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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

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
Student Tuition: $2,699 (Textbooks included)
Clinical Externship Hours:160 hours

 

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60 CLASSROOM HOURS WITH A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

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
Student Tuition: $1,399 (Textbooks included)

 

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50 CLASSROOM HOURS

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
Student Tuition: $1,099 (Textbooks included)

 

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50 CLASSROOM HOURS WITH A CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

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
Student Tuition: $1,399 (Textbooks included)

 

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50 CLASSROOM HOURS

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
Student Tuition: $1,099 (Textbooks included)

 

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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 assurgery, 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
Student Tuition: $1,999 (textbooks included)

 

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The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program is a 75-hour, non-credit course. A combination of 52 hours of classroom theory and lab and 24 hours of a supervised clinical training is offered during the program and is taught on campus and at local healthcare facilities.

 

Focus areas will include controlling infection, promoting residents’ independence, taking and recording vital signs, and caring for the residents’ environment. Students will also learn patient personal care skills, as well as communication and interpersonal skills.

 

To be eligible for the clinical training, students must successfully complete the 52 hour program, submit to a thorough background check and drug screening, submit current information on the following immunizations; TB skin test and Hepatitis B series, and meet other requirements. The CNA program prepares the student to sit for the Certified Nurse Aide Examination, administered by Interactive Health Network (INH).

Medical Technician Classes - Fall 2018