Workforce and Career Training

In a rapidly evolving job market, staying competitive and adaptable is essential. At UW-Parkside Professional and Continuing Education, we are committed to empowering individuals and organizations with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in today's workforce.  We understand that learning preferences vary, and that is why we offer multiple modes of delivery and a variety of workforce credentials to cater to individual needs.

Difference Between a Bootcamp, Certificates, Certification

Bootcamp, certificate, and certification are commonly used terms in education, training, and professional development, and they refer to different achievements and credentials. Here's a breakdown of their distinct meanings:

Definition: Bootcamps are intensive and immersive training programs that offer a focused and fast-paced approach to learning or skill development. They are typically shorter in duration compared to traditional education or training programs and are designed to provide individuals with specific skills or knowledge in a condensed timeframe. Bootcamps can be found in various fields and industries, ranging from technology and fitness to business and language learning.

Purpose: The primary purposes of boot camps include:

  • Skill Acquisition: Bootcamps are aimed at equipping participants with practical skills and knowledge in a particular field or discipline. Whether it's coding, fitness, entrepreneurship, or cybersecurity, the goal is to provide hands-on training that prepares individuals for real-world tasks and challenges.
  • Career Transition: Many bootcamps are designed to help individuals switch careers or advance in their current professions. They offer a streamlined path to gaining the skills needed for new job opportunities or promotions.
  • Efficiency: Bootcamps emphasize efficiency by condensing the learning process. This appeals to people who want to acquire specific skills quickly and start applying them in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Industry Alignment: Bootcamps often align their curriculum with current industry needs and trends. This ensures that graduates are well-prepared for the demands of the job market.
  • Hands-On Experience: Bootcamps typically provide hands-on experience and practical projects, allowing participants to apply what they've learned in a real-world context. This experiential learning is a key aspect of boot camp effectiveness.

Scope: The scope of boot camps is broad and diverse, encompassing a wide range of fields and subjects.

Definition: A certificate is a document or official recognition provided by an educational institution, training program, or organization to individuals upon the successful completion of a specific course, program, or training regimen.

Purpose: Certificates are typically awarded for the acquisition of knowledge, skills, or competencies in a particular subject or field of study. They serve as proof that an individual has completed a defined curriculum or met specific learning objectives.

Scope: Certificates can vary widely in duration and content. They can be awarded for short courses, workshops, seminars, or longer-term programs and may or may not carry college credit.

Definition: Certification is a formal recognition granted by a professional organization, industry association, or certifying body to individuals who have demonstrated a certain level of expertise, competence, or mastery in a specific profession, trade, or skill.

Purpose: Certification serves as a validation of an individual's knowledge, skills, and abilities within a particular field. It often involves passing standardized exams, fulfilling experience requirements, and adhering to a code of ethics.

Scope: Certifications are typically associated with professions or industries and are often required or strongly preferred by employers. They can be a way for individuals to advance their careers, demonstrate their expertise, or meet regulatory or industry-specific standards.

In summary, while both certificates and certifications are credentials obtained through education and training, certificates are generally awarded for completing specific courses or programs and are more common in traditional education settings. Certifications are typically earned through assessments or evaluations of skills and knowledge by professional organizations and are often linked to specific careers or industries. Understanding the distinction between these terms is crucial when pursuing further education or career development.

 

Explore the Different Training Options Available

When faced with the decision between options it's important to take a thoughtful approach. Here are some steps to help you determine your best choice:

Identify Your Goals: Start by clarifying your career goals and objectives. What do you want to achieve in your profession, and what skills or qualifications are necessary to get there?

Research Your Field: Investigate the specific requirements and expectations within your chosen industry or profession. Are there common certifications that professionals in your field hold? Do employers value certificates for certain skills?

Assess Your Current Skills: Evaluate your existing skills and knowledge. Determine if there are gaps that need to be filled or specific areas where you want to gain expertise.

Consider Time and Resources: Think about the time and resources you can commit to your education and training. Certificates are often quicker and more affordable, while certifications may require more time and preparation.

Seek Advice: Reach out to professionals in your field or mentors who can provide guidance. They may have valuable insights on which option aligns better with your goals.

Explore Programs: Research available certificate programs and certification options. Compare their content, curriculum, costs, and reputations. Look for programs that are well-regarded in your industry.

Consult with Experts: If you're uncertain, consider consulting with career counselors, educators, or industry experts who can offer tailored advice based on your specific circumstances.

Set a Timeline: Establish a timeline for your decision-making process. Determine when you need to make a choice and what steps you'll take to prepare for either a certificate program or certification exam.

Seek Feedback: Talk to individuals who have completed the certificate programs or certifications you're considering. Their experiences and insights can be valuable in making your decision.

Review Your Decision: Once you've gathered all the information and insights you need, take time to review your decision. Consider how each option aligns with your goals and resources.

Here are several resources for career exploration that you can employ to uncover your areas of interest.

O*Net Interest Profiler: https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip

Career Cruising Career Matchmaker Interest Assessment: www.careercruising.com (free account available through workforce development centers)

Career One Stop Interest, Skills, and Work Values assessments: https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Assessments/self-assessments.aspx

Wisconsin Workforce Funding Options

Many of our certification trainings are registered on the Wisconsin Eligible Training Portal List (ETPL) and eligible for workforce funds. Click the link below to learn more.

