One way to earn your master’s degree at UNE is through stackable certificate programs. Each graduate certificate offered at UNE Online is stackable to the corresponding master’s degree in that program.
Each credit a student earns while getting their graduate certificate can be counted toward the master’s degree, should they choose to pursue one at a later date. This way students can gradually work their way to a master’s degree.
Stackable certificate programs are a convenient way to start small and ease your way into a master’s degree, that on their own also hold value in the workforce.
The academic credits that students earn can be reused or “stacked” later in life to fulfill academic requirements of more advanced programs. Students can re-use the credits they earn.
Degrees typically provide individuals with a greater depth of knowledge than certificates. Certificate programs usually focus on teaching students specific and practical skills related to that career field. Earning a graduate degree requires more credits than a graduate certificate does, which is one of the reasons degrees take longer to earn.
Graduate credits are generally good for up to five years. If a student’s earned credits are older than five years, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with the decision ultimately up to the discretion of the program director.
This peer-reviewed scientific study investigated the impact of stackable credentials, and results showed that many students who completed short or very short programs went on to earn longer credentials or maintained their enrollment.
The study also showed that the completion of short and very short programs (up to one year) improved students’ labor market outcomes and facilitated their transition into longer-term programs. Short certificates were shown to provide students with twice the growth in wages versus students who did not earn a credential.
The Graduate Certificates in Healthcare Administration are all 12-credit Graduate Certificates and can be earned in 6 months. 100% of the credits earned can be applied toward the Master of Healthcare Administration degree program.
The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management is offered because hospital organizations are looking for health professionals who can reduce chaos with firm instruction, precise care coordination, and a focused order of procedure. Using real-world incidents and use cases, students have the opportunity to learn valuable, current specialized instruction with a focus on precision care coordination with healthcare systems and order of procedure. Each course is designed to educate students on protocols and strategies in relation to national emergency management guidelines.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Data Quality teaches modern healthcare tech trends. Apply healthcare quality framework in real-life applications, and discover best practices for advancing patient experience of care in compliance with intricate legal regulations. As healthcare data matures in complexity, meeting the challenges facing healthcare will demand agility, learning, and contemporary thinking.
The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management will prepare you to master the leadership skills and capabilities required to succeed as a healthcare manager and lead your team using best practices in communication, strategy, and collaboration. You’ll be able to expand and enhance your knowledge by applying your learnings in the workplace immediately, allowing you to stand out in a competitive marketplace.
The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy, Law, and Compliance gives you an understanding of the laws, regulations & legal issues related to the healthcare industry. You will get insight into the policies that shape American healthcare, and strengthen the skills you need to advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice on behalf of patient health and well-being.
The Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) is a two-year, 36-credit master’s degree similar to an MBA, but geared for the healthcare industry.
Students in the MHA program develop and hone the skills to thoroughly manage quality control, patient care outcomes, regulatory guidelines, clinical teams, business planning, strategy development, health law, ethics, business administration, compliance, and leadership skills.
The Graduate Certificates in Education are both 12-credit Graduate Certificates, and can be earned in 8 months. 100% of the credits earned can be applied toward the Master of Science in Education.
The Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning Experiences teaches new techniques and skills in learning experience design. It is designed to provide students with the instructional design methodologies and skills needed to design effective online learning experiences. This certificate equips students with the skills and techniques needed to become an expert in online learning design.
The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Teaching Online is designed to provide educators with a rigorous and practical introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate courses in engaging online formats, and understand the necessary components of the entire online learning ecosystem. This certificate equips students with the skills and techniques needed to become an expert in online learning design.
The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) is a two-year, 30-credit master’s degree program designed to help students broaden their thinking in education through a range of educational and leadership topics that include diversity & inclusion, educational ethics, online learning, and more.
The MSEd has six optional focus areas based on educational goals & interests:
The Graduate Certificates in Health Informatics are both 12-credit Graduate Certificates and can be earned in 6 months. 100% of the credits earned can be applied toward the Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN).
The Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics program teaches students how to optimize the use of healthcare information for better healthcare delivery and management & planning. It rounds out students’ professional experience and formal training as they become more professionally established. Students learn the skills needed to hit the ground running in a related healthcare career.
The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Data Analytics teaches students to transform healthcare data into actionable insights that can improve quality care and solve the challenges facing healthcare. Students learn about collecting, analyzing, and translating health data to inform strategic decisions and improve care management. This Graduate Certificate can fast-track your career growth and will sharpen the skills required to lead in the field of health informatics.
The Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSIN) is a 2-year, 36-credit master’s degree program designed to expand your technical skill set and knowledge base to make you a leader in the health industry.
MSIN students can choose from four focus areas: Healthcare Leadership, Health Data Analytics, Training & Development, or Individualized – featuring a custom curriculum chosen by the student.
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is an 18-credit Graduate Certificate, and can be earned within one year. 100% of the credits earned can be applied toward the Master of Public Health (MPH).
The Graduate Certificate in Public Health is tailored to the modern learner. It provides students with the core public health concepts they need to either enhance their professional knowledge or to pursue a graduate degree in the field.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) is a 46-credit master’s degree program that can be completed in as few as 18 months. The MPH is designed to prepare public health leaders with the knowledge and skills to prevent disease and injury and promote the health of individuals and communities. By focusing on practice and management, students gain the knowledge, skills, and values to gain employment or promotion in the dynamic field of public health.
Stackable certificate programs are a convenient way to start small and ease your way into a master’s degree. For more information about our online graduate programs:
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