Summer 2019 Offerings: Certificate Programs

Our non-credit online certificate programs can help you launch a new career or advance in your current position.

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 paralegal study. 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 while 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 (800) 522-7737.
Paralegal Certificate Course: Additional and Important Information
Online Course: 7/1 - 8/16 and 8/26 - 10/11


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

Mary Lynn, 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 for more than 24 years.

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. Times available for internships are at the discretion of the animal care facility. Weekend schedules may not be able to be accommodated. 11.8 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
Online Course, 6/5 - 8/7

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 textbook cost is $20. .4 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
Online Course, 6/5 - 6/26

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.
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
Online Course, 7/8 - 7/22


Jump Start Your Career or Find a New One!

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding
Certified Medical Administrative Assistant 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.
CRN: 70202, 500 Hours, 50 CEUs

Certified Medical Transcriptionist
In the Certified Medical Transcriptionist program, you will develop skills using online simulations and learn about speech recognition software and its impact on the medical transcription industry. In addition to transcribing, you will learn how to edit information for grammatical errors and ensure the correct, proper usage of medical terms in a patient’s records.
CRN: 71128, 195 Hours, 19.5 CEUs

Veterinary Assistant
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.
CRN: 70204, 225 Hours, 22.5 CEUs

Over 100 other great career training programs available online!

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Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)