UT College of Law offers new graduate certificates in compliance

April 25, 2016 | News, UToday, Law
By Meghan Cunningham

To help professionals stay current and comply with evolving laws and regulations, The University of Toledo College of Law is offering a new graduate certificate program in compliance.

The part-time program, which can be completed in about 10 months, is offered through online and in-person classes held in the evenings to accommodate working adults.

law logo“A foundation in compliance is applicable to many heavily regulated career fields, including health care, education and human resources,” said D. Benjamin Barros, dean of the College of Law. “Coursework in areas such as policy and procedure creation; ethics; privacy and data security; reporting; and investigations will allow graduates of the certificate program to be more competitive in the job market and better prepared to lead compliance programs.”

Interested students have three graduate certificate options: a specialized certificate in health-care compliance, a specialized certificate in higher education compliance, and a general certificate in compliance that is applicable to a variety of fields and industries.

The health-care compliance certificate is 18 credits, and participants will learn the rules and regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid and HIPPA.

The 17-credit certificate in higher education compliance will provide a foundation for the regulations associated with the NCAA for athletics, Clery Act and Title IX for safety, and FERPA for student privacy.

The general-focus certificate is a 16-credit program that includes a faculty-supervised research project focused on the student’s unique compliance interests.

Each certificate program also can be incorporated into the College of Law’s master of studies in law degree program. Juris doctor students can take compliance courses as part of their program of study.

The graduate certificates recently were approved by the American Bar Association and will be offered beginning this fall semester.

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