Cal State LA Downtown Certificate & Professional Programs Catalog

Semester/Term Catalog 2021-2022

California State University, Los Angeles
College of Professional and Global Education

Cal State LA

5151 State University Drive
Golden Eagle Building 211
Los Angeles, CA 90032-4226
Phone: (323) 343-4907
Fax: (323) 343-4908

Cal State LA Downtown

801 South Grand Avenue
6th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017-4634
(888) 541-3852


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Associate Vice President, International Programs & Global Engagement, and Dean: Dr. Harkmore Lee

Senior Director, Business Operations and Finance: Donny Hua
Director,  Student Services and DTLA Operations: Jimmy Solis
Assistant Director of Student Services:  Tom Lau
Director, International Programs & Global Engagement: Matt Walters

The College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE) is ever-evolving to consistently deliver timely and relevant higher and extended education programs to individuals, businesses, government, and non-profits throughout southern California. PaGE’s multi-faceted regional and international student focus nurtures minds and advances careers. Through an innovative curriculum and life-changing experiences, students gain new perspectives, become more informed and ready for the challenges ahead.

Opened in 2016, Cal State LA Downtown extends the University’s footprint of high-quality teaching and extensive resources to students working and living in the heart of Los Angeles. Our state-of-the-art and spacious DTLA campus offers undergraduate and graduate programs, certificate programs, and professional development programs to meet the needs of the region, as well as current and future workforce demands.

Incoming international students continue to choose Cal State LA as a destination university. Cal State LA International guides their enrollment and helps them create a pathway to Cal State LA, and maximize their studies once they are here. Furthering our cross-cultural reach, IPGE also creates many Study Abroad options for Cal State LA students to gain invaluable international experiences and skills that enhance their future careers in a global society. Designed for students with advanced English language skills, the Semester in LA program provides international students with a unique opportunity to experience the best of American university life without formal admission to Cal State LA. Students can take classes over one or two semesters alongside U.S. students.

From international studies and degree completion programs to professional courses and personal enrichment classes, our programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of every type of adult learner. We are committed and dedicated to empowering our students to thrive and achieve.

Cal State LA Downtown

Cal State LA Downtown fulfills the University’s vision of Cal State LA serving as the city’s university via engagement, service, and the public good. Cal State LA Downtown offers degree and certificate programs in addition to specialized professional development courses designed to meet the educational and professional needs of individuals and organizations in the downtown Los Angeles area. Designed to be an inviting space that meets the needs of 21st-century learners, Cal State LA Downtown features 12 classrooms, two state-of-the-art computer labs, comfortable student lounge areas, collaborative workspaces, conference, and event space, as well as administrative and faculty offices. Boasting the latest in educational technology, each classroom is technology-enhanced and Wi-Fi-enabled. The full portfolio of program and course offerings are available on the Cal State LA Downtown website.


Certificate Programs

NPD107 - Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, and in collaboration with Cedars-Sinai and Healthcare Business Insights (HBI), the Certificate Program in Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration non-credit program prepares students to work as a patient financial services/patient accounting representative in a healthcare setting. The course reflects experiences in all aspects of the hospital revenue cycle, with a focus on payment variance identification and resolution. Students will be awarded a certificate as a Revenue Cycle Administrator after successfully completing this course with an 80% or better average.

Paralegal Studies

PLS7006 - Administrative Law
PLS7001 - American Legal Systems
PLS7002 - Civil Litigation
PLS7010 - Internship
PLS7003 - Legal Research and Writing
PLS7004 - Legal Technology
PLS7005 - Transactional Law

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Paralegal Studies Certificate program has been American Bar Association (ABA) approved since 1978, making it one of the earliest approved programs in a university setting in California. The program curriculum is designed to equip students with a strong foundation of legal knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to a variety of practical tasks required of the profession. As legal professionals, paralegals are able to interview clients, perform legal research, as well as draft and analyze legal documents. Cal State LA's Paralegal Studies Certificate program satisfies the requirements of Business and Professionals Code Section 6450. However, paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law. This program awards extension credit. 

Project Management

PMGT.D.7001.7002 - Project Management (Cal State LA Downtown)
PMGT.M.7001.7002 - Project Management (San Gabriel Valley)

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown the Certificate in Project Management non-credit program prepares individuals with the leadership, communication and technical skills required to effectively plan, manage and control projects. Found in many industries, project management roles are in high demand. The project manager works with a number of individuals toward an end goal and is tasked with keeping the team on schedule and within budget. He or she must communicate well with a variety of people, including management and clients internally and externally, keeping in mind the message may vary depending on the audience. This program awards extension credit. 

Professional Training Programs

NPD102 - Medical Billing and Coding

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Medical Billing and Coding program is an 80-hour billing and coding course that offers the skills needed to resolve insurance billing problems, manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-10 manual), complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures. After obtaining practical work experience (six months to two years), students who complete this course may be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) - Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC or CPC-H Apprentice); the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam; or other National Certification Exams.

NPD103 - Pharmacy Technician

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Pharmacy Technician program is a comprehensive 10-week course that prepares students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy settings. The program examines the knowledge areas critical to the pharmacy technician practice. Pharmacology for technicians, laws and regulations, compounding, medication safety, quality assurance, order entry and fill process, inventory management, billing and reimbursement, information systems usage, and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is explored. The curriculum focuses on three core areas including pharmacology, law, and practical wisdom.

HRMX101 - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Preparation

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification Preparation program is designed to provide SHRM credential candidates an opportunity to expand and test their knowledge and practical competencies in areas critical for career success in human resource management. The new standard for HR professionals around the globe, SHRM certification focuses on practical HR information and encourages students to apply concepts, using behavioral judgment, and to understand best practices for handling both day-to-day and unexpected scenarios.

NPD116 - Strategies for Professionals: Improvisation and Acting

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Strategies for Professionals: Improvisation and Acting program utilizes the approaches and exercises developed in the realm of improvisation and acting to assist business professionals in developing and increasing their interpersonal (speaking, listening, presenting, pitching, networking) and intrapersonal (self-awareness, nonverbal communication, managing emotions, being respectful of others, showing empathy and understanding) skills. The intimate workshop format will allow participants to engage with an experiential trainer and connect with other business professionals, resulting in real-time coaching and feedback. This course adopts the fundamentals of actor training, based on the concepts of diving deeper into exercises where you discover your voice, overcome fear and spark creativity.