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A traditional course load or four-year path is not always suitable for everyone. At the Office of Adult & Continuing Education, we offer various programs that appeal to the masses, so that anyone can find what fits them best. We can help you acquire skills for personal and professional development to better your career or your future.

Professional Development Non-Credit Courses  

Professional development courses are a necessary tool for those interested in advancing their careers. These courses are ideal for those who need further education, but cannot take a full, traditional course load.  

Register for a professional development course:

  1. Select your professional development courses from the list below.
  2. Complete application
  3. Pay your bill before the deadline, following the instructions in the registration form.  

Please note, courses listed without a date or time will be updated once the minimum number of students show interest by signing up. In the event you sign up for a course that does not get enough interest, you will be notified and may choose to sign up for a different course.

Have questions about professional development courses? Contact the Office of Adult & Continuing Education at 302.857.6820 for more information.

OUPV Captain’s Course

The course consists of 56 hours of classroom instruction. The instruction covers navigation rules, nautical charts and publications, tides and current, weather, safety, marine firefighting, marlinspike and piloting (plotting) on nautical charts. At the conclusion, 5 separate written exams are given in the classroom which cover all subjects in the course. Successful students will be issued a certificate which, along with other requirements, may lead to issuance by the US Coast Guard of a license to operate a vessel with up to six passengers at a time (6-pack license).

Student Tuition:  $850

Class Dates/Times:  Runs for three consecutive weekends in October 2018 – Friday, October 12 (6-10 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday October 13 & 14 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.); Friday, October 19 (6-10 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday October 20 & 21 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.); Friday, October 26 (6-10 p.m.), Saturday and Sunday October 27 & 28 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).

Please call 302.857.6820 with any questions.

Test Preparation

SAT Preparatory Class

The SAT tests students’ verbal, mathematical and writing skills for admittance into college level programs. This course will prepare students for the SAT exam by focusing on lessons of how to approach each question. Students will practice on past SAT exams.

Dates/Times:  February 5, 2018 - March 30, 2018. Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Student Tuition:  $500. Includes books and access to online material for one year, a pre and post-test, as well as review of skills progression.

Legal Studies

Paralegal Certificate Course

This nationally acclaimed program is designed for legal workers at all levels. Students will be trained to interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law, prepare legal documents and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. Topics include legal terminology, introduction to evidentiary predicate, identifying relevant authority, introduction to legal research and legal writing and appellate procedure. This course will leave students with the knowledge to perform the necessary tasks as a paralegal in a law practice.

Offered when 6 or more students are available to register, for one evening a week (8 consecutive weeks).

Student Tuition:  $1599. *DSU students will receive a 20% discount.

Health Care Programs

Pharmacy Technician Program

This comprehensive 80 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

Course Contact Hours: 80 hrs.

Student Tuition:  $1,628 (Textbooks and PTCB CPhT Exam Fee included)

Tuesdays and Thursdays

June 5th – August 9th 2018

5:30pm – 9:30pm

Clinical Medical Assistant Program—140 Classroom Hours w/Clinical Externship

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.

Note:  Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Course Contact Hours: 140 hours + Clinical Externship

Student Tuition:  $2,754 (Textbooks and NHA CCMA Exam Fee included)

Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays

June 19th – September 20th 2018

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Saturdays (3/24; 4/7; 4/21; 5/5; 5/19 & 6/2)

9:00am – 4:30pm

Medical Administrative Assistant Program

This 50-hour course prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care industry. Medical Administrative Assistants, Medical Secretary, and Medical Records Clerks are all positions in great demand. This program covers important background information on the medical assisting profession and interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, medical records management and management of practice finances. This program is intended to provide students with a well-rounded introduction to medical administration so that a student can gain the necessary skills required to obtain a medical administrative assistant position in the health care field.

Note: This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) - Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.

Course Contact Hours: 50 hrs.

