Community and Professional Education
Fall 2015 Offerings


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.

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.

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Online course, 8/24 - 10/9 & 10/19 - 12/4

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Online course, 10/19 - 12/4/15 & 1/11 - 2/26/16
Center for Legal Studies, Instructors

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PTIA Personal Trainer Certification
Here's your chance to become a nationally certified personal trainer in one intensive weekend. Personal training certification from the Personal Training Institute of America (PTIA) will prepare you for a successful career as a certified personal trainer!

With Americans becoming more aware of the impact that physical fitness has on their long-term health, the need for individuals with an in-depth knowledge of personal fitness and who have the ability to provide personal training and fitness instruction is rapidly rising. PTIA is a premiere personal training school that will give you the education, skills and insight to become a valued professional and ready to enter the workforce! Jump-start your career with personal training certification from PTIA, a leading personal trainer school. The two-day intensive program includes 16 hours of lecture, demonstrations and practical hands-on application.

Day 1: Classroom training
Day 2: Hands-on in the gym

Some of what you'll learn includes:

  • Client consultation and assessments
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Program design and implementation
  • Injury prevention and medical considerations
  • Nutrition fundamentals
  • Weight loss information
  • Goal setting and motivation
  • Case study practice and client role playing
  • Practical training in the gym

Please note: Students must complete a 10-hour internship at a local gym/health club and pass an online exam before final certification. In addition, CPR/AED certification needs to be obtained before final PTIA certification. If you already hold CPR/AED certification, bring your card to class. An e-mail address is required upon registration. Students should come to class both days dressed in comfortable, gym-appropriate clothing. Course fee includes a $65 materials fee for the required textbook.

All PTIA instructors have many years of real world experience and multiple fitness certifications including: certified personal trainers, yoga instructors, nutritional consultants, mat and equipment pilates instructors, group fitness instructors, senior fitness instructors, spin instructors, CPR/AED instructors and more.
2 Sessions, MCD 202
Sat. & Sun., 11/7 & 11/8, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nadia Ellis of Personal Training Institute of America, Instructor

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ed2go online career training programs offered at Hudson Valley Community College are self-paced and provide short-term certificate programs. You may register for and start the courses listed below at any time. However to receive a certificate of completion from Hudson Valley Community College, you must complete the course with a 70 percent or higher within 180 days. Each course includes a set of lessons and tests, and has an instructor who responds to you. Any certification or exam fees are not included in the course fees.

Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding
The Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding course will give you the skills you need to find a job as an administrative medical specialist (AMS), medical billing specialist, medical coder and/or medical office manager. In addition to the extensive medical billing information, you will be taught every aspect of the medical receptionist/front desk position. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing or coding in a medical office setting and will be prepared to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam.
Online course, 300 hours

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Medical Transcription + Medical Terminology
A medical transcriptionist listens to dictated recordings made by physicians and other health care professionals and transcribes the recordings, creating medical reports that eventually become part of patients' permanent files. In the Medical Transcription + Medical Terminology online training program, you'll gain the ability to transcribe medical reports and learn the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position as a medical transcriptionist. You'll also get a 60-hour Medical Terminology online training program!
Online course, 300 hours

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Veterinary Assistant
Prepare for a new career working with animals with the help of the Veterinary Assistant online training program. You'll learn about animal care and how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This online program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, and how to assist the veterinarian during examinations.

Administrative duties such as fee collection, banking and accounts payable are also emphasized, and the program contains basic information about pet insurance. The coursework does not lead to New York State licensure and students will not gain fieldwork experience from this course.
Online course, 240 hours

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Please note that these certificate programs have their own cancellation and refund policy. Go to for more information.

Know you want to work with animals but not sure which pet program to choose?

Join us for a free informational session on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 6 - 7 p.m. in DCC 137.


Pet Certificate Program
Interested in starting a career working with animals but don't know where to get started? This course will help you explore the field of animal-related careers through education and internships. The Pet Education Certificate course offers 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.

The course content includes: pet health and illness, communication, behavior management, safety, basic hygiene for pets, and even writing a resume and preparing for an interview. This course will further your knowledge and skills through lectures, guest speakers and hands-on internship experiences. Those who successfully complete this unique program will have specialized education and experience that gives them an advantage in the field. Internships can be a good source for students to network for experience and employment. The instructor will assist you in securing the necessary internships to complete the certificate.

