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Course Offerings / Certifications


Certified Clinical Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. Medical assisting is one of the nation’s fastest growing careers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical assistants have both administrative and clinical duties. They may answer the telephone, greet patients, fill out medical records and update them as needed, schedule appointments and handle correspondence and billing. On the clinical side, medical assistants often are the people who take medical histories, prepare patients for examination, assist the doctor during appointments and perform basic laboratory tests, along with other clinical responsibilities. This course prepares students to sit for the NHA CCMA Credential. Course includes study guide and exam for certification.

DCB2364 CRN 66959 3/21-6/29 M/W 6-9:30pm Hyflex - KSU 121 $2460

Mandatory Saturday labs: 8am-2pm, 4/9-6/4 & 6/25 KSU 104

Personal Trainer 

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SUNY 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, expand your own workouts or improve your skills for coaching young people.  


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
  • Lectures are asynchronous online while the practical skills are taught at the local fitness center
  • Adult CPR/AED is required for the certification to be issued
  • All course requirements must be completed within 12 months of the original course start date

Required Textbook: Fitness Professional’s Handbook 7th edition (ISBN: 9781492523376)

Free Info Sessions - Being A Personal Trainer, Fitness Careers & Employment!

Learn more about this program by atteneding one of the upcoming information sessions. Visit our Info Session page for dates and registration. 

DCB 2338 CRN 66962 T 3/29-4/26 6-9pm Remote $875
Practical Labs R 3/31-4/28 6-9pm
at Mac Fitness
National Certification Testing (Test vouchers included): T 5/10 6-8pm Written Exam KSU 
Practical Sills Exam R 5/12 & 5/19 6-9pm at Mac Fitness




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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