Biotech and Health Sciences

The college's Office of Workforce Development offers Biotech and Health Sciences courses for those preparing for a new job, promotion or looking to update their skills.

Instructor-Led Courses

Pharmacy Technician - Blended

You can prepare for a career in pharmacy, beginning as a pharmacy technician. There is an increasing demand from pharmacies for well-trained pharmacy technicians, especially those who have passed the certification exam. This course provides both job training and preparation for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. It focuses on the retail pharmacy industry and emphasizes the importance of customer service. Those students who wish to work in hospital or veterinary pharmacies will generally receive additional on-the-job training specific to those environments.

This non-credit course includes 26 three-hour in-person sessions, including an optional 18-hour internship in a pharmacy, and 13 three-hour online sessions, totaling 117 hours. The course is designed to prepare students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

The internship is comprised of six sessions at a pharmacy, and attendance is required for course completion.
Note: Participation in the internship is contingent upon passing a background check. Students in this training program must not have any felonies or drug-related criminal offenses on their records.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; basic computer skills; access to a personal computer with internet access.

Textbooks: Books, costing approximately $165, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Location: Albany Center for Education at 30 North Russell Road (Second Floor), Albany

Tuition: $1,575
Additional Cost (optional): The National Pharmacy Technician Exam (PTCE) is not administered by the college, and the fee is not included in the tuition. Students who elect to take the exam should make arrangements with the testing organization, to register for the test and to pay the organization's testing fee, (approximately $130).

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Blended: Classroom / Online)
117 hours, 11.7 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Aug. 27 - Nov. 21, 2019
Tuesday and Thursday: classroom
Wednesday: online with class
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Pharmacy Technician - Online Only

You can prepare for a career in pharmacy, beginning as a pharmacy technician. There is an increasing demand from pharmacies for well-trained pharmacy technicians, especially those who have passed the certification exam. This course provides both job training and preparation for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. It focuses on the retail pharmacy industry and emphasizes the importance of customer service. Those students who wish to work in hospital or veterinary pharmacies will generally receive additional on-the-job training specific to those environments.

This course is conducted exclusively online to provide you with the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. You will have email access to the instructor, and you will participate in discussion boards with fellow students. Our online students now also have the option of participating in an 18-hour internship, which is held in an Albany-area pharmacy.
Note: Participation in the internship is contingent upon passing a background check. Students in this training program must not have any felonies or drug-related criminal offenses on their records.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; basic computer skills; access to a personal computer with internet access.

Textbooks: Books, costing approximately $165, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $1,575
Additional Cost (optional): The National Pharmacy Technician Exam (PTCE) is not administered by the college, and the fee is not included in the tuition. Students who elect to take the exam should make arrangements with the testing organization, to register for the test and to pay the organization's testing fee, (approximately $130).

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Online)
117 hours, 11.7 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Aug. 27 - Nov. 21, 2019
Wednesday online with class: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Water Treatment Plant Grade I - Advanced Operations

The Water Treatment Plant Grade I - Advanced Operations course is one of the modules required by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to become certified as a Grade IA or Grade IB water treatment plant operator in New York State; (the second module is on Management and Supervision and is a separate course). The Grade IA certificate is required at water treatment plants with filtration that were designed for 2.5 MGD and over. The Grade IB is required for water treatment plants that are designed for 2.5 MGD or over, without filtration.

There is also a 10-year experience requirement for the certification. Generally the course is taken by those operators already possessing a Grade IIA or Grade IIB water operator certificate. The course is an in-depth course in water treatment, with a heavy emphasis on math, chemistry, biology, the intricacies of water treatment, water treatment plant optimization and the rules, regulations and legal requirements of operating a water treatment plant.

Note: For NYSDOH-approved water treatment courses, 100 percent attendance is required. In order to satisfactorily complete the course, students who miss any hours of the class will be required to make up those hours by arrangement with the instructor.

Prerequisites: Completion of approved Grade A or Grade B Water Treatment Plant Operators course; 10th grade reading and math levels

Textbooks: (available for purchase at the Vikings Cove Bookstore)
AWWA Water Operator Field Guide by John M. Stubbart, Timothy J. McCandless, William C. Lauer
Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume I, 6th Edition, by Kenneth Kerri
Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume II, 5th Edition, by Kenneth Kerri

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $975

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
60 hours, 6 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
Oct. 7 – Nov. 25, 2019
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade A/B

This course covers the practices and processes involved in the operation of a modern water treatment plant. Topics covered will include, but not be limited to, legal requirements, chemistry, hydraulics, laboratory analyses, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. The course meets minimal New York State Department of Health training requirements for certification as either a IIA or IIB water treatment plant operator. Tuition includes materials but does not include the required textbooks.

Note: For NYSDOH approved water treatment courses, 100 percent attendance is required. In order to satisfactorily complete the course, students who miss any hours of the class will be required to make up those hours by arrangement with the instructor(s). A Validated Examination will be given as part of the course.

Prerequisites:

  • Strong math and science skills recommended
  • Per Subpart 5-4 of Chapter 1 of the State Sanitary Code, to receive NYSDOH certification as a IIA operator, one (1) year of operating experience at a water treatment plant with facilities for filtration and for a IIB operator, one (1) year operating experience at a water treatment plant, is required.

Textbook: The required textbook will be available for purchase at the Vikings Cove Bookstore.

Location: 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $1,180

Delivery of Course:

Instructor-Led (Classroom)
60 hours, 6 CEUs, Non-Credit

Schedule
April 1 - May 16, 2019
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Get in Touch

Workforce Development
Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, Room 131
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)