Health Care Continuing Education

Prerequisites:

These apply to the Central Sterile Processing, Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, EKG Technician, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Administrative Assistant, and Phlebotomy courses.

  • Proof of high school diploma or GED, PLUS
  • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better.
  • Proof of successful completion of Reading 80 or 90 at Durham Tech.
  • A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 or higher) course.

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Central Sterile Processing

Durham Tech’s Central Sterile Processing program provides 96 hours of training to introduce students to the primary responsibilities of a central sterile processing technician. Upon completion, students are able to apply the principles of sterilization and disinfection in the workplace, as well as distribution of instruments, supplies, and equipment. Students are also prepared to take the Certification for Health Care Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician’s exam. Includes textbook. 96 hours $371.35

View the frequently asked questions for required textbooks and other information.

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

50876 MW 2/1–4/25 5:30–9:30 p.m. NGM 103J January 27 registration deadline

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

This course provides training for the skills required to work as a medical administrative assistant. Course topics include electronic medical records, health insurance, basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, effective telephone etiquette, appointment scheduling, internal and external customer service, financial records of patients, and preparation of medical reports. Students also gain experience in understanding medical laws and ethics, using effective oral and written communications, handling front-office operations, and assisting physicians and medical staff. After successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association certification exam for medical administrative assistants (CMAA). Students must have working knowledge of computer skills. 105 hours. $184 traditional/$180 online.

Required Textbooks:

  • Medical Office Administration Text & Medisoft V18 Demo CD Package. 3rd ed., Potter, Elsevier, 978-0-3232-7978-9
  • Computerized Medical Office Procedures , 4th ed., Larsen, Elsevier, 978-1-4557-2620-2

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

View the frequently asked questions for required textbooks and other information.

50901 MW 1/25–5/25 6–9 p.m. CEC 607 January 5 registration deadline
50871   2/1–5/20 Online   January 27 registration deadline

NEW! Dialysis Technician

This course is designed to prepare individuals with theoretical, technical, and clinical skills needed to maintain equipment and provide patient care to those being treated for chronic renal (kidney) diseases in hospitals, clinics, and renal dialysis facilities. Class format includes lecture, lab, and clinical activities. After one year of work experience, students may sit for national certification as a Clinical Hemodialysis Technician. Students are required to purchase malpractice insurance prior to the second week of class. 132 hours. $263.35

Required Textbook: Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician, 5th edition

Students in this course are required to have a background check and drug screening through DaVita. DaVita has the right to refuse a student if they find discrepancies. The student will be dropped from the program.

52166 TW 4/12–8/2 9 a.m.–1 p.m. NGM 102B April 5 registration deadline

EKG Technician

This course is designed to prepare and train students to function as EKG technicians. Students will become familiar with EKG terminology, cardiac cycles, electrical conduction system and how it affects the heart function, anatomy and physiology of the heart, operating EKG equipment, properly placing EKG leads, and other EKG technician duties. Upon successful completion of this course the student will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcare Association examination to come a certified EKG technician. Required textook: CGs Made Easy - Book and Pocket Reference Package, 5th Edition, Barbara J Aehlert, RN, BSPA, ISBN 9780323101066. For more information, view the frequently asked questions. 48 hours. $180.35

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

50875 TTh 2/2–3/30 6–9 p.m. NGM 101B January 27 registration deadline

NEW! Health Unit Coordinator (HUC) for Clinical Support Technician

This course is Part 1 of 2 courses required to become a Clinical Support Technician. It is designed to teach the graduate to function as a Health Unit Coordinator in a hospital, nursing home, or extended care facility. The course focuses on clerical duties needed for the health care setting, including patient admissions, discharges and transfer, scheduling procedures, customer service skills, conflict resolution and negotiating skills, and answering phone calls. Students who are interested in becoming nationally certified as a HUC are directed to the National Association of Health Unit Coordinators. BLS certification is included in the course. Students will also need to take a Nursing Assistant I course (#50865) and pass the state certification exam in order to become a Clinical Support Technician I. Textbook required.

