Accounting

Do you have a nose for numbers? Like solving problems? Digging into data? If yes, then a career in Accounting might be just what you’re looking for.

It Adds Up

As an Accounting major, you’ll learn how to use various accounting and financial software… hone problem-solving skills… communicate in a professional manner… develop a deep understanding of tax and other financial laws and regulations… and much more. 

Most companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups require the use of accounting personnel to operate successfully. Our Accounting program prepares you to be workforce-ready once you graduate.

Courses

Accounting I & II
Intermediate Accounting I & II
Managerial Accounting
Data Management Applications
Income Tax
Nonprofit Accounting
Cost Accounting
Finance I
Microeconomics
Associate Degree Internship
Business Law
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Accounts Receivable Clerk
  • Accounts Payable Clerk
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Examiner
  • Tax Preparer

People who thrive in this field

  • Problem-solver
  • Organized
  • Good Communicator
  • Trustworthy
  • Strong customer service skills

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“This degree program provides students a strong foundation in Accounting that leads to employment in this field.”

– Doug Fisher, Interim Chair of the Business Department

Communications

Got something to say and like saying it well? Do you like telling stories? Are you inspired by quality journalism… a powerful news story… a well-written feature? Then a Communications career might be right for you.

Your Potential, Empowered

In today’s fast-paced digital world, Communications has taken on even greater importance. Large corporations, small businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies all have communications teams to provide messaging to their internal and external audiences through various channels––web, social, email, print, broadcast, events and more.

In our Communications program, you’ll build on your current strengths… gain new skills and knowledge… and begin to fully develop your unique voice.

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

Courses

Advertising
Survey of Mass Communications
Digital Photography
Digital Image Editing
Media Writing
Public Relations
Journalism I
Writing for Public Relations
Desktop Publishing I
Opinion Writing
Feature Writing
Communications Law
Associate Degree Internship
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Public Relations
  • Radio and TV
  • Writer
  • Communications Assist.
  • Events Planner
  • Marketing Rep.

People who thrive in this field

  • Outgoing
  • Curious
  • Interested in people
  • Empathetic
  • Conscientious
  • Explorer

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“A Communications degree can open doors to careers in many types of industries.”

Jared Rife, Director of General Education and Humanities.

Computer Information Systems

Do you love playing video games? Have you ever built a website? Are you fascinated by all things tech-related? Then a degree in Computer Information Systems might be right for you.

Develop Your Full Potential

In today’s digital world, those who have an IT degree are in high demand from employers. Our Computer Information Systems (CIS) program will give you the skills you need to enter this growing field.

As a CIS major, you’ll become experienced using SQL fundamentals, JAVA language and C++ programming… examining and testing firewalls… installing and configuring software… coding with HTML and XML… and much more.

Your career in IT awaits. Get started today!

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

Structured Programming
Networking I & II
Data Modeling Foundations
Object-Oriented Programming I & II
SQL Fundamentals
Systems Analysis and Design
Internet Programming I
Firewalls and Intrusion Detection
Virtualization
Associate Degree Internship
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Computer Systems Manager
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • Network Systems Analyst
  • Data Communications Analyst
  • Telecommunications Specialist
  • Computer Specialist

People who thrive in this field

  • Problem-solver
  • Versatile
  • Focused
  • See the big picture
  • Analytical

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“I was hired into a programming position within a few weeks of graduating––a testament to the reputation of a Central Penn education!”

– Diane Weller, ‘83, Computer Information Systems

Criminal Justice

Are you passionate about serving others? Are you community-minded? Do you want to help make the world a better and safer place? Then a career in Criminal Justice might be right for you.

Putting Community First

Criminal Justice majors work for numerous public and private organizations at the local, state and national levels. Opportunities are expected to increase for Criminal Justice majors due to many employees, who currently work in this profession, reaching retirement age.

As a Criminal Justice major, you’ll learn how to conduct investigations… apply critical thinking techniques to find solutions… act professionally and ethically in a variety of situations… and much more. 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.

Courses

Principles of Management
Criminal Justice
Introduction to Corrections
Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration
Essential Criminal Justice Research
Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
Criminal Procedure
Criminal Law
Psychology of the Criminal
Police Operations
Criminal Investigation
Evidence
Job Pursuit Seminar
Associate Degree Internsh

Careers in this field include

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Caseworker
  • Private Investigator
  • Loss Prevention Specialist

People who thrive in this field

  • Service-minded
  • Value integrity
  • Good communicator
  • Community-focused
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Multi-tasker

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“This two-year Criminal Justice program will prepare you for a variety of careers in this vital field.”

