Nov 23, 2020  
University Catalog 2019-2020 
University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Professional and Global Education

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Golden Eagle Building 211
Phone: (323) 343-4907
Fax: (323) 343-4908


Associate Vice President, International Programs and Global Engagement, and Dean: Dr. Eric Bullard
Associate Dean, Administration: Harkmore Lee
Assistant Dean, Programs and Academic Innovation: Regina Cash
Senior Director, Business Operations & Finance: Donny Hua
Director, Marketing & Communications: Lawrence Aldava
Director, Student and Enrollment Services: Jean Cruz
Director, International Office: Amy Wang


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

Opened in 2016, our location in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) extends our footprint of high quality university 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 training 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. Our International Programs office 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, International Programs 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.

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. PaGE faculty and staff are committed and dedicated to empowering our students to thrive and achieve.

Regardless of where you are in your personal journey, we invite you to explore the many programs and classes offered by the College of Professional and Global Education.  

Mission Statement

The College of Professional and Global Education provides flexible, relevant, and practical educational pathways, preparing individuals and organizations to engage, serve, and succeed in the regional and global economies.

Vision Statement

We aspire to be the hub for new and innovative educational programs, connecting the distinctiveness of the University and Los Angeles with the world.

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 short, specialized training 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 work spaces, conference and event space, and 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


Degree Programs

Academic Advisement

All academic offerings are subject to the same policies and procedures in place at the University, without exception. Advisors within the College provide prospective and enrolled students with advisement related to potential program options, registration, and course selection. Students are advised to consult with an academic advisor before undertaking any program of study.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN)

The Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (ABSN) is for non-RN students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. One cohort is admitted in June of each year… Students will complete approximately 53 semester units of study in both didactic and clinical coursework over 15 months of study. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded their Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing from Cal State LA. Completion of the degree program enables individuals to sit for the NCLEX examination for RN licensure.

ADN-BSN Collaborative Program

Through a collaboration with 10 area community colleges, the ADN-BSN Collaborative Program provides a seamless transition from the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students accepted into this program will have completed pre-requisite courses at their respective community colleges and gained a solid foundation in nursing, enabling them to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and, ultimately, complete their BSN degree at Cal State L.A. in an accelerated format.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program in Psychology provides students with the communication and interpersonal skills needed to enter a variety of professions in distinct fields that range from human services and education to business operations and rehabilitation services. Throughout the program, students will be prepared to implement valuable problem-solving techniques and to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data to gain a better understanding of human behavior.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Bachelors of Science Degree Completion Program in Business Administration, Management Option, is designed to provide students with the tools, techniques and ethics required to succeed in business and related fields. The program develops competence in management and supervisory processes used by executives, supervisors, and comparable administrative officers in industry, finance, government and labor.

Fully Employed MBA Program

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA) Program is designed to meet the needs of business professionals with busy schedules. Students complete their degree in 16 months through a hybrid schedule of convenient Saturday classes and experiences on-campus, combined with online learning during the week. By earning an MBA, working executives and professionals can build upon their experience to enhance their leadership, analytic and communication skills in order to make a greater impact on their careers in an increasingly multicultural and globalized economy.

Master of Music in Choral Conducting (MMCC)

The Master of Music in Choral Conducting (MMCC) is a unique program that will help you refine your conducting and rehearsal technique, musicianship, and vocal pedagogy with the guidance of hands-on attention from prestigious and experienced faculty. Each summer residency is seven weeks long and includes a one-week choral festival of lectures, master classes and performances with prominent guest artists. This program allows you to transfer up to three regular-session classes (9 semester units) from an accredited university of your choice. The MMCC Program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Master of Music in Choral Conducting (MMCC) degree

Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) offered by Cal State LA in Downtown Los Angeles includes a unique focus on urban community health serving diverse populations in urban areas like Los Angeles. Students will understand how to improve health outcomes at the population level and how a variety of factors can impact the health of local communities. Cal State LA’s program allows both recent bachelor’s degree recipients and seasoned public health professionals to learn the intracacies of this growing field.

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work, Advanced Standing program in Downtown Los Angeles prepares graduate students for entry into advanced and specialized social work practice where they will be able to provide effective service to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The Advanced Standing Program facilitates completion of the MSW degree requirements for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work, and allows them to complete their degree in one year. Cal State LA’s program starts with a Summer Term with one three-unit course. Following the successful completion of the their Summer Term, core content from the first year of the traditional MSW program will be waived and students will be advanced to candidacy to begin upper division graduate level coursework aligned with the traditional program curriculum.

