Health Sciences (Certificate)

To address the growing number of students seeking careers in the health care field, the college now offers a one–year Health Sciences certificate program that provides course work in the basic sciences along with a concentration in health science areas.

With proper course selection, students who successfully complete the certificate can continue into one of the college’s health science programs, transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce in many entry-level areas within the health science field, such as home health care aide, health care administrative assistant, emergency medical technician, phlebotomist or EKG technician.

This program is designed to accommodate students who wish to find employment in entry-level health science careers directly after completing the certificate. Because of its flexibility, it also can serve those looking to prepare for transfer into one of college’s health science degree programs.

This program is offered by the Individual Studies Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012) expects careers in the health care field to continue faster than average growth for the next ten years.
  • Health care provides a large and growing sector of the Capital Region's economy as well. Large health agencies such as Albany Medical Center and Northeast Health are among the largest employers in the Capital Region.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

For those who wish to directly enter the workforce after graduation, some career possibilities include: home health care aide, health care administrative assistant, phlebotomist or EKG technician. This certificate can also help prepare those who wish to enter one of the college's allied health programs but lack the requisite courses.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Home Health Care Aide, $21,920; Medical Assistant, $30,590; Phlebotomist, $31,630; Emergency Medical Technician, $31,980.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, please contact:

Brian Vlieg
Department Chair
Individual Studies Department
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 319
(518) 629-7219

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309