Accounting

Accountants and auditors work for large corporations, small businesses and government agencies. Many of our graduates go on to become CPAs. Your accounting degree from Central Penn College puts you on a pathway to career success.

The Numbers Are On Your Side

Accountants are in high demand. The government is predicting 10% growth in accounting-related careers through 2026. Accountants and auditors in Pennsylvania––depending on experience––earn from $43,660 to $113,690 annually, with a median salary of $67,490.

As an Accounting major, you’ll learn how to interpret and analyze financial data… use various accounting and financial software… perform cost and revenue projections… and gain real-world experience during your internship with a local company.

Courses

Accounting I & II
Intermediate Accounting I, II & III
Managerial Accounting
Income Tax
Auditing
Cost Accounting
Finance I
Microeconomics
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
International Business
Organizational Behavior
Bachelor Degree Internship
Business Law
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Auditor
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Cost Estimator
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Preparer

People who thrive in this field

  • Detail-oriented
  • Problem-solver
  • Independent
  • Organized
  • Trustworthy
  • Client-focused
  • Strong time management skills

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“Central Penn’s Accounting program will provide you with the knowledge and the skills needed to succeed in this growing profession.”

Dr. Homiler Phanor, Chair of Accounting

Business Administration

Business is in our DNA. For more than 100 years, Central Penn College has been educating the business leaders of tomorrow today. Are you ready to benefit from our experience and join the next generation of business leaders?

Central Penn Means Business

Options. And plenty of them. That’s what a degree in Business Administration gives you.

Whether it’s running your own small business or joining a larger company, a Business Administration degree provides you the skills for succeeding as you move forward in today’s job market.

You’ll learn how to interpret and analyze data… use the latest business technologies and software… communicate effectively in writing and in-person… and create a successful business plan. You’ll be ready to meet the challenges presented by an ever-changing global economy head on.


Concentrations in this Major

BANKING & FINANCE

The Banking & Finance concentration prepares students to meet the demands of the banking and financial services industries, providing them with the skills and knowledge to function in both sectors. Students will gain a deep understanding of investments, insurance, credit analysis, personal financial management and international finance.

With Central Penn’s Banking & Finance concentration, students will be positioned to enter the workforce as loan officers, credit analysts, financial managers, planners or analysts, mortgage loan officers, branch managers, bank examiners, operations managers, compliance officers, commercial loan officers and commercial lenders.

HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION

Central Penn’s Healthcare Administration concentration immerses students in the public policies and politics that affect the healthcare industry. Students will become familiar with the various sectors of the industry and gain a deep understanding of the planning methods used within the healthcare field. The Healthcare Administration concentration will prepare students for administrative and strategic planning positions within all branches of the healthcare industry.

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

The Human Resource Management (HRM) explores the complex roles and practices of human resource professionals and departments. Students will gain HRM knowledge and skills related to workforce training and development, effective recruitment and retention strategies, current ethical and regulatory issues in employment, techniques for evaluating and improving performance, methods to construct compensation and benefit programs, and labor and management relations.

MANAGEMENT

Central Penn’s Management concentration conveys various management theories, the relationships required between departments in companies, and the planning and information software used in today’s business world. The Management concentration will prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors.

MARKETING

Our Marketing concentration will fully explore the application of marketing concepts to business models… the development of marketing campaigns and strategies… and the effective use of multimedia advertising. The Marketing concentration will prepare students for careers as sales representatives, marketing research analysts, advertising coordinators, public relations specialists, marketing managers and marketing communications specialists.

Courses

Accounting I & II
Introduction to Business
Finance I
Microeconomics
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Human Resources
International Business
Electronic Business
Organizational Behavior
Business Seminar
Bachelor Degree Internship
Business Law
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Business Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Financial Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Plant Supervisor
  • Market Research Analyst

People who thrive in this field

  • Risk-taker
  • Leader
  • Go-getter
  • People Person
  • Goal-oriented
  • Highly motivated
  • See the big picture

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“I’ve had a great experience at CPC. I felt the majority of the courses were applicable to my degree and the classes were provided in a format that was clear and easy to follow. I always found it easy to get in contact with my professors, if I had a question regarding an assignment or deadline.”

