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2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog 
2003-2004 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificate Programs Offered through the Continuing Education Division

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Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in Business Administration (18 Credits)

Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in Business Administration (18 Credits)
The Certificate of Postgraduate Studies in Business Administration provides an understanding of the functional areas common to all business enterprises. This program furnishes the broad training necessary for successful business management in a rapidly changing environment. The certificate program consists of courses in management, production, finance, marketing, accounting, and economics.

Each applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and provide a transcript from each institution attended. Students must be proficient in college algebra and the use of word processing and spreadsheet software.

For an application and further information contact:
The Graduate Program Office,
Maine Business School
University of Maine
5723 Donald P. Corbett Business Building
Orono, ME 04469-5723
Telephone: (207) 581-1973

Certificate in Health Care Administration (15 Credits)

The Certificate in Health Care Administration is a collaborative effort of Business, Public Administration, Nursing and Social Work to meet the growing need for advanced professional development and education in health care administration.

  • Professionals with public or business administration background who wish to prepare for leadership positions in health care management and administration.

  • Professionals working in the health care field such as doctors, nurses, social workers and allied health professionals who seek advanced knowledge and skills in health care administration.

  • Individuals also interested in pursuing a graduate degree in conjunction with the certificate program.

  • All classes (except the Business courses and the business course prerequisites) will be taught live at the Acadia Hospital (Bangor, Maine) and viewed through Eastern Maine Healthcare’s interactive videoconference system at Inland Hospital (Waterville, Maine), the Aroostook Medical Center (Presque Isle), and the Acadia Clinic at the Blue Hill Hospital, (Blue Hill, Maine).

    For futher information, to enroll in the certificate program or to make an appointment, contact Becky Fielder, Public Administration Department, North Stevens Hall, Orono. E-Mail: or phone (207) 581-1886.

    The 15 credit Certificate in Health Care Administration includes the following courses:

    Graduate Certification Information Systems (18 Credits)

    Technology is transforming today’s organizations and information has become the lifeblood of modern enterprises. Information systems are vastly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations and allowing industry and commerce to provide innovative new services and products. As the need for information and its supply expands, the demand for knowledgeable analysts, integrators, designers, developers and administrators of such systems will continue to grow.

    Three of the required six courses are offered in the fall (COS 598, SIE 451 & SIE 525) and the other three are offered typically in the spring (BUA 465, BUA 661 & COS 545). The courses may be taken on campus or by distance methods. Assuming that specific course prerequisites have been met, students may take up to two courses prior to formal admission into the graduate school. However, formal admission is highly recommended prior to taking a course to ensure that it counts towards a graduate program.

    Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems program must qualify for and be admitted to the University of Maine Graduate School in either the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems program of the Master of Science in Information Systems. The graduate school standards for admission to either program are identical. In addition to an application and official transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree, applicants must submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam and three letters of reference. For an application for admission, contact the Graduate School.

    Distance Education Issues All lectures for the courses offered through this program will be videotaped and offered on-line using video streaming from the Continuing Education server. Other than textbooks, instructors are placing all or most of their course materials on-line. Some courses may require some travel to campus to complete laboratory exercises. The courses may be taken in any order provided prerequisites for each individual course have first been completed. In order to take the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems courses by distance methods, access, software and hardware requirements must be met.

    Course Prerequisites The minimum general prerequisites for admission to the certificate program include the following:

  • MAT 126 - Calculus I
  • MAT 232 - Principles of Statistical Inference
  • or
  • MAT 215 - Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics
  • COS 220 - Introduction to Computer Science I (C++ programming)
  • Comparable courses completed at other universities may fulfill these prerequisite requirements.

    Students Eligibility and Admission Criteria

    Application for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems is through submittal of an application for admission to this specific certificate program through the graduate school. Only those formally admitted to the graduate school will be allowed to pursue this graduate certificate program. Those with less than a GRE of 1500 (or GMAT equivalent) and lower than an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 are discouraged from submitting an application to the program. The time limit for completion of the Graduate Certificate is the same as that set by the Graduate School for completion of a master’s degree.

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    Certificate of Studies in Accounting (21Credits)

    The University of Maine Business School Certificate of Studies in Accounting (CSA) is designed for individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a field other than accounting and who want to prepare to enter the accounting profession. The CSA provides an understanding of the body of technical knowledge common to all practicing accountants. The program furnishes the broad training in accounting necessary to take the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam in Maine. The Certificate Program requires twenty-four credit hours in accounting (8 courses).

    • Each applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and provide a transcript from each institution attended.
    • All courses must be taken for credit (no pass/fail permitted).
    • All course work must be completed with at least a 2.0 overall grade point average.
    • Including the last 12 credit hours, at least 50% of the candidate’s coursework must be taken at the University of Maine.
    • Beginning with the May 2003 exam, the State of Maine will require 150 hours of education, including a bachelor’s degree and 24 credit hours of accounting prior to applying to sit for the CPA exam. Students planning to take the CPA exam should take as many of the non-required accounting courses as possible plus business law (BUA 220 or its equivalent).
    • Students must be advised by an accounting professor regarding their program of study.
    • BUA 201 and BUA 202 may be taken in separate 3-week May or summer sessions to accelerate the student’s progress through the program.
    • Certificate students who are planning to pursue a M.S. in Accounting at UMaine and are admitted to the Graduate School may take any 600-level accounting course as an elective.

    In addition, choose one of the following courses:

    Certificate in Classical Studies (18 Credits)

    Interested in Classics? Want to read the Great Books from Classical Antiquity? Are you interested in Learning Latin?

    And Mythology, and the Origin of Customs, Values, and Ideas from the Great Melting Pot of the Multicultural World of Classical Antiquity?

