30 January 2017

New Non-Credit Healthcare Programs at SUNY SCCC

In March 2017, the Workforce Development and Community Education Office at SUNY Schenectady County Community College will offer two new non-credit programs preparing students for in-demand professions in the growing healthcare field. 

The new Phlebotomy program will prepare students to become certified phlebotomists, vital members of the clinical laboratory team, employed throughout the healthcare system, who draw blood and other specimens from patients or blood donors for medical testing and processing. Students will become familiar with aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work will include terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.

The other new program will prepare students to work as certified EKG technicians in physician’s offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities and organizations and specialize in electrocardiogram (EKG) testing monitoring the heart’s performance for patients. Instructors will cover topics including anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical disease processes and terminology, medical ethics and legal aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and echocardiography and an introduction to the components, function, and proper use of the
EKG machine.


Students may qualify for free training for both new workforce development programs under the Healthcare Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG). The programs come at an ideal time for students to consider careers in the growing healthcare field because, according to the New York State Department of Labor’s 10-year projections for the Capital Region, there is expected to be a 20 percent increase in EKG Technician jobs and expected to be a 14 percent increase in phlebotomy jobs by 2024.

“These professional tracks will open new employment opportunities for our students and enhance their progress on healthcare pathways,” said Dr. Steady Moono, President of SUNY SCCC. Denise Zieske, Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education, added, “Including Phlebotomy and EKG in our offerings under the Healthcare Profession Opportunity Grants is a wonderful way to expand the impact of this federally funded program.”

Dr. Tiziana Rota, Project Director for HPOG, said that the new programs translate to national credentials that will open up pathways for students in the healthcare field. “These trainings will lead to certifications that allow participants to gain employment with a variety of healthcare providers, from hospitals to doctor’s offices,” Dr. Rota said. “We need to prepare the workforce of the future and with these two courses, the Office of Workforce Development and Community Education at SUNY SCCC is positioned to make a contribution to the progress of our communities.”

The courses and labs, taught by professionals in the healthcare field, will take place at SCCC@Center City, on the second floor. For more information, please visit and contact Gail Shallow, Assistant to HPOG, at or (518) 621-4007.

Under HPOG, SUNY SCCC is supporting students taking both non-credit courses and credit programs leading to a degree including Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling, as well as the Medical Billing and Coding certificate. Among the non-credit courses are Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Community Health Workers (CHW), Home Health Aide (HHA), Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Refresher. The College also partners with the Belanger School of Nursing.

 This document is supported by Grant 90FX0054 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS. HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.