WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION  

Clinical Medical Assistant

The Clinical Medical Assisting program is designed to prepare students to function as professionals in multiple healthcare settings.  Medical assistants with a clinical background perform various clinical tasks including assisting with the administration of medications and with minor procedures, performing an EKG electrocardiogram, obtaining laboratory specimens for testing, educating patients, and other related tasks. Job opportunities are prevalent with physician’s offices, clinics, chiropractor’s offices, hospitals and outpatient facilities. This course is designed to prepare students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical (CMA) national certification examination.

Pharmacy Technician

The need for Pharmacy technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2014. Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. This high demand for pharmacy technicians is the result of a multitude of factors including the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians, and the aging population. Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed by the year 2018 to meet our nation’s growing healthcare demands.  This program is designed to prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam.

Dental Assistant

The Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry-level positions in one of the fastest growing health care professions – Dental Assisting. With the national increase in healthcare-related services, and the national shortage of health care professionals, the need for dental assistants is growing substantially.  The purpose of this program is to familiarize students with all areas of administrative and clinical dental assisting and the responsibilities required to function as an assistant in a dental practice.  This course is designed to prepare students to sit for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) – Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam and the DANB – Infection Control Exam (ICE).

Medical Administrative Assistant

Medical administrative assistants primarily work in doctor’s offices, clinics, outpatient settings, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Medical administrative assistants, medical secretaries, and medical records clerks are all positions in great demand. The growth and the complexity of the U.S. healthcare system have resulted in a substantial increase in the need for qualified medical administrative assistants.   Employment of a medical assistant is expected to grow an impressive 34% by 2018.  This program prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the healthcare industry. It provides students a well-rounded introduction to medical administration that delivers the skills students require to obtain an administrative medical assistant position or advance within current their healthcare career.  This course is designed to prepare students for various state and national certification exams aimed at testing the competency of Medical Administrative Assistants.  Note: This course is not intended to meet the requirement of Certified Medical Assistant programs, which typically require 1 to 2 years of classroom study.

Phlebotomy Technician

The phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team, whose main function is to obtain patient’s blood specimens by venipuncture and microcollection for testing purposes. Phlebotomists are employed throughout the healthcare system including in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMO’s, public health facilities, veteran hospitals, insurance carriers, and in other healthcare settings. The demand for phlebotomy technicians has increased substantially with the overall complexity of healthcare services and the risks of infectious disease.  The Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares professionals to collect blood and other specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. This course is designed to prepare students for various state and national certification exams aimed at testing the competency of aspiring phlebotomy technicians.

Certified Professional Medical Auditor

Medical auditing is a critical element to ensure physicians’ practices are not only in compliance with applicable regulatory standards, but also ensures these practices are profitable in the short and long term.  Federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations will begin to tighten after the passage and implementation of provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.  To ensure compliance with these new regulations and also maintain revenue levels and overall profitability, many healthcare practices will require Certified Professional Medical Auditors to apply their skills in coding, documentation and compliance in providing audit services.  This certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) ensures participants can provide various services from recovery audits to private payer denials – all services that help ensure accurate reporting and accounting for medical practices across the country. This course is designed to prepare an individual to become an AAPC Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA).

Medical Billing & Coding

Medical billing and coding is one of the fastest-growing careers in the healthcare industry today! The need for professionals who understand how to code healthcare services and procedures for third-party insurance reimbursement is growing substantially. Physician practices, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, chiropractic practices, physical therapy practices, and other healthcare providers all depend on medical billing and coding for insurance carrier reimbursement. This billing and coding program delivers the skills students need to solve insurance billing and coding problems.  This course is designed to prepare students to sit for various national certification exams including those from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).

Medical Coding – ICD-10

Effective October 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require that the standard ICD-9 code sets, which are used in medical billing and coding to report health care diagnoses and procedures, be replaced by ICD-10. This move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will have a significant impact on healthcare providers and on the process by which they receive reimbursement. The adoption of ICD-10 will create enormous challenges for the U.S. healthcare system and the requirements of medical coding.  Medical coding professionals keep records, calculate patient charges, and review files. This Medical Coding ICD-10 course reviews key elements of the changes from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and examines the impact of this change on the U.S. healthcare system. This course is designed to prepare students to sit for various national certification exams including those from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).

Electronic Health Record Management

Access to health information is changing the ways doctors care for patients. With the nation’s healthcare system moving to the electronic medical record, numerous employment opportunities exist for medical assistants, health information systems staff, patient registration professionals and other related positions. Healthcare professionals with the ability to understand, update and maintain the electronic health record are in great demand.  This Electronic Health Record (EH R) Management program prepares students to understand and use electronic records in a medical practice.  This course is designed to prepare students to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) exam.

EKG Technician

EKG technicians are in demand! EKG technicians work in physician’s offices, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities and organizations. EKG technicians also work for insurance companies to provide data for health and life insurance policies. Similar to other growing healthcare professions, the demand for EKG technicians is expected to continue to grow substantially. Approximately 25% more EKG technician jobs will be available by the year 2018.  This EKG Technician program prepares students to function as EKG technicians.  This course is designed to prepare students for various state and national certification exams aimed at testing the competency of aspiring EKG technicians.

Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officer

As the healthcare field continues to expand, compliance requirements of various governments and regulatory agencies will continue to grow as well.  All medical practices, no matter how big or small, will require a professional on staff who can organize, develop, manage and direct all compliance requirements.  Moreover, mandatory compliance programs will become a condition of Federal healthcare programs in order to combat pervasive Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse as dictated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.  To meet these needs, Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officers will increasingly be in high demand for the medical community.  This course is designed to prepare students to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Compliance Officer (CPCO) certification exam. 

Dialysis Technician

As kidney failure continues to be a growing national health problem, kidney disease is driving the growing demand for well-trained dialysis technicians. Dialysis technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other medical facilities. The number of dialysis technician jobs has the potential to increase by more than 35% by 2018. While most technician training has historically been done “on the job,” today’s healthcare employers are seeking well-trained technicians who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to fill this growing number of positions.  This Dialysis Technician Program provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties required of dialysis technicians.  This program is designed to cover the key objectives of the leading certification exams.  Note: Most national exams require prior job experience for formal dialysis technician certification.

 

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