Health Care

GST BOCES Health Career programs have a primary purpose of training individuals for employment in the health care field. Our programs can start you out with very basic personal care aide skills right up through the LPN program. Jobs in the health care sector are on the rise and trends show the need will increase over the next 10 years.

Check out the variety of Health Career trainings we have to offer
and begin your step to a rewarding and exciting career.


Practical Nursing Program

The Practical Nursing Program consists of 1,200 hours of classroom instruction and clinical experience at local hospitals, long-term care facilities and other health-related agencies and qualifies graduates for the New York State Licensing Exam.

Potential candidates with a high school diploma or GED are invited to call to register for an information session and the mandatory entrance assessment.

Instructors: Laura Gosnell, Winifred Hinman, Daureen Spaziani

Tuition: Full Time BUSH & COOPERS Classes start every August. Tuition is $10,595.00
Additional fees to cover physical, uniforms, testing, immunizations, stethoscope etc.: $600.00 (approximately)

Our Curriculum Outline for the complete 1,200 hours of instruction is available here.

Our Practical Nursing Brochure, which contains detailed information about our program, is available here.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a very useful Occupational Outlook Handbook here.

For more information on this program, call 607-739-8170, 1-877-ADULTED


Health Care Career Ladder:

    Personal Care Aide40 hour class
    Home Health Aide110 hour class; 90 hours classroom and 20 hours clinical
    Nurse Aide130 hour class; 98 hours classroom and 32 hours clinical
    Students take the NYS Certification Exam
    Licensed Practical Nurse1200 hours; approximately 700 hours classroom and 500 hours clinical
    Students take the NYCLEX State exam upon completion
We also offer conversion classes:
    PCA to HHA conversion50 hours; 40 hours classroom and clinical practice and 10 hours clinical experience at a Home Care Agency
    HHA equivalency class12 hour class/test, for CNAs with 6 mos. experience, Nsg students who have completed fundamentals of Nursing, LPNs and RNs
    CNA to HHA conversion12 hour class, 10 hours clinical, for CNAs with less than 6 mos experience


* We also offer:


Personal Care Aides and Home Health Aides should have a desire to help people. They should be responsible, compassionate, patient, emotionally stable and cheerful. In addition, aides should be tactful, honest and discreet because they work in private homes. Aides also must be in good health. Aides are caregivers, companions, and personal attendants who work for various public and private agencies that provide home care services. In these agencies, caregivers are likely supervised by a licensed nurse, social worker, or other non-medical managers. Aides receive detailed instructions explaining when to visit clients and what services to perform for them. However, personal care aides work independently, with only periodic visits by their supervisors. A physical examination, including state-mandated tests for tuberculosis and other diseases, may be required. A criminal background check and a good driving record also may be required for employment.

Personal Care Aide (40 hour class)

    Do you like caring for people? This 40-hour course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills for entry-level position as a Personal Care Aide. This is a high demand occupation. Reliable transportation is a must as you will visit and help clients in their own homes.

    Click here for a course outline.


Home Health Aide (110 hour class; 90 hours classroom and 20 hrs. clinical)

    This 110-hour program teaches you how to care for the client in his or her home, often after discharge from a hospital setting. You will be taught the skills and knowledge to take care of their personal and medical needs. You will also learn about the unique situations that may be present in a home care situation. You must have reliable transportation and be able to work independently. This is a high demand occupation, as more and more people want to be cared for in their own homes. 20 hours of clinical experience at a Home Care agency will be scheduled at the successful completion of the class time.

    * It is recommended that you be hired first by a Home Care Agency to be guaranteed a site to complete the clinical portion of the program.

    Click here for a course outline.


A Nurse Aide must be a people person and enjoy interacting with the aging and elderly population. Nurse aides give hands-on care to patients in a variety of health care environments, as well as provide assistance to doctors and nurses during patient procedures and treatments. Some of the tasks that a nurse aide is required to do are help patients eat, dress and bathe, as well as monitor a patient's pulse, temperature, respiration and blood pressure. Nurse aides who work in a nursing home or other type of residential care facility are usually the primary caregivers for their patients. As a result, nurse aides often form very strong bonds with their patients.

Nurse Aide (130 hour class; 98 hours classroom, 32 hours clinical, Students take the NYS Certification Exam)

    Prerequisite-Must meet preadmission assessment requirements. This is a 130-hour program designed to prepare the learner for employment as a Nurse Aide. The course includes basic information about the care of hospitalized patients and residents in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Basic principles and skills required for the care of patients, residents and clients are taught. Topics covered include; responsibilities of the Nurse Aide, legal and ethical issues, patient's and resident's rights, medical terminology and basic anatomy and physiology. Skills taught range from bathing and bed-making to taking the temperature, pulse and respirations. Preventive care and safety in the home is emphasized.

    Physical exam, and proof of current immunizations required prior to 1st clinical date. Also, scrubs and white shoes required for clinical experience, but not provided. At the successful completion of the course students are qualified to take the NYS Certification Exam for Nurse Aide. For admission to the exam, you are required to present 2 forms of valid identification with your signature. One ID must contain both a current photo and signature, ie: Driver's License or passport. The 2nd ID must match the name on the picture ID and the name used when registering for the exam, ie: SS card, library card or credit card.

