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The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is proud to offer a variety of courses and certificates focused on the health care profession. Make a career change or advance in your current health care career by adding highly demanded skills and abilities. Explore courses to develop your foundational healthcare skills, such as fluency in medical terminology or courses designed to make you an expert in maintaining electronic health records. In addition, the University of San Diego’s online courses and certificates offer:

  • Emerging curriculum from a nationally ranked university
  • Top faculty and experienced industry practitioners
  • Affordable tuition for high-quality courses
  • Earn a certificate as evidence of learned core competencies
  • Small class size with personalized attention and superior student services support

With the health care industry being one of the fastest-growing markets in the United States, now is the time to invest in yourself and your education. Take the next step in your health care career with the University of San Diego.

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Featured Healthcare Certificates

This certificate enables those new to the healthcare field the ability to gain insight and knowledge of Electronic Health Records. Also provides an opportunity for seasoned healthcare professionals to up-skill.

Who is the program for?

Our health care courses and certificate programs are designed for working health care professionals as well as career changers who are looking to develop and bolster key in-demand traditional and digital skills. This includes:

  • Medical facility administrators and technicians
  • Clinical care providers
  • Electronic health records (EHR) professionals
  • Those looking to broaden their grasp of in-demand industry knowledge

Features & Formats

The top reasons so many healthcare professionals enroll in our educator programs include:

  • Continuing your lifelong education at a nationally ranked university with proven programs and cutting-edge curriculum.
  • Positioning yourself for potential salary increases by expanding your knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas.
  • Gaining the insights and tools needed to become more effective in your role or position yourself for leadership positions.
  • Strengthening your resume by listing continuing education achievements that make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.
  • Learning from expert faculty instructors who are also experienced healthcare professionals.
  • Benefiting from small class sizes that offer personalized instruction and support to enhance learning.
  • Augmenting your professional growth by engaging in networking opportunities with faculty and fellow students.
  • Signing up for convenient and flexible program schedules, with no application required.
  • Completing a career-building certificate in less than 10 months, quicker than it typically takes to earn a graduate degree.

Available Formats

The University of San Diego offers high-quality online courses and programs geared to lifelong learning, professional growth, and career advancement in a convenient Online Self-Paced format. Benefits of Online Self-Paced format include:

  • The flexibility to work on assignments anytime;
  • No set due dates for assignments and projects; and
  • Having up to six months to complete the course.

Key Benefits of Health care Courses

Career Advancement

Our resume-building health care courses and certificates offer cutting-edge curriculum to help you expand your skills, and your career opportunities.

Personalized Education

Small class sizes mean you get personalized attention from instructor-practitioners with real-world health care experience.

Flexible Scheduling

Choose 100% online health care courses for optimal scheduling flexibility to balance your work, USD studies and family life.

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Expert Health Care Instructors

The health care faculty members at the University of San Diego’s Division Professional & Continuing Education possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience. USD PCE health care faculty attributes and benefits include:

  • Experienced health care instructor-practitioners
  • Instructors who are engaged and accessible
  • Small class sizes with personalized attention
  • Opportunities for professional networking
  • Faculty connections/health care industry contacts
  • Passion for teaching and lifelong learning
  • Skilled educators who are invested in your success

Is USD Right for Me?

USD’s widely respected Division of Professional & Continuing Education is dedicated to connecting students with high-quality courses and certificate programs.

If you are passionate about lifelong learning or if you are seeking educational opportunities to gain specific knowledge and skills for personal or career advancement reasons, then (yes!) the University of San Diego is right for you.

Informative Stats and Facts


USD has been crafting high-quality curriculum for over 70 years


Number of students who have enhanced their career


Majority of courses are offered in flexible and convenient formats

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for the courses in the Programs?

For successful completion of the certificate programs the following requirements are needed:

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a Master degree program?

Unfortunately most of our courses do not count towards a degree, unless otherwise stated on the course website page. Credit earned in some of our courses may be accepted by some universities as applicable towards a degree but that would be at the discretion of the university.