– Kiersten Giles, ‘19, Business Administration 

Corporate Communications

In today’s digital world, content is king. Everything from website copy to social media posts, from feature articles to Facebook live videos, requires relevant, engaging content. As a Corporate Communications major, you’ll be called upon to create content in a wide variety of formats, styles and genres. Ready to write your success story?

Amplify Your Potential

The ability to communicate clearly has never been more important. Whether you’re writing talking points for a CEO of a large corporation or creating copy for clients at a small advertising firm, a degree in Corporate Communications will give you vital skills for pursuing a rewarding career.

As a Corporate Communications major, you’ll learn how to write press releases and pitch them to the media… create engaging content for social media… develop programming for podcasts and other communication vehicles… hone your skills in media relations and crisis communications… and much more.

A degree in Corporate Communications positions you for a career in public relations, journalism, social media, internal communications, media relations, marketing, advertising and more.

Courses

Survey of Mass Communications
Media Writing
Public Relations
Communications Ethics
Journalism I
Writing for Public Relations
Desktop Publishing I
Organizational Communications & Leadership
Writing for Broadcast Media
Photojournalism
Feature Writing
Bachelor Degree Internship
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Public Relations
  • Reporter
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Communications
  • Digital Media
  • Social Media
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Events Planner
  • Speechwriter

People who thrive in this field

  • Detail-oriented
  • Extroverted
  • Storyteller
  • Open-minded
  • Self-driven
  • Conscientious
  • Explorer

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“Central Penn has helped me become the go-getter I am. My professors gave me the tools to succeed, but it was on me to make it happen.”

– Jasmine Hill ’14, Corporate Communications

Criminal Justice Administration

To serve and to protect… that’s what a degree in Criminal Justice Administration prepares you to do, whether it’s in the area of administrative services, law enforcement or government agencies.

Serving the Greater Good

You’ll learn how to conduct investigations… follow the chain of evidence… interview witnesses and suspects… and gain a deep understanding of applicable laws, due process and crime prevention techniques. Whether your career goal is a job with a public agency or private company, you’ll be workforce-ready when you enter this in-demand, professional field.

A Promising Future

Opportunities for graduates with a Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) degree are expected to increase––perhaps dramatically––due to the expected retirement of large numbers of baby boomers in the coming years. This phenomenon, dubbed the Silver Tsunami, will greatly impact federal and state agencies, leading to more job openings in the areas of administrative services, law enforcement, homeland security, corrections and the justice system.

Courses

Organizational Behavior
Criminal Justice
Intro to Corrections
Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration
Cyber Investigations
Societal Changes in Victimology
Essential Criminal Justice Research
Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
Bachelor Degree Internship
Criminal Procedure
Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
Investigative Report Writing
Criminal Law
Police Operations
Criminal Investigation
Principles of Management
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Police Officer
  • Secret Service
  • Forensic Science
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Customs Agent
  • State Trooper
  • IRS Investigator
  • FBI Agent
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Correctional Officer
  • CIA Agent

People who thrive in this field

  • Service-minded
  • Value integrity
  • Logical and intuitive
  • Good communicator
  • Community-focused
  • Concern for others
  • Multi-tasker

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“I chose Central Penn College because it’s local, has small class sizes, various course offerings and it offers students a chance to get a degree in a shorter amount of time.”

–Brittany Smith, ‘19, Criminal Justice Administration

Health Science

This rigorous undergraduate program will prepare you for an advanced healthcare degree. With a bachelor’s in Health Science, you’ll be ready to take the next step in your educational journey. Get the background you need to put your healthcare dreams front and center!

Flexible Degree, Solid Foundation

A bachelor’s in Health Science provides you with the academic foundation to pursue an advanced degree or enter the workforce in a variety of healthcare fields. Employment in the overall healthcare field is expected to increase by 18% through 2026, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics.

You’ll learn how to conduct scientific research in the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics… perform experiments and test hypotheses in a lab setting… study the connections between genetics and cell behavior… and gain a deep understanding of human development, psychology and physiology.

Healthcare is a growing field. A Health Science degree positions you for a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including: Diagnostic Services, Therapeutic Services, Support Services, Health Informatics and Research and Development.

