HPOG / Allied Health Care

Training Programs

The HPOG program is a demonstration project funded by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

For information about enrollment:

  • In Fulton, Montgomery Saratoga and Schenectady County contact
    SCAP at (518) 374-9181
  • In Rensselaer and Albany County contact ACAP at (518) 463-3175
  • Or contact the HPOG office at (518) 621-4007

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Personal Care Aide (PCA)
The CNA program prepares students to take the written and practical skill exam to obtain the New York State Nursing Home 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 SCCC/HPOG CNA course has a minimum of 90 classroom hours and a minimum of 30 hours of rotations in clinical sites. Embedded in the HPOG CNA 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 7 weeks and, to ensure success, it provides more than the required number of classroom and lab hours. It is expected that in the next 10 years the demand for these positions in the capital region will increase by 11% and the average wage is $10.50 / hour

Home Health Aide (HHA) combined with Personal Care Aide (PCA)
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 3 ½ week, 75 hour training, which includes 40 hours to reach PCA with an additional 35 hours (including 8 hours clinical rotation in a home care or assisted living setting). Labor market analysis projects growing demand (33%) and high need in home care professionals in the next ten years with an average starting wage of $10.00/hour”. This course is ideally suited to those wishing to become certified HHA and work with residents in their homes. In addition, we offer to those students who already have a PCA the opportunity to advance their career by obtaining a certification in HHA. By following an 8 day course we provide participants with the knowledge and experience to become certified HHA.

Personal Care Aide (PCA) upgrade to Home Health Aide (HHA)
Under this new training program individuals who currently hold a valid PCA certificate will learn the skills to become a Home Health Aide (HHA). The job of the Home Health Aide is to support healthcare workers who, under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, provide assistance with personal hygiene, housekeeping and other related supportive tasks to a patient with health care needs in his/her home. This is a two week course that includes an eight hour clinical rotation to be completed before the final skill assessments. Please call the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) office at (518) 621-4007 or (518) 708-6556 for additional information about scheduling and cost.

Community Health Worker (CHW)
Community health workers are frontline public health workers who perform a wide range of activities, such as community outreach and education, advocacy, informal counseling, basic health screening, and social support. They possess in-depth knowledge about and are often trusted members of the communities they serve. The CHW certificate can be obtained after successful completion of 96 hours of classroom training (divided into four consecutive courses) and 96 hours of internship. The courses and internship will be offered twice a year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median salary for CHWs in the Albany/Schenectady/Troy area is $48,400, and job growth in this emerging field is expected to increase 22% from 2012 to 2022 nationwide.

The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is used as a means to increase the ability of students with low academic test scores to advance in adult basic education while engaged in college level occupational programs. Thus students can improve post-secondary qualifications while learning skills necessary in health care fields offering good wages and career advancement. The I-BEST program is co-taught by two instructors, a nurse and an academic instructor, both proficient in their subject matter. I-BEST students self-assess their progress by completing tasks such as portfolios, journaling, skill training, quizzes and tests, while learning skills necessary to test for their CNA license. Classes are 10 weeks in duration.

Medical Billing and Coding, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Nutrition and Registered Nurse (RN)
SCCC/HPOG has entered into affiliation agreements with Belanger School of Nursing (BSON) to support students pursuing RN degrees. While tuition assistance is not available, most income-eligible students will be eligible for financial aid through the individual institutions of higher learning. In addition, we offer supports including, but not limited to, tutoring, transportation, and career readiness and counseling services. These services are provided on an as-needed basis for HPOG participants enrolled in SCCC or BSON taking courses preparing for Medical Billing and Coding, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Nutrition and RN programs.

Note: This document was supported by Grant 90XF0007 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.  

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