Community and Professional Education
Winter/Spring 2014 Offerings: Certificate Programs

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 will 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.
Online course, 1/13 - 2/28 and 3/10 - 4/25

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Online course, 3/10 - 4/25 and 5/5 - 6/20
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Pet Education Certificate
Begin a Career Working With Pets! 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 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.

The course content includes: pet health and illness, communication, behavior management, safety, basic hygiene care for pets, and even writing a resume and preparing for an interview. This course will further your knowledge and skills through course 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. In addition, you will have access to the P.E.T.S. Web site, an online resource connecting pet professionals with clients. 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.

Marlene Wagner, BS, CPDT (certified professional dog trainer) will be a guest instructor teaching animal behavior, training and safety. She is a veterinary assistant with more than 20 years of experience and has assisted in veterinary behavior consultations (providing written behavior modification plans) for eight years. In addition, she has been teaching people to train dogs for 30 years. Marlene is passionate about teaching people skills and information that are based on sound science, humane and relationship enhancing. The course instructor, Mary Lynn Gagnon, is the owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels and has been a successful pet business owner and leader in the pet business field locally and regionally for more than 20 years.

In order to successfully complete this program, students must complete a pet First Aid/CPR class, students may not have more than one unexcused absence from class and must complete at least 54 hours of internships at approved animal care facilities within six months of the final class meeting.

Do you know you want to work with animals but aren’t sure which pet program to choose?
Join us for a free informational session on Feb. 12 from 6 - 7 p.m. in WIL 101 to hear more about the programs offered.
6 Sessions, WIL 100
Thurs., 3/13 - 4/17, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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 that prepares you for a career in the grooming business. Through both in-class and hands-on training, P.E.T.S. grooming school is for students who have an interest and desire to earn an income working 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 pursuing their creativity and love of 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. It teaches you how to bathe, brush and dry dogs based on their coat type and individual needs. Fundamentals of cat grooming including handling, restraining, bathing, brushing and drying will be covered. You will learn about available pet products to properly care for and treat some health issues impacting appearance. In addition, the course will include a history of dog and cat grooming, an overview of basic anatomy, health and disease in pets. Health and safety for both students and the pets will be covered. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the field, prepare a resume, and prepare to interview for grooming assistant positions. Information will be available for those who wish to further their career in the grooming field. All students must complete a pet CPR/First Aid course to complete this program. Students will be expected to purchase a basic tool kit of grooming supplies. A list will be provided.

After the in-class portion of course, students will intern for 20 hours at Pet Spas of America in Latham. Instructor Tracy Muscatello, successful business owner and a NY school of grooming graduate, will work with students to develop the hands-on training. Marlene Wagner, BS, CPDT (certified professional dog trainer) will work with students to learn how to best observe and handle pets. Instructor Mary Lynn Gagnon is the owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels and has been a successful pet business owner and leader in the pet business field locally and regionally for more than 20 years.
9 Sessions, WIL 110
Sat., 3/1 - 5/10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
No class 4/19, 5/3
Mary Lynn Gagnon of Pet Estates Inc., Instructor

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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 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 as a certified personal trainer, 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 and hands-on learning in the gym
Day 2: Hands-on learning in the gym

Some of what you'll learn includes:

  • Client consultation and assessments
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Basic program design and implementation
  • Basic 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

PTIA-certified personal trainers are better prepared for the real world by being exposed to hands-on training by experienced trainers and instructors... not just a textbook and an online exam. You'll learn everything you need to know before you hit the gym floor.

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. Basic knowledge of gym equipment is recommended. 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, Group Fitness Instructors, Senior Fitness Instructors, Spin Instructors, Arthritis Foundation Instructors, CPR/AED Instructors and more.
2 Sessions, MCD 202
Sat. and Sun., 4/5 and 4/6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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ed2go Online Career Training Programs

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 extensive medical billing information, you will be taught every aspect of the medical receptionist/front desk position. Upon successful completion of the Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding 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.
Online course, 170 hours

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