ETPL Page

 

In-Demand Career Training

SHRM SPRING
SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Certification Prep Spring 2024
  • Type: Hybrid (In-person and Live Online)
  • Start Date: 02/15/2024
  • End Date: 04/25/2024
  • Meeting Time(s): Bi-Weekly; 6-9 pm (CST)
  • Cost: $1495
  • Credits: 36 SHRM PDCs
  • Includes: Course Materials, SHRM LMS System Access, and Certificate

Whether you're aiming for SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, we've got you covered with comprehensive materials and an expert instructor to guide you through your studies. Don't miss this opportunity to boost your credentials and open doors to new opportunities in the HR world.

Offered in partnership with SHRM, view more detailed information here.

Sheronda Glass, PhD

Human Resources Director, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Sheronda Glass has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since 2016 and is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Employee Engagement. She is a human resources executive with 25+ years of HR experience having worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer products/manufacturing, and most recently, K-12 education. She has extensive experience in the areas of HR strategic planning, conflict resolution, performance management, labor relations, and diversity management. She has also worked as a consultant for over six years, consulting in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is a certified trainer/facilitator in the areas of conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, performance management, and cultural competency.

Sheronda received her Ph.D. in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Capella University. She has taught human resources courses including Performance Management, Introduction to Human Resources Management, and currently teaches Essential Personal Skills for Project Management and Staffing Organizations. She has also achieved the Professional in Human Resources certification awarded from the Society for Human Resources Management and the HR Certification Institute. She is a facilitator for the prep course for SHRM professional certifications and SHRM Essentials for non-HR managers. She is the recipient of the 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal HR Award and the UW System 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award.

SHRM certification is more than a great choice for HR professionals who want to increase their knowledge, advance their skills, and earn recognition from the global HR community.  SHRM certification benefits your entire organization.

1. It demonstrates that your HR professionals have mastered the application of HR technical and behavioral competencies.
2. Certification prepares your HR staff to assume greater leadership roles and contribute to the strategic direction of your organization.
3. Exam preparation helps HR professionals bring new ideas to your organization that will help drive success.
4. It helps create a common language that optimizes consistency and effectiveness when facing matters related to human resources.
5. Certification exams cover the global SHRM BASK ensuring that your certification is relevant worldwide in today's global economy.

Need 5 more reasons?
SHRM shares its top five benefits to employers. Watch the video.

"This SHRM prep course was extremely helpful. Dr. Glass was very knowledgeable and related the topics to her real-world experiences. This class definitely helped me digest the material I was reading. Dr. Glass also broke down the practice problems in a way I could understand to help me find the best answer and solution. I would highly recommend taking this class if you plan on pursuing the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP Certification." - Bethany Rennock - Northwestern Mutual, attended Spring 2023 session

"Dr. Glass was a pleasure to learn from and really listened to the needs of the students. All practice exam answers were explained, we went backwards or forwards when necessary, and still managed to laugh a lot! Highly recommended." - Katie - Guaranteed Rate, attended Spring 2022

"Three excellent things came from this course: (1) Excellent material, the course provided accurate material to help study for the exam. (2) Excellent educator, Dr. Glass did an amazing job helping us understand how to read and interpret the questions. (3) Excellent people, the people that I met throughout the course provide an amazing network to assist with studying and future connections." -Michael Tinholt - Uline, attended Spring 2022 session

Who is this prep course designed for?
Even if you are eligible to sit for the SHRM-SCP exam, you may still choose to pursue the SHRM-CP. This credential is designed for HR professionals who are engaged primarily in operational roles—implementing policies, serving as the HR point of contact for staff and stakeholders, and/or performing day-to-day HR functions. If this is your focus, the SHRM-CP is likely your best option.

The SHRM-SCP certification is designed for HR professionals at a senior level who operate primarily in a strategic role—developing policies and strategies, overseeing the execution of HR operations, analyzing performance metrics, and/or contributing to the alignment of HR strategies to organizational goals.

Are there any software requirements?
For those attending virtually, a solid internet connection and computer compatibility with Zoom are required. If you need assistance in determining your setup, please reach out to us!

Project Management Flex
Project Management Non-Credit Certificate (FLEX)
  • Type: Online, Self-Paced
  • Start Date: Every Month
  • Cost: $1,995

This certificate, awarded by UW-Parkside’s AACSB accredited Business Department, was designed from the ground-up around the PMI standards for project management. In fact, this certificate satisfies the educational requirements needed to sit for the highly sought-after PMP certification. The PMP is the industry gold standard for project management professionals.

This certificate program walks you through an entire project lifecycle—from writing the project charter and scope statement, to assessing the project risks, and closing out a successful deliverable. The certificate focuses on traditional—or “waterfall”— project management, but will also teach you principles of agile. 

Sheronda Glass:  Sheronda Glass has worked for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since 2016 and is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and Employee Engagement. She is a human resources executive with 25+ years of HR experience having worked in a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer products/manufacturing, and most recently, K-12 education. She has extensive experience in the areas of HR strategic planning, conflict resolution, performance management, labor relations, and diversity management. She has also worked as a consultant for over six years, consulting in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is a certified trainer/facilitator in the areas of conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, performance management, and cultural competency.  

