New Degrees and Certificates

Investing in your Future: College of DuPage Taps into Latest Trends

Adaptation and innovation are crucial in today's challenging economy. College of DuPage stays a step ahead of the curve by regularly introducing new programs in emerging industries and professions that are experiencing rapid growth, and providing training in new skills for existing career areas. The College continues to monitor national, state and local employment trends to ensure that you receive the most valuable and up-to-date learning opportunities.

Our new areas of study reflect changes that help you, the student, prepare for emerging career opportunities. With these offerings, College of DuPage now provides a choice of 79 associate degrees and 161 certificates.

Welding Technology Degree (Welding Technology)

The Welding Technology program will provide students with the theory and practice in entry-level welding skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for the American Welding Society (AWS) examinations. This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, program electives and general education. Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as welders and fabricators in a variety of work settings, including companies in manufacturing and construction. The basic knowledge and credentials acquired will translate to related careers in welding and manufacturing.

American Sign Language Interpreter Degree (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Interpreter degree will prepare students for a career working as a sign language interpreter for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. This degree combines both the 21 credit hour certificate of American Sign Language proficiency as well as the 24 credit hour certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. This degree also requires completion of 19-22 general education credit hours. Successful completion of this program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies.This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements and general education.

American Sign Language Certificate (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Certificate (ASL) requires 21 credits and provides the language and cultural foundation for competency in American Sign Language as well as preparation for the certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting. Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply for selective enrollment in the American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate.

American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate(ASLI) requires 24 credits and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. Successful completion of this certificate or degree program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies. 

Types of Jobs: Sign Language Interpreter or Translator, American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter, Certified Interpreter in American Sign Language, Educational Sign Language Interpreter, Deaf interpreter, and Sign Language Assistant. 

Anesthesia Technology Degree (Anesthesia Technology)

The Anesthesia Technology program prepares the student to be an integral member of the anesthesia patient care team.  Emphasis is on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation, and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care. 

Type of Jobs: Anesthesia assistant, anesthesiology assistants, anesthesia technician, and Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer. A. T.) 

Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program Certificate (Hearing Instrument Dispensary)

The Hearing Instrument Dispensatory Program certificate prepares students for entry level position as a hearing health care provider. Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to take their written and practical Illinois Department of Public Health Licensure exam.This certificate requires 22 credits in program requirements. 

Types of Jobs: The Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program certificate will train graduates for the occupation of:  hearing aid specialist, hearing instrument specialist, and hearing aid dispenser. To qualify for employment as a Hearing Instrument Dispenser per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the candidate must possess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, have completed specific course work within audiology and the hearing sciences, and have passed both the Illinois Department of Public Health Hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Written and Practical Exams. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Advanced Certificate (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to obtain cross-sectional anatomical images of the human body. This three semester advanced certificate program is designed for graduates of a radiography or nuclear medicine program, allowing graduates of the program to possess multiple credentials upon graduation. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements. 

Types of Jobs: The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology (MRIT) Advanced Certificate program will train graduates for the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to obtain cross-sectional anatomical images of the human body. 

Digital Broadcast Journalism Degree (Motion Picture/Television)

The Motion Picture/Television program specializes in preparing students for employment and/or transfer in the field of broadcast journalism.  Students will explore and become proficient in the basics of broadcast journalism and news and talk-show production.  This program will teach students techniques in news story gathering, on-camera talent techniques, field production, and studio production.  The Digital Broadcast Journalism degree program requires 64 credits in program requirements, program electives, and general education as listed below. 

Type of Jobs: Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions as broadcast news reporters and news production crew in a variety of work settings including news stations, radio stations, online news media outlets, and print media.

Surgical Assisting Certificate (Surgical Technology)

The Surgical Assisting Certificate will prepare students to assist the surgeon in surgical operations safely and expeditiously. The program provides advancement opportunities for Certified Surgical Technologist and Registered Nurses through a variety of instructional methods including online, laboratory, and clinical experience. Eligible students will be prepared to take a national certification exam. This certificate requires 35 credits in program requirement courses.

Type of Jobs: The Surgical Assisting Certificate program will train graduates for the emerging occupation of Surgical Assistant. To qualify for admission, students must be a Certified Surgical Technologist or Perioperative Registered Nurse. These occupations would be covered by the Health Science Career Cluster and Therapeutic Services Pathway.

Mental Health First Aid Certificate (Human Services)

Students who complete this certificate will have a solid foundational knowledge of mental health issues and ways to appropriately respond when people experience a mental health crisis. Aimed specifically at first responders, including firefighters, police, EMTs, and nurses who routinely confront people with crises related to mental health. The certificate requires three courses totaling seven credit hours.

Type of Jobs: The certificate itself will not directly prepare someone for a job. However, the skills gained from the certificate are considered important to a range of professionals. Targeted occupations include police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and nurses. The skills and knowledge learned in the program are considered invaluable to these professions.

Cancer Registry Management Certificate  (Cancer Registry Management)

The Cancer Registry Management (CRM) certificate provides didactic and practical experience to perform the duties of a cancer registrar or cancer registry manager professional in a hospital setting, private physician group practice, state agency, or national cancer organization. The certificate includes twenty four (24) credit hours and prepares the student for the national board examination for a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

Types of jobs: The Cancer Registry Management Certificate program will train graduates for positions in cancer registry abstracting, supervision and/or management of cancer registries in venues such as healthcare systems, State registries or professional organizations.  To qualify for admission, students must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree. These job categories are mapped to the Health Science Career Cluster of Biomedical Research.

For general information about any of the College's new degrees and certificates, please contact the Admissions and Outreach Office at (630) 942-2380.