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Micro-Credentials and Badges

Quinnipiac’s extensive library of micro-credentials and digital badges are awarded to students to acknowledge their acquisition of specialized training, skills and abilities. Structured as a series of fast-paced and stackable courses, micro-credentials and badges provide learners with a unique indicator of their accomplishments to share with colleagues, managers and prospective employers.

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Why earn a micro-credential?

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By earning a micro-credential, learners across a wide array of industries, verticals and professional fields are able to showcase the acquisition of specialized knowledge that offers unique value in the workplace. Micro-credentials are flexible and versatile, designed and delivered in an accelerated format by our experienced faculty and industry thought leaders who understand critical shortages and skills gaps.

All students who complete a micro-credential associated with academic credit or co-curricular experiences will receive a designation on their transcript and a digital badge through Credly. Micro-credential earners are encouraged to share their achievements on resumes, social media platforms and e-portfolios.

Learners can begin their pursuit of micro-credentials at any level; individuals who are new to the field are best suited for Participation or Level I badges, whereas experienced professionals might be more interested in advanced Level III Badges or Level IV Certifications. More information about our micro-credential taxonomy can be found below. 

From awareness to proficiency and mastery

Participation

These badges recognize that a professional or community member attended a physical or virtual course, conference or seminar and acknowledge the learner's introduction to a particular topic of interest.

Level I

These badges reflect the learner's acquisition of skills, vocabulary or best practices that will be beneficial and relevant outside of the classroom within an authentic working environment.

Level II

These badges signify that learners are able to perform or produce an observable product that will be useful in professional environments. Subject matter experts will evaluate the artifacts produced by learners for quality.

Level III

These badges are awarded to learners who have demonstrated mastery of tactical skills and knowledge that can be applied in professional working environments. Learners must showcase their ability to apply a collection of competencies or industry standards in true-to-life environments.

Level IV

The highest level of micro-credentials we offer, Level IV badges are recognized by employers as a means of identifying learners who are qualified and capable of performing particular skills or sharing specialized knowledge within professional environments.

Certified

These badges are awarded to learners who complete learning experiences that result in the achievement of industry-recognized professional certifications. These certifications demonstrate the individual's mastery across a collection of competencies that are immediately applicable within professional environments.

Micro-credentials and digital badges at Quinnipiac

40-Hour Mediation (Continuing Education, Non-Credit)

Audience: Professionals

Credit Status: Not for Credit

Instructor: Bill Logue

Description: The 40-Hour Mediation micro-credential is awarded to learners who demonstrate competencies surrounding interest based negotiation, negotiation styles, stages of mediation, communication skills, impasse techniques, confidentiality and ethics.

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Applied Google Data Analytics (Undergraduate, For Credit)

Audience: Undergraduate

Credit Status: For Credit (6 credits)

Instructor: Jill Shahverdian

Description: The Applied Google Data Analytics micro-credential is awarded to learners who complete two courses, earn a Google Data Analytics Certification and demonstrate the application of a collection of competencies resulting in a portfolio of their work. Earners apply working knowledge of essential data analysis platforms including when and how to use them in the data lifecycle, translate a business question into a data analysis exercise, distill findings from data into actionable takeaways and work with data responsibly.

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Applied Healthcare Cyber Risk Management (Graduate, For Credit)

Audience: Graduate

Credit Status: For Credit (3 credits)

Instructor: Fred Scholl

Description: The Applied Healthcare Cyber Risk Management introduces students to concepts and practices needed to manage HIPAA compliance and security risks while instructing how to organize and facilitate these practices within an enterprise health organization. To earn this badge, students will demonstrate an understanding of managing and protecting sensitive data within hospitals and health systems. The badge contains three modules: HIPAA Compliance Risk Management, HIPAA Security Risk Analysis and Risk Management and Enterprise Cybersecurity Risk Management

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Applied Research (Undergraduate or Graduate, Non-Credit)

Audience: Current Quinnipiac Students 

Credit Status: Not for Credit

Instructor: Michael Ben-Avie

Description: The Applied Research micro-credentials, offered at both Level III and Level IV, are awarded to students who demonstrate proficiency in handling cognitive complexity in a research collaboration with a faculty member. Badge earners must excel in making sense of data patterns and anomalies, meticulously analyze evidence in situations where definitive solutions may be elusive, engage in innovative problem-solving and demonstrate not only their ability to consider and evaluate contrasting explanations but also their creativity.

