This certificate covers the basic functions of finance: business finance, financial planning and investments for professional development and/or career exploration. Many of the courses can be taken online. Courses can be applied to the A.A.S. degree in Finance Management. The courses from this program are delivered in the classroom and/or online. The certificate qualifies for the Workforce Investment Act.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1400
    Course Title:Business Mathematics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides the students with essential mathematical concepts and practical business applications of pricing, discounts, commission, simple and compound interest, installment buying, consumer credit, depreciation, taxes, simple business statistics, and other business finance situations. Problem-solving skills are developed. Computational math skills are needed.
    Business MathematicsView-BUS 1400n/a3
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1410
    Course Title:Introduction to Business Finance      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the world of finance. Concepts covered include financial management, financial implications of different forms of business organization, understanding and analyzing financial statements and various ratios. Additional topics studied include security markets, interest rates, taxes, risk analysis, time value of money, and the basics of bonds and stocks valuation. Maximizing company value through capital budgeting and selection of appropriate capital structure also are considered. The subject of risk and return, how funds are acquired in the financial markets and how different investment criteria are used to evaluate potential investment opportunities are also examined. Recommended: An accounting course or relevant background.
    Introduction to Business FinanceView-BUS 1410n/a3
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1430
    Course Title:Financial Statement Analysis      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course provides students with an understanding of financial statements for decision-making about cash flow, capital project investments, and management of a business organization. The course provides a conceptual understanding of financial data reported in various financial statements and of ratio analysis that can be used as analytical tools to interpret and obtain an understanding of the business and financial health of corporations. In addition, students will carry out a comparison of two corporations involved in similar businesses. Recommended: An accounting course or some knowledge of accounting.
    Financial Statement AnalysisView-BUS 1430n/a2
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1440
    Course Title:Personal Financial Planning      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is designed for personal financial planning. The topics in the course include goal setting, financial aspects of career planning, budgeting, credit cards, debt and money management strategies, types of savings, retirement plans, investments and tax strategies, insurance, factors that affect the home and car buying versus leasing, fundamentals of investments and various investment options. In addition, basics of estate planning for a lifetime of creating wealth will also be covered. BUS 1400 recommended.
    Personal Financial PlanningView-BUS 1440n/a3
    Course Subject: BUS         Course Number:1450
    Course Title:Investments      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is a practical introduction to investments for the individual investor. The course focuses on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, REITs, annuities and other investment alternatives. Emphasis is placed on how to determine the value of stocks and bonds. The course will impart knowledge of practical value to anyone interested in becoming actively involved in managing personal investments. The main goals of the course are to provide understanding of the essential features of various investment instruments, their risk-reward relationships, for whom and under what circumstances the instrument is appropriate and how the market operates for buying and selling the various investment instruments.
    InvestmentsView-BUS 1450n/a3
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    4 Credits must be earned at NHCC
                                   Total Credits Required14

  • Program Outcomes

    Intellectual and Practical Skills, focused by:

    • Solve application problems involving basic business calculations such as percent’s, interests, time value of money among others.
    • Describe the basic concepts of finance as it relates to business and quantitatively apply knowledge gained to assess financial risks of both individual and business decisions.
    • Describe the basic concepts of finance as it relates to business and quantitatively apply knowledge gained to assess financial risks of both individual and business decisions.
    • Identify financial opportunities and examine the viability or feasibility of a new business concept through analyzing financial cases and applying central financial concepts.
    • Interpret, compare, and critique company’s financial statements.

    Integrative and Applied Learning, including:

    • Demonstrate the ability to utilize criteria for segmenting and evaluating alternative investments by conducting quantitative and qualitative primary investment research.

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and

  • Transfer Information

    ​If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.

    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504