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Health-care professionals’ programs offered

Health-care professionals’ programs offered

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 3:33 pm

Several health care professionals courses will be offered in the fall in Martin, Jackson and Paris by the University of Tennessee at Martin Office of Extended Campus and Continuing Education. To register, call 881-7081 or 881-7082. • EKG Technician Certification Program will be offered from 6-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 13-Dec. 3, at Henry County High School in Paris. The cost is $999 (textbooks included). This comprehensive 50-hour EKG Technician Certification 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 practice and background information on anatomy of the heart and physiology, medical disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics, legal aspects of patient contact, laboratory assisting, electrocardiography and echocardiography. Additionally, students will practice with equipment and perform hands-on labs including introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine, the normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead placement and other clinical practices. • Medical Billing and Coding Program is planned from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 18 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 8, at UT?Martin. There is no class Nov. 27. The course fee is $1,499 (textbooks included). This combined 70-hour billing and coding course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-9 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-9 (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-9 and HCPCS). After obtaining the suggested practical work experience (six months to two 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 Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam and/or other national certification exams. •Pharmacy Technician Program will be offered 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 14-Dec. 4, (no class Nov. 27), at Henry County High School in Paris; and 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays (no class Nov. 26), at Jackson State Community College in Jackson. The cost is $999 (textbooks included). 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, intravenous flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. •Phlebotomy Technician Program is planned 6-9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 13-Dec. 17, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 18, Nov. 8, 22 and Dec. 6 (no class Nov. 26), at UT?Martin and JSCC. The fee is $1,599 (textbooks included). This 90-hour 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. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. There is no outside externship rotation included with this program. wcp 9-16-08

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