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High-Value Certificate Programs Are Quick Way To Join A Career Field, Or Enhance Your Own

Posted by Tami Russell on Jul 7, 2017 4:34:01 PM


As 4th of July festivities wind down and people ease in to the dog days of summer, many individuals begin looking ahead to the quickening pace of the fall.  If your plans include an investment in your future and your career, it’s worth a quick look at the PDI Fall Program Catalog to explore all the ways to enter a new career as well as the additional programs designed to enhance opportunities in your current career.

New programs are scheduled every fall, spring and, in some curriculums, summer.  Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up in the next 60 days.

Certificate Program in Professional Private Investigations

Quick Fact:  The Private Investigations Certificate Program is offered both online and live in Dallas!

Work with educators and field experts while earning the Certificate in Professional Private Investigations from PDI of the University of North Texas. This program prepares students to enter the field of private investigations. Every program is taught by professional faculty, attorneys and practitioners in the field. This curriculum offers over 200 hours of instruction. Upon completion, participants earn the Certificate in Professional Private Investigations from PDI and, after meeting certain licensing requirements, are eligible to sit for the Texas licensing PI exam.

Paralegal Certificate Program

Quick Fact: The Paralegal Certificate Program has been offered in North Texas for more than 25 years!

The 8- week, comprehensive Paralegal Certificate program is all online.  New modules are released each week over the 8 week span, with instructors available for feedback and guidance. This unique program gives distance learners the opportunity to complete the entire program with no classroom time. Comprehensive materials are included in the program fee. Instructors, course creators and authors include an expert group of attorneys, paralegals and specialists. Don't wait to start your future!

Dental Assistant

Quick Fact: Dental Assisting is a fast-growing career with numerous entry positions nation-wide!

PDI’s Dental Assistant program offers practical, hands-on training during an intensive, 14-week program.  Students meet two evenings per week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.  The program consists of 160 total hours of training. These hours include an important Externship which includes working/observing in a functioning dental facility.  This program is a hands-on learning experience. Train with x-ray systems and utilize dental practice software. At the conclusion of the program, students may take the State licensing exam.

 North Texas Forensic Academy 

Quick Fact:  The NTFA is welcoming a new program advisor and updated curriculum - stay tuned for details!

If you want to enter the CSI field or enhance your crime scene investigation skills as a law enforcement professional, the North Texas Forensic Academy certificate program is your answer. This academy provides the highest level of crime scene training taught by industry professionals with real-world experience. The curriculum features hands-on training in a variety of areas including: fingerprint processing, digital photography, assault and death scene investigations, trace and impression evidence, firearm evidence and courtroom testimony.

PHR/SPHR Certification Program

Quick Fact:  The exam is tough!  Give yourself every advantage with a comprehensive review program!

Enroll today in a program designed to expand your HR knowledge and skills and prepare you for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR ®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) certification exams. The curriculum covers the newly updated HRCI body of knowledge which develops competencies and decision-making skills demanded of the profession.

Medical Assistant

Quick Fact:  There are a number of valuable certificates available for working Medical Assistants that pay off in improved opportunities at work.  Learn more about the CCMA, CPT and CET exams!

Enter the world of healthcare careers by becoming a Medical Assistant.   PDI is offering an accelerated 12-week program to help you gain the knowledge and practical experience to sit for the National Healthcareer Association exam for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant profession.

Medical Coding and Billing

Quick Fact:  Being familiar with the systems and terminology in Medical Coding is a must for a healthy career start.  Get what you need now!

Enhance your career in the fast-growing medical industry with a medical coding designation. All-inclusive program ends with the Certified Medical Coder (CMC®) exam.

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