50984 TTh 1/14–2/16 4–9 p.m. NGM 102B January 11 registration deadline

Phlebotomy

Through coursework and clinical experiences, students learn how to collect blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for venipuncture and specimen collections and are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association certification exam for phlebotomy. Students, at their expense, are required to undergo a criminal background check at studentscreener.com and show proof of specific immunizations prior to beginning the clinical portion of the training. Certain findings on the criminal background check may prohibit students from completing the program. For more information, view the frequently asked questions. 200 hours. $300

Required Textbooks:

  • Phlebotomy Worktext & Procedures Manual, 4th ed., Warekois, Elsevier, 978-0-3232-7940-6
  • Complete Phlebotomy Exam Review, 2nd ed., Bennett, Elsevier, 978-0-3232-3911-0

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

50868 TWTh 1/19–5/11 5:30–9:30 p.m. NGM 103J January 14 registration deadline


Medical Coding

The following courses teach the skills and concepts necessary for entry-level coding positions in a variety of health care facilities. Students may elect to sit for certification exams offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and/or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Since students must meet the respective organization’s examination criteria, practical experience is recommended prior to sitting for these certification exams.

AHIMA – The American Health Information Management Association Medical Coding Exam Boot Camp

Prepare for national certification from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as a Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CSS-P) and/or Certified Coding Apprentice (CCA), depending on background and previous experience. Learn to apply coding principles to correctly assign diagnosis codes, physician codes, and hospital procedural codes. Textbooks required. 40 hours. $129

View the frequently asked questions for required textbooks and other information.

52123 Sat 2/13–4/9 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC 607 February 8 registration deadline

Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office (Online)

This course provides a basic overview of the human body’s systems, as well as an introduction to homeostasis, cells, tissues, circulation, the immune response, and electrolytes. Students gain an understanding of how different systems within the human body relate to one another. Textbook required. Recommended prerequisites include sound keyboarding skills, a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, basic file management skills, and familiarity with basic grammar. Recommended prerequisite course: Expanded Medical Terminology for the Health Care Professional. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $180

Required Textbooks:

  • Structure & Function of the Body (w/CD), ed. 14, Thibodeau, Elsevier, 978-0-3230-7721-7
  • Structure & Function of the Body (SG), ed. 14, Swisher, Mosby, inc., 978-0-3230-7723-1
50874 1/25–5/6 Online January 20 registration deadline

Electronic Medical Records (Online)

Increasingly, medical support personnel need to understand how to work with electronic medical records (EMR). After reviewing the history and standards of EMR, this course provides practical training in scheduling appointments, tracking patient activity, ordering tests, charting patient vitals, and documenting office visits. Recommended prerequisites include sound keyboarding skills, a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, and basic file management skills. Required textbook: Electronic Health Record etc (w/Bind-In Access Code, DeVore, Elsevier, 978-1-4557-2359-1. 48 hours. $125 Read the frequently asked questions.

50870 2/8–4/28 Online January 20 registration deadline

Expanded Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals (Online)

This course provides the foundation to build your skills in the medical profession by focusing on the language of medicine, emphasizing prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Learn the medical vocabulary that relates to anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, diagnostic treatment, and procedures of various body systems. Students learn to pronounce, spell, and define medical terms. Textbook required. Recommended prerequisites include sound keyboarding skills, a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, and basic file management skills. Required textbook: The Language of Medicine 10th Edition, Chabner, Elsevier, 978-14557-2846-6. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $180

50873 1/25–5/6 Online January 20 registration deadline

Medical Insurance and Billing (Online)

Using a practice-based approach, learn to confidently complete and submit health insurance claims. Realistic examples, case studies, and application exercises simplify the complex field of health insurance. Textbook and online packet required. Recommended prerequisite course: Introduction to Medical Terminology or Expanded Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals. Recommended prerequisites include a basic understanding of and access to word processing software, the Internet, and email. Registration procedures for online courses. 48 hours. $125

Required Textbooks:

  • Insurance Handbook for Medical Office (w/Bind-In Access), 13th ed., Fordney, Elsevier, 978-1-4557-3325-5
  • Insurance Handbook for Medical Office Workbook, 13th ed. , Fordney, Elsevier, 978-1-4557-4811-2
  • Medisoft Verson 16 Demo CD, Elsevier, 978-1-4377-4361-6
50872 1/25–4/14 Online January 20 registration deadline

Medical Coding CPT/HCPCS

This course introduces students to CPT and HCPCS Level II and gives students an overview of guidelines. Students learn how to abstract documentation for procedural coding and to identify services the patient received. Students should be able to demonstrate the concepts of CPT and HCPCS Level II and have experience in medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. Next, students should take Medical Coding II (ICD-10CM/PCS). What is ICD-10CM/PCS? It is used in the United States health care settings. Diagnosis coding will change from three to five digits and will transition from three to seven characters and more. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $184 (Online $180)

View the Medical Coding CPT/HCPCS frequently asked questions.