Dr. Sam Morgan, Chair of Criminal Justice

Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Run your business… like a business! Get the knowledge and skills you need to convert your idea into a business. Or, if you already own your own company, you’ll learn the ins–and–outs of becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Blaze Your Own Path

Small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy. They drive innovation… they launch breakthrough products and services… they find new ways to improve the customer experience.

If you’re thinking about starting your own company… or if you’re already running your own business and want to do it better, our Entrepreneurship & Small Business program is for you.

You’ll learn how to create a business plan… analyze trends… conduct research… hone interpersonal skills… implement marketing strategies… and much more. 

Central Penn College ­has been creating entrepreneurs since 1881

While learning about the fundamentals of innovation and initiative, you will gain real-world experience creating and shaping the future of a company. Our experienced faculty will guide you and provide valuable insight into owning and running a small business.

Courses

Accounting I & II
Managerial Accounting
Income Tax
Introduction to Business
Spreadsheet Applications
Finance I
Microeconomics
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Human Resources
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Associate Degree Internship
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Business owner
  • Consultant
  • Salesperson
  • Fundraiser
  • Recruiter
  • Trainer
  • Account Manager
  • Business Developer

People who thrive in this field

  • Self-motivated
  • Passionate
  • Flexible
  • Risk-taker
  • Goal-oriented
  • Determined
  • Enthusiastic

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“Central Penn opened up my mind to other possibilities. Getting involved in the college groups, clubs and opening up my eyes to giving back to the community. The college was extremely supportive and will always be a part of my success story.”

– Kendra Elliott ’14, Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Marketing

Do you like motivating people to take action? Planning events? Promoting a cause… a band… a TV show? Then a degree in Marketing might just be what you’re looking for!

Jumpstart Your Future

Marketing drives modern business. From major corporations and government organizations to small businesses and boutique ad agencies, they all rely on marketing to get their message out to current and prospective customers.

As a Marketing major, you’ll learn how to plan and launch a marketing campaign… implement marketing strategies… write marketing reports and ad copy… communicate with internal and external stakeholders… and much more.

Courses

Introduction to Business
Fundamentals of Selling
Microeconomics
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Human Resources
Advertising
Strategic Planning and Marketing Communications
Nonprofit Organizations
Marketing Research
Associate Degree Internship
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Business Operations Specialist
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Marketing Communications Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Business Operations Specialist

People who thrive in this field

  • Persuasive
  • Innovative
  • Self-starter
  • Passionate
  • People Person
  • Enjoys challenges
  • Problem-Solver
  • Team Player

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“Central Penn’s Marketing program will give you the skills and knowledge to join the field of marketing or advertising once you graduate.”

– Interim Dean of Professional Studies Ben Lipschutz

Medical Assisting

Do you have what it takes to assist doctors in delivering compassionate, effective medical care? Then Central Penn College’s Medical Assisting program may be the perfect fit for you! Medical Assisting students will gain practical, real-world experience in our simulated medical office.

Compassionate Care Personalized

How would you like to learn to draw blood, prepare patients for exams, administer medications and injections or even assist with minor surgery? With our Medical Assisting degree, you can.

At Central Penn, you’ll learn from experts in the field about everything from bedside manner to patient care. This degree program will help you gain the skills necessary to work in a variety of healthcare facilities and assist doctors.

Graduate Satisfaction, Employer Satisfaction & Job Placement

Graduation Satisfaction

2016 Graduation Satisfaction: 100%

2015 Graduation Satisfaction: 100%

2014 Graduation Satisfaction: 100%

2013 Graduation Satisfaction: 100%

2012 Graduation Satisfaction: 100%

5 year Graduation Satisfaction: 100%

Employer Satisfaction

2016 Employer Satisfaction: 100%

2015 Employer Satisfaction: 100%

2014 Employer Satisfaction: 100%

2013 Employer Satisfaction: 100%

2012 Employer Satisfaction: 100%

5 year Employer Satisfaction: 100%

Information obtained from MAERB annual report. Percentage for Job Placement: 80% for the 2016 admission cohort.

Click here to view the essential functions and technical standards for medical assisting students.

Courses

Medical Terminology and Pharmacology
Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I & II
Medical Insurance
Allied Health Procedures
Medical Administrative Procedures
Clinical Procedures
Clinical Techniques
Disease and Diagnostic Methods
Medical Assisting Internship
Medical Laboratory
Medical Seminar
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Medical Assistant
  • Phlebotomist

People who thrive in this field

  • Compassionate
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexible
  • Multi-tasker
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Nonjudgmental

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“Our Medical Assisting program is very comprehensive and fully prepares students to enter the profession. Our MA students learn from experts in the field about everything from proper communication skills to quality patient care.”

