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Undergraduate Certificate Programs At Hodges University

Undergraduate Certificates by Hodges University are designed to provide you with the industry-specific courses needed to build your skills while bypassing the core credits necessary for an associate or bachelor’s degree. Our 100% online certificate programs allow you to move through the courses quickly while providing the foundation needed to succeed in your career of choice. We offer undergraduate certificates in:

  • Business (Bookkeeping Certification, Risk Management Certification, Tax Preparation Certification)
  • Design Technology (Animation, AutoCAD, Graphic Design, and User Experience/Web Design)
  • Business Technology (eBusiness Software, eDiscovery/eLitigation, eBusiness Ventures)
  • Computer Information Technology (Help Desk Support, Information Technology Support, Computer Networking)

These certificates are also credit-bearing, so if you decide you want to finish off your degree, you’ll be able to apply credits towards your associate or bachelor’s degree at a future date.

Contact an Admissions Advisor to talk about financing options. Some certificates are Core+4 qualified (where you can enroll full time, taking 16 credit hours for the price of 12), Title IV eligible, or suitable for scholarships.

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Business Certificates

Our Business Certificate programs are offered 100% online, can be completed quickly, and prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to sit for industry-related certificate exams. We are offering our CORE+4 program where you can enroll full time, taking 16 credit hours for the price of 12. Plus, you may be eligible for Title IV funding.

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Bookkeeping

The Bookkeeping Certificate is for those seeking entry-level positions as a bookkeeper or wish to work in a self-employed capacity serving various small and medium-sized commercial businesses. The course sequence also meets the educational requirements of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACBP) and prepares students for the Certified Public Bookkeeper (CPB) licensure examination, a nationally recognized credential.

Coursework for our Bookkeeping program include:

  • Introduction to Finance and Management Accounting
  • Payroll Accounting
  • Business Planning

This certificate is part of our CORE+4 program where you can enroll full time, taking 16 credit hours for the price of 12. All the required courses are offered 100% Online in a TEC format, giving you the flexibility to learn on your time, at your pace.

Risk Management

The Risk Management Certificate is a credit-bearing certificate designed for you to gain an overall background in risk management and insurance. The skills you learn are broadly applicable to positions in the insurance and financial services industries.

The Risk Management Certificate includes classes in:

  • Personal Finance and Insurance
  • Personal and Business Property Insurance
  • Risk Management

Additionally, the credits earned in this certificate are fully transferrable to an Associate or Bachelor-level business degree program in the Johnson School of Business. Earning this certificate in combination with the degree may meet State of Florida educational requirements for the Resident Health and Life Agent License (see the following URL)

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This certificate is part of our CORE+4 program where you can enroll full time, taking 16 credit hours for the price of 12. All the required courses are offered 100% Online in a TEC format, giving you the flexibility to learn on your time, at your pace.

Tax Preparation

The Tax Preparation Certificate is for those interested in entry-level positions as tax preparers for individual or small business tax filers, or those seeking self-employment to service various small and medium-sized companies. This program meets the educational requirements of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and prepares students for the Special Enrollment Examination (SEE) required to become an Enrolled Agent with the IRS . An Enrolled Agent is a tax professional who prepares tax returns for individuals and business taxpayers and can represent these taxpayers before the IRS.

Coursework in the Tax Preparation Certificate includes:

  • Individual Income Tax
  • Federal Tax Accounting I and II
  • Business Law

This certificate is part of our CORE+4 program where you can enroll full time, taking 16 credit hours for the price of 12. All the required courses are offered 100% Online in a TEC format, giving you the flexibility to learn on your time, at your pace.

Substance Abuse Counselor

Become a Certified Addiction Counselor in less than one year

Substance Abuse Counselor

Do you have a passion for helping others? Do you want to make a positive impact on the lives of people? As a substance abuse counselor, you can be the lifeline that your patients need in order to turn their lives in an upward direction. Your guidance and expertise can help your patients and the people in their lives.

Our substance abuse awareness and treatment counseling certification gives you the entry-level skills and knowledge to work in the field of addictions. You can then help people suffering from addiction, counsel them and their families about drug and alcohol problems, and perform intervention and therapeutic services for people as needed.

  • The certificate meets only the training requirements for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) certification with the Florida Certification board or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Students need to refer to the Florida Certification Board for additional requirements for addiction specific work experience and on-the-job clinical supervision to achieve the full CAP certification.
  • Classes include basic counseling skills, treatment modalities, screening & assessment

You may be able to complete this certificate in eight months!

Design Technology Certificates

Are you fascinated by beautiful graphic animations on the web? Do you want to create the ultimate web experience? Do you want to learn the ins and outs of AutoCAD? Do you want to learn Adobe Premier to create video content for outlets like YouTube? You can do this and more in just a few months or less than one year.

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Animation Design

This online certificate is designed to prepare you for entry-level positions in digital animation. You will be working on short length motion graphics such as commercials, web animated banners, animated graphics for website templates, or short length animations for presentations . You'll use any number of the 20 plus Adobe Creative Cloud applications to create your final project.

Examples of some projects you may undertake:

  • Use Animate, XD, and Dreamweaver to create professional websites for local businesses.
  • Use Adobe Premiere and Aftereffects to create short films for non-profits.
  • Use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign to create rebrands for any number of personal projects.

At only 9 credit-hours, you may be able to complete this certificate in less than a semester!

Online AutoCAD Courses

Before the roads you drive on, bridges you cross, and buildings you live or work in become a reality, it all starts with drafting and design. Your AutoCAD training includes online courses like 3D animation and modeling, Architectural Design and drafting, plus three online AutoCAD classes. You will learn from professors who are real world experts in computer aided design.