Courses

Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I & II
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lab
Medical Law and Ethics
Healthcare Policies and Politics
Human Development
Advanced Biology I & II
Advanced Biology I & II Lab
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry Lab
Biochemistry
Biochemistry Lab
Genetics
General Physics I & II
General Physics I & II Lab
Advanced Microbiology
Advanced Microbiology Lab
Psychology
Advanced Nutrition for Healthcare Providers
Advanced Pharmacology
CE Capstone Course

Careers in this field include

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assisting
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chiropractic
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Healthcare Administration

People who thrive in this field

  • Detail-oriented
  • Caregiver
  • Strong work ethic
  • Self-driven, but also a team player
  • Effective communicator
  • Analytical

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“If you want to be a physician’s assistant or physical therapist, for instance, our Health Science program provides you the scientific background you need to pursue those advanced degrees.”

– Anne Bizup, Chair of Allied Health

Healthcare Management

Get the knowledge and skills you need to take the next step in your healthcare career. This program is designed for people––who have a healthcare background––and who are ready to become a leader in this growing field.

Reach Higher

Healthcare Management careers are expected to increase by 20% through 2026. In addition, healthcare managers with a bachelor’s degree and 1–2 years’ experience can earn up to $58,175, according to a recent report.

With this degree, you’ll be in an excellent position to join a growing field. The healthcare profession is predicted to add more than 4 million jobs through 2026. That means more doctors, nurses and therapists, but also more managers. If you like leading people, tackling challenges, solving problems and getting paid to do it, then the Healthcare Management program is for you!

As a Healthcare Management major, you’ll learn how to develop and enhance leadership skills… communicate effectively… identify appropriate resources… apply critical thinking skills in order to make informed business decisions… and much more.

Note: Healthcare Management courses are exclusively offered in an online format.

Courses

Medical Law and Ethics
Health Services Organization and Management
Healthcare Policies & Politics
Health Economics and Financing Strategies
Introduction to Business
Principles of Management
Healthcare Quality Management
Human Resources
Organizational Behavior
Business Communications
CE Capstone Course for the Bachelor Degree
The Interprofessional Healthcare Team
Hospital and Health Services Administration
Healthcare Leadership
Healthcare Planning and Marketing
Microeconomics
Principles of Marketing
Operations Management
Project Management
Organizational Change Management
Evaluation and Assessment
Training and Development
Leadership in Society
Race and Gender

Careers in this field include

  • Hospital Administrator
  • Ambulatory surgical centers
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Clinic Manager
  • Public Health Program Administrator
  • Patient Advocate
  • Healthcare Account Executive
  • Surgical Center Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Customer Care Manager

People who thrive in this field

  • Organized
  • Good Communicator
  • Multi-tasker
  • Analytical
  • Leader
  • Critical Thinker
  • Flexible

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“Loved Central Penn. I had a great educational experience. The accelerated program allowed me to reach my educational goals faster than I expected.”

– Kimberly Craig ’18, Healthcare Management

Homeland Security Management

Do you want to have a meaningful career? Use your knowledge and skills to make an impact on the lives of your fellow citizens? Combine passion and purpose in the service of others? Then our program in Homeland Security Management might just be what you’re looking for.

Vital. Necessary. Rewarding.

Homeland Security Management (HSM) is a growing field. Our degree program will prepare students to serve as qualified Homeland Security personnel at the local, state and federal levels. This program incorporates elements of law enforcement, infrastructure security, emergency management and intelligence analysis to provide students a broad understanding of these career fields.

As an HSM major, you’ll learn how to collect and analyze critical information… implement crisis management techniques… conduct criminal investigations… communicate effectively verbally and in writing… mining data to detect threats… and much more.

Courses

Principles of Management
Organizational Behavior
Criminal Investigation
Criminal Profiling: Policy and Practice
Investigative Report Writing
Terrorism
Security Management
Principles of Private Security
Homeland Security Management
Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
Emergency Management
Threats to Homeland Security
Global Conflict
Data Mining and Predictive Analysis
Environmental Security
Bachelor Degree Internship
Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Homeland Security Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Disaster Preparedness Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Law Enforcement Officer

People who thrive in this field

  • Analytical
  • Self-Driven
  • Other-Focused
  • Disciplined
  • Good Communicator
  • Sees the big picture
  • Flexible Thinker

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“Central Penn’s Homeland Security Management program prepares students for professional careers in this important field.”