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Community and Civic Engagement (Undergraduate or Graduate, Non-Credit)

Audience: Current Quinnipiac Students

Credit Status: Not for Credit

Instructor: Vincent Contrucci

Description: The Community and Civic Engagement micro-credential is awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in and commitment to community and civic engagement. 

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Designing Educational Resources for the Health Professions Micro-Credential (Graduate, For Credit)

Audience: Graduate

Credit Status: For Credit (6 Credits)

Instructor: Ruth Schwartz

Description: The Designing Educational Resources for the Health Professions micro-credential introduces the essentials of instructional design — a systematic approach that can guide the development of engaging and effective learning resources on health-related topics. Learners investigate the theory and practice of conducting a needs analysis, utilization of technology-based tools and strategies and the development, implementation and evaluation of an instructional plan.

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Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing (Graduate, For Credit)

Audience: Graduate

Credit Status: For Credit (3 credits)

Instructor: Fred Scholl

Description: The Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing micro-credential is awarded to learners who demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill required to plan, organize, and perform penetration testing on a simple network. Learners are prepared to sit for the CompTIA+ Certification and are able to write formal pen test reports, discuss legal and ethical requirements, scope a pen test project, execute basic commands in Kali Linux, collect open-source intelligence against a target, explain the difference between active and passive scanning, and scan a network using Nmap.

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Engineering Writing (Undergraduate, For Credit)

Audience: Undergraduate

Credit Status: For Credit (3 Credits)

Instructor: Ari Perez

Description: The Engineering Writing micro-credential is awarded to engineering students who demonstrate exceptional skills in writing within a range of tasks, such as lab reports, memos, feasibility plans and analyses. Learners must meet a set of particular benchmarks set by professionals as well as faculty, including language conventions, logical development, problem-solving and synthesis of appropriate evidence.

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Foundations of Web Development (Undergraduate, For Credit)

Audience: Undergraduate

Credit Status: For Credit (9 Credits)

Instructor: Kiku Jones

Description: The Foundations of Web Development micro-credential is awarded to students demonstrating foundational skills in client-side and server-side programming of web development as well as web analytics. Through projects in a series of courses, students learn and apply design principles, responsive layouts, accessibility, performance optimization, version control systems, architectural patterns, database integration, authentication, authorization, security, measurement planning, data collection, audience characteristics and more.

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Gender and Society (Undergraduate, For Credit)

Audience: Undergraduate

Credit Status: For Credit (6 Credits)

Instructor: Lauren Sardi

Description: The Gender and Society micro-credential is awarded to learners who demonstrate competencies surrounding contemporary issues of gender, sexuality and women’s studies in local and global contexts. Learners gain nuanced, interdisciplinary understandings of various concepts through several fields and are able to analyze current social and political issues about sex and gender through a contemporary lens to address inequity and oppression. Learners are able to identify social problems across institutions and apply new knowledge in a range of contexts.

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Approved Courses:
AN 210/WGS 211, AN/WGS 252, CJ/WGS 232, CJ/WGS 253, CJ/WGS 275, DR/WGS 288, EN/WGS 235, EN/WGS 338, HS/WGS 308, HS/WGS 309, HS/WGS 326, HS/WGS 328, LE/WGS 250, PL/WGS 330, PO/WGS 219, PO/WGS 387, PS/WGS 210, PS/WGS 262, PS/SO/WGS 284, SO/WGS 202, SO/WGS 255, SO/WGS 302, SO/WGS 303, SO/WGS 304, SO/WGS 306, SO/WGS 392, WGS 101, WGS 301, WGS 395

Interprofessional Healthcare Education (Undergraduate or Graduate, Non-Credit)

Audience: Current Quinnipiac Students

Credit Status: Not for Credit

Instructor: Kim Hartmann

Description: The Interprofessional Healthcare Education micro-credential is awarded to students who demonstrate the ability to: list each of the core competencies of interprofessional healthcare (IPEC, 2018); describe each core competency; identify each competency in patient simulations and standardized patient cases; apply each competency when working in an interprofessional team of students when given a patient; and analyze a patient or healthcare scenario. Students graduate with distinction.

