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Insurance Program

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Programs in the insurance field prepare students for positions such as claims adjusters, examiners, investigators, salespersons, legal support workers, and insurance underwriters. A variety of training options is available, from a short term insurance specialist certificate to an associate in arts degree. Students engaged in preparing for entry level and advanced insurance careers take courses in personal insurance, property and liability insurance, commercial insurance, and ethics, among others. An internship is also a critical part of this training designed to meet industry's need for professional, highly skilled employees.

  • Associate in Arts Degree in Insurance Professional
  • Certificate of Achievement in Insurance Professional
  • Certificate of Achievement in Insurance Specialist

Degree and Certificate Requirements  (PDF)



Insurance Courses:

BUS 15, Introduction to Insurance with Code & Ethics 2 units
Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic overview of the property/casual insurance system. It is designed for those students who have little or no knowledge of insurance. In addition, this course will enable students to understand and apply the proper ethical behavior and obligations related to the insurance field.

BUS 16, Personal Insurance 3 units
Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.
In this course, students will learn the essentials of personal insurance coverages. Personal property and liability topics will include automobile, homeowners, and other residential insurance, such as earthquake, flood, marine and miscellaneous coverages. The basics of financial planning, life insurance and health insurance will also be covered.

BUS 17, Property and Liability Insurance 3 units
Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.
In this course, students will learn the basics of property and liability insurance. It covers types of insurers, institutions that provide insurance, insurance regulation, and measurement of financial performance. It also covers insurance operations, including marketing techniques, underwriting, claims, insurance contracts, loss exposure and risk management.

BUS 18, Commercial Insurance 3 units
Transfer: CSU
• Prerequisite: None.
In this course, students will learn the basics of commercial insurance. It covers commercial property insurance, business income insurance, commercial crime insurance, equipment breakdown insurance, inland and ocean marine insurance, commercial general liability insurance, commercial automobile insurance and miscellaneous commercial insurance coverage.

BUS 90, Insurance Internship 1 unit