– Professor John Contino

Information Technology

Like solving puzzles? Cracking codes? Connecting the dots? Are you fascinated by all things technology-related? Then a career in Information Technology might be the ticket for you.

Optimize Your Future

In today’s digital world, IT professionals are in high demand. With an Information Technology degree, you’ll have opportunities to work for major corporations, government agencies, nonprofit groups and small businesses.

As an IT major, you’ll learn how to write code for various applications… program using JAVA and other language… become experienced with SQL fundamentals… gain a deep understanding of operating systems, virtualization, firewalls, systems analysis and design… and much more.

At Central Penn, you have options to specialize in the following areas: Networking, Website development, Programming, Internet security and Software engineering.

Concentrations in this Major

APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT

Students will learn how to collaborate with management and lead project teams in developing applications to solve business problems. In addition to gaining hands-on technical skills, students will gain a deep understanding of the standards and principles of applications development and use that specialized knowledge to address new and challenging situations.

NETWORKING AND SECURITY

Students will learn how to lead project development teams in the design, installation and maintenance of complex networks. As part of Central Penn’s Networking and Security concentration, students will be trained on how to discover and disable malicious hacker and virus attacks.

Courses

Discrete Math
Structured Programming
Networking I & II
Microcomputer Systems
Data Modeling Foundations
Object-Oriented Programming I & II
SQL Fundamentals
Operating Systems
Cyber Ethics
Visual Programming
Network Management
Advanced Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
Advanced Routing
Advanced Switching
Firewalls and Intrusion Detection
Human-Computer Interaction
Systems Analysis and Design
Internet Programming I & II
Software Engineering
Virtualization
Bachelor Degree Internship
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Systems Analyst
  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Application Developer
  • Client Support Technician
  • IT Policy Specialist
  • IT Specialist

People who thrive in this field

  • Love all things tech
  • Problem-solver
  • Versatile
  • Lifelong Learner
  • Team Player
  • Conceptual Thinker
  • Analytical
  • Good sense of humor

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“My experience as an IT major has been great. The IT professors are very knowledgeable and always willing to help. The courses are set up in a way that allows you to get the information you need, but also to try and figure out some things on your own.”

– Sean Colyer, Current Information Technology Student

Legal Studies

Justice? Fairness? Equity? Are you passionate about these concepts? If you answered “yes,” then our Legal Studies program might just be what you’re looking for.

The Evidence Is In Your Favor

At Central Penn, you’ll receive an exceptional level of preparation for a paralegal career or a pre-law education. Our curriculum––taught by expert, licensed attorneys––includes hands-on legal research and writing, law office and courtroom procedures, and case preparation including participation in a mock trial. 

The job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is very good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting 15% job growth for these positions through 2026.

As a Legal Studies major, you’ll learn how to conduct legal research… communicate clearly and effectively in writing with attorneys… gain a deep understanding on the rules of evidence… apply the laws of procedures to factual evidence… and much more.

American Bar Association (ABA) Approved

The Legal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Paralegals may not provide legal services to the public except as permitted by law. The ABA approval requires that ten (10) hours of legal specialty courses be taken in the traditional (face-to-face) format.

Courses

Foundations in Law
Principles of Legal Research
Legal Research and Writing I & II
Criminal Procedure
Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
Contracts
Evidence
Torts
Administrative Law
Criminal Law
Legal Seminar
Civil Litigation I & II
Legal Communications
Advanced Legal Research and Writing
Internship/Capstone Course

Careers in this field include

  • Paralegal
  • Compliance Officer
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Assistant
  • Regulatory Officer
  • Corporate Investigator
  • Lobbyist
  • Private Legal Investigator

People who thrive in this field

  • Highly organized
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Methodical
  • Critical Thinker
  • Exhibits grace under pressure
  • Persistent
  • Empathetic

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“My journey at Central Penn has been amazing… everything from the professors and the students to the curriculum. All of my Legal Studies professors have gone above and beyond to embed certain techniques and tools that I can utilize in the legal field in order to be successful.”

Angely Rodriguez-Arroyo, ‘19, Legal Studies

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