Can the Division of Professional and Continuing Education help in the process of issuing the Student Int’l Visa (F1)?

Certificate programs offered through the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) at the University of San Diego, are not supported with I-20 assistance (student visas) at this moment. However, PCE’s English Language Academy (ELA) offers I-20 assistance and students who are participating in ELA programs may also participate in other PCE programs. For additional information, please call 1 619-260-8887.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree program with the University of San Diego, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can issue a Form I-20 to international students who have been accepted to degree program at the University. The application procedures, deadlines, and the Admissions Office contact information can be found on USD’s Undergraduate Admissions page.

What are the options regarding housing for the students that are coming from outside San Diego?

On-campus housing is subject to availability, for information please contact Residential Life at

USD is located 5 minutes from Hotel Circle which offers a variety of hotels/motels with varying price points to fit different budgets. There are also apartment options close to campus; for information about these options, please click here.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What if I can’t complete a course?

An Incomplete (INC) grade is available in some circumstances. The instructor makes the final determination of acceptance of assigning an incomplete grade based on the level of work already completed and the amount of assignments remaining. (Policies)

To receive an ‘INC’ grade, students must complete a Petition for Incomplete and forward it to PCE. PCE will then forward the Petition to the instructor for approval. If coursework is not completed in the agreed extension period, a final grade is assigned, all ‘INC’ grades convert to ‘F’ grades or ‘NG’ (No Grade). (Petition)

Is there an application or admission requirement?

No application is required. Unless otherwise listed within the program specific information, there are no admissions requirements.

How can I get more information about a course?

For additional information regarding any of our courses or programs please complete the Contact Us Form or you may call our office during business hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658.

Where can I find a course description?

Search for your course name or number using Search Courses* fill out as much information about your course as you know and click search. If you cannot find the course you are looking for, please Contact Us

Can I expect to receive an enrollment confirmation?

Yes, you will receive an email detailing the courses and their dates, times, and location, as well as directions to the classroom and other necessary information.

How much are courses?

Check the course section for current tuition fees.

Do you offer discounts?

No, unless otherwise noted.

How can I pay for the courses?

You may pay online with a credit card (we accept MasterCard and Visa) or call Enrollment and Student Services during business hours at 1 619-260-4585. Registrations must be paid in full prior to the first day of course.

What if I have to drop a course?

Students who need to drop a course due to extenuating circumstances may receive a refund, if the request is received prior to the first day or start date of the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% or $50, whichever is higher. There are no refunds once the course begins. Learn about our registration policies here. A full refund is provided if PCE cancels a course.

Can I transfer in courses to certificate programs from other colleges and universities?

Only University of San Diego courses count towards receiving the certificate from USD.

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

What are your registration/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies.

I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

Independent Study Self-Paced courses – USD allows 9 months from the date of registration to complete an independent study formatted course and submit all completed course work for evaluation.

Online Self-Paced courses – USD allows 6 months from the date of registration to complete an online self-paced formatted course and submit all assignments for evaluation within this period.

If you need additional time and would like to make an extension request, contact us prior to your upcoming deadline at or call between 8:30AM – 5:00PM (PST), M-F, at (619) 260-4585 or toll free at (888) 321-6658 for a one-time extension. If an extension is granted, it is final.

Classroom, Online Fixed-Date, and Credit Validation formatted courses do not allow for any additional time to complete assignments.

How can I receive a receipt for tax purposes?

A payment confirmation is automatically sent via email once you have registered and paid for a course through the website, please save these receipts for tax purposes. In addition, you can access receipts in your Student Account, Account History.

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When do I become an alumni of a Program? Once I become part of a program, do I get any discount on courses?

Alumni are students who have successfully completed all the requirements of a certificate program. Find out more here.


Electronic health records have quickly become the industry standard in health care – find out how becoming proficient in these systems can set you up for success in your health care career.


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