NEW 2019-2020

    William Paterson University

    In the Spring Semester, Passaic Valley will be providing the following three pathways for students to earn career certifications through coursework completed at the high school level. Non-credit bearing, these courses are designed to enhance a student’s resume and offer an opportunity for students to gain entry directly into the workforce. Participating students will need to have met their graduation requirements and be able to dedicate two periods in the second half of the year to these certification courses. These courses have been approved by the Board of Education and as a result a small scholarship may be available to help defray the cost of tuition. Additionally, payment plans will be available directly through William Paterson University.






    Patient Care Technician Certification

    $1699 plus $280 for books


    Criminal Justice

    Law Enforcement Prep w/ EMD/911 Dispatch, CPR and Crime Scene Management Certifications



    Computer Science

    Python Certification



    Healthcare Pathway- Patient Care Technician Training Program

    Through a comprehensive curriculum taught by University staff, students in the Patient Care Technician Training Program will demonstrate knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, clinical skills, vital signs, EKG, Phlebotomy, Infection Control, nursing aide in long term care and medical records. Our PCT program is a great way to start a career in the healthcare industry. The PCT performs routine tasks under the supervision of a doctor or a nurse in monitoring the patient's condition and providing basic patient care. This program is a 124-hour program and includes PCT Certification.

    Entry Level Career Opportunities include: Patient Care Technician, Hospital Caregiver, Emergency Dept. Technician, Patient Advocate, Burn Technician, Dialysis Technician, ECG Monitoring Technician and Rehabilitation Center Technician.

    Criminal Justice Pathway- Law Enforcement Prep & Crime Scene Management

    Students will complete a rigorous course, designed to prepare them for the demanding physical, mental and instructional experience commonly associated with basic training at the respective academies. This is accomplished under the strict supervision of highly experienced university instructors. This program will provide each student with all the tools needed to successfully complete the demanding requirements mandated by the NJ Police Training Commission (PTC).

    Our team of experienced instructors, in conjunction with expert fitness, academic and medical professionals accredited by only the most reputable global training institutions, will guarantee success. We thrive on respect, professionalism, and hard work. We understand the urgency and the need-to-succeed from our students. This program includes EMD/911 Dispatch and CPR Certification. Students enrolled in this program will also cover Crime Scene Management and receive Crime Scene Certification. This portion of the course is designed for students who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of forensics and become law-enforcement professionals at the Local, State or Federal levels. Crime scene management is an extremely significant component and one of the most important phases of investigation.  Crime scene professionals must be able to uncover and recognize physical evidence to provide a picture that will be composed and used in a court of law. Additional topics include:

    • Responsibility of the Responding Officer: Students will know the officer’s duties and responsibilities at the scene, and possess the knowledge and skills necessary to perform those duties.
    • Major Types of Evidence: Students will be able to identify the necessary steps to mark or package and tag each kind of evidence in a manner which is consistent with proper chain of custody.  
    • Preparing Crime Scene Notes: Students will possess the ability to prepare satisfactory crime scene notes and provide for the satisfactory disposition thereof.
    • Crime Scene Documentation: Students will possess the ability to prepare crime scene sketches (i.e.: photograph, sketches, video recording, etc.).

    Entry Level Career Opportunities include: Placement in 911 operations centers such as a police station, fire department, or ambulance service.

    Computer Science- Python Certification

    Python is a language with a simple syntax, and a powerful set of libraries. This course will provide classroom instruction with lectures, exercises, and projects.  Python is often hailed as one of the best programming languages for first-time coders to learn as they break into programming. It’s the main technology powering big data, finance, and statistics, and its clean syntax reads like English. Python developers are in demand, not to mention the average Python developer in New York City earns $110,000 per year! Companies like Amazon, Dropbox, and Dell are built on Python, making it a great time to learn.  Whether you have never programmed before, already know basic syntax, or want to learn about the advanced features of Python, this course is for you! This course includes quizzes, tests, and homework assignments as well as projects to create a Python project portfolio! Students successfully completing this course will receive Python Certification.

    Python Certification is appropriate for students interested in pursuing the following professional areas: Programmers, Developers, Technical Leads, Information Architects, Business Analysts.