 

Sheronda received her Ph.D. in Business Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Capella University. She has taught human resources courses including Performance Management, and Introduction to Human Resources Management, and currently teaches Essential Personal Skills for Project Management and Staffing Organizations. She has also achieved the Professional in Human Resources certification awarded by the Society for Human Resources Management and the HR Certification Institute. She is a facilitator for the prep course for SHRM professional certifications and SHRM Essentials for non-HR managers. She is the recipient of the 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal HR Award and the UW System 2019 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. 


Jordania Leon-Jordan: Ms. Leon-Jordan received her bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens-Point and her master's degree in Business Administration from UW-Parkside. Ms. Leon-Jordan is a certified project management professional (PMP), teaches project management for the College of Business, Economics and Computing (CBEC), and leads UW-Parkside's IT strategic planning efforts.

As the CIO, Ms. Leon-Jordan serves as the head of the Campus Technology Services (CTS) department reporting directly to the Provost.

Ms. Leon-Jordan's responsibilities include overseeing the Applications Development, Client Services, Desktop Support, Networking, and Web Management teams; developing and communicating the vision and strategic technology goals supportive of all University entities engaged in the deployment and use of information technology; actively participating in and providing leadership in UW System and statewide information technology needs, among others.


Suresh Chalasani: Dr. Suresh Chalasani is a professor of Management Information Systems and has served the university for over 20 years.

Dr. Chalasani was the founding director for the Solutions for Economic Growth center and the founding Academic Director for several collaborative programs including the MS in IT Management, MS in Cybersecurity, and Graduate Certificates in Digital Marketing. Dr. Chalasani also helped launch undergraduate online courses and an online undergraduate certificate in project management. He helped launch the first competency-based education programs in the UW System. The Flex BSBA is the world's first AACSB accredited competency-based business degree.

Dr. Chalasani contributed to HLC and AACSB accreditation efforts and was the HLC's Accreditation Liaison Officer during the 10-year HLC re-accreditation effort.

Competency-based learning

The UW Flexible Option is a national pioneer in competency-based education for adult learners. This means, you can earn the project management credential you need to get ahead—without sacrificing your commitments to work and family. 

Competency-based education is all about your ability to prove mastery over the knowledge and skills in the program, not about seat time in a classroom. That means if you already have experience in some areas, you’ll be able to build on that and accelerate your progress. On the other hand, if you’re struggling with a concept and need more time to study it, you can do so without the stress of a looming deadline. 

Benefits of the UW Flexible Option:

  • Complete the certificate 100% online, with no live log-on times or course deadlines
  • Leverage your existing experience to accelerate through the program
  • Earn an accredited credential taught by respected UW faculty 
  • Get started any month of the year 
  • Have a dedicated Success Coach to support you

"I wanted to let you know that doing the project management certificate has really paid off for me.  I was able to frame my existing skills in new ways, and think outside the box when it came to what I might want to pursue.

I am starting a 1/2 time position, which will still allow me to continue my singing career, through the UW extension program.  I'll be working as a regional coordinator for a grant funded farmer's market project.  I'm really excited for this new experience and feel like my confidence in applying for the position came in a large part from doing the project management certificate." - Emily Fons

Why choose the non-credit certificate?

Earning the non-credit project management certificate is a great choice for someone with a bachelor’s degree—or higher—seeking professional development but are not interested in earning additional academic credits. With fixed start and end points, this non-credit certificate gives you 24 weeks to complete the program, so plan your start date at a time that works best for you.

This program has a one-time tuition cost of $1,995.00, which covers the full 24-week program.

Still unsure if this is the best option for you? Call one of our advisers at 608-800-6762, they are happy to answer any questions.

Terms & Conditions

The following terms and conditions apply to registration in the Project Management Non-Credit Certificate:

Registration Requirements: To register for the Non-Credit Project Management Certificate Program, you must meet at least one of the following four requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree (i.e. bachelor of science); or,
  • Be actively enrolled in a bachelor’s degree with junior or senior standing; or,
  • Have an associate degree and at least two years of business experience; or,
  • If you have no degree, then at least five years of business experience, preferably at mid-level management or above

Refund and Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration through the Friday before your subscription period begins and will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. No refund is provided for cancelled registrations received after this time frame. Please see the Compassionate Refund/Extension Policy for information on exceptions to this policy. 

Project Management Institute Certification: This program does not automatically grant the PMP, CAPM, or any other project management certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) upon graduation. Though our program will prepare you for those certifications, it is your responsibility to complete all the requirements (which includes education, tests, fees, and experiential hours), as outlined by the PMI, to earn those industry certifications. 

Modality: UW Flexible Option is not a traditional learning experience. We encourage you to review the resources on how the UW Flexible Option works, as well as this short overview of competency-based education. Please note, students are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns with an Enrollment Adviser (608-800-6762) prior to registering for this program.

Course Policies: You acknowledge that you have reviewed all the course policies, which include policies on registration, cancellation, withdrawal, grading, repeat, and more.

Lady About to Draw Blood
Certified Phlebotomy Technician (Voucher + Lab Included)
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 6 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $2,595
  • Includes: Voucher

This online program will train you to work as a phlebotomy technician and prepare you for the provisional Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA). After earning your provisional certification, you will have six months to complete the clinical skills requirements and convert to full certification. With full certification, you will be able to perform your duties as a phlebotomy technician in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, diagnostic labs, nursing homes, dialysis centers, and more.

