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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. Prepares students to sit for NHA CCMA Credential. Study Guide and Exam Fee included.

*Clinical Placement may be available for those who request it

DCB2364 CRN 30261 9/27-2/7 M/W 6-9pm KSU $1999

Saturday labs: 9:30am-4:30pm, 10/23, 11/20, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/29, 2/5 KSU

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, expand your own workouts or improve your skills for coaching young people. For additional information, call W.I.T.S. at 888-330-9487.

Get all the importantinformationneeded 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 only required if you would like college credits issued (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
  • Students have an option for a bonus LEVEL 2 certification by completing a 30-hour internship through W.I.T.S.
  • All course requirements must be completed within 12 months of the original course start date

 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. [Special note that trainers get paid more than group aerobic instructors]

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).

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.

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

Link to register and attend for free:
9/11/21 at 12 noon EST

10/2/21 at 12 noon EST

DCB 2338 CRN 90321 9/25-10/23 Online $799
Saturday hands on practicals 12-3pm at Mac Fitness
National Certification Testing (Test vouchers included): 11/6 9-11am KSU 204




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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