Summer 2023 Community Education Allied Health Courses
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June 6 - August 16
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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.
June 13 - August 16
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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.
Personal Care Aide (PCA) Upgrade to Home Health Aide (HHA)
June 21 - July 7
9:00 a.m.-3 p.m.
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.
Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA)
June 21 - August 10
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
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.
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) and Personal Care Aide (PCA)
July 17 - August 31
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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.