The Rock Island University certificates are designed to be completed in order to ensure that students have received the necessary prerequisite coursework for each program. Students are only allowed to take courses from subsequent certificates if they have already completed the prerequisites for that specific course. Students are able to transfer previously completed college-level courses to fulfill certificate requirements.
Students may use all credits earned through the Rock Island University certificate programs toward a bachelor's degree. Students who complete all courses in the certificate program will have completed 97 undergraduate credits, leaving a minimum of 23 credits to complete a bachelor's degree. For students wishing to earn a bachelor's degree, these remaining credits can be completed through the St. Ambrose ACCEL BBA program.
- Certificate I - Analytical Business: This certificate is the first in the series and consists of 30 credits of undergraduate general education and basic business courses. This certificate gives the student a sound beginning to a business education.
- Certificate II - Business Management: Certificate II consists of 24 undergraduate credits that allow the student to delve deeper into the management aspect of business; focusing on both the managerial and organizational aspects of business. Satisfactory completion of Certificate I is a prerequisite for Certificate II.
- Certificate III - Organizational Leadership: Certificate III consists of 18 undergraduate credits, and allows for a deeper study into leadership within the organization. Students focus on leadership theories, organizational communications, strategic management and policy as well as some of the more social aspects of leadership. Satisfactory completion of Certificate II is a prerequisite for Certificate III.
In compliance with US Department of Education guidelines, gainful employment information for the above certificate programs can be accessed online by clicking on this link.
- Certificate IV - East/West Studies: Certificate IV consists of 25 undergraduate credits designed to give students a better understanding of the interaction between eastern and western cultures. Students completing this certificate will gain a better understanding of areas where much of the conflict in the world is currently occurring.
Upon completion of your individual certificate, please contact your ACCEL academic advisor: Laurie Harrison or Jen Aplington.