Health Care Continuing Education

Health Programs Information Sessions

Learn more about noncredit health care programs: EKG, Phlebotomy, Central Sterile Processing, Dialysis Technician, Medical Office Administrative Assistant, and Electronic Health Records.

Students are provided information about the programs, costs, clinicals, and financial assistance. Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

Duke Street North Campus
December 17, 10 a.m.


Prerequisites:

These apply to all health care courses (unless otherwise specified)

  • A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 or higher) course OR
  • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better within 5 years, NCDAP Reading/English score of 136 or better within 5 years, OR
  • Proof of successful completion of Durham Tech Reading 80 or 90, EFL 073, or DRE 097 at Durham Tech

If you do not have any of the above you will need:

  • Proof of High School Diploma or high school equivalency*, PLUS TABE test score of 12.9

Some programs may have additional prerequisites.

If you have questions or need more information about a health care program, email cealliedhealth@durhamtech.edu.

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

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: Instrumentation Guide: The World of Surgical Instruments, Rick Schultz, ISBN-13: 978-0692057124

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline is Jan. 10 for course 65730 and Jan. 16 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 January 16 for course 65723 and January 17 for 65722.

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

Community Health Worker Training

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. 48 hours. $196.50

65769 TTh 3/19–5/9 6–9 p.m. CEC 6-106 March 14 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 5.

65736 TTh 1/17–4/2 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. DSN 116 January 11 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

Textbook:

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

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline is January 16 for 65724 and January 31 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

Mental Health Technician

This course provides introductory training for those entering the field of mental health services or as a refresher for those currently working within the mental health or behavioral health field. In addition, the course will offer basic to increased awareness and understanding of a holistic view to mental health care for nurses and other health care professionals. The course prepares students for a national certification as a Mental Health Technician. 96 hours. $180

64174 Mon-Sun 1/28–3/10 Online   January 23 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 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. 3 for 65789 and Jan. 5 for 65738.

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

Course Sequence

If you are new to this field, you should take courses in the order listed below:

  1. Expanded Medical Terminology for the Health Care Professional (O)
  2. Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Office Professional (O,H)
  3. Medical Coding ICD-10-CM (O)
  4. Medical Coding CPT/HCPCS (O)
  5. Medical Insurance and Billing (O)
  6. Electronic Health Records (O)
  7. Medical Coding Exam Prep Boot Camp – suggested course to prepare for national certification (H)

(O–online course, T–traditional course, H–hybrid course)


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

Required textbook: Medical Terminology for Health Professions, 8th edition, Ehrlich, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 9781305634350.

65729 2/4–5/5 Online January 29 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 29 registration deadline

Medical Coding I ICD 10

This course prepares an individual for entry level healthcare billing and coding positions. Course topics can include but are not limited to the roles and responsibilities of this position, managed health care, life cycle of an insurance claim, legal and regulatory considerations, coding regulations, reimbursement issues, claim instructions, medical terminology, filing commercial claims, insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and Workers' Compensation. Upon completion, students should also be able to utilize MS Windows and the Internet to effectively retrieve billing-related information and updates. 91 hours. $180

Textbooks Required: Buck's Step-by-Step Medical Coding, 2019 Edition (Text and Workbook Package), 1st Edition, by Elsevior;
The Complete Official Codebook (Icd-10-Cm the Complete Official Codebook), Spiral Edition. ISBN: 13: 978-1-62202-773

65737 M 2/4–5/5 Online   January 29 registration deadline

Electronic Health Records (Online)

Increasingly, medical support personnel need to understand how to work with electronic healthrecords (HR). After reviewing the history and standards of HR, 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. 96 hours. $180

Required Textbook: Cengage Unlimited-4 MONTH Standalone Access Card, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 97803577000371. It will be available September 10 in the Durham Tech bookstore.

This course qualifies for financial assistance. The deadline to apply is Jan. 23.

65726 2/4–5/5 Online January 29 registration deadline

Medical Coding Exam Prep 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. $150

The required textbooks are:

  • The Complete Official Codebook (Icd-10-Cm the Complete Official Codebook) Spiral Edition. ISBN: 13: 978-1-62202-773
  • CPT 2019: Professional Edition (Cpt / Current Procedural Terminology (Professional Edition) Spiral Professional Edition. ISBN: 13: 978-1-62202-600-5
  • HCPCS 2019 Level II (HCPCS Level II (American Medical Assn) Spiral Professional Edition. ISBN: N: 13: 978-1-62202-779-8
  • Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety, 15th Edition. ISBN: 9780931431159
  • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Thumb-indexed) (w/2 Bind-in AC) 23rd Ed.. ISBN: 9780803659049
  • Buck's Step-by-Step Medical Coding, 2019 Edition - Text and Workbook Package, 1st Edition, by Elsevior
65727 Sat 3/2–4/20 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. CEC 6-106 February 25 registration deadline

Nurse Aide Program

Prerequisites for Nurse Aide:

  • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better, NCDAP Reading/English score of 136 OR
  • Proof of successful completion of Durham Tech Reading 80, Reading 90, EFL073, or DRE097, OR
  • A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 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 bound course curriculum, evidence of negative TB test, uniform, and supplies are required. Students, at their expense, will also be required to undergo a criminal background check and show proof of specific immunizations prior to beginning the clinical portion of the training. A drug screen is required for the Hospital-based course. Certain findings on the criminal background check or drug screen may prohibit students from completing the program.

For more information, contact the Nurse Aide information line at 919-536-7222 ext. 4313. The Nurse Aide program is Veterans Administration (VA) approved for VA tuition benefits.

Nurse Aide I

View the Nurse Aide 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. The following textbook is recommended but not required, and can be purchased online: Mometrix ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide for the TEAS 6. No prerequisites or placement testing required for this course. 24 hours. $165 (no waiver). Email Pamela Krakow or call 919-536-7222. ext. 4302 for more information.

65935 FSat 12/7–1/5* 9 a.m.–1 p.m. CEC 6-102

No classes on Dec. 21, 22, 28, 29


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