Student Tuition:  $1,114 (Textbooks and NHA CMAA exam fee included)

Mondays and Wednesdays

June 18th – August 8th 2018

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Professional Development Courses

Ethical Consideration for Client Welfare and Cultural Diversity

Delaware State University’s Department of Psychology is offering behavioral healthcare providers a 3-hour online ethics training on Ethical Consideration for Client Welfare and Cultural Diversity. This online ethics training is comprised of a power point presentation and a 20-question exam. The training is timed to last exactly 3 hours, and you must complete it in one sitting.  A certificate will be provided upon completion of the training. Three (3) Continuing Education Hours. Delaware Certificate Board Approved. Please click here to view the flyer.

Student Tuition:  $250

Property & Casualty Training

This class is formulated to aid students who desire to obtain a property and casualty insurance license for the State of Delaware. This class will cover all pertinent materials and information needed to assist students in successfully complete the state licensing exam by teaching product knowledge, terms, concepts, statutes and rules and regulations for both property and casualty insurance. The State of Delaware Insurance Licensing Candidate Handbook is included in the total fee for the class. Students are responsible for initiating a test and background check after the completion of course.

Student Tuition: $555

Project Management I-Fundamentals

This course is Part I of a III part series of Project Management courses. All project management preparation topic areas are covered, including the PMI knowledge areas. The PMBOK and many other reference texts. Participants evaluate their existing knowledge, determine what knowledge is missing, and create a study plan to fill the gap. Multiple exam questions on every topic are provided, including a complete exam simulation along with a review of answers and references. Workshop includes: five days of instructions, workshop reference material, project management certificate, PMP study kit and inclusive Boot Camps before exam.

Student Tuition: $1899

Certified Administrative Professional (CAP-OM)

Acquire the skills needed to prep for the CAP-OM Exams. Each section is designed based on five discussion items: 1) Management and Organizational Planning - apply the skills of being effective and efficient in the workplace.  2) Administrative Management - understanding the various forms, importance, and applications of written communications.  3) Managerial Communications - the key ingredient in all management functions.  4) Professional Protocols - business etiquette and protocols.  5) Economics and Financial Application - the way business is influenced by world economics and politics.

Workshop Fee: $489 General Public/$444 IAAP Members

CAP-OM Boot Camp (Included)

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Competency-Based Lesson Planning and Delivery

The overall purpose of this capacity building intervention is to help participants enhance the competencies that are prerequisite to effectively carrying out the core activities involved in Competency-based Training Planning and Delivery. The course places much emphasis on ensuring that facilitators of learning gain grounded understanding as to what is required when teaching toward achieving learning outcomes that are developmental and measurable. Another essential feature of the course is helping participants to determine and apply the best practice instructional and assessment of strategies for the CBET context. The course will also cover the basic concepts and practical methods attending to competency-based learning in each learning domain.

Duration:  24 hours (3 Days) of face-to-face Classroom instructions.

Award:  Upon fulfilling all the core course requirements, an individual is awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Competency-based Lesson Planning.

Registration Fee:  The cost for registration is $450, which includes course materials.

Advanced Certificate of Competency in Workforce Training and Development

This course prepares individuals to become competent and effective at carrying out the many and varied tasks associated with the design, delivery and coordination of training interventions and activities. Throughout this advanced course, participants will explore and gain deeper understanding of the research-informed perspectives and best practices that should be employed when attending to the different aspects of training planning and delivery. Each of the six course modules requires participants to thoughtfully and critically examine an area that is essential to the overall training planning and delivery process.

Duration: 40 Instructional Hrs. and 16 Hrs. of Independent Study

Award: Advanced Certificate of Competency in Workforce Training and Development

Tuition and Fees: The cost is $150/module, which is inclusive of all required course materials. There are 6 modules.

NOTE: Individuals who have completed comparable training/studies can request exemption from up to four (4) modules in this course. Persons seeking exemption must submit evidence of previous training completed. Exemption is at the discretion of the Course Facilitator.