    If these ideas are appealing to you, you may want to consider a New Program in Classical Studies offered through the Division of Lifelong Learning.

    The classical period in Western history, defined as the period from the Bronze Age to the fail of the Roman Empire in the fifth century CE, comprises the roots of modern society. In order to understand where we are and where we are going, it is necessary to know where we have been. European and American literature, philosophy, law, religion, politics, language, and art have all been directly or indirectly formed in reaction to Classical culture. By examination and study of classical civilization, the student will develop a sense of how the ancients responded to the universal questions of human experience. Through an implicit comparison of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome to our own, the student will also come to have a fuller understanding of the humanist and cultural impulses which have formed and which continue to form our own experience.

    This program is available through the Division of Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education/Summer Session. Courses will be available through a combination of distance education and evening or weekend on-site courses at the University of Maine. For more information, please contact:

    Kristina Passman,
    Coordinator of Classical Studies Program
    Associate Professor of Classical Languages and Literatures
    Department of Modern Languages and Classics,
    (207) 581-2073

    Certificate in Equine Studies (18 Credits)

    The Certificate in Equine Studies is designed for individuals from various backgrounds who wish to improve their knowledge of equine management and reproduction. The program is designed to cater to the needs of each individual, from beginners with no horse experience, to equine professionals who wish to strengthen their equine credentials. Although the Certificate can provide a broad education on horses, possible areas of specialization include harness race horse training, assisted equine reproduction, and draft horse management.

    Currently there is no program providing further education about equine management and reproduction available to the horse-owning public in Maine. As a result of this lack of information, horses, and their owners, frequently suffer unnecessary economic and physical hardship. The University of Maine now has the expertise available to correct this deficiency by offering this Certificate in Equine Studies through Animal and Veterinary Sciences and the Division of Lifelong Learning.

    Prior to entry into the program, applicants must complete BIO 100 at the University of Maine or an equivalent course at another institution.

    Certificate in Landscape Horticulture Studies

    The Certificate in Landscape Horticulture Studies (LHS) is a new program at the University of Maine, which offers students the opportunity to pursue the study of landscape horticulture through a series of core courses. Optional satellite certificate programs allow students to specialize in an area of their choice.

    Certificate in Ornamental Plant Materials (12 Credits - The CORE)

    Certificate in Ornamental Plant Production (16 credits)

    The CORE plus (12 cr.)

    Certificate in Landscape Management (15 credits)

    The CORE plus (12 cr.)

    Certificate in Garden Design (19 credits)

    The market potential for the certificate program is mainly the non-traditional student who is looking for opportunities that would allow them to take specific courses in an area of horticulture interest This certificate program is based on the premise potential students will only take one course per semester. Therefore the core can be finished in five sequential semesters. The Core program will begin in the spring semester only with LHC 110 Horticultural Science. This will accomplish two major objectives, 1) allows entering students to take the prerequisite course (LHC 110 ) before the fall semester. Secondly this allows students transferring into the LHC Program in the spring semester the opportunity to take the prerequisite course (LHC 110 ) before the fall semester thus allowing the student to mainline into the LHC Program sooner. The satellite certificate programs can be started upon completion of the core.

    The CORE plus (12 cr.)

    Certificate in Maine Studies (18 Credits)

    The Certificate in Maine Studies offers students an opportunity to specialize in the study of Maine through courses in history, literature, women’s studies, Franco-American studies, Native American studies, economics, political science, sociology, geology, geography and biology. The program recognizes the value of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding historical and contemporary issues such as developing Maine’s economy, protecting its environment and appreciating the cultures of the state’s diverse population.

    Courses are available through Continuing Education during fall and spring semesters, May Term and Summer Session. Students may take courses as distance learners through interactive television, video conferencing, computer conferencing, the World Wide Web, or through a combination of technologies. With faculty approval, students may also make special arrangements for readings courses, independent studies, or field studies. In recognition of the completion of 18 credits in courses offered through the Maine Studies program, the Division of Lifelong Learning will award the Certificate.

    Courses in Maine Studies will lead teachers, government workers, service providers and business people to a greater understanding of historical and present-day Maine; and people with a general interest in Maine will enjoy an enriched appreciation for the state’s land and people, the history and culture, the flora and fauna. For more information or to enroll in the program, please contact:

    Carol Nordstrom Toner
    Coordinator, Certificate in Maine Studies
    Division of Lifelong Learning
    5713 Chadbourne Hall
    The University of Maine
    Orono, Maine 04469-5713
    Telephone: (207) 581-3147
    Fax: (207) 581-3141

    Child and Family Services Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (15 Credits)

    The Child and Family Services Certificate is a 15 credit post-baccalaureate certificate program focusing on the knowledge, values and skills necessary for practice with children and families. The core curriculum is built around the foundation year courses of the University of Maine’s Master of Social Work program, and utilizes distance education technology and off site locations to meet the needs of a statewide audience. At least one course per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) will be offered over the UNET system via compressed video. Off-site location courses will be offered at the Bangor Department of Human Services office. All courses taken through the Child and Family Services Certificate program are recorded on a transcript and credits earned can be applied towards the M.S.W. degree if the student is accepted into the UM School of Social Work. Enrolling in the Child and Family Services Certificate Program does not guarantee admission into the matriculated M.S.W. program. Please contact School of Social Work, (207) 581-2389 for further information.

    Certificate in School-Based Adventure Education (12 Credits)

    The Certificate in School-Based Adventure Education prepares students for entry level positions and provides continuing education opportunities to current practitioners and teachers, The certificate focuses primarily on the use and management of the ropes course and artificial climbing walls in the public school, camp, and organizational settings. The curriculum also introduces the student to generic skills in wilderness travel and wilderness medicine.

    Suggested courses and sequence:

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