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Administrative Dental Assistant

Course CPD022  |   150 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1795  |   Course Details 

This nationally recognized Administrative Dental Assistant Online Certificate Program will teach you the essential skills for managing the business aspects of a dental practice and becoming an administrative dental assistant. You will learn about dental terminology and anatomy, medical records management, accounts receivable and reimbursement management, insurance and patient billing, patient scheduling, and procedural and diagnostic coding. The Administrative Dental Assistant Online Program will prepare you for a new career working in a dental office.

Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2010

Course cpd152  |   460 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2395  |   Course Details 

This unique program will teach you the skills you need to become a successful administrative professional. In addition, you will gain efficiency using the following Microsoft Office 2010 products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

Learn business and administrative applications of the Microsoft 2010 suite, while you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 certification. Discover how to use the Microsoft Suite features to create and format documents, use tables, complete a mail merge, and more.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate business computer skills using Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, and Access 2010.

Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2013

Course CPD152  |   455 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2395  |   Course Details 

The Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 training program teaches the key skills you need to become an Administrative Professional and prepare you for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exams 77-418, 77-425, and 77-426 (Word), 77-420, 77-427, and 77-428 (Excel), 77-422 (PowerPoint), 77-423 (Outlook), and 77-424 (Access).

You will learn essential skills including how to work in a modern professional office, how to maintain a professional image, personal and professional ethics, communication essentials, technology basics, record keeping and financial management, event planning and travel, and how to advance in an administrate career.

You will then learn essential skills of working at advanced level in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access 2013.

Cybersecurity Undergraduate Certificate

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Home Inspection

Course CPD072  |   200 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2295  |   Course Details 

The Home Inspection Online Training Program covers the principal components of home inspection procedures and processes. You'll learn how to create a home inspection report that will detail the home's condition, including the heating and cooling systems, the plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and siding, and the framing and foundation.

HVACR Certified Technician

Course CPD073  |   265 hours, 12 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $3795  |   Course Details 

The HVACR Certified Technician program is a unique, all-inclusive online training that encompasses heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

The program is structured to provide an instruction on the skills necessary to installers and technicians who are seeking HVAC certification.

This program is truly all-encompassing, because as a part of your tuition, you will receive paid exam vouchers to take exams that lead to the most significant industry certifications.

ICD-10 Medical Coding

Course CPD074  |   200 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1795  |   Course Details 

ICD-10 Medical Coding prepares students for the future of medical coding by mastering the steps for using ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS to code medical diagnoses and procedures.

You will learn how to use the coding manuals, understand the guidelines, and discover the impact recent coding changes have on healthcare professionals.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010

Course CPD156  |   380 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1995  |   Course Details 

Learn basic to advanced skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access 2010, while you prepare for certification. You will discover how to create and format documents, use tables, complete a mail merge, and more. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2013

Course CPD213  |   335 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1995  |   Course Details 

The Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 training program prepares you for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exams 77-418, 77-425, and 77-426 (Word), 77-420, 77-427, and 77-428 (Excel), 77-422 (PowerPoint), 77-423 (Outlook), and 77-424 (Access).

You will learn essential skills of working at a basic through advanced level in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access 2013.

Non-Profit Management Training

Course CPD096  |   300 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2295  |   Course Details 

Learn all about nonprofit management! Examine the fundamental principles of nonprofit management, explore the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors and the management team, discover the essential aspects of fundraising, and become acquainted with the budgeting process. This Nonprofit Management Online Training Program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

Paralegal

Course CPD101  |   300 hours, 12 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1995  |   Course Details 

The Paralegal Online Training Program will prepare you for success in this growing career field. You’ll learn about the U.S. legal system, how to conduct legal research and legal interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. Your training will prepare you to become a legal secretary or paralegal and to take the certification exam.

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Course CPD112  |   300 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2295  |   Course Details 

The Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Online Training Program will introduce you to the fundamental aspects of the supply chain environment, including enterprise resource planning systems and requirement systems. The interrelationships between purchasing, vendor selection, sources of supply, and technology will also be explored in this program. The focus is on management and the skills and resources that a successful manager needs.

Records Management

Course CPD113  |   180 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1595  |   Course Details 

This power-packed program will teach you how to manage electronic records and conquer the paper pile-up. The Records Management Online Training Program will give you an introduction to the profession of records and information management. It focuses on establishing and managing successful organization-wide records management programs.

Travel Agent Training

Course CPD123  |   250 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1795  |   Course Details 

Whether you’re an experienced world traveler or just have wanderlust, a career in travel allows you to share your passion with others by offering advice on trip destinations, planning trip itineraries, and making travel arrangements for your clients.

Travel agents sell and book travel for everything from family vacations, to honeymoons, to corporate travel. It’s their job to cater aspects of the trip to their clients needs. As you advance your career, you can even specialize in a specific type or region of travel.

And, as an added perk, you’ll know all the insider tips to the travel industry, so the next vacation you plan will be exactly what you hoped for.

Veterinary Assistant

Course CPD124  |   170 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1995  |   Course Details 

This online program will prepare you to become a productive member of a veterinary team. You'll learn about every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory sample collection, assisting in surgery and dentistry, prescription preparation, and taking radiographs. You’ll also learn how to interact professionally with clients and gain the expertise you need to educate them about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication. This program is designed for people who want to work at a veterinary hospital and those who are already employed in positions in which they look after animals.

Web Applications Developer

Course CPD127  |   360 hours, 12 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2395  |   Course Details 

Whether you’re new to web development or want to enhance your skills, this program will give you the knowledge you need to create dynamic database-driven websites using the latest technologies. You’ll master basic HTML (the core technology behind almost all websites), learn CSS for designing pages, and discover how to make your pages more dynamic with JavaScript. In addition, you’ll learn the fundamentals of PHP, SQL, XML, and Ajax. You’ll also explore HTML5, the newest version of HTML, putting you on the cutting edge of web development. Once you’ve successfully completed this program, you’ll be prepared to enter the job market where Web Applications Developers are in high demand and earn rewarding salaries.

Webmaster

Course CPD129  |   150 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1995  |   Course Details 

This program will help you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to develop websites for both Internet content and Web applications. You will learn basic skills in HTML5 and CSS3 coding that allow you to build professional websites.

The course walks through several advanced website-building features. Learn how to use advanced HTML5 codes for embedding multimedia elements such as audio and video clips, advanced CSS3 styling for manipulating images on the Web page, and JavaScript involved in creating dynamic Web pages.

Wedding Planner

Course CPD130  |   340 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1595  |   Course Details 

Wedding planners combine creativity and organization to help happy couples celebrate the most important day of their lives. Train for a career surrounded by celebratory events!

In this program, you will master the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering stunning weddings and parties. This program allows you to earn your certification as a professional wedding and event planner and will give you an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship.