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 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.

"Suffolk County Community College is committed to equal opportunity/affirmative action and promotes admissions, academic, and employment policies and practices that do not discriminate against any person because of sex, race, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin, sexual preference, or physical handicap."

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)

Mission of the Surgical Technologist Program at Suffolk County Community College

To provide eligible Suffolk County residents with the opportunity to attend a one-year, full-time educational program in Surgical Technology leading to a career as a surgical technologist.

Goals of the Program
The program will educate the student using didactic learning; hands-on learning including laboratory and clinical environments; and behavioral training to develop critical thinking skills. Upon completion of the program students will:

• Apply the knowledge base
• Execute physical tasks
• Demonstrate appropriate behavioral attributes as these apply to the standards established for surgical technologist successfully working in the field of Surgical Technology
• Exhibit emotional maturity to confidently enter the healthcare environment
• Take and pass the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam.

Student goals/outcomes:
For success in this program, each student will minimaly be required to master three (3) domains of intellectual study, physical ability and situational self-awareness:

Cognitive domain – mental skills and knowledge. As applied to Surgical Technology, the student will master:
o Vocabulary and concepts
o Anatomy and Physiology
o Human biology
o Microbiology and control of contamination/infection
o Medical terminology
o Responsibilities in the operating room/surgical environment
o Surgical and ancillary equipment and how to apply to the surgical patient

Psychomotor Skills – demonstrated by physical skills such as movement, coordination, manipulation, dexterity, grace, strength, speed—actions which demonstrate the fine or gross motor skills, such as use of precision instruments or tools. As applied to Surgical Technology, the student will master:

o Identification, secure handling and maintenance of sterile instrumentation and ancillary equipment
o Identification of the sequence of events and be able to anticipate the needs of the patient and surgical team in the operating room/surgical environment so that the role of Surgical Technogist will be fulfilled in a timely manner.
o Mental awareness in the preparation and preservation of the sterile field in surgical environments.

Affective domain – Professional attitudes in study and work. It is the "valuing" domain. As applied to Surgical Technology the student will master:

o The value of the role of the Surgical Technologist as a member of a healthcare delivery team
o The value and privilege to deliver optimal care to all patients
o The value of clear, consistent and respectful communication with patients, colleagues and professional staff

Admission into the 2020 Surgical Technology Program is open to 12 applicants who meet the program criteria and eligibility. This one-year program, beginning on May 15, 2020, requires students to attend all classes and labs. In addition, the program will require 120 clinical scrub-ins at an offsite hospital and/or surgical center. Participants will be required to provide their own transportation to and from the clinical site.

The coursework for this program requires a full commitment from the student. Studying, classroom learning, labs and clinical rotations will be very intense and time consuming. This program must be a priority for a successful outcome. It is expected that all assignments will be completed on time and all classes, labs, and rotations will be attended. Surgical Technology is a career that can be very rewarding, however, it requires full dedication. The effort put into this program will directly affect the outcome.

Interested applicants must meet the income eligibility requirements as specified by the grant program as well as application criteria which includes a High School or High School Equivalency transcript, TEAS Exam scores, two essays and an interview. Please call Carol Turner at 631-451-4559 for application information/packet and income eligibility requirements.

Support for the development/production of this material was provided in part by a grant under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 administered by the New York State Education Department.