Entrepreneur Foundation Certificate

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If you have a passion for a business venture but aren’t sure how to go about implementing it, the NSC Entrepreneur Foundation Certificate program will guide you step-by-step through solid business planning. By the time you complete the program, you’ll have a good start on a business plan and know your needs for seeking financing to start your business.

When the certificate is run as a boot camp, students must take BUS 151, BUS 152 and BUS 153 concurrently in the same quarter. In the boot camp the students do an intensive, and the courses are all taken in sequence in one quarter. 

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur.

2. Complete a feasibility analysis of the student’s own business idea.

3. Complete (or nearly complete) a business plan to implement the student’s own business idea.


Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior coursework. Coursework earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this certificate with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk (*). See catalog for more information.

Certificate of Entrepreneurship Prerequisites: none

Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer and advanced placement.


Program Requirements

Course Number

Certificate Requirements (13 credits)

Credit Hours


Introduction to Entrepreneurship



Entrepreneurship: Product/Service, Selection, Pricing, and Marketing (see note 2)



Entrepreneurship: Planning Business Financials (see note 3)



  1. ENTREPRENEUR BOOTCAMP – students must enroll in BUS 151, 152, 153 concurrently.
  2. Must have BUS151 or instructor permission
  3. Must have BUS152 or instructor permission
Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program.

1st quarter: BUS 151

2nd quarter: BUS 152

3rd quarter: BUS 153


Complete the one quarter BootCamp (BUS 151, 152, 153)

In the entrepreneurship boot camp the three classes are taken together all in one quarter. The class is three hours long daily. The first third of the quarter the class completes the learning objectives in BUS 151. As the quarter progresses the class transitions to the learning objectives in BUS 152 and BUS 153. Students must sign up for all three classes at once.

Sequence Type

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  • • Small Business Owner

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NSC Advising                                                            
(206)934 3658

Program Contact
David Eberhardt  
(206) 934-4533

Program Website

Effective beginning: Summer 2016 
Entrepreneur Foundation Certificate – 254E
254E / 52.0701