Career Pathway:  Healthcare

Program Credential
Nurse Assistant Nurse Assistant Certification
Child Development Associate CDA-Council for Professional Recognition
Dialysis Technician Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT)
Direct Support Professional Industry Standard
Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician Certified EKG Technician (CET)
Electronic Health Records Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
Medical Assistant Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS);
Advance Medical Billing Certified Professional Biller (CPB)
Advance Medical Coding Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Medical Office Administration Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
Patient Care Technician Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)
Pharmacy Technician Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
Phlebotomy Technician Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

 

Nursing Assistant (NA)

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221
Course Description

The NA program provides the theory, laboratory skills, and clinical practice to prepare students to learn how to care for residents in long-term care facilities. A Nurse Assistant assists residents with activities of daily living (ADL) under the supervision of a registered nurse. The clinical practicum is once a week for a full day. Travel may be required. There is a 10 hour mandatory review prior to taking the state board exam.

Total Contact Hours – 150

Certification: DC Board of Nursing – Nursing Assistant Certification

Note: Additional registration documents required. As of the date of publication of this catalog, additional required documents are: WDLL Health Examination Form (completed within one year); PPD test (completed within one year); Immunizations or titers for older vaccinations (including Hep-B); Global Service Background Check Receipt; CPR Card – American Heart Association – Health Care Provider Basic Life Support; Flu Vaccine (Oct-Feb only). Registration documents are subject to change. Please attend an information session to learn more.

 

Dialysis Technician

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 236; CASAS Math – 226

Prerequisite: Students must present proof of successful completion of a Nursing Assistant or EMT Program

Course Description

This program is intended for those interested in a career in renal dialysis. The program prepares learners for employment in a hemodialysis unit. This program will cover patient care principles, normal and abnormal renal anatomy and physiology, principles of dialysis, water treatment, and hemodialysis procedures under the supervision of a registered nurse. This program prepares the student for the national certification examination through the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT).

Total Contact Hours – 76

Certification: Certification requires a minimum of 12 months of experience in nephrology patient care and current active participation in an End Stage Renal Disease facility. After 12 months work experience, students can independently pursue the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT) Certified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT) certification.

Note: Additional registration documents required. As of the date of publication of this catalog, additional required documents are: WDLL Health Examination Form (completed within one year); PPD test (completed within one year); Immunizations or titers for older vaccinations (including Hep-B); Police Clearance; Drug Screening with Negative Results (within 30 days of start date); CPR Card – American Heart Association – Health Care Provider Basic Life Support; Flu Vaccine (Oct-Feb only). Registration documents are subject to change. Please attend an information session to learn more.

 

Direct Support Professional (DSP)

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221

Course Description

This program trains students to become Direct Support Professionals (DSP). DSPs work directly with people who have developmental disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into his/her community or the least restrictive environment and serving as an advocate for the individual in communicating their needs, self-expression, and goals. A DSP may provide support to a person with a disability at home, work, school, church, and other community places. We teach the required District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Department on Disability Services (DDS) training programs curriculum.

Total Contact Hours – 80

Certification: Industry Standard
Note: Additional registration documents required. As of the date of publication of this catalog, additional required documents are: Police Clearance; PPD test (completed within one year); Drug Screening with Negative Results (within 30 days of start date); CPR Card – American Heart Association – Health Care Provider Basic Life Support. Registration documents are subject to change. Please attend an information session to learn more.

Additional Note: There are additional requirements for employment as a Direct Support Professional but not for enrollment in the Direct Support Professional course. These include health clearances, including immunizations or titers for older vaccinations, and a background check.

 

Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 236; CASAS Math – 226

Prerequisite: Applicants must present their current District of Columbia Nursing Assistant (CNA) or EMT Certification

Course Description

The Patient Care Technician is a 170-clock hour (65-theory, 85-clinical practicum, and 20-mental/behavioral health) program that prepares students for employment as a Patient Care Technician (PCT). A PCT’s job description includes assisting patients with many tasks they cannot do for themselves while they are in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and/or ambulatory care centers. PCTs perform routine tasks, and this program provides the theory and skills necessary to care for complex patients in various health care settings under the supervision of a registered nurse. The clinical practicum is once a week for a full day. Travel may be required.

