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Course Offerings / Certifications


Patient Care Technician Training

A Patient Care Technician (PCT) provides hands-on care to patients with a variety of healthcare needs. PCTs provide assistance and basic care to patients in hospital settings, physicians’ offices, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care facilities. Prepares students to take NHA PCT Certification Exam. Remote, synchronous training via ZOOM with Saturday hands-on clinical labs. Additional cost includes exam fee $155.

DCB2100 CRN 30189 10/19-2/8 M/W 6-9pm Combo $1999
Saturday Labs, 9:30am-4:30pm, 10/31, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9/21, 1/16/21, 2/6/21    KSU 212

Personal Trainer 

National Commission for Certifying Agencies LogoSUNY Ulster's Office of Continuing Education, in collaboration with the World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), offers a Personal Trainer Certification Program designed to help you start a successful career as a trainer. For additional information, call W.I.T.S. at 888-330-9487.

Get all the important information needed to start an exciting successful career as a Certified Personal Trainer. Employers of all sizes have partnered with W.I.T.S. to come and meet you during the practical labs. The personal trainer course is a great way to prepare for the on campus national exam.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology
  • Assess an individual’s level of fitness using ACSM guidelines
  • Design and customize exercise programs
  • Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardio-respiratory and flexibility exercises
  • Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group
  • Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise


  • Minimum 18 Years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED

To achieve the National Personal Fitness Trainer Certification:

  • Students must earn a score of 70% or higher on all exams
  • Attendance is required and students are only allowed one excused absence (students with an excused absence must complete all work assigned)
  • Adult CPR/AED is required for the certification to be issued
  • Students are also required to complete a 30-hour internship through W.I.T.S.
  • All course requirements must be completed within 12 months of the original course start date
  • The renewal period is based on the original course completion dates

 Employment Outlook

  • According to the O*NET OnLine the 2019 median hourly wage for Fitness Trainers/Aerobics Instructors is $27.89 per hour.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean hourly wage for Fitness Trainers/Aerobics Instructors is $21.43 per hour.

Optional Internship: Following successful completion of your Level I Certification you can choose to pursue the Level II Certification by participating in a 30-hour internship at no additional cost. Proof of CPR/AED is required!

Free bonus: After you have passed the exams for Level 1 you can register online to take Developing Your Marketing & Promotion Strategy (2 CECs) and Nutritional Concepts (6 CECs).

Special Note:  A GOLD CPT online course is available in case there is a restriction due to COVID. The ALL online course has a bonus 1 weekend review of the labs prior to the exams. This will happen after you complete the online prep course with online TEACHER/MENTORS for optimal learning.  Passing the national exams at your college will get you a Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer credential to start working. 

Required Textbook: Fitness Professional’s Handbook 7th edition (ISBN-13: 9781492523376), book approx. $100, e-textbook approx. $70. Amazon Textbooks has a rental and used book program to SAVE $’s too.

Looking for more information? Check out one of the upcoming information sessions: 

9/12, 9/23 or 10/3 To register visit the WITS website. Remote FREE

Course Practical Dates: Saturday, 10/17-11/21, noon-3pm, MAC Fitness
Course Lecture:
 Online Teacher Mentored
National Certification Testing: Saturday, 12/5, 9-11am, KSU (Test vouchers included)

DCB 2338 CRN 90280 Remote $799

Senior Fitness Specialist

This certification class is for health and fitness professionals, massage therapists, occupational therapists and LPN’s in semi-retirement homes wanting to gain knowledge, training, and competency to assess fitness levels, design targeted fitness programs and provide motivating exercise instruction for older adults. This course is a great addition to your knowledge base and allows you the opportunity to learn the proper exercise techniques, stretching, programming and safety needed for your older adult clients. The population of individuals 65 and older is increasing rapidly. This presents the personal trainer & other professionals that work with older adults with multiple opportunities to work with clients as they age. However, it does require specialized knowledge and training, because chronic medical conditions will alter older adults’ need for and response to exercise. (20 Hours over 5 weeks) You can start at any time. You have 6 months, 24/7 access to complete your online program. This course has a built-in online exam to test for a national certification. 18 WITs CECs. At competition you will be given a Digital Badge. This is teacher mentored. For additional information, call W.I.T.S. at 888-330-9487.

DCB 2339 CRN 90281 9/01-12/31 Online $499

Lifestyle Wellness Coaching

This unique certification course will show your client that providing specific insights into their individual wellness is just as vital to their long-term success as creating an exercise program. This course will enable you, as a trainer, to communicate, motivate, and support your client in new innovative ways towards reaching their goals. This self-paced, online-mentored class will help you develop the personal skills you need to lead your clients, while opening new revenue streams outside of just exercise training sessions. Your clients will achieve long-term fitness and lifestyle wellness goals for likely the first time ever. You will provide your clients with personal awareness techniques that will create new possibilities and help them overcome previous limitations. This includes 12 hours of video instruction, drills and an online exam. The W.I.T.S. video lessons will teach you the skills of successful coaching and allow you to practice and build confidence in your coaching relationships as a lifestyle wellness coach. This is the next level in your professional growth to build your personal business and increase your billable hours. (13 Hours over 4 weeks) You can start at any time after you enroll. You have 6 months, 24/7 access to complete your online program. 11 WITS CECs This is teacher mentored. For additional information, call W.I.T.S. at 888-330-9487.

DCB 2340 CRN 90282 09/01-12/31 Online $499

Additional Online Fitness Programs

With our partnership for online learning with Ed2Go, you can experience instructor-led or self-paced enjoyable, clear, uncomplicated, fast, and convenient online learning! Expert instructors, interactive quizzes, assignments and an online discussion area available via the web. An example of courses include: Fitness Business Management, NCSF Sports Nutrition Specialist

To view the full range of online courses available, visit the Fitness Programs catalog




64 credits

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree as well as the certificate in Direct Support Practice. The program is sufficiently comprehensive to qualify graduates for a variety of entry-level positions in public and private sector human service agencies. Depending on personal interests and career plans, students in this program may elect specialized courses and supervised field work in the areas of family and children’s services, developmental disabilities, mental health treatment, crisis intervention, and gerontology.

To learn more about the SUNY Ulster credit bearing programs, contact Celeste Emmons at 845-688-1560 or





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