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SUNY-OPWDD Partnership

Tuition-Free Health Care Certification Programs

SUNY & OPWDD Partnership

SUNY and the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) are collaborating to offer service providers and potential direct support candidates across NYS access to SUNY For All, a free online career and educational training program that includes one-on-one success coaches and a pathway to a college education through automatic enrollment in any SUNY Community College, SUNY Empire State College, SUNY Canton, or SUNY Delhi.

Enroll now, and tap into more than 20 short, free, online programs, including the transferrable Direct Care Immersion Course that offers a certificate upon completion. Through this course, students learn the skills necessary for a career that’s all about supporting people with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives.  Students can also use this training to launch careers in healthcare, social services, or human service professions!

Fill in your information below to sign up today! 

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SUNY For All

SUNY For All is an initiative New Yorkers need to navigate the post-COVID economy and will prepare them to move up in their careers, start a new one or complete the college degree they’ve always wanted.

For more information about SUNY For All and to enroll in the Direct Care Immersion Course, complete the short form above. You can also contact us by email and phone:

SUNY:; (518) 631-2263


Direct Support Professional Certificate Program

Academic Program
Title: Direct Care Immersion

Course Description:
The DSP training program provides students with the most current information in the field of developmental disabilities. The immersion class, along with certification classes in AMAP, CPR/First Aid, and SCIP-R will certify the student as a Direct Support Professional. This course work ensures a successful outcome for the entry-level employee to work, both independently, and within a team setting. The subject matter of the DSP class is derived from the NYS regulating agency, OPWDD, and other agencies providing care, supports and services to people living with developmental disabilities.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, the student will understand the major ideas, principles, policies and events that have shaped developmental disabilities services. The student will also have a command of the topics below, readying them for a rewarding career in the field.