Duke Street North (DSN) Continuing Education

ServSafe (Food Safety Training)

ServSafe is a nationally recognized food safety and sanitation training program. It is designed for experienced food service employees and managers who need to comply with local and state health department requirements for food manager/food handler certification or recertification. Key topics include contamination and food-borne illnesses; food protection; HACCP; cleaning, sanitizing, and accident prevention. At least one certified manager must be present at all hours of food service operation. During an inspection, the establishment will lose two points if a certified manager isn’t present. Required Textbook: ServSafe Manager Book, 7th edition, (English, with Answer Key for Paper and Pencil) ISBN#: 9780134812335, must be brought to class on first day. The textbook can be purchased online on the ServSafe website. 16 hours. $75 (This is a self-supporting course; no tuition waivers or exemptions are allowed)

65656 Sat 2/2–2/23 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 1-103 September 28 registration deadline

START Careers in Hotel and Lodging

Developed by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), the START program provides students with real-world knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career in the lodging industry. START (Skills, Tasks, and Results Training) provides training for all divisions of a lodging operation, including front desk, reservations, housekeeping, bell services, restaurant service, banquet setup, and more. This is the only hospitality training curriculum endorsed by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and is supported by its network of more than 10,000 hotel owners. Students who successfully complete the START program may earn up to six industry-recognized and portable professional certifications. Students may qualify for a 40-hour externship that will connect them directly with local employers. 200 hours. $505.25

Read about the program: START Class Prepares Students for Careers in Durham, North Carolina’s New Hotels and Durham Tech showcases impact of hotel industry

This program qualifies for Financial Assistance.

65581 M-Th 1/14–5/9 6:30–9:30 p.m. DSN 106 January 7 registration deadline

Lodging Housekeeping Operatons

Interested in getting employment in the growing hotel industry in the area? This one week course provides technical skills training and hands on experience in hotel guest room cleaning, room inspection, cleaning chemicals and their use, team and guest relations. Job placement services such as interviewing techniques and resume writing will be provided to all students who successfully complete the course. Industry hiring managers will interview students on the last day of class. 20 hours. $75

65626 M-F 2/11–2/15 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 106 February 4 registration deadline
65630 M-F 3/11–3/15 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 106 March 4 registration deadline
65631 M-F 5/6–5/10 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 106 May 1 registration deadline

Central Sterile Processing Exam Prep BootCamp

This Central Sterile Processing Exam Prep Bootcamp course is designed to prepare students for the national Certification Board Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). Students will have an overview and apply principles of sterilization, and disinfection in the workplace, as well as distribution of instruments, supplies, and equipment. 12 hours. $185

65733 Sat 2/2–2/9 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. DSN 109 January 28 registration deadline

Central Sterile Processing (Hybrid)

This course introduces 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 also prepare to take the Certification for Health Care Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician’s exam. Required Daytime Clinical included. Textbook included. Instrumentation guide must be purchased separately. (details below). 144 hours. $372

Instrumentation guide: Inspecting Surgical Instruments: An Illustrated Guide, 1st edition, Rick Schultz, ISBN-13: 978-0976909200

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline is Jan. 12 for course 65730 and Jan. 13 for 65731.

65730 TTh 1/22–5/23 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 109 January 17 registration deadline
65731 MW 1/28–6/3 5–9 p.m. DSN 109 January 23 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. Textbook required. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the national certification exam. 96 hours. $185

Textbook: Administrative Medical Assisting, 8th Ed. With Access Code, Linda French 978-1-3371-9837-0

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline is 1/18 for course 65723 and 1/19 for 657223.

65723 MW 1/28–5/15 6–9 p.m. DSN 105 January 23 registration deadline
65722 TTh 1/29–5/16 10 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 105 January 24 registration deadline

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. $264.25

Required Textbook: Core Curriculum for the Dialysis Technician, 5th edition. The textbook can be purchased from the publisher Medical Education Institute, Inc. The cost is $31 with shipping. You may also purchase this textbook from Amazon or another book website.

View the frequently asked questions for more information.

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline to apply is January 7.

65736 TTh 1/17–4/2 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. DSN 116 January 12 registration deadline

EKG Technician and Monitoring

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 and textbook, view the frequently asked questions. 96 hours. $236.25


  • Rapid Interpretation for EKG's, 6th Ed., ISBN: 9780912912066

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline is January 18 for 65724 and February 2 for 65725.

Students qualify for a free GoPass (bus pass) while taking this course.

65724 MW 1/28–4/17 9 a.m.–1 p.m. DSN 125A January 23 registration deadline
65725 TTh 2/12–5/2 5:30–9:30 p.m. DSN 125A February 7 registration deadline


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 attending clinicals. Textbook and study guide required. 200 hours. $312.25

For more information, review the Phlebotomy frequently asked questions.