Certificate Programs

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Designed to address the critical shortage of clinical laboratory scientists, the one-year post-baccalaureate training program Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) Certificate has established partnerships with a consortium of clinical laboratories for the required bench training. The CLS program will provide both didactic and practical clinical training in hematology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, microbiology and immunology to prepare students to sit for the State of California CLS licensing exam (American Society of Clinical Pathology MLS exam).

Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientist

This program is a post-baccalaureate training that prepares graduates for positions as Clinical Genetic Molecular Biologist Scientists (CGMBS). A licensed CGMBS performs specialized molecular biology diagnostic tests in hospital clinical laboratories, in commercial reference laboratories, or in research and development for biotech companies. This one-year program is approved by the California Department of Public Health, Laboratory Field Services. 

Game Design

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the non-credit certificate program in Interactive Storytelling and Game Design combines programming skills for game and application design with visual art, storytelling, and entrepreneurship skills. Students receive a holistic overview of digital narrative communication that can be applied to a variety of creative industries and professional contexts including the financially undervalued nonprofit sector. Program courses are organized as a writers’/makers’ workshop, requiring that members work in teams to facilitate discussion and feedback. Students must complete three of the program’s four courses to receive their certificate. 


Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Professional Certificate Program in Leadership develops leaders at all stages of career growth and professional development including aspirational leaders. Designed to increase the capacity for change and adaptation for newly oriented leaders or those seeking leadership roles, Cal State LA’s program helps you master core competencies for yourself and your team including boosting self-confidence, cultivating group dynamics, fostering innovation, and developing decision-making abilities. A strengths-based approach and practice-based simulations help diverse professionals master effective leadership techniques in versatile situations and real-life settings.

Paralegal Studies

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Certificate in Paralegal Studies strives to produce competent, well-rounded paralegals who communicate effectively, demonstrate professional skills, and have the training and experience to assist attorneys effectively in a variety of legal practice settings. The program has been American Bar Association (ABA) approved since 1978, making it one of the earliest approved programs in a university setting in California.

Project Management

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown San Gabriel Valley, the Professional Certificate in Project Management 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 task 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. Students will earn a Certificate of Completion for completing the two required courses for this program.

Professional Training Programs

An emphasis of the College of Professional and Global Education is on training working professionals to enhance their job skills and participate in growing job markets. Even experienced professionals in their fields require continuing professional education to remain current on new laws and regulations affecting their practices.

Accounting and Tax Seminars

For over 30 years Cal State LA’s Accounting and Tax Seminars have presented current, topical information for tax practitioners including CPAs, auditors, attorneys and accounting managers. Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, these seminars are presented by leading practitioners and experts in their respective fields in the format of one-half day, full-day, and five or more full-day programs. The program, offered twice per year on five consecutive Saturdays, strives to be affordable, convenient, and timely. The seminars qualify for the continuing professional education credit (CPE and MCLE) of both the California State Board of Accountancy and the State Bar of California.

Bilingual Authorization Program

Designed for credentialed Los Angeles area teachers with an interest in adding Bilingual Authorization approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) to their skill set, this accelerated three course program (offered off-site) qualifies students for authorization in one of the following Cal State LA approved languages: Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog. Non-credentialed students can also enroll in the program and gain insight into working and teaching in bilingual/multicultural settings including immersion and bilingual education classes.
Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to develop, implement, and adapt curriculum and instructional strategies bilingual, dual language, and cross-cultural settings.

Engineering Test Preparation

Read more about the Fundamentals of Engineering/Engineer in Training (FE/EIT) Exam Preparation courses here. Information about the Professional Engineer (PE EE) Exam Preparation courses is found here.

Foundational Training Series for Care Managers

The Foundational Training Series for Care Managers is an online professional development program administered by Care Excellence, part of the CSU Institute for Palliative Care, that includes comprehensive, self-paced courses in case management skills and concepts for care managers in a health plan setting. The program can be taken as a full series of 69 continuing education hours, or as individual courses. Students who complete all courses will master the following: Assessment, Healthcare Management and Delivery, Problem Identification and Goal Setting, Evaluation of Meaning in communication and Documentation, Motivational Interviewing, Telephonic vs. Face-to-Face Care Management, Patient Activation, Working in Teams, Peer Support, Critical Thinking.

Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration Certificate

In collaboration with Cedars-Sinai and Healthcare Business Insights (HBI), this program offers a certificate program in Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration. Students will gain the competencies, skills and knowledge required to easily transition from the classroom to the workplace as patient financial representatives. Students will receive exposure to all aspects of the revenue cycle, especially the patient experience and financial services operations. Courses are taught by practitioners on-site at Cedars-Sinai Patient Financial Services.

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.

Oracle Database Administration Training

This online training program provides students with the training and fundamental skills needed for designing and maintaining an enterprise’s databases using the world’s number one database, Oracle. A voucher for the Oracle Certification Exam is also included.

Oracle Java SE 8 Training

The Java SE 8 Online Training Program enables individuals with little or no programming experience to learn object-oriented programming using the Java language. This program equips students with a solid foundation to build upon throughout their software development career. Also included are practice exercises and valuable information to help you get certified as an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer. Students also receive a voucher for the Oracle Certification Exam.

Pharmacy Technician

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Pharmacy Technician Program is a comprehensive 50-hour course that prepares students to work as a pharmacy technician in retail or other pharmacy settings. Students will also be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. This course will explore the following: pharmacy medical terminology, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification Prep

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification Preparation course 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, to understand best practices for handling both day-to-day and unexpected scenarios.  

Institutional Programs

Open University

Open University allows eligible individuals to take Cal State L.A. credit classes, on a space-available basis, without being admitted to the University. Approval to enroll in classes is subject to meeting course requirements/prerequisites. To register, individuals must first obtain the instructor’s permission to add the class, and then obtain the academic department office’s approval prior to paying the course fee. Formal admission to Cal State L.A. is not required, but the classes taken through Open University may allow you to earn credits in order to complete a degree, improve your grade point average to enable you, if you have been disqualified, to be reinstated, or apply the earned credits toward a future degree.

Summer Session

Summer Session is a great way to take the courses you need to get ahead in your degree, catch up on your program requirements, or immerse yourself in a subject for personal enrichment. Based on course availability and personal schedules, students can choose to attend one of two five-week sessions or one 10-week session.

Winter Session

Students can make the most of their break by taking classes between the Fall and Spring semesters. Winter Session allows students to earn college credit, make progress toward a degree, graduate on time (or early), complete high demand courses and focus on a single class.

May Session

Taking place between the Spring Semester and Summer Session, May Session allows students to complete a full course in only three weeks and make it to graduation faster.

Cal State LA International 

The University’s excellent academic programs attract international students from around the world.The Cal State LA International Office provides assistance in admission, orientation, and counseling to all international students and scholars, permanent resident alien students, and refugees. Students interested in organizing national or cultural clubs may obtain support and guidance from the International Office. The professional staff offers advising for educational, social, or personal issues. The International Office provides assistance and guidance to students who wish to obtain practical training and maintain compliance with U.S. immigration requirements. The staff treats student concerns with confidentiality. For more information, call (323) 343-3170, or visit the International Programs website

Visa and Immigration Support Services

The International Office provides assistance to visa students, foreign scholars, and foreign faculty with visa issuance (F, H, and J visas, etc.), maintenance of student status, and matters that involve the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This office also provides assistance to visa students and scholars in their academic and cultural adjustment.

English Language Program

The English Language Program (ELP) offers intensive English training for students eighteen (18) years of age or older via daily classroom instruction. Classes are scheduled during a 15-week term at six proficiency levels. The University Bridge level (sometimes called Level 7) offers academic preparation and access to Open University credit courses. Instruction centers on the language areas of: Reading and Writing; Structure (Grammar); Speaking; Listening and Pronunciation; and Preparation for the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language). I-20 documents are issued by the ELP office for international students applying for visas. The program is also available to permanent U.S. residents, visiting scholars, and any student on campus wishing to improve language skills in English to succeed in his or her major.

Study Abroad

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of Cal State LA. The International Office provides assistance to students interested in studying abroad. Participants earn resident academic credit at Cal State LA while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. For additional information, including a listing of destination countries and application materials contact the International Office at (323) 343-3170.

Study in L.A. Program

Designed for students with advanced English language skills, the Study in LA programs provide international with a unique opportunity to experience the best of American university life without applying for admisssion to a Cal State LA degree program. Students can take classes over one or two semester with U.S. students taught by Cal State LA faculty.

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