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WFD&CE Allied Health

Summer 2021 Community Education Allied Health Courses

View a PDF of the Summer 2021 Course Book.

Some of the following Allied Healthcare courses are held in both Schenectady and Albany. Please call the Office of Workforce Development Allied Healthcare at 518-595-1101, ext. 2 for additional information, visit our Healthcare Training website, or e-mail us at

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Personal Care Aide (PCA)

CFE 007
Fee: $1,700
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 Schenectady 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 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)

CFE 016
Fee: $800
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.

Community Health Worker

CFE 020
Fee: $1,700
Community Health Workers (CHW) are a vital link to promote health and wellness throughout communities and to lower 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 paid or volunteer as demonstrated by confirmation by the sponsoring organization, is preferred. 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 with internships beginning on or about January of the following year and in the Spring Semester with internships starting in late May of each year. High school diploma or equivalency is preferred.

Phlebotomy Technician

CFE 018
Fee: $1,960
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 include terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. A minimum of a 40-hour internship or 100 successful venipunctures, whichever comes first, is required after the class and before sitting for the national exam. Internship placements are done at local hospitals and depend on the availability of sites. High school diploma or equivalency are required to take the national exam.

EKG Technician

CFE 025
Fee: $1,400
The EKG Technician program prepares students to function as EKG technicians and to obtain a national level certification. 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 if they have successfully completed the class and hold a high school diploma or equivalency.

Behavioral Health Technician

CFE 019
Fee: $1,200
Behavioral Health Technicians care for people who have mental impairments. 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 patient’s conditions. Techs help patients in their daily activities and ensure a safe and 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 be used as a stackable credential to Community Health Worker or as a standalone training for various other professions such as Certified Peer Recovery Advocate.

Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA)

CFE 028
Fee: $1,600
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, and 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. Successful completion of the course allows students to take a national certification exam, provided they have a high school equivalency or diploma.