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Open House Nov. 14 for Allied Health Pre-Certification Programs

Jefferson Community College (JCC) Continuing Education Division will hold an open house for non-credit allied health training programs on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room E-116, Extended Learning Center (Building E). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the instructors and pick up an application. JCC offers training that could lead to certification in healthcare careers as: clinical medical assistants, medical billing and coding workers, pharmacy technicians, entry level phlebotomy technicians (who draw blood), health information technicians, and care coordination professionals.  

The Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Program is a 20-week program that prepares students to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant National examination and begin work in the healthcare field. Class will meet on JCC’s campus from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 5 through July 25. During the program, students will earn 140 hours of classroom lecture, 160 hours of clinical externship and hands-on lab experience. CMA program syllabus includes how to assist physicians by preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic testing. Students will learn the technical aspects about phlebotomy and pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements and legal aspects of healthcare. The course fee of $2,399 includes the cost of textbooks. Application deadline is February 2, 2018.

The Medical Billing and Coding Program is a 98-hour course that offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims, complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to stream-line billing procedures. Class will meet on JCC’s campus from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, March 5 through June 11. 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.  After obtaining the practical work experience, students who complete the 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. The course fee of $1,799 includes the cost of textbooks. The deadline to register with payment and a statement of interest is February 19, 2018.  

The Pharmacy Technician training program is a comprehensive 50-hour course to prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam. Class will meet on JCC’s campus from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 19 through May 7. Under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings. 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, intravenous (I.V.) flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam. The course fee of $999 includes the cost of textbooks. Application deadline is February 9, 2018. 

The 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Class will meet on JCC’s campus at 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 6 through June 5.  Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipuncture completely and safely. Classroom work includes medical terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and clinical training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods.   The program also includes lab exercises, live blood draws, work with a training arm and other exercises intended to prepare students to function as an entry level phlebotomy technician. The course fee of $1,599 includes the cost of textbooks. Application deadline is February 2, 2018.  

The North Country Care Coordination Certificate Program is designed to prepare and train existing care coordination professionals who will play a critical role in supporting health transformation in the Tug Hill Seaway Region. Classes will meet on JCC’s campus Monday evenings, April 4 through June 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The course fee is $360.

For more information, attend the open house at JCC on November 14 or call the JCC Continuing Education Division at 315-786-2233.