The Health Care/IT field is the fastest growing industry in the United States. The Office for Continuing Education offers specialized programs in Pharmacy Technician, Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Health IT. If you would like to find out more about these exciting opportunities, click on the appropriate tab. Please call Andrea Dunkirk at (631) 451-4552 for additional information.


Health IT

In 2016, Suffolk County Community College's Office for Continuing Education received funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide qualified workers in the Health IT field.  Online Health IT training is now available at no tuition cost.

Non-credit modular courses offered online will cover:

  • The U.S. healthcare system;
  • Health IT systems and their implementation; and
  • Software support.

General Admission Requirements: H-1B TechHire grants; targeted populations: youth and young adults (ages 17-29), individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, or individuals with criminal records with barriers to training and employment. 


To apply: E-mail your resume to Andrea Dunkirk at or fax the forms and your resume to (631) 451-4808 and you will be contacted for a telephone interview.

Depending on education and work experience, those who successfully complete training will be prepared for one of six career tracks in the emerging field of health information technology:

NOTE: One to three in-class lab sessions will be required depending on the course

Developed with support from the U.S. Dept. of Labor Education and Training Administration (grant no. HG-29363-16-60-A-36) and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the funding agency who also makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.

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Ophthalmic Assistant Technician


The Office for Continuing Education offers a non-credit Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs. This program provides enrollees with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in optical centers under the supervision of an licensed optician; or in an ophthalmic office as an ophthalmic assistant..

Participants must have a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency.  The tuition for the full program is $3,190, which includes texts.  Each part is $1,595.  Contact Andrea Dunkirk at (631) 451.4552 to determine if you are eligible to enroll free of charge.  The required courses that comprise the program are listed below:

Part I – Ophthalmic Assistant Technician and Optician Programs (142 hours):
Pre-requisite: High school or High School Equivalency; one year high school algebra.
  1. Math Brush Up (24 hours)
  2. Overview of Ophthalmic Medicine (6 hours)
  3. Community Ophthalmic Practice (15 hours)
  4. Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics (12 hours)
  5. Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours)
  6. Introduction to Optics and Lensometry (15 hours)
  7. Ophthalmic Calculations (15 hours)
  8. Excel for Health Care Professionals (15 hours)
  9. Ophthalmic Observation (8 hours)
  10. Communication Skills (8 hours)
Part II Ophthalmic Technician Program (185 hours)
Prerequisite: Successfully completed Part I
  1. Advanced Ophthalmic Calculations (6 hours)
  2. Advanced Lensometry (45 hours)
  3. Office Procedures Insurance and Inventory Procedures (12 hours)
  4. Introduction to Spanish for Health Care (15 hours)
  5. National Certification Exam Preparation (15 hours)
  6. Optical Instruments (12)
  7. 80 Hour Externship (80)


Pharmacy Technician Program

Suffolk County Community College - Pharmacy Technician Program

The Office for Continuing Education offers a non-credit Pharmacy Technician program. This program provides enrollees with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in pharmacies under the supervision of registered pharmacists or licensed pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians have favorable employment prospects through 2024 (Workforce New York Web site). 

The tuition for the two-semester program is $3,790; the cost each semester is $1,895.  The required courses to complete which includes texts, in the program are listed below:

Prerequisite: High School diploma or equivalent.

XAH510 Part I - Pharmacy Technician Program (158 hours)
  1. Overview of Pharmacy (6 hours)
  2. Community Pharmacy Practice (12 hours)
  3. Introduction to Pharmacy Law and Ethics (12 hours)
  4. Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours)
  5. Communication Skills (8 hours)
  6. Pharmaceutical Calculations (15 hours)
  7. Excel for the Health Care Professional (15 hours)
  8. Introduction to Pharmacology (24 hours)
  9. Observation Class (27 hours)
  10. Placement tests will administered during the first class meeting
  11. Math Brush-Up Class (15 hours)
XAH511 Part II - Pharmacy Technician Program (122 hours)
  1. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Part I of Pharmacy Technician Assistant Program 
  2. Advanced Pharmaceutical Calculations (12 hours)
  3. Insurance Procedures (3 hours)
  4. Inventory Procedures (3 hours)
  5. Field Work Externship (80 hours)
  6. National Certification Exam Preparation (24 hours)