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Interprofessional Relationship-Centered Leadership (Undergraduate or Graduate, Non-Credit)

Audience: Current Quinnipiac Students

Credit Status: Not for Credit

Instructor: Kim Hartmann

Description: The Interprofessional Relationship-Centered Leadership micro-credential is awarded for demonstration of skills, knowledge, and abilities related to 1) emotional intelligence in class and in practice; (2) building meaningful interpersonal relationships with interprofessional peers and care team members; (3) being an effective member and leader of a team in class and in health professions settings; and (4) applying interpersonal relationship and teaming skills with demonstrable impact on one’s own life, team members, patients, organizations or communities.

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Oncologic Physical Therapy (Graduate, For Credit)

Audience: Graduate

Credit Status: For Credit (6 credits, 2.5 CEUs)

Instructor: Erin Lampron

Description: This micro-credential is awarded to learners who demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill required by physical therapists working with the oncology population including an in depth understanding of pathophysiology, medical treatment, associated sequelae, and physical therapy examinations and interventions for oncology. Learners apply intervention techniques for patients with a history of cancer, including determining appropriate and safe exercise prescription.

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Undergraduate Nursing Research Distinction (Undergraduate, Non-Credit)

Audience: Current Quinnipiac Students

Credit Status: Not for Credit

Instructor: Cindy Barrere

Description: The Undergraduate Nursing Research Distinction micro-credential is awarded to students who demonstrate ethical standards for the protection of human subjects in research while conducting selected elements of the research process with the guidance of an experienced research faculty mentor or engagement in improvement science. Students collaborate with nurses or other healthcare professionals in the process of disseminating either research evidence or the application of scientific evidence as a poster, podium presentation or publication.

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How to register

Current students

Current students at Quinnipiac University can register for micro-credential courses using the form below.

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Non-matriculated students

If you are interested in earning a micro-credential but aren't currently enrolled in full-time study at Quinnipiac, you can register for certain courses as a non-degree-seeking student. In some cases, credits earned from completing these micro-credentials can be applied toward a graduate program should you decide to enroll at a later date.

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Interested in designing a micro-credential?

The Department of Lifelong Learning and the Center for Teaching and Learning assists in the development of micro-credentials, certifications and digital badges to formally recognize innovative student learning. Primarily, we help to envision educational and professional experiences that can be meaningfully sequenced so that particular skills and outcomes are easily recognized by multiple audiences, including peers, colleagues and employers. 

Quinnipiac faculty members who are interested in developing micro-credentials are encouraged to review the documents and resources housed on MyQ. Once all of the required information has been gathered, educators must submit the micro-credential prospectus form to the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council.

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Continuing Education

At Quinnipiac, we embrace students who share our commitment to lifelong learning and the personal and academic advancement that comes from it. With a wide array of online, on-campus and hybrid programs including graduate and post-graduate degrees, specialized micro-credentials and certifications in high-demand areas and customizable degree-completion programs, we have the resources to help you continue to quench your thirst for knowledge.

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Corporate Education and Partnerships

Partnering with Quinnipiac University enables you to strengthen your organization, advance the skills of your workforce and improve employee retention and satisfaction. As a partner, your company will gain access to customized learning solutions designed to provide a distinct advantage over your competitors. Meanwhile, your employees will immediately be eligible for significant savings on tuition as they work to complete their degrees, pursue graduate study or earn professional certifications

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The Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is a dedicated and passionate network of faculty and staff who work to build stronger educational communities and deliver more meaningful learning outcomes for our students. Together, we explore the principles of effective teaching, support scholarship and encourage collaboration across our three campuses, eight professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Micro-credentials are digital records that recognize the successful completion of learning activities and lead to industry-recognized and applicable skills and competencies. 

Much like for-credit courses, micro-credentials and digital badges adhere to a specific taxonomy framework that recognizes the level of involvement a learner needs to complete in order to earn the badges. Learners earn different levels of badges based on the intensity of learning activities and the rigor of assessments.

No. Learners can pursue any level of micro-credential or digital badge. Badges do not need to be earned concurrently or stacked upon one another.

Current students at Quinnipiac University can register for micro-credential courses using the Self-Service Platform. If you are interested in earning a micro-credential but aren't currently enrolled in full-time study at Quinnipiac, you can register for certain courses as a non-degree-seeking student by completing our course registration form to reserve your spot.

All students who complete a micro-credential associated with academic credit or co-curricular experiences will receive a designation on their transcript and a digital badge through Credly. Micro-credential earners are encouraged to share their achievements on resumes, social media platforms and e-portfolios.

Educators who are interested in developing micro-credentials can begin the process by submitting the micro-credential prospectus form to the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council.