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Noncredit Education

Noncredit community education courses are made available through our Center for Community Engagement. 

Whether you need to grow personally or professionally, we have a variety of courses that can fit your needs. Languages, finance, and photography are just a few of the options available. Please contact us for the most up to date course schedule!

The creek running through the York College campus in the fall

Noncredit Course Offerings

  • SAT

    Making the decision to attend college is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, and your performance on college entrance exams is instrumental in determining your college choice.

    Whether it be an aptitude test such as the SAT. We offer five week courses that prepare you to take the exam.


    Fall 2017 Sessions:

    Session I:  August 28; September 5 (Tues. due to holiday) 11, 18, 25, 2017
    Session II: October 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 2017
    Mondays 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
    Fee: $170

    Critical Reading/Writing Skills Math Skills

    • Test Taking Principles
    • Building Confidence in Math Skills
    • Paragraph Length Reading
    • Components of the Math Section
    • Critical Reading Skills
    • Strategies for Improving

    Math Skills

    • Identify Relationships
    • Number & Operations
    • Cause & Effect
    • Algebra I, II & Functions
    • Comparative Arguments
    • Geometry; Statistics
    • Rhetorical Devices
    • Probability & Data Analysis

    Print the SAT prep brochure for additional details, including a registration form.


  • Digital Photography

    Digital Photography

    7 - 9 p.m.

    Level I:  September 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
    Level II: October 4, 11, 18, 21 (Sat.), 25, 2017
    Level III: November 1, 8, 15, 29, 2017
    Tuition: $99 per level or $275 for all three levels if paid prior to the first class


    • Learning how to use your digital camera
    • White balance, pixel, PPI and DPI - what they mean and how they impact on the quality your pictures
    • PIctureELement = pixel
    • JPEG, TIFF, Raw
    • Communication: camera - computer
    • Printing
    • Slide shows


    • Capturing/creating good-quality pictures indoors
    • Capturing/creating good-quality pictures outdoors
    • Editing your photos on the computer/designing and publishing your own portfolio
    • The fun part: using your digital camera to express creativity (great photos, transparencies, digital cake decorations, stickers, T-shirt iron-ons, slideshows, etc. – whatever our imaginations can come up with!!


    • Studio at home
    • Introduction to Photoshop
    • Specific photography
    • Video – more about this medium
    • Learn how to use full flash

    Print the Digital Photography brochure for additional details, including a registration form.

  • Medical Coding

    This eighty-hour program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position of employment in the field of medical coding and billing. Persons interested in becoming medical coders or pursuing national certification should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

    Medical Coding Program

    October 2 - December 11, 2017        Mondays/Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  
    October 21 and November 18, 2017  Saturday     9 a.m - 3 p.m.
    Fee: $1,899 (textbooks included)

    Persons successfully completing the course will qualify for positions in physicians’ practices, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term living facilities, chiropractic practices, and other health care providers who depend upon medical billing and coding for insurance carrier reimbursement.

    Learn how you can take the course online.

    Disciplines covered in this course:

    • A career as an insurance coding specialist
    • Documentation guidelines and legal issues affecting insurance claims and medical records
    • Basics of health insurance and procedural coding
    • Introduction to CPT Manual
    • Evaluation and management of services
    • Anesthesia/Surgery, radiology, and pathology laboratory medicine
    • Diagnosis coding
    • CPT Modifiers, E & V Codes and Late Effects
    • Intro to International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modifications, Coding Guidelines
    • Health Insurance Form (CMS 1500)
    • HIPAA and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
    • Tracing delinquent claims and insurance problems
    • Managed care systems and special plans, third party reimbursement, Medicare, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Plans, Medicaid, other

    Print the Medical Coding brochure for additional details, including a registration form.


  • Financial Freedom: You Can Save!

    Money management is a very important part of everyone’s life and generally is the critical difference between living or simply surviving. Learn how to set financial goals and objectives, help manage risk and potentially increase your returns through asset allocation and diversification. Gain a basic understanding of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, insurance, retirement plans and lump-sum distributions.

    Financial Freedom: You Can Save!

