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Enhance your resume or prepare for your next career by registering for a pre-certification training program through our Workforce Development & Business Division.

The programs cover areas in healthcare as well as in health information technology and can be taken on campus in the evenings, one or two times per week. Participants who successfully complete the coursework in our Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Pharmacy Technician or Phlebotomy Technician programs are eligible to sit for the corresponding national certification exam. 

Program details and registration information

August 29, 2022 – February 1, 2023

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

Clinical Medical Assistant Program – 140 Classroom Hours w/ a Clinical Externship

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.  This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.  Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle.  Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider.  

NHA National Certification:  This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

NWCA National Certification:  This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Clinical Medical Assistant (CMAC) Exam.

Clinical Externship: This program includes a 160 hour clinical externship opportunity. To be eligible for the clinical, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. 

Course Contact Hours: 140 hours + Clinical Externship

Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours

Watertown Class:
August 29, 2022 – February 1, 2023
Classes run Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $2399 (textbooks included)

MyCAA funding may apply. (Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI Bill® funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply).

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

June 7, 2022 – August 2, 2022 – Watertown, NY

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

Dental Assistant Program w/ a Clinical Externship

Entry-Level

The Dental Assistant program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare professions. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of healthcare professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially. With a growing workforce over 300,000 strong, a career in dental assisting ranks as the fourth fastest growing occupation in the healthcare technician field.

The program prepares learners for entry-level positions as a chair-side dental assistant. This program covers the history of dentistry, introduction to the dental office, the legal aspects of dentistry, introduction to oral anatomy, dental operatory, introduction to tooth structure (primary and permanent teeth), the oral cavity; and other areas. The purpose of this program is to familiarize learners with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting focusing on the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice.

Program Objectives

After completing this program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the process for gathering and assessing patient health information
  • Explain the foundations of and procedures used in clinical dentistry
  • Summarize the use of radiology in dentistry and issues associated with it
  • Describe the primary materials, instruments, and equipment used in dentistry including basic care and maintenance of instruments
  • Outline how dental assistants assist with various dental procedures and types of dentistry
  • Summarize the essential administrative and communication skills required of dental assistants
  • Explain the anatomy, physiology, and pathology concepts associated with dentistry
  • Explain infection control, safety, and emergency procedures and regulations in the dental environment
  • Explain pediatric and orthodontic procedures and tools

Certification Opportunities

After completing this program, learners will have the opportunity to take the leading national/industry-recognized certification exam essential to entry-level employment in this fast-growing field.

  • Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Radiation Health and Safety (RHS)

Optional Volunteer Externship Opportunity

Learners who complete this program are eligible to participate in an optional volunteer externship opportunity with a local company/agency/organization whose work aligns with this area of study in order to gain valuable hands-on experience.  As learners progress through their eLearning program, an Externship Coordinator will reach out to coordinate placement.

Note: Additional documentation including health records, immunizations, drug-screening, criminal background checks, etc. may be required by the externship facility.

Course Contact Hours: 60 hours
Clinical Externship Hours: 40 hours

Watertown Class:
June 7, 2022 – August 2, 2022 classes run Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $1,769 (textbooks and exam cost included).

Funding is available through The Workplace for qualified individuals. Call 315-782-9252 for more information.

MyCAA funding may apply. (Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI Bill® funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply).

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

Register by May 31, 2022.

September 6, 2022 – November 22, 2022

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

Medical Billing and Coding Program

This combined 80 hour billing and coding course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-10 manual), complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures.  The course covers the following areas: CPT (Introduction, Guidelines, Evaluation and Management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), ICD-10 (Introduction and Guidelines) and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements.  Students will learn how to find the service and codes using manuals, (CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS). 

National Certification:  After obtaining the practical work experience (6months to 2 years), students who complete this course could be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)  - Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC) or Certified Outpatient Coder Exam (COC); the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam; and/or other National Certification Exams

NWCA National Certification:  This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Medical Billing & Coding Specialist (MBCS) Exam

Course Contact Hours: 80 hours

Watertown Class:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
September 6th – November 22nd 2022
6:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $1899 (Textbooks included)

MyCAA funding may apply. (Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI Bill® funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply).

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

June 6, 2022 – July 27, 2022 – Lowville, NY

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

Pharmacy Technician Program with a Clinical Externship

This comprehensive 50 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.  Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names.  Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. 

National Certification: This program meets the necessary requirements to take the Pharmacy Technician Certified Board (PTCB) – Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB) exam. 

NWCA National Certification:  This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Pharmacy Technician (PTAC) Exam.                        

Clinical Externship: As part of this Pharmacy Technician program, you will be eligible to participate in an 80 hour clinical externship.

Course Contact Hours: 50 hours

Clinical Externship Hours: 80 hours 

Cost: $999 (Textbooks included)

MyCAA funding may apply. (Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI Bill® funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply).

Lowville Class:
Lewis County Education Center

Mondays and Wednesdays
June 6th – July 27th 2022
6:00pm – 9:30pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

September 6 – December 8, 2022 - Watertown, NY

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

This 90 hour Phlebotomy Technician 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 includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.  

National Certification:   Students who complete this program will have the opportunity to pursue the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam.

NWCA National Certification:  This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) Exam.

Clinical Externship: This program includes a 40 hour clinical externship opportunity. To be eligible for the clinical, students must successfully complete the 90 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements

Course Contact Hours: 90 hours
Clinical Externship Hours: 40 hours

Watertown, NY:
September 6 – December 8, 2022
Classes run Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

Cost: $1,599 (Textbooks included)

MyCAA funding may apply. (Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI Bill® funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply).

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

Contact Us

Workforce Development & Business Division
(315) 786-2233
ced@sunyjefferson.edu