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Health careers education

The Department of Vocational Teacher Preparation (VTP) provides teacher education programs to prepare individuals to teach their occupational specialty in schools, colleges, industry and other settings where vocational/career and technical education is delivered. Common settings include comprehensive high schools, BOCES' career centers, correctional facilities, community colleges, and training centers in industry. Students choose Oswego's department of VTP if they have education (30 semester hours or more) or extensive experience in their career field.

The department offers courses fall and spring semester in 10 locations throughout New York and on-line; and summer at selected locations and on-line. Programs range from an associates degree equivalent (68 sh) to a master of science in education (MSEd). Students' educational and work experience is analyzed, and the most appropriate program is recommended for students to reach their educational career goals. Students completing approved programs are eligible for a SUNY Oswego recommendation for NYS certification.

Health careers education

VTP offers local certificates, bachelor's degree and master's degree programs leading to both initial and professional teacher certification. The health careers education major is designed for students with a health careers specialization. The curriculum is intended to accommodate health career specialist who have appropriate work experience and an associate degree, certificate, or diploma as required by state law in their respective health occupations specialty area. Common health career specializations are:

  • Dental assisting
  • Dental laboratory technology
  • Emergency medical services
  • Medical assisting
  • Medical laboratory assisting
  • Nurse’s assisting
  • Practical nursing

Students completing a program will be prepared to teach their occupational specialty in the secondary, post-secondary or an industry setting.

Learn more about what a VTP program can do for you or learn about the requirements for an undergraduate degree or graduate degree programs.

If you would like a phone appointment to talk about our program, please visit to set up a phone appointment with Dr. Jan Woodworth. Please email us at to receive our supplemental application packet.