    Thursdays 7 - 9 p.m.
    October 5, 12, 19, 2017
    Tuition: $40

    Topics include:

    • Money Markets
    • Certificates of Deposit
    • Market Index CD
    • Zero Coupon Bonds
    • Collateralized Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Obligations (CMOs)
    • Bonds
    • Stocks
    • Insurance
    • Annuities
    • Tax Planning
    • Retirement Planning
    • Financial Goals & Planning
    • Estate Planning

    Print the Money Management brochure for additional details, including a registration form.

  • Pharmacy Technician

    This 50-hour program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position of employment in the field of the pharmacy technician. It will also include the information needed to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) examination.

    Pharmacy Technician Program

    Tuesdays/Thursdays 6 - 9:30 p.m.
    October 24 - December 14, 2017
    Fee: $1,199 (Textbooks included)

    Persons successfully completing the course will qualify for positions in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers, and large industrial complexes.

    Disciplines covered in this course:

    • Role of the pharmacy technician
    • History/discussion of various practice settings
    • “Evolution of Pharmacy”
    • Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies, LTC setting, home care pharmacy
    • Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
    • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient files
    • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
    • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, home supplies, auto stop
    • All major classes of drug
    • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products
    • Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply
    • Metric system
    • Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
    • Children’s dosage
    • Allegation method, math review

    Print the Pharmacy Tech brochure for additional details, including a registration form. 

  • Self-Defense: Mental and Physical

    Self-defense is the act of defending oneself, one’s property or the well-being of another from physical harm. This course will use a combination of martial arts styles and techniques, and customized self-defense training to suit the participants' lifestyles, occupations, age groups and gender.


    York College, Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center

    August 12, 19, 26, 2017
    Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Fee: $50

    Participants completing the class instruction should:

    • feel more aware of their circumstances
    • more confident in their own ability to defend themselves
    • not be limited by the fear of being attacked

    Print the Self Defense brochure for additional details, including a registration form.

  • Spanish: Conversation and Culture

    This eight-week course has been developed to facilitate the fastest and most enjoyable way to learn Spanish and areas of the culture needed for communication.

    Spanish Conversation & Culture

    Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Level I:  September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
    Level II: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6, 13, 20, 2017
    Tuition: $175 Per Level/$320 for both levels in advance

    At the conclusion, participants will be:

    • able to converse in Spanish
    • able to read and understand simple Spanish
    • able to ask directions
    • familiar with basic vocabulary
    • able to pronounce the alphabet in Spanish
    • familiar with rules of grammar
    • familiar with the past, present, and future tense of verbs
    • Able to gather personal information
    • Able to describe people and things

    Print the Spanish/Chinese conversation and culture brochure for additional details, including a registration form.


  • Clinical Medical Assistant Program – 140 Classroom Hours w/ a Clinical Externship

    Clinical Medical Assistant

    Tuesdays and Thursdays
    October 3 - January 16, 2018  6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Saturdays (10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 12/2, 12/16, 1/6)  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Student Tuition: $2,599 (Textbooks included)
    Clinical Externship Hours: 160 hours 

    This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office.  Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle.  Students will review phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands-on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider.  To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.    

    Note:  Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 


  • Nursing Home Administration

    Nursing Home Administration

    Friday/Saturday 8 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.   Fee: $130/module (Discount Available if paid in one payment prior to class start)
    September 9 – November 4, 2017
    Review Course: November 11 & 18, 2017  Fee: $350 (Discount Available if paid in one payment prior to class start)

    This 16-module program is required of all persons who wish to become administrators in the healthcare field.  This program is scheduled each fall and spring and is held on Fridays and Saturdays.  Make-up days (due to bad weather, instructor illness, etc): November 3 & 4, 2017

  • Dental Assisting

    Dental Assisting

    Monday and Wednesday 6 - 9:30 p.m.
    October 16 - December 13, 2017
    Fee: $1,199 (textbooks included)

    This 60-hour program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing healthcare positions.  This course will familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice.  Ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program.

  • Forensic Science: The Law & You

    Forensic Science: The Law & You

    Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    October 10, 17, 24, 2017
    Fee: $40

    Learn about the methods that real crime scene investigators use to solve real crimes through a combination of technology and critical thinking.

Contact Us
Community Education
Jo Ann Orcutt, Director of Programming
Center for Community Engagement, Humanities Center, Room 200
Phone: 717.815.1545

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