Center for Advanced & Continuing Education

An innovator in health professions education, Rutgers SHP offers a variety of opportunities for health professionals to meet their advanced and continuing education needs.  The programs and courses, which are designed to meet the diverse needs of health professionals, range from single session short-term courses to advanced certificates in specific professional areas.  Several certificates are offered jointly with other schools of Rutgers University, emphasizing inter-professional education.  Many of the advanced certificates are academically based, meaning that the credits earned towards the certificate may be applied to degree programs of the Rutgers School of Health Professions.  CEU’s are approved through the appropriate professional associations and courses are offered on-campus or online, depending upon the health professional’s needs and availability. CACE program features include:

  • Courses taught by full-time university faculty
  • The ability to earn continuing education or academic credit from the largest health sciences university of its kind in the nation
  • Opportunities to interact with health professionals from all over the country
  • The ability to earn academic credit as a non-matriculated student with the possibility of applying credit towards one of many degree programs offered by SHP

Apply now for a Certificate of Study from CACE.

Explore what we have to offer. Open your door to a world of advanced and continuing health professions education opportunities.

Financial Support

Rutgers‐SHP financial aid is NOT available for non‐matriculated students or CACE certificate programs.  Appropriate, authorized vouchers from third party payers (U.S. Military, employers, etc.) are accepted and must be filled with the office of Enrollment Management before the enrollment deadline.

For more information on CACE, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 973 972-5454 or email

The Biopharma Post-Baccalaureate certificate has three tracks:

  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Drug Safety & Pharmacovigilance
  • Recruitment Sciences

For more specific information on the Postbaccalaureate Certificate, please visit their website or contact

Doreen W. Lechner, PhD
Rutgers Biopharma Educational Initiative
SSB, Suite 359
Rutgers School of Health Professions
65 Bergen Street
Newark, New Jersey 07107
P: 973 972-6482 ||

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science is an online, 12-credit post professional course of study offered by the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The course of study consists of 6 credits of required and 6 credits of elective specialization courses. The course of study culminates in a Certificate issued by the Rutgers-SHP -Center for Advanced and Continuing Education.

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences only accepts BS-prepared clinical laboratory professionals who are certified or licensed to practice Clinical Laboratory Science in the United States. It is designed for practicing professionals who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the clinical laboratory sciences and develop new proficiencies needed to meet the challenges of a changing profession and health care system.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Science page.

Catherine Otto, Ph.D., MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SHCM, DLMCM
Associate Professor & Program Director MS-CLS Program
Division of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Department of Clinical Laboratory & Medical Imaging Sciences
65 Bergen Street, Suite GB 20
Newark, NJ 07107
973 972-8826

The Discipline Specific Program in Medical Laboratory Science is a 12-month, part time program in one of the following clinical laboratory science disciplines:

Clinical Chemistry – 18 credits
Clinical Microbiology – 17 credit
Hematology/Urinalysis – 18 credits
Immunohematology/Clinical Immunology – 18 credits
Upon completion of the coursework, students receive a certificate from Rutgers-SHP and are eligible for national certification exams in the specific clinical laboratory science discipline. Credits may be applied to the Medical Laboratory Science Program within 5 years of completion.

There is a national and regional shortage of clinical laboratory professionals and many employment opportunities are available in clinical laboratories of hospitals, commercial and reference laboratories, physician offices and health clinics and local and State public health departments.

Rutgers School of Health Professions, Department of Clinical Laboratory and Medical Imaging Sciences offers a certificate program in phlebotomy and specimen accessioning.

The Department will not be offering the Phlebotomy Course during Fall of 2021. Please check the website again in August of 2021 for more information on how to apply for the Spring 2022 class.

For more information about the program and to apply, please click on the Phlebotomy & Specimen Accessioning Certificate page.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers both a Masters in Health Professions Education and a graduate certificate in health professions education. Both programs are geared towards healthcare professionals who have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and wish to teach in college level health professions programs.

The Certificate consists of 13 credits of health professions education courses.  Upon completion of the  Certificate program, the student will have:

  • Developed an individualized teaching portfolio
  • Designed and taught a learner-oriented lesson
  • Learned how to develop a reliable and valid tool to assess student learning
  • Learned preceptor, mentoring and feedback strategies to assess health professions students skills in a clinical setting
  • Prepared a curriculum map
  • Within the chosen curriculum, developed a course

Threaded throughout the certificate is the requirement to build an individualized Teaching Portfolio. To facilitate construction of an individualized Portfolio, certificate students will be enrolled in a Community Group where they can upload each section of their portfolio. This will allow students to review, refine, and build upon previously designed sections and will serve as a repository as they progress throughout the Certificate.

For more information, click here or contact Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia, program director.

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers 15-credit Aging Certificate.

For more information, click here or contact Tracy Davis, track coordinator.

For more information on the Medical Coding certificate, visit

The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions offers the following continuing education certificates:

  • Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Counseling
  • Post Master’s Certificate in Counseling
  • Advanced Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Administration

For more information about these programs, please visit the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Programs website by clicking here.

Please visit the Certified Health Care ManagerTM page for more information. Please note that this program is offered through a joint-venture with the School of Management and Labor Relations – Center for HR and Leadership Development, not CACE.

Non‐matriculated status is available for individuals not currently admitted to any SHP program under the Center for Advanced & Continuing Education.  Non‐matriculated students may take up to 12 credits of course work and are not considered to be pursuing a degree.  Persons applying for non‐matriculation shall be required to:

  • Complete the SHP non‐matriculated course enrollment form – click here
  • Submit appropriate educational/licensing credentials when requested
  • Submit appropriate health documents (if applicable)
  • Pay SHP tuition and fees

Other documents may be required at the discretion of the program director or the program admissions committee.

Financial Support

Rutgers‐SHP financial aid is NOT available for non‐matriculated students or CACE certificate programs.  Appropriate, authorized vouchers from third party payers (U.S. Military, employers, etc.) are accepted and must be filled with the office of Enrollment Management before the enrollment deadline.

Available courses are listed on the non-matriculation course enrollment form. Click here for non-matriculated course information or call the Office of Enrollment Management at 973-972-5454 or email