Certificates & Certifications

Winona State University offers a wide variety of degree completion programs, certificate programs and certification preparation courses to help you achieve your goals.

We also offer Certification Prep Courses in Critical Care (CCRN), Progressive Care (PCCN) and Emergency Nursing (CEN).

Online Certificate Programs

Explore our certificate course offerings below or contact us today to learn more and get started.  

Cost: $695
Instructors: Hendry Findlay, Constance Yates, and William A. Draves

Three one-month online courses;

Leadership today demands increasingly more sophisticated skills.  Executives today need to know traditional leadership principles and standard practices.  At the same time, our economy is moving swiftly out of the industrial age into the new economy of the Internet, knowledge and innovation.  So executive leaders today require a new perspective on the external environment, as well as new tools to lead one’s internal organizational structure and way of doing business.  

This unique certificate addresses both these sets of skills.

Begin with information not available anywhere else about how the marketplace and business is changing.  Find out what you as an executive need to know about the external environment and how the workplace is changing rapidly internally. Take away a new perspective about how to position your organization for success, and what new leadership skills executives in the 21st century.

Then review cases of real leaders in business, education, and government who experienced initial success but ultimately failed because of their own actions. Find out the leading fatal leadership errors, and acquire practical recommendations to help you minimize these errors and help you perform your leadership role to an optimal level of efficiency.

Finally, you will get information about leadership styles, traits, and values. Find out how leaders behave and speak differently from others in the organization in order to be effective and supportive. Discover why empowering leaders are more successful than others.
After successfully completing the Executive Leadership Certificate, you will have new information about leadership today, a new perspective on the external environment and workplace, and an understanding of the leadership skills needed to position your organization, and your career as a leader, for success.

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Cost: $495 total for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Sharon deFonteny and Jodie Trana

Three one-month online courses;

Finance is a key to entrepreneurial success. The lack of financial knowledge about business and business start-ups is also and one of the leading causes of failure for entrepreneurial ventures. As an entrepreneur, you have limited time, and you certainly have limited resources.  So knowing where to put your valuable time, and your limited resources, is critical to the success of your new venture.

You will start by gaining a deeper knowledge of the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses. You will take back practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and entrepreneurial success.  And you will get an understanding of the seven steps in the accounting cycle and how to use financial information in decision making. You will come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Then discover the keys to managing cash. Cash is arguably the most important factor in new business success. D&B reports 90% of all small business failures are due to poor cash flow.

As an entrepreneur, you will find out how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, you will explore potential debt and equity sources of funds to help support your entrepreneurial work and create a financially successful venture. Find out where business start-up money comes from, and ways to get it. After successfully completing the Entrepreneurial Finance Certificate, you will have exponentially increased your knowledge about entrepreneurial finance, and how to maximize the chances of success and minimize the risks for your new venture.

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Cost: $495
Instructors: Michael Weiss, Susan Hurrell, Dan Belhassen,and Suzanne Kart

Three one month courses;

Inbound marketing is a way to help potential customers find you through organic search. Is a process of using your website in a way that it attracts visitors naturally through search engines, the blogosphere, and social media.

Inbound marketing is more effective than outbound marketing, where you push sales messages to your potential customers. Inbound marketing is the future the way we market in the 21st century.

Discover how to attract customers to your site, what kind of content to share with them, how to use landing pages and forms to collect names and email address, and how to implement lead-nurturing campaigns that result in sales.

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Cost: $395 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Constance Yates, William A. Draves, and Tawanda McLaurin

Three one-month online courses;

Especially geared for future leaders in the Gen Y generation (born 1980-1999), the certificate provides how-to practical information on advancing your leadership potential and making a difference in both the workplace and in society.

Find out what it takes to become an effective leader. Discover your style of leadership. Discuss task completion, building relationships with your subordinates, becoming socially perceptive to changes in the workplace, utilizing your emotions in a positive and effective manner, and addressing challenging goals. Then learn the unspoken secrets that leaders know and the strategies they employ/exhibit in for influencing others.

Leadership skills are acquired and learned. You can become a leader if you know the do’s and don’ts; what to say, what not to say; what to do, what not to do. At the end of completing the three course certificate, you will come away with a new understanding, new toolbox of leadership skills, and the information to move your leadership development into high gear.

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Cost: $595 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Sally Klauss, Erin Parnell and Heather Dimitt

Enhance your management skills through this program for supervisors, managers, and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees, and increase your effectiveness. Then learn how to improve your management of time and productivity. Time is even more valuable in this century than in the last. Get tips and techniques you won’t get anywhere else for managing time and increasing productivity. Finally, get the keys to manage different generations in your workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value. Three one month online courses.