Total Contact Hours – 170

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Patient Care Technician/Assistant (CPCT/A)
Note: Additional registration documents required.
As of the date of publication of this catalog, additional required documents are: WDLL Health Examination Form (completed within one year); PPD test (completed within one year); Immunizations or titers for older vaccinations; Drug Screening with Negative Results (within 30 days of start date); Global Service Background Check Receipt; CPR Card – American Heart Association – Health Care Provider Basic Life Support; Flu Vaccine (Oct-Feb only). Registration documents are subject to change. Please attend an information session to learn more.

 

Pharmacy Technician

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 242; CASAS Math – 241

Course Description

Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication. They work under the supervision of the pharmacist, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals. Pharmacy Technicians typically perform the following tasks: take information from customers or health professionals needed to fill a prescription; count tablets and measure amounts of other medications for prescriptions; compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments; package and label prescriptions; accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims; and complete routine pharmacy tasks, such as answering phone calls from customers.
Total Contact Hours – 170
Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Pharmacy Technician Certification (CPhT)

Note: Pharmacy Technician classes offered at United Medical Center require a PPD test. Please attend an information session to learn more.

Additional Note: There are additional requirements for employment as a pharmacy technician but not for enrollment in the Pharmacy Technician course. These include health clearances, including immunizations or titers for older vaccinations, and a background check.

 

Phlebotomy Technician

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 242; CASAS Math – 231

Course Description

The Phlebotomy Technician program prepares students for employment in a laboratory environment as a Phlebotomy Technician. Phlebotomy is the act of drawing blood either for testing or transfusion. It is a skill employed by many clinics and/or ambulatory care centers.

Total Contact Hours – 136

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Note: Additional registration documents required. As of the date of publication of this catalog, additional required documents are: WDLL Health Examination Form (completed within one year); PPD test (completed within one year); Immunizations or titers; Drug Screening with Negative Results (within 30 days of start date); Police Clearance; CPR Card – American Heart Association – Health Care Provider Basic Life Support; Flu Vaccine (Oct-Feb only). Registration documents are subject to change. Please attend an information session to learn more.

 

Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician
Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 242; CASAS Math – 231

Course Description

In the EKG Technician course, students will learn to operate machines that record electrical activity of a patient’s heart. EKG rhythms provide important data for the diagnosis of heart conditions. Certified EKG Technicians may perform some or all of the following tasks: set-up and administer EKGs and stress tests; prepare students for Holter monitor or ambulatory monitoring; edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis; schedule appointments; and transcribe physician’s interpretations.

Total Contact Hours – 72

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified EKG Technician (CET)

Note: Additional registration documents required. As of the date of publication of this catalog, additional required documents are: PPD test (completed within one year); CPR Card – American Heart Association – Health Care Provider Basic Life Support. Registration documents are subject to change. Please attend an information session to learn more.

 

Medical Terminology and Anatomy

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221

Course Description

Upon completion of the Medical Terminology & Anatomy course, participants will have a basic knowledge of the bone structures and the main systems of the human body. They will also have mastered the most useful, high-level medical terms which will form the basis for their further education in healthcare. The course will use a hybrid model, including online resources wherever possible to allow participants to practice their new knowledge at any time. Students wishing to take the Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administrative Assistant, or Medical Billing and Coding course must complete this course as a pre-requisite.

Total Contact Hours – 60

 

Medical Assistant (MA)

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology & Anatomy

Course Description

The Medical Assistant program is designed to train the student to function in the clinical area of a doctor’s office. They will study how to triage a patient, record patient histories, do vital signs and EKGs, prepare and assist the physician with examinations, and basic skills in phlebotomy and injections. Principles of OSHA, handling laboratory specimens, and urinalysis are included in class instruction. Students will receive an introduction to medical insurance coding, ICD-10, and CPT, which are pertinent to the clinical medical assistant. Vocabulary is emphasized as it is an important tool in learning the language of the medical field. There is emphasis on professionalism in the work place; HIPAA guidelines as they apply to the medical office setting are discussed. Basic concepts of scheduling and office administration are included in the course.