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 54 hours of internships at approved animal care facilities within six months of the final class meeting. 7.2 CEUs
Online Course dates: 9/22 - 11/17

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Online Course dates: 11/2 - 12/24
Mary Lynn Gagnon of Pet Estates Inc., Instructor

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P.E.T.S. Basics of Grooming School
The P.E.T.S grooming school is an introductory course to prepare you for a career in the grooming business. Through both online lecture and hands-on training, P.E.T.S. grooming school is for those who have a desire to work with animals as a pet groomer assistant and caregiver. This course also is beneficial to pet owners who wish to advance their knowledge in pet hygiene.

Professionals in the animal industry can earn a comfortable salary working as a grooming assistant while at the same time pursuing their creativity and love for animals. This course will walk you through the basic steps in the pet grooming process including nails, ear cleaning, anal glands, dental and eye care. You'll learn how to bathe, brush and dry dogs based on their coat type and individual needs. The fundamentals of cat grooming, including handling, restraining, bathing, brushing and drying, will be covered. You will learn about products to properly care for pets and treat some health issues impacting appearance. In addition, the course will include a history of dog and cat grooming, and an overview of basic anatomy, health and disease in pets. Health and safety for both students and the pets will be covered.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the field, prepare a resume, and prepare to interview for grooming assistant positions. All students must complete a pet CPR/First Aid course to complete this program. 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 approved animal care facilities within six months of the final class meeting.
4.7 CEUs
Online Course dates: 11/18 - 12/23
Mary Lynn Gagnon of Pet Estates Inc., Instructor

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Pet CPR and First Aid
This is a hybrid class where you will complete the online learning followed by a hands-on skill session. This course is for those who wish to work in the pet industry or wish to acquire knowledge on how to respond in an emergency situation for pets. The course will provide hands-on experience in pet CPR using our dog mannequin as well as basic first aid.

In this class, you will learn what you can do in the first 15-25 seconds on the scene to make a big difference for a pet. Learning to respond quickly and properly in the first few minutes in a pet emergency is critical and can save a pet's life. Just a sample of some of the material covered in this class includes:

  • Equipment and supplies for putting together your own pet First Aid kit
  • Assessing vital signs
  • Understanding basic pet owner responsibilities
  • Bleeding and shock management
  • Restraint, muzzle, elevation, direct pressure, pressure points
  • Immobilization, shock management and transportation
  • Rescue breathing
  • Administering medicine and treating wounds

Many more scenarios and skills will be covered throughout the course. 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.
0.6 CEUs
Online and practical skills session
Online course open 10/1 - 10/22
Skills Session
Mon., 10/26, 6:30 - 8 p.m. WIL 101

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Online course open 11/2 -11/23
Skills Session
Mon., 11/30, 6:30 - 8 p.m., WIL 101
Mary Lynn Gagnon, Instructor

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Starting a Pet Business
This course is designed for students who desire to start their own pet business. In order to stand out in the pet industry today you need to think outside the box and do your research. The course will save you time and money by giving you the tools to do it right the first time. Aspiring entrepreneurs will learn how to avoid pitfalls in the beginning stages of business planning. Topics will include business planning, acquiring permits, how to make your business unique in the industry, writing a press release, tips to increase revenue, marketing and designs that sell, where to go for free assistance and much more. Course includes a 30-minute personal phone consultation with Pet Estates Inc. owners Don or Mary Lynn Gagnon.
Online Course Dates: 10/14 - 10/28

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Online Course Dates: 11/16 - 11/30
Mary Lynn Gagnon, Instructor

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Tools and Techniques for the Professional - Entering a Client's Home Safely with a Pet in the Household
This course will give professionals (police, fireman, pet sitters, nurse, etc.) 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, assessing dogs and how to diffuse dangerous or potentially dangerous situations involving dogs. This course will help you recognize aggression in animals and remain safe when entering their territory. Finally, this course will help you to recognize pet's body language such as evaluating tail position, eye behavior, ear posture and mouth behavior, vocal communication and discuss how to communicate with the pet accordingly. Continuing Education credits may be available for completion of this course.
0.2 CEUs
Online Course Dates: 11/2 - 11/16
Mary Lynn Gagnon, Instructor

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