Jacqueline Garcia holds a Certified Professional Instructor Certification to teach Phlebotomy Technician Program. Ms. Garcia has served as a subject matter expert for the Phlebotomy textbook. She has also developed curriculum for phlebotomy technician programs for career schools and is actively involved in teaching phlebotomy technician at several career schools. She is an active member of AECA as a Certified Professional in Phlebotomy.

What you will learn

  • Introduction to Phlebotomy & Infection Control
  • Legal Issues in Healthcare and Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Terminology and Phlebotomy Equipment & Supplies
  • Phlebotomy Procedures I & II
  • Phlebotomy Fundamental Essentials

How you will benefit

  • You will learn the theoretical knowledge of a Phlebotomy Technician
  • You will become eligible to attempt the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exams through AECA or the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam through the (NHA).
  • An exam voucher option for either one of the certification exams.
  • You may work with physicians/doctors, nurses, and other healthcare-related professionals.
  • You may opt to either work full-time or apply for part-time positions.

This course includes enrollment with an exam voucher option for either the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certification Exam and Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Exam, provided by the American Education Certification Association (AECA) or the Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The voucher is prepaid access to sit for the certifying exam upon eligibility. 

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam, offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA), and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam, through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). Upon completion, you may choose to receive one voucher for either the (CPTS) or (CPT) Certification exam. If you choose AECA's CPTS exam voucher, you will also receive a voucher for AECA's Bloodborne Pathogen Prevention Exam at no additional cost. Learn more about the Optional Pathways for Professional Phlebotomy Technician Certification.

What is a phlebotomy technician?

Phlebotomy technicians perform one of the most widely needed duties in healthcare settings—drawing blood from patients. They collect blood samples, and they prepare them for testing in the lab to help diagnose health conditions and illnesses. Phlebotomy technicians are also responsible for preparing lab equipment, explaining blood draw procedures to patients, calming those who may be nervous, taking blood pressure and pulse readings, collecting fluids properly, sterilizing equipment after use, and updating patient medical records.

How long does it take to become a phlebotomy technician?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start as soon as you are ready and finish at your own pace. When you register, you will receive six months to complete the course.

What is the difference between a phlebotomy technician and phlebotomist?

Most of the time, these titles are used interchangeably by employers. However, the term phlebotomist can also be used to identify a phlebotomy technician who has undergone more training and has more experience. In this case, both will work with patients in the lab, draw blood, and take care of equipment and samples, but a phlebotomist may also supervise other phlebotomy technicians.

How much does a phlebotomy technician make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median salary for phlebotomy technicians is $36,320. The top 10% of people in this profession currently make over $50,000 in annual salary. Outpatient care centers and medical diagnostic labs tend to pay slightly higher salaries than physicians' offices, hospitals, and ambulatory healthcare services.

How do I become a phlebotomy technician?

You will need professional training to enter a career as a phlebotomy technician. This online course will provide you with the training and skills to begin working as a phlebotomy technician. In addition, you will be prepared for the provisional Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA). After earning your provisional certification, you will have six months to complete the clinical skills requirements and convert to full certification.

Which phlebotomy certification is best?

There are a lot of great options when it comes to phlebotomy certification. This course will prepare you for two industry-recognized certification exams in the country—the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Specialist (CPTS) exam offered by the American Education Certification Association (AECA) or the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). A voucher for the exam of your choice will be provided at the end of your course. It is also a good idea to do some of your own research on each of these certifications to determine the best one for you.

Can I register for courses if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

When can I start this course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

Am I guranteed a job?

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us."

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant CCMA
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) (Voucher Included)
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 12 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $3,095
  • Includes: Voucher

Clinical medical assistants are skilled multi-taskers who help to maximize the productivity of the healthcare team. Medical assistants enable a healthcare facility to operate more efficiently, which increases revenue and provides a positive experience for patients. You will be also able to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). This program includes a voucher that covers the fee for the exam. 

Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

What you will learn

  • You will learn the necessary skills to function as a vital member of the healthcare team in an ambulatory setting.
  • The course will emphasize ethical behavior, therapeutic communication, protecting the privacy of patient information, the importance of a first impression, maintaining a safe office environment, medical terminology, and clinical procedures.

How you will benefit

  • Summarize the HIPAA Privacy Rule and HIPAA Security Rule
  • Demonstrate basic medical terminology knowledge
  • Discuss government and private insurances
  • Identify the functions of the major body systems
  • Demonstrate how to write a chief complaint and obtain a patient history
  • Discuss the importance of medical and surgical asepsis
  • Explain the information contained in different types of medical records.
  • Identify the three methods used to perform venipuncture

Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to take the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national certification exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The registration fee for the exam is included with this course.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

What are the system requirements for the online certification exam proctoring?