    Click here for a course outline.


PCA to HHA conversion (50 hours classroom, 20 hours clinical)

    Prerequisite-Current PCA certificate. This class will prepare the student to upgrade their skills to the Home Health Aide level.

    Click here for a course outline.


HHA equivalency class (12 hour class/test)

    This type of test may be used to exempt only the following applicants from the basic classroom training, those who: previously trained as nursing assistants in other healthcare settings with six months of documented home health aide/personal care aide experience; with one year or more of documented nurse assistant or home health aide experience; with documented home health aide training from other than NYS approved training programs; are personal care aides with certificates from programs approved by the state Department of Social Services and have worked a minimum of six months; are nursing students and have completed the fundamentals of nursing; are LPNs or RNs.


A Phlebotomy Technician, also called a Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Tech, Blood Drawer, Patient Care Technician, or Patient Care Aide, is an integral member of the health care team. The primary function of the Phlebotomy technician is to collect blood samples from patients by venipuncture or microtechniques. The Phlebotomy Technician facilitates the collection and transportation of laboratory specimens, and is often the patient's only contact with the medical laboratory. A phlebotomy technician also draws blood for transfusions, donations and research.

Phlebotomy Technicians must like challenge and responsibility. They must be accurate, work well under pressure and communicate effectively. In addition, they must have an understanding of the health care environment. They are required to practice discretion and confidentiality at all times. They must be able to deal with patients and be able to calm patients.

Certified Phlebotomy (88 classroom, 40 hr. clinical)

    Prerequisite- Must meet pre-admission assessment requirements, high school diploma or GED. This is a course that will enable you to obtain an entry-level position in a hospital, clinic or nursing home. The phlebotomy program is designed to provide students with the hands-on practical skills needed to prepare you for the National Health Career Association Certification exam.

    All students will be required to practice drawing blood on each other during this class. A Waiver and Assumption of Risk form will be provided and must be signed prior to the start of class. Physical exam and proof of immunizations are required prior to beginning clinical experience. Moisture resistant lab coat and white tennis shoes also required for clinical experience but not provided. Clinical assignments will be scheduled in various hospitals and clinics throughout the area. Clinical hours are scheduled M-F, 1st shift, day time hours. All classroom and clinical hours must be successfully completed to be eligible to take the NHA Certification Exam. A BOCES certificate of completion will be awarded upon completion of the course.

    Choose from the following courses:

    BSH-5411-F18 - Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation Program
    CEC-5411-W18 - Phlebotomy Technician Certification Preparation Program


Comprehensive Dental Assisting Modular Program (CDAMP)

Are you currently working as a Dental Assistant? Did you know that you can become a Licensed Dental Assistant, from anywhere in New York State, by taking on-line classes at your convenience?

As of December, 2001, approximately 378 dental assistants had been licensed in New York State, but it had been estimated that the workforce need for New York State licensed dental assistants is approximately 8,000 (equal or slightly more than the number of Registered Dental Hygienists).

Through the efforts of Sheryl Robinson, RDA, then Instructor of the Certified Dental Assisting Program at the Greater Southern Tier BOCES and with the assistance of the Sixth District Dental Assisting Education Committee, an approval was attained for a modular dental assisting education program that is registered and meets the educational requirements for licensure as a New York State Licensed Certified Dental Assistant. The Program is titled "Comprehensive Dental Assisting Modular Program" (CDAMP) and allows for online learning through the internet with employer dentists acting as preceptors.

Mission Statement

CDAMP is designed to allow practicing dental assistants in New York State the opportunity to meet the educational requirements for licensure by minimizing the expense and time spent outside their normal working hours and away from their families.

Comprehensive Dental Assisting Modular Program (CDAMP)

    Prerequisite-Currently working as a dental assistant for a minimum of two years. Attention all working dental assistants! Now there is a dental assisting program designed for the individual to complete at your own pace, on your own time, to qualify for New York State Certification. Please call Sheryl Robinson, at 739-3581, ext 1530 for more information or visit for further information or to complete a preliminary application.

    Choose from the following courses:

    CDAMP - CDAMP - Comprehensive Dental Assisting Modular Program
    BSH-9301-Y18 - CDAMP Module I - Communication in Office
    BSH-9302-Y18 - CDAMP Module II - Anatomy & Physiology
    BSH-9303-Y18 - CDAMP Module III - Work Place Safety
    BSH-9304-Y18 - CDAMP Module IV - Dental Radiography
    BSH-9305-Y18 - CDAMP Module V - Systemic Health
    BSH-9306-Y18 - CDAMP Module VI - General Dental Practices
    BSH-9307-Y18 - CDAMP Module VII - Dental Specialities
    BSH-9308-Y18 - CDAMP Module VIII - Restorative Expanded Functions*
    BSH-9309-Y18 - CDAMP Typodont
    BSH-9310-Y18 - CDAMP-Challenge Exams Modules I-IV (only)


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