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Certificate Features:

  • Certificates are offered for credit and for non-credit learning opportunities from the Undergraduate through the Post-Master’s level.
  • A certificate program requires fewer credits and takes less time to complete than an associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree program.
  • Certificate programs are designed to offer you the opportunity to refresh, acquire or master a subject or skill at the postsecondary level.

Certificate Options

Beth-El Certificate options
Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Disaster Public Health
Family Nurse Practitioner
Forensic Nursing
*Medical Laboratory Science
Nursing Education
* RN Refresher
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
Spanish/English Medical Interpreter

* Requires on-site lab and clinical rotations | Financial aid eligible (to those that qualify)


What is a college level certificate program?

A certificate program is an educational program that allows an individual to show competency in a specific area of knowledge. Unlike degrees, certificate programs are able to be completed within a few weeks or months, depending on the program. This option is ideal for working professionals and the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a variety of such programs that are specially tailored for the healthcare field.

How can completing a certificate program benefit me?

  • With a college certificate you give yourself a step up over the competition.
  • In some cases, the credits earned in college certificate programs may be applied or transferred to degree programs if you later decide to continue your education.
  • If you already hold a degree in a particular field, a certificate program will help you gain knowledge related to your profession. If you don't have a degree or are seeking to change careers, a certificate program may be a good way to begin your educational journey.

What’s the difference between a certificate and certification?

The terms certificate and certification can be confusing.  The purpose of a certificate program is to provide
instruction and acquire specific knowledge, skills, or competencies on a topic. Conversely, the primary purpose of a certification program is to assess knowledge, skills or competencies that applicants are expected to have learnt prior to applying for the program. Certification programs do not provide the instruction and training through which candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, or competencies required to become certified.
Assessments used in a certificate program are intended to evaluate whether you have acquired the narrow scope of knowledge, skills or competencies that are the focus of the program.  The assessments conducted by a certification program are designed to confirm that you possess a broad range of knowledge and skills required to perform a specific occupational or professional role or job function competently.



Results from an assessment process

Results from an educational process

For individuals

For individuals

Typically requires some amount of professional experience

For both newcomers and experienced professionals alike

Awarded by a third-party, standard-setting organization

Awarded by an educational program or institution

Indicates mastery/competency as measured against a defensible set of standards, usually by application or exam

Indicates completion of a course or series of courses with specific focus; is different than a degree granting program

Standards set through a defensible, industry-wide process (job analysis/role delineation) that results in an outline of required knowledge and skills

Course content set a variety of ways (faculty committee; dean; instructor; occasionally through defensible analysis of topic area)

Typically results in a designation to use after one's name (FAANP, CHES, RD, CPNP, etc) may result in a document to hang on the wall or keep in a wallet

Usually listed on a resume detailing education; may issue a document to hang on the wall

Has on-going requirements in order to maintain; holder must demonstrate he/she continues to meet requirements

Is the end result; demonstrates knowledge of course content at the end of a set period in time


 Application and Registration Information

Non-credit Apply & Register Instructions
Contact Extended Studies or 719.255.4486 if you have any questions.

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There are no refunds on non-credit courses dropped after the course census date.  Students can see the census deadline(s) in their student portal, after they register for the courses, by clicking on the calendar icon in their class schedule.
Refund Policies

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Last Updated January 27, 2016

Disaster Public Health - Certificate

This Certificate series is an academic collaboration between the Center for Homeland Security and the UCCS Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The courses have been developed to prepare learners to proficiently perform in the event of a disaster public health emergency. Topics include roles and responsibilities in prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

RN Refresher

Developed to keep registered nurses knowledgeable about current nursing techniques and practices

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Education

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a professional registered nurse who has received specialized forensic education in order to provide comprehensive care to adult, adolescent and child victims of sexual assault.

Spanish-English Medical Interpretation

The Spanish/English Medical Interpreter Training Program is a 44-hour training program designed for bilingual individuals who speak English and Spanish and work in the medical field or in a healthcare setting.


non-credit program provides 89 hours of instruction and CE credit and is completely online. This program takes core paramedic knowledge and expands it across many areas of community paramedicine.