s-level certificate programs in the School of Graduate Education are designed for motivated educational professionals like you. The Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language Teaching is designed for elementary and secondary teachers who want to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching literacy and language.

    Focus on developing curricula at the elementary and secondary school level in accordance with the National Council of Teachers of English standards. Study how to teach basic reading and writing skills and develop courses for students with special learning or comprehension challenges.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 17

    Time to Complete: Minimum of 4 terms (full-time)

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    Graduate Certificate in Mathematics Teaching

    Looking to develop additional competencies in a specific field of education? This master’s-level certificate program in the School of Graduate Education is designed for middle and secondary teachers who want to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching mathematics. As a certificate program student, you will complete one course in student assessment, which serves as a framework for the role of assessment in teaching mathematics. You will also complete three courses that focus on teaching mathematics to middle and secondary students.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 17

    Time to Complete: Minimum of 4 terms (full-time)

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    Graduate Certificate in Online College Teaching

    Looking to develop additional competencies in a specific field of education? Kaplan University’s master’s-level certificate programs in the School of Graduate Education are designed for motivated educational professionals like you. The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching includes four courses from the Master of Science in Higher Education curriculum. Courses help prepare students to work successfully with adult learners, create and facilitate effective online instruction, and assess student learning in the online context.   

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 20

    Time to Complete: Minimum of 4 terms (full-time)

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    Graduate Certificate in Project Management

    If you hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management could provide you with the knowledge and skills to grow and expand your talents. You will study project initiation; project planning and execution; project cost and scheduling; and project risk, quality, and assessment. Upon completion of the program, you may also be eligible to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 16

    Time to Complete: Four terms (one course per term)†

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    Graduate Certificate in Teaching with Technology

    Looking to develop additional competencies in a specific field of education? Kaplan University’s master’s-level certificate programs in the School of Graduate Education are designed for motivated educational professionals like you. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching With Technology focuses on integrating technology into the curriculum to improve student learning and support established technology standards for students in grades K through 12. Through readings, class discussion, and hands-on experiences using various forms of technology, students explore how to integrate technology into lesson planning to meet the needs of diverse learners. 

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 17

    Time to Complete: Minimum of 4 terms (full time)

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    Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    If you already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, our Human Resources Postbaccalaureate Certificate program could offer you a convenient route to pursue a new career in human resources. This certificate program offers targeted study that could enhance your professional expertise and help you stand out to employers.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)†

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    Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    The online Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the IT field including exploring key information technology areas including network operating systems, network security, threat detection and response methods, disaster recovery planning, cryptography, and information security and risk management.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 21

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Legal Secretary Certificate

    Whether you are an experienced secretary or new to the field, Kaplan University offers a convenient, flexible program through which you could gain legal knowledge while honing vital secretarial skills to help you succeed in the workplace. Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to become familiar with the role of the paralegal in the workplace and in the American legal system.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 31

    Time to Complete: 4 quarters or one year

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    Linux System Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    The Linux System Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the IT field including examining Linux network administration, Linux installation and configuration, network services, security, and recovery.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 21

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Management and Supervision Certificate in Criminal Justice

    This innovative program is intended to teach you to identify and understand management theories and functions central to criminal justice organizations. Your online coursework will focus on the roles managers play in establishing a successful social framework, including analyzing the role of supervisors and managers in criminal justice with a focus on leadership development and management practices.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 36

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    Medical Assistant Certificate

    As a medical assistant, you could have the opportunity to work directly with patients and assist with their care and well-being. If you are interested in pursuing opportunities in this rewarding field, our medical assistant program can help you gain the relevant experience and skills to become a qualified candidate. Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum combined with hands-on training on equipment typically used in a medical setting. 

    Learning Method: Campus (Hagerstown, MD)

    Total Degree Credits: 52

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    Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

    The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate program can provide you with the knowledge and technical skills required by employers in health care services. Coursework provides instruction in topics such as: anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology; data information processing; medical billing, coding, and terminology, insurance billing, and medical terminology and medical office management.

    Learning Method: Campus and Online

    Total Degree Credits: 38

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    Online Campus

    Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    The Microsoft Operating Systems Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the IT field. You could explore PC configuration and maintenance, desktop administration, network administration, and Active Directory configuration, and examine Microsoft operating systems.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 26

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Multiplatform Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    With our postbaccalaureate certificate program, you will focus on website design, graphics, technologies and strategies, and multimedia. You will also explore different types of Web authoring software. The Multiplatform Software Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the field by focusing on website design, Web graphics, Web technologies and strategies, and multimedia.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 25

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate

    If you have a master’s degree in nursing, this certificate program offers you the opportunity to complete five courses focused on nursing education. Prepare to pursue teaching positions in schools of nursing and continuing education, staff development, clinical education, and patient and community education programs.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 30 credits

    Time to Complete: Complete your certificate in approximately 7 months

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    Oracle Database Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    The online Oracle Database Administration Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the IT field. You could explore the topics of relational database management systems, relational database design, SQL and PL/SQL programming languages, database query design, and Oracle database administration.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 28

    Time to Complete: Two terms (full-time)‡

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    Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    If you’re a career changer interested in the legal field, and have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program at Kaplan University offers a convenient route to beginning a new career as a paralegal or a legal assistant. Kaplan University could help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to change career paths and enter this industry.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 36 or 37

    Time to Complete: 4 quarters or one year

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    Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    If you’re a career changer interested in the legal field, and have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, the Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate program at Kaplan University offers a convenient route to beginning a new career as a paralegal or a legal assistant. Kaplan University could help you acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to change career paths and enter this industry.

    Learning Method: Online (nationwide); or Campus (blend of online and onsite instruction - select locations only)

    Total Degree Credits: 36 or 37

    Time to Complete: 4 quarters or one year

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    Phlebotomist Certificate

    The phlebotomist program combines classroom instruction with hands-on training in our medical labs to help you develop the highly technical skill of intravenous blood withdrawal. Coursework may include keyboarding and data information processing, medical terminology, introduction to human diseases, and presentation skills.

    Learning Method: Campus (Hagerstown, MD)

    Total Degree Credits: 45

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    Campus

    Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis

    If you’re interested expanding your competencies in psychology, Kaplan University’s postgraduate certificate program is designed for motivated professionals like you. This program emphasizes the understanding of behavioral concepts and theories as well as their application to special populations. If you already possess a master’s degree, earning this certificate could help you prepare to advance or diversify within this field.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 35

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    Private Security Certificate

    The online Private Security Certificate curriculum is designed to help you develop the fundamental skills required for preventing and investigating various types of crime, including white-collar crime and fraud, and understand the U.S. criminal justice system and the processes for juvenile and adult offenders.

    Learning Method: Online

    Total Degree Credits: 53

    Time to Complete: 5 quarters or 15 months

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    Single Courses

    Certain courses offered by Kaplan University are available to nondegree-seeking participants. Upon successful completion of a course, the participant may transfer the credits earned toward a degree at Kaplan University if the course for which the student is seeking to transfer the credits earned is part of the Kaplan University degree program.

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  • * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

    Some Kaplan University programs are not 100 percent online; some programs require you to gain hands-on experience in a real-world work environment.

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