System requirements for NHA certification exam proctoring are:

Operating system supported: Windows 7 and later; 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64); macOS and later

Browsers supported: PSI Secure Lock-Down Browser

Browser settings: The browser must accept third-party cookies for the duration of the exam ONLY

Webcam/microphone: Minimum VGA 640 x 480 resolution, enabled built-in or external microphone

Bandwidth: Minimum 400 kb/s download and upload Hardware requirements: 2GB RAM Memory; 1 GB Free Disk Space, minimum 1368x768 screen resolution

You can check the compatibility of your device at: https://home.psiexams.com/static/#/bcheck

Lady Smiling with Folder
Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) (Voucher Included)
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 6 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $2,095
  • Includes: Voucher

Administrative medical assistants are skilled multitaskers who direct the flow of patients through an office. Effective patient flow allows the practice to operate efficiently, increase revenue, and provide a positive experience for the patient.

Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). This course includes a voucher which covers the fee of the exam.

Hilary Khouri has ten years of experience in the medical field. After college, she began her medical career working in the front office of a group practice handling daily administrative tasks. Her medical experience also includes working at a healthcare consulting firm, where she reviewed electronic health records for completeness and educated providers on documentation improvement in addition to performing risk adjustment coding. She holds a bachelor's in fashion merchandising from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) through the University of Alabama.

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN, currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island's St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

What you will learn

  • Learn what is required to succeed as a Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Master multitasking as it relates to scheduling appointments, processing insurance requests, maintaining records and corresponding with patients
  • Learn best financial practices for a medical center
  • Master the fundamentals of medical terminology and ethical best practices
  • Understand the basics of working with medical documents, medical billing, and coding processes

How you will benefit

  • Jump-start your career in the medical field
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with prospective patients and fellow professionals in the medical industry
  • Understand how to create positive, efficient experiences for patients to make them more comfortable

Disclaimer: To qualify for the externship applications process, students must successfully complete the online course content and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the externship application process does not guarantee an externship. COVID may be affecting the externship process or site availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

This course prepares you to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). You will receive a voucher for the exam after successfully completing the course coursework and your financial obligation.

What is a certified medical administrative assistant?

A Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) is a certification earned by those who have proven their expertise in efficiently and effectively running healthcare offices. This nationally recognized designation is something that many employers are searching for in one of the fastest-growing careers today. Upon earning this certification, you'll be able to confidently handle correspondence, answer calls, schedule appointments, operate computer systems, maintain files, update and maintain patient information, and create operation reports for any medical practice, essential duties for any administrative medical assistant.

What is the demand for administrative medical assistants?

The demand for Administrative Medical Assistants is high, and it is expected to grow 23 percent over the next several years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This job growth will result mainly from an increasing elderly population as well as advances in healthcare and medical office technology.

What does an administrative medical assistant do?

An Administrative Medical Assistant manages all the front desk activities for a hospital, doctor's office, or other medical facility. This is an integral role in healthcare as it allows doctors and other medical staff to focus on caring for patients. In this role, you will need to have excellent customer service skills as you are often the first person that patients connect with at a medical facility. You will need to be able to multitask, deal with stress well, use computer systems, handle money, and communicate clearly and concisely. You'll master all of these things and more!

What personality traits are helpful for medical admins?

As a medical admin, you will interact with patients every day. In fact, you'll often be the first person to greet patients as they enter the medical facility. You'll need the ability to stay calm under pressure, as well as have a friendly demeanor. You'll need to multitask as this is a position that requires you to juggle a lot of moving parts (answering phones, talking with patients, charting, computer systems, interacting with other office staff including doctors, etc.) You should have the ability to take initiative and be a self-starter. The most successful medical administrative assistants are also organized, dependable, and understand the importance of confidentiality.

What is the difference between an administrative medical assistant and a medical assistant?

The difference between an Administrative Medical Assistant and a Medical Assistant is that while both positions can and do perform clerical tasks, a Medical Assistant also has the ability to perform some clinical tasks such as helping with examinations, giving injections, and preparing specimens for lab tests.

How much does an administrative medical assistant make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Administrative Medical Assistants earn a median salary of $36,000. Your exact salary will vary and jobs are available everywhere, but the areas with the highest paying jobs for Administrative Medical Assistants include California, Idaho, Washington D.C., and Connecticut.

Where will I work as a medical administrative assistant?

Medical administrative assistants are found in nearly every medical office in the country. By earning your CMAA, you'll be prepared to work for clinics, private physician offices, hospitals, surgery centers, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and more. Professional medical offices need CMAAs to help keep their offices running smoothly as they treat patients.

Is the CMAA a multiple-choice test?

Yes. The CMAA exam consists of 110 multiple-choice questions. The questions are weighted so some are worth more points than others, and you must score a minimum of 390 points in order to pass the exam. The exam must be taken at a PSI testing center, and you will be given 2 hours and 10 minutes to complete it.

What are the system requirements for the online certification exam proctoring?

You can check the compatibility of your device at: https://home.psiexams.com/static/#/bcheck

Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, NHA Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam vouchers are provided to you in the format of a digital registration process to enroll for the exam after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

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Child Development Professional (Voucher Included)
  • Type: Online, Self-Paced
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 12 months
  • Cost: $2,995
  • Includes: Exam Voucher; Instructional materials

This extensive course bundle is just right for the childcare professional with aspirations of going into childcare management or administration. It provides you with the necessary training and tools to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. It also prepares you to earn internationally recognized Microsoft certifications to showcase your know-how for in-demand business applications.

