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The Medical Technician Programs are part of Shelton State’s Workforce Solutions.  Workforce Solutions offers short term, non-credit courses to meet the changing needs of the people in the West Alabama area.  Whether you are looking for a new career path or to add value to your current employment skills, we have the classes that work for you. Please contact us about classes that you would like to see offered or that you may be interested in teaching.

Note:  A high school diploma or GED is required for all Medical Technician Programs.  A background check and drug screen may be required to begin clinical externships.

Program Description

140 CLASSROOM HOURS WITH A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

A clinical externship is required for course completion.

This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare. This program will train students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes among other things preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.

 

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

 

Course Contact Hours: 140 hours plus Clinical Externship
Clinical Externship Hours:160 hours

 

WIOA APPROVED

60 CLASSROOM HOURS WITH A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

A clinical externship is required for course completion.

The 60 hour Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – Dental Assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics – Administrative aspects include: the history of dentistry and dental assisting; introduction to the dental office; the legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines. Clinical aspects include: introduction to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 60 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.

 

Course Contact Hours: 60 plus Clinical Externship
Clinical Externship Hours: 40 hours

 

WIOA APPROVED

50 CLASSROOM HOURS

A clinical externship is required for program completion.

This 50-hour course prepares students to function effectively in many of the administrative and clerical positions in the health care industry. Medical Administrative Assistants, medical secretaries, and medical records clerks are all positions in great demand. This program covers important background information on the medical assisting profession and interpersonal skills, medical ethics and law, medical terminology, basics of insurance billing and coding, telephone techniques, scheduling appointments, medical records management, and management of practice finances. This program is intended to provide students with a well-rounded introduction to medical administration so the student can gain the skills required to obtain a medical administrative assistant position in the health care field.

Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcare Association (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national examination.

 

Course Contact Hours: 50 hours

 

WIOA APPROVED

50 CLASSROOM HOURS WITH A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

A clinical externship is required for course completion.

This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. 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, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 50 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.

 

Course Contact Hours: 50 plus Clinical Externship
Clinical Externship Hours: 80 hours

 

WIOA APPROVED

50 CLASSROOM HOURS

A clinical externship is required for program completion.

This Comprehensive 50-hour physical therapy aide program prepares students for the growing field of physical therapy. The physical therapy aide is generally responsible for carrying out the non-technical duties of physical therapy, such as preparing treatment areas, ordering devices and supplies, and transporting patients working under the direction of the physical therapist. Furthermore, these workers assist physical therapists in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physical therapy aides may be employed in nursing homes, hospitals, sports rehabilitation centers, and some orthopedic clinics.

 

Note: This program does not include a national or state certification as part of its overall objectives.

 

Course Contact Hours: 50 hours

 

WIOA APPROVED

80 CLASSROOM HOURS

This combined 80-hour billing and coding course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-10 manual), complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims, and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures. 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). Note: After obtaining the practical work experience (6 months to 2 years), students who complete this 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.

 

Course Contact Hours: 80 hours

A clinical externship is required for program completion.

Patient Care Technicians work in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long term care facilities, physician offices and assisted living facilities. These professionals must possess the technical skills necessary to service complex patient care issues including: rehabilitation services, diagnostic tests, basic bedside care, collection of laboratory specimens, Phlebotomy and EKG’s. In addition to labs requiring a student to practice and demonstrate EKG, Phlebotomy and base line nursing skills, lecture topics of this program include: medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and miscellaneous patient care concepts. Other topics include: HIPAA; vital signs; patient care; personal hygiene and grooming and aseptic technique among others.

Course Contact Hours: 128 hours

A clinical externship is required for program completion.

The 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician program prepares professionals to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. This course covers the following topics: terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection, specimen hands-on practice, training in skills and techniques for puncture methods, lab exercises, live blood draws, working with a training arm. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must submit to a thorough background check and drug screening. Note: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national exam.  A high school diploma or GED is required for all medical technician programs.

The medication aide program is a 100 hour non-credit training course that prepares the student to administer routine medications to patients in a variety of healthcare settings, primarily long-term care. Medication aides practice under the supervision of licensed nurses.

 

To be eligible for the class, a high school diploma or GED and a CNA certification is required along with a drug screen and background check.

 

Note: Following successful course completion, candidates can apply to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) – Medication Aide Certification Exam (MACE).

 

Course Contact Hours:  60 hours plus 40 clinical hours

This comprehensive 70-hour course will cover the surgical technician’s role beginning from pre-op preparation, during the operative procedure and finish with post-operative room break down.

 

To be eligible for the class, a high school diploma or GED is required.

 

Course Contact Hours:  70 hours

Medical Technician Classes - Summer 2022

ProgramLocationDate and TimesCostsRegister

MARTIN CAMPUS

Clinical Medical AssistantMartin CampusTuesdays & Thursdays, July 5 - October 6, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., July 23, August 6, August 20, September 10, September 24
Clinical Externship-October 17-November 18, 2022
$2,899Register
Dental AssistingMartin CampusTuesdays & Thursdays, June 28-August 23, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.;
Clinical Externship-August 25-September 9, 2022
$1,499Register
Pharmacy TechnicianMartin CampusMondays and Wednesdays, July 11-August 29, 2022, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Clinical Externship-September 5-September 30, 2022
$1,499Register
Medical Billing and CodingMartin CampusMondays & Wednesdays, July 6-September 14, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturdays, July 30 and August 20, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
No clinical externship
$1999Register
Medical Administrative AssistantMartin CampusMondays & Wednesdays, June 27-August 17, 2022, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Clinical Externships-August 22-September 2, 2022
$1,499Register
Phlebotomy TechnicianMartin CampusTuesdays & Thursdays, July 12-September 20, 2022, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturdays, July 23, August 6, August 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Clinical Externship-September 26-October 21
$1,899 Register
Patient Care TechnicianMartin CampusMondays through Thursdays, June 27-August 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Note: Wednesday classes will be clinicals, held at DCH Regional Healthcare System starting the 2nd week of class.
$2,399Register
Medication AideMartin CampusTuesdays and Thursdays, July 5-September 1, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Clinicals-Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (Clinical days subject to change)
$1200Register
Surgical TechnicianMartin CampusMondays & Wednesdays, July 6-August 31, 2022, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturdays, July 30 & August 20, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.$1,599Register