Total Contact Hours – 132

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

 

Medical Office Administrative Assistant

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221. Passing score (85%) on Northstar Digital Literacy Modules 1, 2 and 3a

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology & Anatomy

Course Description

The Medical Office Administrative Assistant Program (MOAP) prepares individuals for employment in medical and other health care related of­fices. Course work includes medical terminology, information systems, office manage­ment, medical coding, billing and insurance, legal and ethical issues, and formatting and word processing. Students will learn administrative and support functions and develop skills applicable in medical environments. Employment opportunities are available in medical and dental offices, hospitals, insurance companies, laboratories, medical supply companies, and other health related industries.
Total Contact Hours – 110

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

 

Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding (replace previously used title with this)
Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology & Anatomy (B or higher) AND Medical Office Administrative Assistant OR at least two years of RECENT work experience in billing and/or coding. Documentation of work experience needed – must provide references or a letter from an employer describing your work experience.

Course Description

In the Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding course, students will learn billing procedures so that health providers receive payment for medical services rendered. The following areas will be covered: medical insurance laws, billing management, medical documentation and coding, health insurance claim form handling, EMR’s and EHR’s, and government programs and medical ethics. Every medical service is assigned a numeric code to define diagnostics, treatments, and procedures. It will be the coder’s job to enter this information into a database using this set medical protocol to produce a statement or claim. They will learn how to send paperwork to the appropriate insurance carrier for acceptance or denial and how to investigate rejected claims and update details in the database. They will then bill the patients for medical payments. Medical coders will also be responsible for dealing with collections and insurance fraud.

Total Contact Hours – 120

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)

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Advance Medical Billing

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221. ACCUPLACER Reading – 65

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology & Anatomy (B or higher) AND Score of 428+ (or 85% or higher prior to 2015) on NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam OR at least two years of RECENT billing and/or coding work experience. Documentation of work experience needed – must provide references or a letter from an employer describing your work experience

Course Description

Students will gain a thorough understanding of federal healthcare rules and regulations, insurance plans, CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II coding guidelines. Additionally, students will learn how to submit claims, follow-up with patients, and address claim denials.

Total Contact Hours – 258

Certification: American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Biller (CPB)

 

Advance Medical Coding

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 231; CASAS Math – 221. ACCUPLACER Reading – 65

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology & Anatomy (B or higher) AND Score of 428+ (or 85% or higher prior to 2015) on NHA Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam OR at least three years of RECENT billing and/or coding work experience. Documentation of work experience needed – must provide references or a letter from an employer describing your work experience

Course Description

This course focuses on the fundamental medical coding skills necessary for reviewing and assigning the appropriate procedure and diagnosis codes for healthcare services. CPT, ICD-10-CM, ICD-9-CM, and Level II (HCPCS) coding systems are discussed in-depth in this course. Additionally, Medicare fraud, health maintenance organizations, and quality improvement organizations are also reviewed.

Total Contact Hours – 343

Certification: American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

 

Electronic Health Records

Required Assessment Scores: CASAS Reading – 247; CASAS Math – 231. Passing score (85%) on Northstar Digital Literacy Modules 1, 2 and 3a

Prerequisite: Medical Terminology & Anatomy AND Medical Office Administrative Assistant or Medical Billing and Coding or Medical Assistant or Two years of recent work experience in a medical office. Documentation of work experience needed – must provide references or a letter from an employer describing your work experience

Course Description

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) course prepares students for skills and competencies required as a certified EHR specialist, including auditing patient records for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, extracting clinical information for inclusion in reports such as quality improvement studies, billing and coding for insurance claim reimbursements, processing release of information (ROI) requests for medical records, reviewing patient records, and collecting patient demographic and insurance information.

Total Contact Hours – 144

Certification: National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)


 

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