Along the path to achieving an education, St. Ambrose University is there at every step.
Whether it's health care, adult education, teacher education, or business, SAU has established itself as a leading provider of higher education.
Now, we are proud to be the first in the region to offer Microcredentials, an innovative way of gaining skill- and sector-specific knowledge. Our first Microcredential focuses on Epidemiology.
What Are Microcredentials?
Microcredentials are condensed training programs that verify, validate, and attest that students have achieved specific skills and/or competencies.
More specifically, they address an industry or profession-specific competency, deliver training toward entry-level skills, or provide a marketable skill toward career advancement.
The digital badge is an electronic certificate with information about when and how the badge was achieved.
Unlike a traditional academic transcript and paper certificate, the digital badge contains more details and explanation about the achieved skillset. Those details, called metadata, should the course or training that was completed as well as the testing and rubric to demonstrate competence.
Additionally, your digital badge is a graphic file that can be displayed on a resume, website, or professional social media account such as LinkedIn.
Each Microcredential has its own set of admission criteria.
If the Microcredential involves taking credit courses, the student will apply to St. Ambrose University as a Non-Degree seeking student.
If the Microcredential only involves non-credited course work, the student does not need to apply for admission to St. Ambrose University.
The cost for completing a microcredential is based on whether the courses are credit or non-credit.
Students taking courses for credit will pay the per-credit tuition rate (unless the program offers a different rate). See University tuition and fees
If in the future the student wants to use the academic course(s) as credit towards a degree or stack the Microcredential towards a degree, a transcripting fee will be charged to convert the course to academic credit.
To account for the assessment of the skill or competency, there may be an additional fee.
Courses to complete a Microcredential will be either on campus, online, or a combination of both.
Refer to each Microcredential web page for more information.
The Epidemiology Microcredential, offered through the Master of Public Health program, focuses on building either quantitative or qualitative skills to improve health and social services systems and programs via action-based-research.
This microcredential will enable those working within the field of health and human services to become stronger practitioners and researchers.