Community and Professional Education

Winter/Spring 2018 Offerings: Certificate Programs


Know you want to work with animals but aren't sure which pet program to choose? Please contact course instructor Mary Lynn Gagnon.

Pet Education Certificate Program
The Pet Education Certificate course offers a variety of resources to help begin or enhance your career working with animals, including but not limited to: pet-sitting, kennel work, daycare, training, working for a veterinarian and other animal-related fields. Topics include pet health and illness, communication, basic hygiene for pets and even writing a resume and preparing for an interview. In order to successfully complete this program and be eligible for a certificate, you must successfully complete the online course, complete a pet First Aid/CPR class and complete at least 100 hours of internships at an approved animal care facility within six months of the end of the course. 11.8 CEUs
Online Course, 2/7 - 4/4

Online Course, 3/15 - 5/10

P.E.T.S. Basics of Grooming School
This course is an introductory course to prepare you for a career in the grooming business. It is also beneficial to pet owners who wish to advance their knowledge in pet hygiene. Prerequisite: Pet Education Certificate course. In order to successfully complete this program and be eligible for a certificate, you must successfully complete the online course, complete a pet CPR/First Aid class and complete at least 20 hours of internships at an approved animal care facility within six months of the end of this course. 4.7 CEUs
Online Course, 4/4 - 5/9

Pet CPR and First Aid
Whether you are a pet owner or just a pet lover, this class will provide critical knowledge that could help save a pet's life. Students will need to purchase at least one textbook as part of the online portion of this course. Approximate cost is $20. .4 CEUs
Online Course, 2/20 - 3/13

Online, Course, 4/3 - 4/24

Starting a Pet Business
In order to stand out in the pet industry today you need to think outside the box and do your research. This course will save you time and money by giving you the tools to do it right the first time. You will be guided to free resources to start your business. The course includes a 30-minute personal phone consultation with Pet Estates Inc. owners Don or Mary Lynn Gagnon.
Online course dates: 2/9 - 3/2

Online course dates: 4/5 - 4/26

Tools and Techniques for the Professional - Entering a Client's Home Safely with a Pet in the Household
Professionals (police, firemen, pet sitters, nurses, etc.) will get the training and tools needed to help keep them safe when entering a home with pets. Topics covered include: canine aggression and reading body language, how to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation involving dogs, and more. .2 CEUs
Online Course, 4/20 - 5/11

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding
CRN: 60732, 500 Hours, 50 CEUs

CPC Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding is geared towards students who are interested in obtaining a career in the healthcare industry, but have little to no experience within the sector.

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Vouchers for both exams are included with this program.

Medical Transcription and Medical Terminology
CRN: 60180, 300 Hours, 30 CEUs

This program will give you the knowledge and skills to start a new career as a medical transcriptionist. To work in this field, you need to understand and correctly spell medical terms. This program includes complete medical terminology training to set you up for success.

Your transcription equipment and materials are included.

Veterinary Assistant
CRN: 60181, 225 Hours, 22.5 CEUs

This online program with prepare you to become a productive member of a veterinary team. You'll learn about every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory sample collection, assisting in surgery and dentistry, prescription preparation, and taking radiographs.

Paralegal Certificate Course
This intensive, nationally-acclaimed program is designed for beginning and advanced legal workers. You will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation. The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are in most demand.

The online paralegal course is split into two parts: Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Advanced Paralegal Concepts. All registered students will be enrolled in both sections, which will be completed consecutively.

Introduction to Paralegal Studies provides the foundation for the study of Paralegalism. During the seven-week course, you will gain an understanding of the American legal system and learn how you can be of assistance in the exciting field of law. Coursework is equivalent to 45 class hours of study.

Advanced Paralegal Concepts takes over where the introduction leaves off. In this seven-week course, you will learn the advanced skills of legal research and writing, formal and informal advocacy, and appellate procedure. Coursework in the advanced course is equivalent to an additional 45 class hours of study.

This is an accelerated course. While there are no prerequisites, you will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework and you can anticipate spending an average of 12 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments.

Successful graduates of this program will be awarded a certificate of completion. To receive the certificate, you must pass six quizzes and successfully complete five legal document writing assignments. 8.4 CEUs

Please note: paid access to the Westlaw online legal library is offered through the Center for Legal Studies and is strongly recommended to complete the second part of the course. Students have access to Westlaw at Hudson Valley Community College. However, at this time, the Westlaw database can only be accessed from the Marvin Library on campus. Textbooks that accompany the instruction of this course are available for purchase in the college's bookstore or through the Center for Legal Studies at 1(800) 522-7737. Additional information for the Paralegal Certificate Course can be obtained at
Online Course, 3/5 - 4/20 and 4/30 - 6/15

Online Course, 4/30 - 6/15 and 6/25 - 8/10