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The Bridge Center for continuing education

The Bridge Center for continuing education

The Bridge Center for Continuing Education at Messiah University

The Bridge Center coordinates programming designed to meet the needs of adult learners and partners in central Pennsylvania and beyond, including:

  • customized workforce development
  • continuing education
  • reskilling and upskilling programming

When applicable, offerings will be linked to continuing education units and professional licensure standards. The delivery methods vary and may include face to face, online, webinars, hybrid, one-time, or weekend formats. If your organization is interested in exploring creating a partnership to meet your specific needs, contact us at The Bridge Center for Continuing Education.

Just as the iconic covered bridge at Messiah University connects the two areas of campus, The Bridge Center for Continuing Education is a connector between Messiah University and the rest of society, and between current and future needs and trends.

Current training opportunities:

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The Bridge Center for Continuing Education at Messiah University in partnership with Rising Sun Consultants LLC is launching the Certificate in Influential Leadership. This is a non-credit bearing certificate designed for those with leadership experience who desire to have significant influence and impact in people’s lives and on the organizations they serve.

When:        Six 2.5 hour sessions on Tuesdays 8:30-11:00 a.m., fall 2024

Where:       Messiah University, 1 University Avenue Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Cost:          $2500 which includes all learning materials

Presenter Jim Rowell is the CEO and co-founder of Rising Sun Consultants LLC. Read his bio.


The classes are specifically intended to be interactive and engaging and will include open discussions where participants can wrestle together on how to be a more influential and impactful leader.

The series will explore the following:

  • Servant Leadership—September 10
  • Change and Transition—September 24
  • Emotional Intelligence—October 8
  • Dealing with Difficult Conversations—October 22
  • Decision Making and Delegation—November 5
  • Influence, Persuasion and Trust—November 19

The Certificate in Influential Leadership has been designed from a Biblical perspective for leaders who desire to have significant influence and impact in people’s lives. Participants will engage in a series of six, two and a half hour classes. These classes are designed to not only broaden and expand the influence leaders have, but also to strengthen the positive impact through their influence.

Discounts available for groups of four or more registering from the same company, or if a spring 2024 attendee refers someone from their company to enroll.

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Enrich your physical therapy (PT) practice while fulfilling licensure requirements or pursue post-professional certification.

Messiah University is partnering with NAIOMT to provide innovative, value-centered, post-professional educational programming.

NAIOMT's COMT Certification Series

This series of five physical therapy continuing education courses is designed for licensed physical therapists and third-year DPT students. The courses are held at Messiah University’s PT educational facility and focus on orthopedic manual therapy. Courses can be taken individually or stacked to earn post-professional Certified Orthopedic Musculoskeletal Therapist (COMT) certification. The courses can be taken in any order to fit your schedule.

Upcoming COMT courses:

Learn more about Messiah's partnership with NAIOMT



Advance Practice Certificate in Holistic Bereavement Care

The Bridge Center for Continuing Education at Messiah University and Ripple of Light Bereavement Resource Center, LLC are jointly offering 8, 3-credit NASW-PA approved CE courses for licensed social workers, and those holding a master's or doctoral degree in the profession.

Attendees can complete each course as a stand-alone offering, or participate in all 8 courses by the end of 2024 to earn an Advance Practice Certficiate in Holistic Bereavement Care from The Bridge Center for Continuing Education at Messiah University and Ripple of Light Bereavement Resource Center, LLC.


Why register?

  • Complete 24 of 30 required CEs for PA licensure renewal including ethics and suicide prevention CEs.
  • Learn forefront research and practice innovations in bereavement care.
  • Advance your professional competence in holistic, death-related care.
  • Gain comfort integrating  the religion/spiritual domains into the biopsychosocial assessment/treatment of bereaved persons across the lifespan.
  • Expand your understanding of social diversity in the context of bereavement practice.
  • Learn from an Advanced Certified Thanatologist, doctoral-trained, Licensed PA Social Worker with two decades of experience in the field and a decade of teaching expertise.

Courses will be hosted on Zoom and held 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (ET)

Cost per Course: $90 NASW Member or $100 NASW Non-member (cost includes CEs and CE Certificate)

Register for individual courses or multiple offerings.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (Click on course name for more information.) 

September 3, 2024 Ethical Integration of Religion and Spirituality into Bereavement Practice
September 17, 2024 Religious and Spiritual Diverse Death, Dying, and Bereavement Practices
October 8, 2024 Culturally Diverse Death, Dying, and Bereavement Practices
October 22, 2024 Knowledge of Contemporary Grief Theory: An Ethical Imperative
November 5, 2024 Traumatic Loss and Prolonged Grief Disorder
November 19, 2024 Child and Adolescent Suicide and Bereaved Peers
December 3, 2024 Adult Suicide and Bereaved Families
December 17, 2024 The Role of a Religious and Spiritual Community in the Well-Being of Bereaved Older Adults

Learn more about presenter, Julie Guitwite, PhD, LSW, FT

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