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Summer 2022 Community Education Allied Health Courses

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Certified First Responder (CFR) - Original

Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 17 – July 21
5:45-9:45 p.m.
CRN# 61791
CFP 008-51
Fee: $430
All students must be at least 16 years old.

This course is designed to meet the National Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards for Emergency Medical Responders and New York State Health Department (Bureau of Emergency Health Services) requirements for Certified First Responder training. CFR’s are trained to respond to emergency calls with a limited amount of equipment to provide efficient and immediate care to ill and injured patients. This course is updated yearly to include materials appropriate for CFR training as included in the New York State EMS program CFR/EMT/AEMT student manual. The course will adhere to the SCCC/REMO AMT Sponsor’s agreement and all current New York State regulations for CFR training, including requirements for class time and instructor certification. Students should note that some Saturday sessions are required in addition to regularly scheduled class hours. Register for Certified First Responder (CFR) - Original.


Certified First Responder (CFR) - Challenge Refresher

Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 17 – July 21
5:45-9:45 p.m.
CRN# 61792
CFP 009-51  
Fee: $430

This course is designed to meet New York State Health Department (Bureau of Emergency Health Services) requirements for EMT Refresher. New laws and policies will be discussed, as well as new technologies appropriate to the course that have been introduced during the past three years. Prerequisite: A student may have a current EMT card that will expire in less than 18 months; a student who was certified as a NYS Emergency Medical Technician may have a lapsed certification; a student who has previously failed the Final Practical Skills Exam within one year or has failed the state written certifying exam after a second attempt may enroll in the refresher course. Register for Certified First Responder (CFR) - Challenge Refresher.


The following Healthcare courses will be held online or in a hybrid model of online lecture with in-person labs. Courses where students meet for labs and/or examinations will be held at our Center City location in downtown Schenectady. Students must comply with current COVID-19 precautions. 

Please call the Office of Workforce Development Allied Healthcare at 518-621-4007 for additional information, or e-mail us at

Phlebotomy Technician  

CFE 018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 14 – August 24
5-8 p.m.
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
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, June 21 – August 16
5-8 p.m.
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. 

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

CFE 007
Monday-Friday, July 6 – August 18
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
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. 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 Aide Upgrade to Home Health Aide (PCA UP)

Monday-Friday, June 15 – June 29
9 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Fee: $800

This course is designed for those who already have the Personal Care Aide (PCA) certification and wish to acquire additional training to become a certified Home Health Aide (HHA). The training is two weeks long and covers the required 35 hours of classroom and clinical lab as well as the eight hours of clinical experience in an assisted living facility setting. As demand for HHAs continues to increase, obtaining this additional certification gives participants the flexibility to work at both levels of care.