Professional Trainer’s Certificate of Competency (Train-the-Trainer)

This is a professional Train-the-Trainer course, which places keen emphasis on the theories and applications associated with designing and facilitating competency-based learning interventions in both traditional and non-traditional learning environments. The course covers the essential steps that should be carried out in the preplanning and planning phases for a learning intervention, as well as core activities, related to teaching, learning and assessment, that must be emphasized throughout the delivery phase. The course content is applicable across multiple disciplines and, as such, each course participant is afforded the opportunity to relate the theories and applications to the area/sector (hospitality, security, manufacturing…) in which he/she operates (or will operate) as a professional trainer/instructor.

Duration:  4 Days of face-to-face and/or Online

Award:  Professional Trainer’s Certificate of Competency

Tuition and Fees:  The cost is $130/module, which is inclusive of all required course materials. There are 6 modules.

Theoretical Foundations and Applications of Critical Thinking

This Critical Thinking (CT) course is informed by academic research indicating that the ability to think critically is an essential prerequisite to effective decision making in any organization. To the extent that changes in the global environment have forced organizations to modify traditional routines, workplace decision makers are called upon to rethink traditional approaches for overcoming challenges that limit performance and, by extension, productivity and/or service delivery. The course places much emphasis on helping participants to gain practical understanding as to how psychological factors inform frames-of-references, which accounts for how the individual interprets, makes meaning, and take action. Course participants engage in experiential learning activities that will enable them to accurately assess their own passively acquired frames-of-references. This kind of self-assessment will serve as a basis for understanding and valuing the role of CT as a tool for overcoming situated thinking. The culminating desired outcome of the CT course is to ensure that workplace supervisors and managers gain grounded understanding as to the applicability of CT strategies towards creative problem solving, conflict/dispute management, work team empowerment, performance enhancement, workplace efficiency, and productivity.

Duration:  2 Days (16 Hours)

Award:  Certificate of Advanced Training in the Theoretical Foundations and Applications of CT

Tuition and Fees:  The cost is $120/module, which is inclusive of all required course materials. There are 4 modules.

Youth Development Specialist Certificate Course (Designing & Facilitating Teaching-Learning Interventions for At-Risk Youth Groups)

This course is a professional development intervention for Youth Development Practitioners. Primarily, the course is aimed at capacitating individuals who serve as instructors/facilitators, youth coaches, mentors, as well as youth development program coordinators and supervisors with the research informed competencies for designing and facilitating developmental teaching-learning interventions for at-risk and special-needs youth groups. The course places much emphasis on ensuring that participants understand the root causes of Observable Behavioral Norms (OBN). Towards ensuring that the course participants gain meaningful understanding as to the nature of such norms, the course examines the different “Versions of Change” and the established strategies for attaining each version. Additionally, participants will gain understanding of transformation as an ideal version of change, and will discover, experientially, the best-practice strategies for achieving this ideal. Transformation, for the purpose of the course, is representative of change that is underpinned by alteration in Psychological Meaning Schemas. Accordingly, course participants, by way of engaging in the scheduled learning activities, will gain grounded awareness as to how the transformational learning process is initiated, sustained, and concluded. The culminating desired outcome for this course is to capacitate participants with core competencies that will enable them to effectively design and facilitate developmental learning interventions for at-risk-youth.

Duration:  2 Face-to-Face days or 2 Weeks Online

Award:  Youth Development Specialist Certificate of Competency

Tuition and Fees:  The cost is $150/module, which is inclusive of all required course materials. There are 5 modules.