Professor Nikki Marhefka, Director of the Medical Assisting program

Occupational Therapy Assistant

If you want a career where you make a difference, then consider becoming an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA). You’ll work with patients and help them overcome challenges. You’ll teach them techniques for maintaining independent living and a high quality of life. As an OTA, you have the power to change lives!

Improving Patient Quality of Life

As an OTA major, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the functioning of the human body, including sensorimotor, psychosocial and cognitive components… demonstrate clinical reasoning skills… learn how to administer treatments and screenings using appropriate procedures under the direction of an occupational therapist… and much more.

Our OTA program has one purpose and one purpose only––to prepare you to work as an occupational therapy assistant. And it’s the only one in the central Pennsylvania area!

Student Outcome Information

Number of Graduates

2015: 18

2016: 31

2017: 27

Graduation Rate

2015: 78%

2016: 78%

2017: 79%

Courses

Anatomy and Physiology I & II
Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lab
Fundamentals of Occupational Therapy
Therapeutic Techniques I & II
Developmental Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
Occupational Therapy in Physical Rehabilitation
Developing Professional Behaviors in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics
Pathology and Function
Level II Fieldwork Experience
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant

People who thrive in this field

  • Compassionate
  • Focused
  • Good Communicator
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • People Person
  • Difference-maker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Caring and empathetic

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“I loved the fast-paced program and I could immediately tell their OTA department was incredible. Looking back, I really don’t see how any other college could have offered me the experience that Central Penn did.”

Lindsey Burgard, ’19, Occupational Therapy Assistant

Paralegal

The legal profession continues to grow. As a paralegal, you could work for a large private law firm; a public agency, such as the Department of the Attorney General; or a small office with one or two lawyers. Good paralegals are in high demand.

A Key Member of Any Legal Team

This associate degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be practicing paralegals in law firms, government agencies, corporations and the courts.

As a student in our Paralegal program, you’ll learn to use legal terminology, principles and procedures… conduct legal research… draft briefs, memoranda and pleadings using proper legal formatting… prepare a case for trial… carry out tasks under the supervision of a lawyer… and much more.

Get the skills you need to pursue the career path you want!

ABA Approved

The Paralegal 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 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
Contracts
Criminal Law
Civil Litigation I & II
Evidence
Administrative Law
Legal Seminar
Internship for Paralegals
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Law Clerk
  • Title Examiner, Abstractor and Searcher
  • Legal Support Worker

People who thrive in this field

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“Paralegals are the unsung heroes of the legal profession. They work behind-the-scenes, doing extremely valuable work that enable attorneys to successfully do their jobs.”

–  Professor John DeLeo, Chair of Legal Studies

Physical Therapist Assistant

Do you like helping people? Want to be a difference-maker? Enjoy being active? Then a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant might be your calling.

It’s All In Your Hands

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a growing field. In fact, according to the Department of Labor, PTA jobs are projected to grow by 30% through 2026.

As a PTA major, you’ll learn how to deliver physical therapy services as described in a plan of care… communicate effectively with those involved in patient care, in an appropriate and professional manner… demonstrate sound clinical judgment… perform appropriate therapeutic interventions… and much more.

Our PTA program has one purpose and one purpose only––to prepare you to work as a physical therapist assistant.

Note: Our Physical Therapist Assistant program only accepts a limited number of students each academic year. Interested students should apply as early as possible.

If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call 717-728-2315 or email nicolepatterson@centralpenn.edu. The PTA program at Central Penn College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Courses

Anatomy and Physiology I & II Lecture
Anatomy and Physiology I & II Laboratory
Therapeutic Exercise
Professional Behaviors for the Allied Health Professional
Fundamentals of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist Assistant Procedures
Pathophysiology for PTA I & II
Modalities
Applied Kinesiology
Neurological Rehabilitation
Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Practice
Internship for Physical Therapist Assistant
Job Pursuit Seminar

Careers in this field include

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

People who thrive in this field

  • Caring
  • People Person
  • Good Communicator
  • Difference-maker
  • See the big picture
  • Encouraging
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Motivator

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“It was affordable, had an accelerated program, and Central Penn was one of the only colleges to offer Physical Therapist Assistant as a major.”

– Russell Englebert ’18, Physical Therapist Associate 

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