Kerri Welch

Kerri Welch has over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, more specifically with the CDA credential as an Instructor, Field Supervisor at Dutchess Community College, in NY, as a PD Specialist for the CDA Council, and currently teaching Child Development classes at Houston Community College. She has successfully trained a diverse population of students by helping them advance in their careers in early childhood development through implementing a child-centered, developmentally appropriate curriculum that uses positive guidance techniques. She has a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Students with Disabilities, a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. Kerri is on the advisory board of Informed Green Solutions, a national non-profit that has pioneered environmental education on green cleaning products for early childhood programs. She is extremely passionate about children's health, nutrition, and safety, especially as it relates to children with special needs.

Tracy Berry

Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.

  1. Child Development Professional
    1. Getting Started
    2. How to Take This Course
    3. Why Earn a Child Development Certification?
    4. The Portfolio Introduction
    5. Principles of Child Development and Learning
    6. Planning a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment
    7. Advancing Children's Physical and Intellectual Development
    8. Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Development
    9. Building Productive Relationships with Families
    10. Managing an Effective Program
    11. Observing and Recording Children's Behavior
    12. Achieving High-Quality Care
    13. Final Portfolio Review
    14. CDA Prep and Taking Your Exam
    15. Employability
    16. Final Exam
    17. Resources
  2. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Associate Certification Training
    1. Introduction to Microsoft Word
    2. Intermediate Microsoft Word
    3. Advanced Microsoft Word
    4. Microsoft Word Final Exam
    5. Introduction to Microsoft Excel
    6. Intermediate Microsoft Excel
    7. Advanced Microsoft Excel
    8. Microsoft Excel Final Exam
    9. Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint
    10. Advanced Microsoft PowerPoint
    11. Microsoft PowerPoint Final Exam
    12. Introduction to Microsoft Outlook
    13. Advanced Microsoft Outlook
    14. Microsoft Outlook Final Exam

Does this course prepare me for a certification?

Yes. Child Development Associate – Center-Based for Infant and Toddler and/or Preschool. The education hours can be applied toward both certifications, but you will need to present a different portfolio and verification visit for each age group you choose to seek certification.

You will also be prepared for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams for PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel. Upon successful completion of the MO-100, MO-200, and MO-300 exams, you will earn your MOS Associate Certification.

Please note that the course does not include the CDA exam voucher but does include the MOS exam vouchers.

If I am interested in Family Child Care, will this course prepare me for the Family Child Care exam/pathway of the CDA?

No, this course prepares students for the Infant-Toddler and Preschool pathways/exams of the CDA.

When can I start this course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

What if I do not have enough time to complete the course within the timeframe provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support.

Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content.

Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from UW-Parkside Professional and Continuing Education.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

Can I get financial assistance?

This program is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us."

Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included)
Medical Billing and Coding (Voucher Included)
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 12 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $3,095
  • Includes: Voucher

Medical billers and coders are in high demand. This program offers valuable training in legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to this field, including HIPAA compliance, official coding guidelines, and third-party payer requirements. 

After successfully completing the program requirements, you should be well prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career. You will receive a Certificate of Completion from UW-Parkside Professional and Continuing Education, and you will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification that best aligns with your interests and career goals.

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN, currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island's St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a Master's degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

What you will learn

  • Medical coding terminology is required for medical coding, including the structures and functions of the human body
  • The disorders and medical procedures common to each body system
  • Legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to the field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims.
  • The main coding manuals: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II.
  • How to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body
  • Fundamentals of medical billing & coding and medical terminology
  • Word parts and the structures and functions of the human body

How you will benefit
 

  • Get hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding that will help you on the job.
  • Receive a certificate of completion and prepare to sit for the professional certification that best aligns with your interest and career goals.
  • Receive a voucher for the professional certification exam of your choice
  • Receive access to study materials that align with the exam option you choose
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Disclaimer: To qualify for the externship applications process, students must successfully complete the online course content and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the externship application process does not guarantee an externship. COVID may be affecting the externship process or site availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.

What is medical billing and coding?

Medical Billers and Coders are responsible for processing patient data including medical records and related insurance. In this position, you will code a patient's diagnosis and then request payment from the patient's insurance company. You will play an important role in ensuring that healthcare providers are quickly and accurately paid for the treatment they give patients.

Where do you work as a Medical Biller and Coder?

Medical Billers and Coders work in a variety of settings. The most common settings include hospitals, doctors' offices and insurance agencies. Some medical billing and coding professionals work for companies that develop medical software, and some work for education institutions that work to train other medical billers and coders. Government agencies have also been known to employ medial billers and coders including the National Center for Health Statistics and Medicaid offices. You may also have the ability to work for a reputable company from your own home!

What is a day in the life of a Medical Biller and Coder like?

A day in the life of a Medical Biller and Coder is a rewarding one. You are responsible for ensuring that healthcare providers receive appropriate compensation for the care they provide as well as helping patients get the maximum benefit of their insurance. It is a job that requires a high level of attention to detail at all times because codes must be correct to produce appropriate bills for services. Much of your time will be spent in front of a computer organizing statements, reviewing bills, and performing quality control. You also may be required to negotiate with insurance companies via phone on behalf of providers or patients. It's also important to coordinate with other coders to ensure accuracy and adherence to standards. Finally, you'll want to keep up on the latest developments and regulations in the industry through continuing education.

What is the difference between a Medical Biller and a Medical Coder?

