In 2016, Suffolk County Community College's Office for Continuing Education received
funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide qualified candidates in the Health
IT workforce. Please see General Admission Requirements to qualify for this online
Health IT training program at a no-cost tuition to you.
TOPICS COVERED FOR HEALTH IT ONLINE:
Students will participate in online instruction to develop career skills for the Health
IT workforce. This program includes:
- Practice Management and Electronic Health Record Online Simulation
- Population Health
- Value Base Care /Patient Centered Care
- Care Coordination and Interoperable Health IT System
- Health Data Analytics/ Health Records and Administration Data
- Inputting Health Records, Past Medical, Surgical, Family and Social Histories
- Financial Management: Insurance Billing and Function
- Privacy, Security, Confidentiality and Legal Issues in the Practice
- Compliance Support Utilizing the EHR Database
- Resume Writing and Career Coaching
Graduates of this program will receive a certificate of completion in Health Information
Technology from Suffolk County Community College Department for Continuing Education
and are prepared and eligible to take the exam to be a Certified Associate in Healthcare
Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS).
TO APPLY: E-mail your resume and completed application to Akilah Lovell at email@example.com. You will receive notification once your application has been processed.
Health IT Application (Printable Form)
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 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation,
familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, equal pay compensation-sex,
national origin, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal
conviction or disability in its admissions, programs and activities, or employment.
This applies to all employees, students, applicants or other members of the College
community (including, but not limited to, vendors and visitors). Grievance procedures
are available to interested persons by contacting either of the Civil Rights Compliance
Officers/Coordinators listed below. Retaliation against a person who files a complaint,
serves as a witness, or assists or participates in the investigation of a complaint
in any manner is strictly prohibited.
If you think that you have been subjected to discrimination under a WIOA Title I-financially
assisted program or activity, you may file a complaint within 180 days from the date
of the alleged violation with either:
Suffolk County Community College’s Civil Rights Compliance Officers listed above or
The Director, Civil Rights Center (CRC), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution
Avenue NW., Room N-4123, Washington, DC 20210 or electronically as directed on the
CRC website at www.dol.gov/crc.
If you file your complaint with Suffolk County Community College, you must wait either
until the college issues a written Notice of Final Action, or until 90 days have passed
(whichever is sooner), before filing with the Civil Rights Center (see address above).
If the college does not give you a written Notice of Final Action within 90 days of
the day on which you filed your complaint, you may file a complaint with CRC before
receiving that Notice. However, you must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of
the 90-day deadline (in other words, within 120 days after the day on which you filed
your complaint with the college).
If the college does give you a written Notice of Final Action on your complaint, but
you are dissatisfied with the decision or resolution, you may file a complaint with
CRC. You must file your CRC complaint within 30 days of the date on which you received
the Notice of Final Action.
Ophthalmic Assistant Technician
The Office for Continuing Education offers a non-credit Ophthalmic Assistant Technician
and Optician Programs. This program provides enrollee's 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.
- Math Brush Up (24 hours)
- Overview of Ophthalmic Medicine (6 hours)
- Community Ophthalmic Practice (15 hours)
- Introduction to Medical Law and Ethics (12 hours)
- Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours)
- Introduction to Optics and Lensometry (15 hours)
- Ophthalmic Calculations (15 hours)
- Excel for Health Care Professionals (15 hours)
- Ophthalmic Observation (8 hours)
- Communication Skills (8 hours)
Part II Ophthalmic Technician Program (185 hours)
Prerequisite: Successfully completed Part I
- Advanced Ophthalmic Calculations (6 hours)
- Advanced Lensometry (45 hours)
- Office Procedures Insurance and Inventory Procedures (12 hours)
- Introduction to Spanish for Health Care (15 hours)
- National Certification Exam Preparation (15 hours)
- Optical Instruments (12)
- 80 Hour Externship (80)
Pharmacy Technician Program
The Office for Continuing Education offers a non-credit Pharmacy Technician program. This
program provides enrollee's 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)
- Overview of Pharmacy (6 hours)
- Community Pharmacy Practice (12 hours)
- Introduction to Pharmacy Law and Ethics (12 hours)
- Introduction to Medical Terminology (24 hours)
- Communication Skills (8 hours)
- Pharmaceutical Calculations (15 hours)
- Excel for the Health Care Professional (15 hours)
- Introduction to Pharmacology (24 hours)
- Observation Class (27 hours)
- Placement tests will administered during the first class meeting
- Math Brush-Up Class (15 hours)
XAH511 Part II - Pharmacy Technician Program (122 hours)
- Prerequisite: Successful completion of Part I of Pharmacy Technician Assistant Program
- Advanced Pharmaceutical Calculations (12 hours)
- Insurance Procedures (3 hours)
- Inventory Procedures (3 hours)
- Field Work Externship (80 hours)
- 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
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.
For success in this program, each student will minimally 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
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
o Identification, secure handling and maintenance of sterile instrumentation and ancillary
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
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
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 off-site 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
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
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.