Certificate Programs

Certificate courses of study are designed for students not pursuing an associate's degree but who are interested in taking technical or professional courses needed to enter a field of employment or to update current skills. Most courses taken in a certificate program may be applied to a degree in the same field of study.

Students may engage in areas of study which emphasize:

  • The arts and sciences, and offer the beginning of a baccalaureate-granting institution's curriculum
  • Occupational-vocational degree and certificate programs designed to fulfill the employment requirements of the community
  • Continuing education and community service programs for individuals wishing to take one or more credit or non-credit courses on a part-time basis
  • Developmental programs that meet the needs of students deficient in fundamental skills


Certificate Requirements

Each candidate for a certificate shall:

  • Satisfactorily complete all course requirements for the specific certificate.
  • Possess a minimum of 2.0 (C) average in the combined grade point average of all College of DuPage courses numbered 1000 and above on all courses.
  • Complete a minimum of one-half the applicable credits at College of DuPage.
  • Earn the final applicable credits at College of DuPage:
a. If the program requirement is 20 credits or more, earn the final 10 credits at College of DuPage.
b. If the program requirement is less than 20 credits, earn one-half the total required credits as the final applicable hours at College of DuPage.
  • File a petition for the certificate at least one semester before the anticipated completion date.
  • Satisfy all financial obligations and other specific requirements.
  • Be in good standing at the time final credit for the certificate is earned.


View the Certificate Areas of Study


Air Conditioning (See Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR)

American Sign Language Interpreting


Automotive Service Technology

Basic Nursing Assistant

Cancer Registry Management

Cardiac Interventional Radiography

Central Processing Distribution

Computed Tomography

Computer Information Systems

Computer and Internetworking Technologies


Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts

Diagnostic Medical Imaging:

Cardiac Interventional Radiography

Computed Tomography

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology


Nuclear Medicine

Radiation Therapy


Early Childhood Education and Care

Earth Science

Electronics Technology

Electro-Mechanical Technology


Facility Management

Fashion Studies

Fire Science


Graphic Design

Health Information Technology

Health Sciences

Medical Assistant

Non-Invasive EKG

Phlebotomy and EKG

Hearing Instrument Dispensing

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration


Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Interior Design

Library and Information Technology

Long-Term Care Administration

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology



Manufacturing Technology


Motion Picture/Television


Nuclear Medicine

Office Technology Information


Physical Education

Paralegal Studies

Perioperative Nursing


Proton Therapy

Radiation Therapy

Respiratory Care


Surgical Assistant

Surgical Technology

Travel, Tourism and Event Planning (See Hospitality & Tourism)



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