Certificate of Training in Professional Customer Service (This Course Addresses the Theories and Best-practices of Customer Service as a Professional Practice)

This course engages participants in critically reflective and thoughtful analysis of the roles and functions of a customer service representative/agent. The course attends to customer service as a professional practice that is informed by deep understanding of the root causes of human behavioral norms/ideals, as well as best-practice guidelines for being professionally responsive at all times. The course also gives meaningful recognition to the fact that a customer service representative/agent faces the difficult task of having to engage with multiple personalities, and that he/she must have the ability to exercise mindful affective judgment and control, especially when making decisions and/or taking action that will have implications for the workplace/employer. As such, the course places keen emphasis on ensuring that each course participant enhances his/her emotional intelligence and critical thinking competencies as a basis for providing ongoing exceptional customer service. Through individual and small group explorations, course participants will critically examine various taken-for-granted terms, concepts and practices related to customer service. From a more practical standpoint, the course is delivered in a manner that is experiential and transformational. Importantly, each course participant will be required to relate the theoretical guidelines and proposed best-practices to the context/situation in which he/she serves (or will serve) as a professional customer service representative/agent.

Duration:  1 Day of Face-to-face Classroom (Online Option Available)

Award:  Certificate of Training in Professional Customer Service

Tuition and Fees:  The cost is $50/module, which is inclusive of all required course materials. There are 6 modules.

Non-Profit Management

Course will include a high level overview of incorporation, organization and other issues pertinent to anyone involved with a nonprofit startup. Understand the basic concepts of how to incorporate, select a board of directors, write bylaws, obtain tax exempt status, develop a budget, create a marketing plan and explore fundraising.

Price is $80.

Entrepreneurship Classes

Microsoft Office 2013

Learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at varying levels.

Workshop Fee: $70 (One Day Session)

Online Mobile Development

This course is an introduction to mobile development on the popular iOS platform.  The course covers mobile design concepts, mobile interfaces, Swift language core concepts, networking and data storage and testing your app. By the end of the course students will be able to create an iOS app for iPhone and iPad, and submit your app to the iOS App Store.

Student Tuition:  $1585 (Materials Included)

Online Courses

Online Professional Development Courses

We offer a variety of online professional development courses through our education partners listed here. For more information on courses available and to register, please visit:

Cyber Security Certification Prep Courses (10-Week Online Courses)

Level 1-Overview of the Cyber Security Profession and Prep for A+ Certification ($2200)

The CompTIA A+ Certification is an internationally recognized testing program sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) that certifies the competency of entry-level service technicians in the computer industry. It lets employers know your achievement level and that you have the ability to do the job right, because you have the knowledge, technical skills and customer relations skills necessary for a successful computer service technician career.

Level 2-Introduction to Network Security and Prep for Network+ Certification ($1300)

The CompTIA A+ Certification is an internationally recognized testing program sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) that certifies the competency of entry-level service technicians in the computer industry. It lets employers know your achievement level and that you have the ability to do the job right, because you have the knowledge, technical skills and customer relations skills necessary for a successful computer service technician career.

Level 3-Advanced Cyber Security & Prep for Security Plus ($1500)

The CompTIA Security+ Certification is an internationally recognized testing program sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) that certifies the knowledge of a security professional in the IT industry. Security+ certification is recognized around the world as the benchmark for foundation-level security professionals. Incorporating a comprehensive range of security knowledge areas, Security+ was developed with input from industry, government, academia and front-line practitioners, so you can be assured of its relevance.

Grant Writing Courses

Grant Training Center Online Courses

Professional Proposal Writing Online Course. This comprehensive training includes all the topic-specific courses listed below. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $695. More information and to register.

Specific Courses Focused by Topics of Interest:

Finding the Right Grant Donors Online Course. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $135. More information and to register.

Strategically Planning Your Grant Requests Online Course. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $135. More information and to register.

Key Proposal Pieces:  Abstracts and Need Statements Online Course. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $135. More information and to register.

Key Proposal Pieces:  Goals, Objectives and Activities Online Course. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $135. More information and to register.

Key Proposal Pieces:  Outcomes, Evaluation and Budgets Online Course. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $135. More information and to register.

How to Persuade Grant Reviewers Online Course. Sessions start every Monday. Cost is $135. More information and to register.