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Allied Health Courses
The following Allied Healthcare courses are held in both Schenectady and Albany. Please call the Office of Workforce Development Allied Healthcare at (518) 621-4007, for additional information.
CERTIFIED NURSE AIDE (CNA)
The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program prepares students to take the written and practical skill exam to obtain the New York State Nurse Aide Certification. A Certified Nurse Aide performs delegated tasks involving personal care of residents of long-term care skilled nursing facilities. The majority of CNAs are employed at geriatric nursing facilities; however CNAs are also in demand for work with pediatric and developmentally disabled residents. The SUNY SCCC Allied Healthcare CNA course has a minimum of 90 classroom hours and a minimum of 30 hours of rotations in clinical sites. Included in the training is an additional 40 hours of Personal Care Aide (PCA) training for those who might prefer to work in home settings. The CNA/PCA course lasts approximately eight weeks and, to ensure success, it provides more than the required number of classroom and lab hours. Classes are held at our Albany as well as our Schenectady sites. Applicants will need to have a high school diploma or equivalency, supply required medical information and have no criminal background. It is advised to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the class.
HOME HEALTH AIDE (HHA)
This training covers material for both Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and Home Health Aide (HHA). It provides students with the foundation of working in a home setting and providing care ranging from personal care to the elderly, disabled, and infants, to taking vital signs. A Home Health Aide (HHA) has a scope of care services wider and more advanced than a PCA. Several times a year, we offer this standalone four-week, 75-hour training, with an additional eight hours of clinical rotations in a home care or assisted living setting. Labor market analysis projects growing demand and high need in home care professionals in the near future. Classes are held at our Albany as well as our Schenectady sites. This course is ideally suited to those wishing to work with residents in their homes. Applicants will need to supply required medical information and have no criminal background. It is advised to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the class.
PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT UPGRADE TO HOME HEALTH AIDE
This training is designed for those who already have the PCA certification and wish to acquire additional training to become a certified HHA. It is two weeks long and covers the required 35 hours of classroom and clinical lab as well as the eight hours clinical experience in an assisted living facility setting. As demand for HHA continues to increase, obtaining the additional certification would give participants the flexibility to work at both levels of care. Classes are held at our Albany as well as our Schenectady sites. Applicants will need to supply required medical information and have no criminal background. It is advised to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the class.
PERSONAL CARE ASSISTANT (PCA)
The Personal Care Assistant (PCA) training provides students with the foundation of working in a home setting and providing care limited to personal care and light household work. The 40 hours of training is needed to pass the certification exam. Classes are held several times during the year both at our Albany and Schenectady sites. Applicants will need to supply required medical information and have no criminal background. It is advised to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the class.
COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS (CHW)
Community Health Workers (CHW) are a vital link to promoting health and wellness throughout communities and to lowering health care costs. Certified Community Health Workers act as part of a team within public-health, hospital, social-service and other community support organizations to promote health and wellness, and to provide support and services as directed by the organization through outreach, education, referral and follow-ups, case management, advocacy and home-visiting services. Prior experience in the field of healthcare (CNA, HHA, EMT) or medical science OR prior experience in community engagement either as paid or volunteer as demonstrated by confirmation by the sponsoring organization is required. After preliminary intake there will be a selection interview. The certification can be obtained after successful completion of 96 hours of classroom training and 108 hours of internship with area hospitals, medical centers, and other healthcare or community organizations. Classes are held in the evening to accommodate student workers and will take place in the Fall Semester in Albany at 112 State St., with internships beginning on or about January of the following year and in the Spring Semester in Schenectady at Center City with internships staring in late May of each year.
Phlebotomists are health care professionals who draw blood and other specimens from patients or blood donors for medical testing and processing. This certificate program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. An internship is required before sitting for the national exam. It is advised to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the class.
The EKG Technician program prepares students to function as EKG technicians. This course covers key areas and topics such as detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart; medical disease processes and terminology; medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact; electrocardiography and echocardiography; an introduction to the components, function, and proper use of the EKG machine; the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement; 12 lead placement and other practices. At the end of the course, participants can sit for the national exam. It is advised to contact our office to obtain additional information and the necessary forms well in advance of the class.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TECHNICIAN
Behavioral Health Technicians care for people who have mental impairment. They assist doctors and nurses with the treatment of patients who have various behavioral problems, such as substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental instability, developmental disabilities and physical and emotional abuse. Technicians typically provide therapeutic care and monitor their patients’ conditions. Techs help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe, clean environment. They are expected to understand and implement individual treatment plans, record patient behavior and provide a safe, supportive environment for the patients. Technicians may provide patients with their daily prescribed medications in addition to observing and recording activities of daily living. The course prepares participants to work in hospitals, clinics or social service agencies. It can used as a stackable credential to Community Health Worker or as a standalone training in which case an internship is required.
MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (MAA)
The evolution of medical services has created a strong demand in the area of Medical Administrative Assistant. Known also as Medical Office Secretary, Medical Receptionist or Medical Office Assistant, the position offers opportunities to enter the area of medical service. The training is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to provide administrative support in a medical office (scheduling, reception, telephone, customer service), a basic understanding of medical terminology, enhanced oral and written communication skills necessary to provide administrative assistance, ability to help with transcription, and marketing and healthcare administrative management. In addition, ethical and professional behavior, respect of confidentiality, HIPAA rules, and patient needs along with problem solving and critical thinking skills will be addressed.