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Overview of Allied Health Training at OPEN HOUSE on June 22

Jefferson Community College (JCC) Continuing Education Division will hold an open house for non-credit allied health training programs on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Room E-129, Extended Learning Center, (Building E). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the instructors and pick up an application. JCC offers training that could lead to certification in healthcare careers as: clinical medical assistants, medical billing and coding workers, pharmacy technicians and health information technicians as well as entry level phlebotomy technicians (who draw blood).

The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Program is a 20-week program that prepares students to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant National examination and begin work in the healthcare field. Class will meet on JCC’s campus from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, August 22 through January 30. During the program, students will earn 140 hours of classroom lecture, 160 hours of clinical externship and hands-on lab experience. CMA program syllabus includes how to assist physicians by preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic testing. Students will learn the technical aspects about phlebotomy and pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements and legal aspects of healthcare. The course fee of $2,399 includes the cost of textbooks. Application deadline is Friday, July 22 by 12:00 p.m.

The Medical Billing and Coding Program is a 98-hour course that offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims, complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to stream-line billing procedures. Class will meet on JCC’s campus from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 23 through November 29. The course covers the following areas: CPT (Introduction, Guidelines, Evaluation and Management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), ICD-10 (Introduction and Guidelines) and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements. Students will learn how to find the service and codes using manuals CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS.  After obtaining the practical work experience, students who complete the course could be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) - Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC or CPC-H Apprentice); the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam; and/or other National Certification Exams. The course fee of $1,799 includes the cost of textbooks. The deadline to register with payment and a statement of interest is Monday, August 15 at 12:00 p.m.

The Pharmacy Technician training program is a comprehensive 50-hour course to prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam. Class will meet on JCC’s campus from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, August 29 through October 19. Working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, intravenous (I.V.) flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam. The course fee of $999 includes the cost of textbooks. Application deadline is Friday, July 29 by 12:00 p.m.  

The 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Class will meet on JCC’s campus at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 30 through December 1. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipuncture completely and safely. Classroom work includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and clinical training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.   The program also includes lab exercises, live blood draws, work with a training arm and other exercises intended to prepare students to function as an entry level phlebotomy technician. The course fee of $1,599 includes the cost of textbooks. Application deadline is Friday, July 29 by 12:00 p.m.

The Health Information Technology (H.I.T.) Certificate Program will run September 6 through January 17. Class will meet on JCC’s campus Tuesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Health Information Technology is a growing field where qualified technicians create, install, and maintain electronic health records (EHRs). There is currently a local and national demand for workers with this skill. Training, designed for students with a background in healthcare or traditional I.T., is available completely online or in a traditional classroom format. Students will receive 100 hours of classroom or online training, and hands on training in electronic health records. All students will be eligible to take the national certification exam. The course fee is $650. Application deadline is Friday, August 12 by 12:00 p.m.

For more information, attend the open house at JCC on June 22 or call the JCC Continuing Education Division at 315-786-2233.