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline is Jan. 7.

65789 MTW 1/14–5/8 6–10 p.m. DSN 126A/109 January 10 registration deadline
65738 TTh 1/17–7/11 5:30–9:30 p.m. DSN 126A January 12 registration deadline

Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office (Hybrid)

How does the human body function? 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. Upon completion, students are able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology. 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. 90 hours. $180

*Because this is a hybrid (online and on-campus) course, students will meet in class every Monday.

Required Textbook: Understanding Anatomy & Physiology (w/Bind-in Access Code), 2nd edition, Thompson, F.A. Davis Company, ISBN 9780803643734

65734 M 2/4–5/5 Online and Mondays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. DSN 116 January 30 registration deadline

Nurse Aide I Traditional Course

This course is designed for students that are able to attend class two days a week. Students can complete the Nurse Aide training in 16 weeks. 179.5 hours. $279.25.

This course qualifies for the financial assistance. Grant Deadline Date: December 20 for 65778; January 11 for 65791; February 6 for 65772.

More information is provided in the frequently asked questions section.

65791 MW
4–9 p.m.
4–9:30 p.m.
DSN 138
January 18 registration deadline
65772 MW
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
DSN 138
February 13 registration deadline

Nurse Aide I – Hybrid (Online)

The hybrid version of Nurse Aide I is designed for task-oriented, self-motivated, organized students with excellent reading skills. Students in this course complete the classroom portion online and attend the laboratory portion two days a week. Clinical training takes place two days a week in health care facilities in Durham and Orange counties. 179.5 hours. $279.25.

This course qualifies for financial assistance. Grant Deadline Date: January 17.

65773 M-Su
4–9 p.m.
4–9:30 p.m.
DSN 138
January 24 registration deadline

Computer Requirements for Hybrid Courses

To take an online course, students need regular, frequent, dependable access to a computer with the following:

  • A computer (PC or Mac) with high-speed Internet access
  • A reasonably current web browser (Firefox or Chrome are recommended). Download Firefox or Chrome. Note to Mac users: Use the free Firefox web browser instead of Safari.
  • A current version of Java with JavaScriptcookies enabled. (How to enable javascript and cookies)
  • PowerPoint. If you don’t own PowerPoint, Microsoft now offers a PowerPoint Viewer that can be downloaded free from its website.
  • A working email address configured properly so emails from faculty and students are not blocked as spam.

Nurse Aide I Refresher

This review course is for individuals familiar with Nurse Aide I skills and concepts. It is designed to prepare students for the NC Nurse Aide I Competency Evaluation, a requirement for being listed on the NC Nurse Aide Registry. Nurse Aide I content is reviewed through classroom instruction and laboratory work. Textbook required. No criminal background check required. 44 hours. $161.25

*Please be aware that you must attend all class sessions to successfully complete this course. No absences allowed.

Prerequisite – One or more of the following:

  • Current or previous listing on North Carolina’s or another state’s Nurse Aide I Registry within the past five years. Verify your Nurse Aide I listing through the NC Nurse Aide Registry, or call 919-855-3969 or 919-715-0562. Submit a copy of your listing/certification along with your registration.
  • Completion of a state-approved NA I training program within the past two years, for students who have failed or not attempted the NC NA I exam. Submit evidence of course completion with your registration.
  • A state-recognized NA credential from any US state.
  • Military personnel who have medical/corpsman training or enrollees who have completed course(s) equivalent to the NA I content may enroll with permission of the program director.

Read more information about Nurse Aide Refresher.

This course qualifies for the Financial Assistance. 64124 Grant Deadline Date: July 20 and 64212 Grant Deadline Date: September 21.

Students qualify for a free GoPass (bus pass) while taking this course.

65770 FSat 2/1– 2/23 9 a.m.–3 p.m. DSN 138 January 28 registration deadline
65771 FSat 4/26– 5/18 9 a.m.–3 p.m. DSN 138 April 23 registration deadline

Massage Therapy

This course is designed to prepare students for both state and national massage therapy licensing exams through classwork and practical, hands-on training. Students will obtain a foundation for practice as an entry-level professional massage therapist. Topics will include education, anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology, communication, client evaluation, technique, pain relief, stress management, professional standards and practice management. Textbooks and student kit (with personal massage table) included. 650 hours $1,501.25

The tuition is paid in two parts: $1127.25 is due at the beginning of the first semester; $374.25 is due at the beginning of second semester.

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The grant deadline is August 22.

View more information about the program and prerequisites.

65577 M-Th 2/4–5/15 6–10 p.m. DSN, room 1-102 January 30 registration deadline