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Make your mark in an expanding career field that will change your life while making a difference in the lives of others.<br /><br />
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of the top 20 fastest-growing professions are in the health care industry – an industry with more than 13 million jobs. And thanks to advances in medicine, and the country's aging population, the demand for medical professionals is only increasing.<br /><br />
Our health care certificate programs can help you embark on a new career or advance your current health care career in as little as two months.
<li>Skill-based, fast-paced, and hands-on learning programs</li>
<li>Preparation for state certification exams</li>
<li>Upgrading and cross-training of skills</li>
<li>Approved for <a href="/Pages/Engine.aspx?id=555">MyCAA</a>, veterans and <a href="/Pages/Engine.aspx?id=550">Workforce Partnership</a> benefits</li>
<strong>Where the jobs are:</strong> Doctors' offices and clinics, hospitals, emergency care centers, outpatient care facilities, medical laboratory and testing services, medical research services, pharmacies, community care facilities for the elderly, and home health care.<br /><br />
<strong>Courses Offered Every Fall and Spring</strong><br />
<a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/PharmacyTechnician.pdf" target="_blank">Pharmacy Technician</a>, <a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/EKGTechnician.pdf" target="_blank">EKG Technician</a>, <a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/ClinicalMedicalAssistant.pdf" target="_blank">Clinical Medical Assistant</a>, and <a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/MedicalBillingandCoding.pdf" target="_blank">Medical Billing and Coding + Medical Terminology</a><br /><br />
<strong>Location of Classes</strong><br />
SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Center, Hardy Avenue entrance, unless otherwise noted.<br /><br />
<strong>For more information, email <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_blank">email@example.com</a> or call (619) 594-3297.<strong>
This 80-hour classroom billing and coding course offers the skills needed to choose medical procedure and diagnosis codes to optimize reimbursement and decrease billing errors. This course focuses on the fundamentals of medical terminology, choosing codes from the ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS coding books according to patient care and how to file claims both manually and electronically. In addition, students will learn how to bill multiple procedures and diagnosis as well as how to apply modifiers when necessary. The course covers CPT (introduction, guidelines, evaluation and management), specialty fields such as surgery, radiology, and laboratory; and ICD-9 introduction and guidelines. Students are prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing and/or coding in a medical office setting. This program includes 19.5 hours of medical terminology. This course also prepares you to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) national certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the CPC (American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), as well as the Certified Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification credential offered through the National Health career Association (NHA). The fees for these exams are NOT INCLUDED. Please visit their web sites for information about these exams.<br /><br />
<a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/MedicalBillingandCoding.pdf" target="_blank">Medical Billing and Coding + Medical Terminology Information Packet</a>
This comprehensive 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Boards PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, and community pharmacies, working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names, dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, and inventory control.<br /><br />
<a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/PharmacyTechnician.pdf" target="_blank">Pharmacy Technician Information Packet</a>
This comprehensive 50-hour program prepares students to function as EKG technicians and to take the American Society of Phlebotomy Technician (ASPT) Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other national certification exams. This course will include important practice and background information on anatomy of the heart, physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography, and echocardiography.<br /><br />
<a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/EKGTechnician.pdf" target="_blank">EKG Technician Information Packet</a>
This program is intended for students who want to prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in health care. 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 and the technical aspects of phlebotomy and the use of the electrocardiograph (EKG) machine. Students will review important topics including phlebotomy, EKG, pharmacology, professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of health care. This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands-on labs and a 160-hour clinical internship opportunity at a local health care service provider for those students who qualify. To be eligible for the 160-hour clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140-hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.<br /><br />
<a href="/Client/docs/pdfs/pd/infopackets/ClinicalMedicalAssistant.pdf" target="_blank">Clinical Medical Assistant Information Packet</a>
Must have a High School Diploma or a GED. Must be able to read, write and comprehend English. Good math skills are also a must to be successful in this job.
The College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.
SDSU Research Foundation Program
Interest form - http://www.ces.sdsu.edu/client/iw/forms/site/hc.html