Health Care Continuing Education

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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.

Learn more about reading placement tests.

NEW! Community Health Worker

This 48-hour course provides basic training to students who will work as Community Health Workers. Students will learn the role of the Community Health Worker, discover the community resources available for their clients, understand their legal and ethical responsibilities in this role, and learn basic teaching principles that will enable their clients to enjoy healthier lifestyles. Upon completing the course students will be prepared to provide culturally appropriate health education, information, and outreach in community settings. $133

52412 TTh 4/5 – 5/26 1.–4 p.m. CEC 607 March 29 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. Required insurance fees are included in the registration fee. 132 hours. $266.35

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

View the frequently asked questions for required textbooks, background checks, drug screening, and other information.

Attend an information session to learn more about the course. Please RSVP if you plan to attend: grimesc@durhamtech.edu or 919-536-7222, ext. 4318.

  • Monday, March 7, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., OCC, room 111, room 105
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2 – 3 p.m., Northgate Mall
  • Friday, March 11, 11 a.m. – noon, OCSDC
52166 TW 4/12–8/2 9 a.m.–1 p.m. NGM 102B April 5 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.

52426 Sat 7/30–9/24 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC 607 June 25 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
52416 5/24–9/9 Online May 17 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.

52425 5/16–8/5 Online May 9 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 and emphasizes 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. 90 hours. $180.

52731 5/16–9/2 Online May 9 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
52419 5/16–8/5 Online May 9 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

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

52429 FSat 7/15–7/30 9 a.m.–noon WHITE 49 July 8 registration deadline