Required Textbooks:

  • CPT 2016 Professional Edition, Author: AMA. ISBN: 978-1-62202-204-5
  • HCPCS 2016 Level II Codebook, Author: AMA. ISBN: 978-1-62202-222-9
  • Step-by- Step Medical Coding, 2016 Edition, Author: Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 13: 978-0-323-38919-8
  • Step-by- Step Medical Coding, 2016 Edition, 1e Workbook Edition, Author: Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 13: 978-0323389211 (Only needed for the online class)
  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-indexed Version) 22nd Edition, Author: Donald Venes. ISBN: 13: 978-0803629776
  • Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety (15th Edition), Author: Neil M. Davis. ISBN: 13: 978-0931431159
50882   5/2–7/30 Online   April 28 registration deadline
50885 Sat 6/11–10/22 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC 607/602 May 20 registration deadline

Medical Coding ICD-10

ICD-10CM/PCS (International Classification of Disease, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System) consists of ICD-10CM for diagnosis coding and ICD-10PCS for inpatient procedure coding. ICD-10CM is used in US health care settings. Diagnosis coding will change from three to five digits and will transition to three to seven digits. Its current 17 chapters will expand to 21 chapters. ICD-10PCS is for the use of inpatient hospital setting only. It represents seven alphanumeric digits instead of the three or four numeric digits used in ICD-9CM procedure coding. Coding under ICD-10PCS is more specific and different from ICD-9CM procedure coding. In this course, students learn the conventions and guidelines, as well as how to apply ICD-10CM/PCS scenarios. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the concepts of ICD-10CM/PCS and have experience in medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.
Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $184 (Online $180)

View the Medical Coding ICD-10CM/PCS frequently asked questions.

Required Textbooks:

  • ICD-10-CM 2016: The Complete Official Code book: Spiral bound, Author: AMA. ISBN: 978-1-62202-212-0
  • Step-by- Step Medical Coding, 2016 Edition, 1e Workbook Edition, Author: Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 13: 978-0-3233-8921-1 (Only needed for the online class)
  • Step-by- Step Medical Coding, 2016 Edition, Author: Carol J. Buck. ISBN: 13: 978-0-3233-8919-8
  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-indexed Version) 22nd Edition, Author: Donald Venes. ISBN: 13: 978-0-8036-2977-6
  • Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety (15th Edition), Author: Neil M. Davis. ISBN: 13: 978-0-9314-3115-9
50878 Sat 1/23–5/28 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC 607/602 January 18 registration deadline
50877   1/25–4/21 Online   January 20 registration deadline


Nursing Assistant Program

Prerequisites for Nursing Assistant:

  • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better, OR
  • Proof of successful completion of Reading 80 or 90 at Durham Tech, OR
  • A transcript documenting successful completion of a collegelevel English (ENG111 or higher) course

Students learn the basic nursing skills required to care for patients in a variety of health care settings. Through classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical rotations, students prepare to pass the NC Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, a requirement to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry.

The course textbook, evidence of negative TB test, uniform, and supplies are required. Students, at their expense, will also be required to undergo a criminal background check at studentscreener.com and show proof of specific immunizations prior to beginning the clinical portion of the training. Certain findings on the criminal background check may prohibit students from completing the program.

For more information, contact the Nursing Assistant information line at 919-536-7222 x4314. The Nursing Assistant program is Veterans Administration (VA) approved for VA tuition benefits.

Nursing Assistant I

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TEAS Test Prep

After first assessing students, this course prepares them to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Practice tests consist of multiple-choice assessments of reading, mathematics, science, and English. Test-taking skills and study skills are covered. Prior to the first class, students should take Practice Test A so the instructor can tailor the class to the area of greatest need. Books and practice tests are available for purchase at the Durham Tech bookstore (Study Manual for TEAS, ISBN 978-1-5653325-257) or online at atitesting.com/ati_store (TEAS V Study Package). (Because this course is self-supporting, no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed.) 18 hours. $135

This course is only offered in the fall