Health Care Continuing Education

Prerequisites for Health Care 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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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, customer service, financial records of patients, and preparation of medical reports. Course work also covers medical laws and ethics, effective oral and written communications, front-office operations, and providing clerical support to physicians and medical staff. Graduates of the course are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam. Students must have working knowledge of computer skills. 105 hours. $184.

This course qualifies for the ConnectFunds Grant and SECU Scholarship.

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46419 MW 6/15–10/14 6–9 p.m. NGM 101B June 1 registration deadline

Health Unit Coordinator

Prepare to become a health unit coordinator, administrative clerk, and/or patient account associate in a hospital, nursing home, or extended care facility. Students learn occupational responsibilities such as coordination and customer service procedures, transcription of physician treatment and medication orders, patient admission processing, discharge and transfer, and proper maintenance of patient medical records. The course emphasizes both non-technical and technical skills. Must have working knowledge of computers. 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. Textbooks required. 160 hours. $233

This course qualifies for the ConnectFunds Grant and SECU Scholarship.

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46426 TTh 5/28–9/15 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. NGM 101B May 12 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 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

46425 Sat 5/9–6/27 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC April 25 registration deadline

Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office

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. Textbook required. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $180

Required Textbook: Structure and Function of the Body 14th Edition, by Gary A. Thibodeau and Kevin T. Patton. Publisher: Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN# 9780323077217

46396 5/26–9/4 Online May 12 registration deadline

Electronic Medical Records

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. Textbook required. Registration procedures for online courses. 48 hours. $125

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46423 5/4–7/24 Online April 27 registration deadline
46424 7/20–10/9 Online July 6 registration deadline

Expanded Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals

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. Textbook required. Registration procedures for online courses. 90 hours. $180

Required Textbook: The Language of Medicine 10th Edition(User Guide, Access Code and Textbook Package w/CD), by Davi-Ellen Chabner. Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company. ISBN# 9781437709810

46418 5/26–9/4 Online May 12 registration deadline

Medical Insurance and Billing

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

46422 5/18–8/7 Online May 4 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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NEW! Raising C. Difficile Awareness

This four-hour course for current Nursing Assistants enhances their knowledge of Clostridium difficile. Basic physiology of the disease process, signs and symptoms of the disease, nutritional needs of the patient, current treatments, and infection control practices will be discussed. The student will complete the course with an appreciation for the emotional, psychological, physical, financial, social, and family impacts of this condition. 4 hours. $34

46430 Th 5/21 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. NGM 102B May 8 registration deadline