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Cost: $495 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Jennifer Selke and Suzanne Kart

Three one month courses;

Different social networks have distinct characteristics, different features, and are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Get a skill set for working and managing different social media platforms. Then find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing.   You will get a firm foundation in Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook platforms. Come away with both an understanding of these social networks and practical, how-to techniques to integrate social networks into your organization or business. Your instructors are outstanding practitioners who also speak, write, and train others on social networks.

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Cost: $595 for all three or individual prices vary

Three one-month courses;

Creating Cell Phone Apps for your Business

New! Creating Cell Phone Apps for your Business (non-technical course). Cell phone apps are the latest way smart businesses are reaching their customers. Smart organizations are investing in building cell phone apps for their businesses. We will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how non-technical users can build, deploy and market smartphone applications across Android, iPhone and Blackberry platforms. The course is ideal for business owners and executives who want to understand how smartphone applications can be inexpensively built, and also for technical users who want to understand how to quickly deploy smartphone applications.

Offered: March, May, July, November
Instructors:
Dan Belhassen and Susan Hurrell

Mobile Marketing

New! Mobile Marketing. More than half of U.S. consumers who’ve made purchases on their smartphones have done so in response to mobile marketing messages. Smartphones’ sales will exceed 420 million in 2011. Analysts forecast these sales will surpass 1 billion by the end of 2016. The way consumers are interacting with brands and connecting to the world is changing because of mobiles. Find out about location-based marketing, mobile payments, QR codes, applications, and mobile coupons. You will learn how mobile marketing can increase your capabilities to retain current customers and gain new ones.

Offered: March, April, Jun
Instructor: Heather Dimittt

Advanced Mobile Marketing

 

New! Come get the knowledge needed to implement a mobile marketing plan for your organization. Find out about proximity marketing, mobile marketing metrics, and developing a mobile marketing campaign. Learn how to promote your app on the web, build a landing page for your app, and advanced tracking of your application usage. Then take home a blueprint for creating guidelines and standards for your mobile marketing effort, and how to measure its success. You will leave this course with the knowledge to implement a mobile marketing plan for your organization.

Offered: June

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Cost: $1,995

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to start a rewarding career as a pharmacy technician. With over 70,700 new pharmacy technician jobs* expected nationwide by 2022, you'll be in demand and a valuable member of the healthcare team. 

In less than 6 months, you can be prepared for a successful new career as a pharmacy technician! Built on over 20 years of experience training high-quality healthcare professionals, the Pharmacy Technician program helps you quickly gain the knowledge and skills you need to get a good job to better support your family and improve your financial stability.

With our online Pharmacy Technician training, you can develop the expertise you need to excel in your new field. Call 877-225-7151 or get more information online.

Cost: $495
Instructors: Jennifer H. Selke and Suzanne Kart

Three one month courses;

Get in on this exciting and growing way to communicate, market and serve your customers and clients. For businesses, nonprofits, government, and other organizations. From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more, discover the new principles of communication that apply across all networks and how these specific social networks work and the possible uses for your organization.

Learn how social networks are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Then find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing. Whether you are new to social networks or already involved, you will come away with both an understanding of social networks and practical, how-to techniques to integrate social networks into your organization or business. Your instructors are outstanding practitioners who also speak, write, and train others on social networks.

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Cost: $395 for both (certificate) or $195 each.
Instructors:

Two one-month courses;

Video MarketingSight

New! Video MarketingSight, sound and motion are much more compelling than static words on a page. In this course you will discover how to use simple online video to bond with your viewer, drive traffic to your website, boost business and build brand awareness. Learn how to use Google and YouTube with your video to market your business 24/7.

Offered: March, May, July
Instructor: Erin Huggins, instructor

YouTube for Business

 

New! YouTube for Business. Increase your business with YouTube, the online video site and now the second largest search engine. Discover the power of video for your organization. Find out what types of video work best, how other business organizations use YouTube, how to create your own YouTube channel, and how to add captions, annotations and other extra features.

Offered: March, May, July
Instructor: Jennifer Selke

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Cost: $595 for all 3 courses and certificate
Instructors: Sally Klauss and Julia King Tamang

Good communication in the workplace is more important than ever. And critical to your career advancement and success. Come get a comprehensive and intensive preparation with skills and techniques you can put to use on Monday morning. Take back a workable conflict management model, along with successful and practical conflict management strategies. Then work with a pro to learn how to improve your negotiation skills for a win-win outcome, including helping others to get what they want, so you get what you want. Finally, find out more about yourself and others using personality profiles for better work performance. You will be learning from some of our more popular instructors, and taking away new how-to skills that work.

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