Medical billers are mainly responsible for submitting patient records to government agencies and insurance companies for services that have been provided in the care of the patient. Medical coders gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnosis which are then used by medical billers to submit claim forms.

Is medical billing and coding in high demand?

Yes. There is a high demand for qualified medical billing and coding professionals in the healthcare industry today. Demand will increase as the population in the Unites States ages. Jobs for these professionals are on the rise and expected to grow faster than average through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is the salary for a Medical Biller and Coder?

According to the AAPC based on its membership, the average Medical Biller and Coder without certification earns around $45,000 per year while those with certification earn an average of $51,500. This means that certification can help you earn up to 15 percent more in this field! Other salary websites place the median salary for those starting out in Medical Billing and Coding around $38,500.

How long do you have to go to school to become a Medical Coder?

Our medical coding courses are self-paced and completed in 12 months or less. You will then have the option to prepare and sit for one of the following national certifications: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Once you are certified, you'll have the qualifications you need to find an entry-level job.

How do I become a Medical Coder without experience?

The path to a career in medical billing and coding typically starts with certification. There are different medical billing and coding certifications offered through certifying bodies, so it's important to choose which one is right for you. This course allows you to choose one of three national certifications to sit for upon completion.

How do I get a medical coding certification online?

To become a Certified Medical Coder, you need to take an online training course that teaches you the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code sets. Most employers are looking for applicants to have a medical coding certification. After successfully completing this course, you will have the knowledge and skillset to become a medical coder and can sit for one of three national certification exams included in your tuition: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Do Medical Billers or Medical Coders make more money?

Due to the more technical nature of the job and increased training required, medical coders do tend to make more than medical billers on an annual basis. Both medical billers and medical coders are in high demand. Medical billers earn a median salary of nearly $37,000. The salary of medical coder depends on a variety of different factors including certifications, specialties and experience, but the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) reports that their average salary is around $47,800.

Can you get a job as both a Medical Biller and a Medical Coder?

Other than a handful of exceptions, medical billing and medical coding are two separate professions. You do not need a degree for either profession, but successful coders usually obtain certification. This course will fully prepare you for a career as either a medical biller or a medical coder, including recommended certification. Once you've completed your training, you will decide which area fits your personality and career goals best and move in that direction.

What is a CPC?

CPC, or Certified Professional Coder, is the primary medical coding credential offered by AAPC. AAPC's CPC certification is the gold standard in medical coding and represents world-class expertise that is highly sought and well-compensated by medical organizations across the country.

What does CPC mean for my career in medical coding?

The CPC certification is the gold standard in medical coding and represents world-class expertise that is highly sought and well-compensated by medical organizations across the country.

How do I get my CPC certification?

After successfully completing this online course, you will receive a prepaid voucher to register for the CPC Exam and schedule your test date. Registration should be done three weeks prior to the exam date. After passing the CPC exam, you will have your CPC-A designation without 2 years of prior experience. Completion of the included CPC Practicode will qualify as 1 year of experience towards the full CPC designation. Completing this program also qualifies for 1 year of experience, thus completing both steps and passing the CPC exam will provide you with the full CPC designation and remove the Apprenticeship status.

What is the CPC exam?

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is a common advanced credential for medical coders in physician office settings.

How long is a CPC certificate valid for?

Once the CPC designation is achieved, your AAPC Membership (included) is required to be renewed annually and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) must be submitted every two years for verification and authentication of expertise.

How to become a Certified Professional Coder?

Medical billing and coding is hardly a career you can jump into and learn on the job. A medical biller and coder must understand the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as well as CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes. Training courses will teach you what these codes are, how to use them, and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures

How much does a Certified Professional Coder make?

CPCs make between $18 and $25 per hour, varying by location, experience, and additional credentialing.

What does AAPC stand for?

AAPC, or the American Academy of Professional Coders, is an independent organization founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to medical coders. They have over 190,000 members and offers 28 certifications related to medical billing, medical coding, healthcare documentation and more.

What is the CCA exam?

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam is an entry-level certification provided through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It indicates proficiency in medical coding in hospital and office settings.

What does CBCS stand for?

CBCS stands for Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and it is a designation earned from the nationally recognized National Healthcareer Association (NHA). With this credential, you'll gain billing and coding skills that are essential to various medical facilities including hospitals, surgery centers, physician offices, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home healthcare agencies, and dental offices. Earning your CBCS credential will prove to prospective employers that you have what it takes to work with patient information, prevent fraud and abuse, support coding and billing practices, submit claims, and help healthcare providers gain maximum reimbursement for services.

Can I register for courses if I am an international student? 

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this course prepares you for three certifications: 1) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), 2) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, offered by AHIMA. You will receive a voucher for the certification exam of your choosing after successfully completing the course.

When can I start this course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through. In addition, you will receive an exam voucher and applicable study materials for your choice of the following national certification exams: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. To learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us."

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Certified Medical Administrative Assistant with Medical Billing and Coding (Vouchers Included)
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 12 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $3,895
  • Includes: Vouchers

This program will teach you how Administrative Medical Assistants are versatile and valuable healthcare team members who handle a broad range of duties. Upon completing this course, you should be well prepared to find your place in this rewarding healthcare career. You will be prepared for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) national certification exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) and receive a voucher that covers the exam fee. You will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification that best aligns with your interests and career goals related to medical billing and coding.

