Genesee Board OK's New Health Studies Certificate Program

Genesee Community College's Board of Trustees took the first step toward a new Health Studies Certificate program at the College this evening. The certificate program is designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the medical or allied health fields, but who are either uncertain about their specific career interests or who are unprepared to enter one of the College's health care degree programs.

The new certificate program must now be approved by the State University of New York. Once approved by the State University, the New York State Education Department must approve it.

The program is ideal for students who are thinking about careers as medical assistants, nurses, physical therapists or physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, or occupational therapy assistants, respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians, or other positions in the health field.

The program can be completed in a single year of full-time study, or a longer period of part-time study. It consists of between 32 and 34 college credit hours, and includes courses in math and the sciences, psychology, health career planning and communications. All of the courses are required for associate's degrees in health care or other fields offered at Genesee, and for many associate's and bachelor's degrees offered by other colleges.

This is the perfect program for students who are interested in health care, but not yet ready to commit to a full health care degree program, said Michael S. Stoll, Dean of Math, Science and Career Education. "It gives students the chance to get their feet wet in the health care field," Dean Stoll said. "But the great thing about the program is that if students change their minds and decide that something other than health care interests them, their coursework is relevant to a wide variety of other degree programs."

The new program is expected to be fully operational by the fall 2003 semester, Dean Stoll said.