Health Care Continuing Education

Prerequisites:

These only apply to the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant and Health Unit Coordinator 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.

Learn more about reading placement tests.

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

49030 8/31–11/23 5:30–9:30 p.m. NGM 103J August 24 registration deadline

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (online)

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. Textbook required. 105 hours. $180.

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

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

48644 8/17–12/4 Online August 3 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 become a certified EKG technician. For more information, view the frequently asked questions. 48 hours. $180.35

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

48668 MW 10/21–12/16 6–9 p.m. NGM 101B October 7 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. Textbook and study guide required. 200 hours. $300

This course qualifies for financial assistance.

48641 TWTh 8/18–12/14 5:30–9:30 p.m. NGM 103J August 13 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.

48631 Sat 8/15–10/10 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC 607 August 1 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. 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

48548 9/11–12/17 Online August 28 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. 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

48553 9/11–12/17 Online August 28 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

48549 8/11–10/30 Online July 28 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

View the Nursing Assistant section.


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

48568 FSat 9/11–9/26 9 a.m.–noon WHIT September 4 registration deadline
48556 FSat 11/13–12/5 9 a.m.–noon WHIT 48 November 6 registration deadline