Many New Jersey institutions offer continuing education programs at the certificate and bachelor's degree levels to prepare adult learners for career advancement. Here, courses of study, delivery methods and requirements at three area schools will be discussed.
Schools and Programs
New Jersey residents in need of skills enhancement, further professional development, or a career change can find a large variety of continuing education courses at colleges and universities throughout the state. Management, healthcare and legal studies are among the most common topics explored in these programs. Adult learners could also learn a foreign language or how to run a business. Many of these programs provide online training and internship or hands-on experiences. Some even prepare students to take specific certification exams in their field of interest. More details about three of these New Jersey schools appear below.
Schools At a Glance
- Rutgers is a 4-year school, located in New Brunswick
- Classes are available online and on-campus
Thomas Edison State College
- This school is located in Trenton and is a 4-year institution
- Both online and on-campus classes are offered
College of Saint Elizabeth
- This 4-year private school is in Morristown
- It has online and on-campus classes
Rutgers University's Continuing Education Programs
The Division on Continuing Studies at Rutgers University offers a number of non-credit certificate programs as well as opportunities for off-campus degree programs. Online programs are also offered. The Center for Continuing Professional Development provides several programs in areas related to management and business, including those listed here.
This program prepares students for the construction trade. The program teaches planning, budgeting, managing resources and managing personnel.
Paralegal Certificate Program
Students learn skills in interviewing, investigating, researching and document preparation. The programs help prepare for the National Association of Legal Assistants Certified Paralegal or Certified Legal Assistant exam.
Project Management Programs
This series of courses and programs teaches technical skills as well as strategic thinking and people skills. Students learn to manage project teams, maintain schedules and budgets and effectively manage projects.
Students have the opportunity to choose from a plethora of business and management programs at this school's Continuing Education department. Options include the advanced management skills associate certificate; budget, accounting and financial management professional certificate; business ethics, law and code of conduct professional certificate; family business management professional certificate; and a leadership, organizational leadership certificate, among myriad other certificates and programs in business and marketing.
Online certificate programs at the Center for Continuing Professional Development are available in bookkeeping and e-business, as well as administrative and business skills, international business, and sales and marketing.
In the Education/Youth Development section of the Continuing Education's certificate programs, students have the choice of becoming certified in foreign language education and English as a Second Language programs. There are also separate programs for American language studies and Spanish language courses.
Thomas Edison State College's Continuing Education Programs
The John S. Watson School of Public Service and Continuing Studies at Thomas Edison offers several non-credit professional certificates in the areas of health and wellness and paralegal studies. Programs are designed for professionals seeking growth in their current field or for those who wish to embark on a new career path. Most programs are offered online.
Fitness Business Management Certificate Program
This online program teaches students to manage personal training programs at commercial or healthcare-related fitness facilities. Management, marketing, basic finance, human resources and customer services are also covered. The program includes an optional field internship.
Personal Fitness Training Certificate Program
Students study anatomy, kinesiology, exercise physiology, fitness assessment, business management skills and program development. Those who complete the program are eligible for industry-related certification exams. This certificate can be completed in as little as five months.
Nursing courses are offered in a variety of formats. Required courses in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs include nursing infomatics, research in nursing, advanced health assessment, and health policy. Accelerated courses are also offered, depending on the term, for obtaining the BSN. Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are also offered. Specialties of the MSN program include nurse educator, nursing administration, and nursing infomatics. Practicum courses are also available.
College of Saint Elizabeth's Continuing Education Programs
The College of Saint Elizabeth has a continuing studies department with programs for adults who want to advance their careers. It offers bachelor's level continuing education programs, and certificate, dual and combined degree programs are also available. Certificate programs in ministry and spirituality are available in English and Spanish.
Foods and Nutrition B.S. Program
This program is designed to prepare students for employment in nutrition and dietetics, or advanced study in the field. Two concentrations are available. Courses cover topics like medical nutrition, biochemistry and food production.
Psychology B.A. Program
This program requires 40 credits and a capstone project. Courses include statistical research, cognitive processes and human development.
Religious Studies and Philosophy B.A. Program
This program requires 36 credits and a capstone project. Course subjects include the Bible, sexuality ethics and moral theology.
Rutgers University, Thomas Edison State College and the College of Saint Elizabeth all offer continuing education programs in New Jersey. Some programs culminate in a certificate or bachelor's degree.