Learning Never Stops

New graduate and professional prgraoms expand knowledge beyond graduation.

In the past year, Loras has introduced four continuing education programs that offer additional opportunities for graduates and professionals either in their fields or in a profession they wish to pursue. You can learn more and apply by visiting loras.edu/graduate.

Certified Financial Planning Certification

Loras launched a collaboration with Dalton Education to offer a certified financial planning (CFP) certification education that fulfills the education requirements necessary to sit for the CFP exam. In this nine-month virtual program, students learn from nationally-recognized experts in their fields and in strategies for successful completion of the CFP exam.

The program offers a flexible yet structured learning path, providing students with practical, applied knowledge and is open to anyone interested in attaining CFP certification. It is well-suited for new financial professionals looking to build a solid career foundation, mid-career professionals looking to advance in their current position, career changers looking to enter the financial planning profession, financial advisors looking to enhance their earning potential and professionals committed to maximizing client satisfaction.

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences

When the current academic year started, the new biomedical sciences program launched to serve as an academic record enhancement postbaccalaureate pre-medical/pre-health program. These types of postbaccalaureate programs are specifically intended for students who have taken the required undergraduate science coursework to apply to medical school or other graduate-level health professional programs but do not have a competitive application. The program’s coursework is designed to challenge students looking to enhance their previous academic history to be competitive applicants for med school, a Ph.D. program or a full-time job.

Athletic Training Continuing Education

The latest program to launch is a continuing education opportunity for athletic trainers. Offered quarterly, it will address practice gaps from Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) 2020 standards to clinical practice for certified athletic trainers and athletic training students in the tri-state region. The courses will focus on various topics pertinent to athletic training including injury and illness prevention and wellness promotion; examination, assessment, and diagnosis; immediate and emergency care; therapeutic intervention; and healthcare administration and professional responsibility.

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification Education Program

With rates of alcohol and drug addiction rising dramatically, the need for additional counselors led to the creation of a program that fulfills the educational requirements needed to apply to become an Iowa Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). The four courses in the CADC certification education program are offered in either an in-person evening, online or hybrid format to allow individuals to continue to work or gain the required internship hours needed to apply for the certification.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).