You also may be able to complete this certificate in less than one year!

This AutoCAD Certificate gets you ready for entry-level positions as a CAD technician. Gain the know-how you need to work as a 2D or 3D Drafter in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction, or Healthcare industries. Plus the credits you earn in this certificate program may be applied to an associate or bachelor’s degree at Hodges University.

Education in the AutoCAD Drafting Certificate includes 2D and 3D computer graphic and animation capabilities such as:

  • Drawing roadways
  • Drawing utility lines
  • Drawing master plan communities
  • Drawing geographic information system map

Graphic Design

This certificate readies you for an entry-level position as a Graphic Design Desktop Publisher using the core applications of Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign) to build and manage a branding system. Additionally, learn how to apply the correct principles of design to effectively communicate and brand messaging from initial digital design to physical production.

This certificate is ideal for those who wish to gain a foundation in digital graphic design, without taking the core curriculum required for a degree . Topics covered include:

  • Digital Design from Sketch to Professional Production
  • Developing an Understanding of the Grid Principle
  • How to Combine the Grid Principle with Visual Hierarchy
  • Producing Effective Forms of Communication for a Product or Service

This certificate is 24 credit hours and may be completed in about a year. Credits earned may be transferred to an associate or bachelor’s degree at Hodges U.

UX and Web Design

This certificate blends the foundations of code and the principles of successful wireframe responsive design, combined with an understanding of how to bring your concept to life from a rough sketch. Receive instruction in subjects like:

  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Digital Animation and Effects for the Web
  • Web Design I, II, and III
  • Designing with Type

Learn responsive design techniques using the most current applications in the Industry in Adobe Creative Cloud, without taking the core curriculum required of a degree. You will need a computer and Adobe CC subscription for this specific certificate program. At 21 credit-hours, this certificate may be completed in about a year. Upon successful completion, the UX and Web Design Certificate is transferrable to an associate or bachelor’s degree at Hodges U.

Business Technology Certifications to Advance your Career

E-Business Software

This online coding certificate blends software based program design, implementation, and mobile and application development with software engineering concepts.

Along with the project management knowledge you gain, this will prepare you for a future career in software engineering.

This software development certificate is ideal if you want computer science knowledge without taking the core curriculum required for a software development degree . It involves many online coding courses including many programing languages used today. Courses covered include:

  • Java Programming and Programming Concepts
  • Web Design
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Web Applications
  • Project Management

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With this certificate you'll earn 24 college credits and you can complete it in about a year. Plus, your credits may be transferred to an Associate or Bachelor's Degree at Hodges University. This program is excellent if you want to be a coding specialist without taking the core curriculum needed for a degree.

E-Business Ventures

Our e-Business Ventures Certificate includes online digital marketing courses that will prepare you to plan, manage, supervise, and market on online platforms . You will improve your digital marketing skills learning concepts like:

  • Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
  • Content Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing Strategy and Collaboration
  • Social Media Advertising
  • e-Commerce
  • Mobile Application Management

With this certificate you'll earn 21 college credits and you can complete it in about a year. Plus, your credits may be transferred to an Associate or Bachelor's Degree at Hodges University. This program is excellent if you want to be a digital marketing expert without taking the core curriculum needed for a degree.

eDiscovery/eLitigation

This is an optimal certificate for those who want to understand the legalities involved in conducting business in an ever-changing electronic world . Courses cover subject matter such as:

  • Electronic Discovery
  • Data Privacy and the use of Social Media
  • eFiling and eLitigation

With this certificate you'll earn 15 college credits and you can complete it in about a year. Plus, your credits may be transferred to a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies or another Bachelor's Degree at Hodges University.

Computer Information Technology Certificates

Help Desk Support

The Help Desk Support certificate is perfect for those looking for an entry-level position in IT. The certificate blends the development of hardware, operating systems, and networking, with user support and help desk operations expertise to start working in the Information Technology field. Simultaneously earn your industry certifications in A+ and Net+ with your certificate. Courses covered include:

  • A+ Hardware I and II
  • A+ Lab/ Certification Prep
  • CompTIA Network+ Certification Prep
  • User Support and Help Desk Operations
  • Networking Essentials

At only 18 credit hours, this certificate may be taken in less than a year and may transfer to an associate or bachelor’s degree at Hodges U.

IT Support

This certificate readies you with the competencies needed for entry-level positions as an IT support specialist. Study subjects like:

  • Basic Office Applications
  • Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Networks and Telecommunications
  • User Support and Help Desk Operations
  • Mobile Applications

This program is excellent for those looking to achieve proficiency for industry certifications in A+ and Net+ simultaneously with your certificate, without taking the core curriculum required of a degree . At 24 credit-hours, this certificate may be completed in about a year and upon successful completion is transferrable to an associate or bachelor’s degree at Hodges U.

Networking Specialist

This certificate builds on basic networking skills to prepare you for positions requiring specialized networking expertise for administering and maintaining multiple network environments.

The Networking Specialist certificate is optimal for those who wish to gain industry certifications in A+, Net+, CCENT, CCNA, Linux+, and three Windows Servers simultaneously with the certificate, without taking the core curriculum required for a degree. Courses covered include:

  • A+ Hardware I and II with Lab Certification Prep
  • Scaling and Connecting Networks
  • CompTIA Network+ Certification Prep
  • Powershell Scripting
  • Networking with Windows Server
  • Routing & Switching Essentials
  • Linux System & Security Administration
  • Networking Essentials

This certificate is 24 credit hours and may be completed in about a year. Credits earned may be transferred to an associate or bachelor’s degree at Hodges U.

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