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Nancy Smith has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her clinical experience includes working as a medical assistant for a network of rural health clinics, and as a medical coder, insurance claims specialist, and medical records auditor. She worked as a medical office manager for ten years, where she recruited and trained all medical assistants. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in vocational education and has developed and taught medical assistant programs.

LaTisha Cottingham has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has six years of teaching experience in the field of medical billing and coding and Medical Assisting. Currently she is employed as an HIM Analyst for a Long-Term Care establishment that is based out of Alabama. Previously she was employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha's field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. The certifications that she holds are as follows: a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), a Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). In preparation for ICD-10-CM, LaTisha received her ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Certification from American Health Information Association (AHIMA), where she is currently a member. LaTisha is also a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA) where she is a test proctor.

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems, a master's degree in Leadership, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator and an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. Dalgleish is the author of an ICD-10 coding system and also owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

Lydia S. Stewart, RN, BSN, currently serves as the Revenue Cycle Manager at a large regional medical center. Lydia has been a Registered Nurse for 23 years, 15 of those years specializing in Critical Care Nursing and supervision. She is responsible for Medical Audits, Charge Capture, and governmental compliance audits and reviews. Lydia is a member of the Louisiana Medical Auditor Association and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center and previously trained and supervised entry-level coders at Staten Island's St. Vincent Medical Center. Reeves is a Certified Coding Specialist, accredited by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Sharon L. Blackford, MA, BA, RMA, has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. She has a Master's degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, and has served as a Registered Medical Assistant since 1994. Sharon was an active duty Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army for 10 years. Sharon later moved to the Gulf Coast to accept a position as the Director of Education of Blue Cliff College and was promoted to Campus Director.

Stacey O'Brien has more than 10 years of experience in medical coding and reimbursement. Ms. O'Brien has been a risk adjustment coder for a Medicare advantage plan, audited medical records for a consulting firm, and currently supervises the coding and electronic claims submission process for a group medical practice. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a CPC coding certification from the AAPC.

Hilary Khouri has ten years of experience in the medical field. After college, she began her medical career working in the front office of a group practice handling daily administrative tasks. Her medical experience also includes working at a healthcare consulting firm, where she reviewed electronic health records for completeness and educated providers on documentation improvement in addition to performing risk adjustment coding. She holds a bachelor's in fashion merchandising from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) through the University of Alabama.

What you will learn

  • Medical coding terminology required for medical coding, including the structures and functions of the human body
  • The disorders and medical procedures common to each body system
  • Legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts central to the field, including HIPAA compliance and third-party guidelines for filing insurance claims
  • The main coding manuals: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II
  • How to code diagnoses, services, and procedures for all systems of the body
  • The fundamentals of medical billing & coding and medical terminology
  • Word parts and the structures and functions of the human body
  • What is required to succeed as a Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Multitasking as it relates to scheduling appointments, processing insurance requests, maintaining records, and corresponding with patients
  • The best financial practices for a medical center
  • The fundamentals of medical terminology and ethical best practices
  • The basics of working with medical documents, medical billing, and coding processes

How you will benefit

  • Jump-start your career in the medical field
  • Get hands-on, practical experience in medical billing and coding
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with prospective patients and fellow professionals in the medical industry
  • Understand how to create positive, efficient experiences for patients to make them more comfortable
  • You will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be prepared to sit for the professional certification that best aligns with your interest and career goals.
  • You will also be able to choose a voucher for the professional certification to enroll for the exam.
  • You'll also receive access to the study materials that align with the exam option you choose.
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Where will I work as an Administrative Medical Assistant?

Medical administrative assistants are found in nearly every medical office in the country. By earning your CMAA, you'll be prepared to work for clinics, private physician offices, hospitals, surgery centers, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and more. Professional medical offices need CMAAs to help keep their offices running smoothly as they treat patients.

What is medical billing and coding?

Medical Billers and Coders are responsible for processing patient data including medical records and related insurance. In this position, you will code a patient's diagnosis and then request payment from the patient's insurance company. You will play an important role in ensuring that healthcare providers are quickly and accurately paid for the treatment they give patients.

Where do you work as a Medical Biller and Coder?

Medical Billers and Coders work in a variety of settings. The most common settings include hospitals, doctors' offices and insurance agencies. Some medical billing and coding professionals work for companies that develop medical software, and some work for education institutions that work to train other medical billers and coders. Government agencies have also been known to employ medial billers and coders including the National Center for Health Statistics and Medicaid offices. You may also have the ability to work for a reputable company from your own home.

What is a day in the life of a Medical Biller and Coder like?

A day in the life of a Medical Biller and Coder is a rewarding one. You are responsible for ensuring that healthcare providers receive appropriate compensation for the care they provide as well as helping patients get the maximum benefit of their insurance. It is a job that requires a high level of attention to detail at all times because codes must be correct to produce appropriate bills for services. Much of your time will be spent in front of a computer organizing statements, reviewing bills, and performing quality control. You also may be required to negotiate with insurance companies via phone on behalf of providers or patients. It's also important to coordinate with other coders to ensure accuracy and adherence to standards. Finally, you'll want to keep up on the latest developments and regulations in the industry through continuing education.

What is the difference between a Medical Biller and a Medical Coder?

Medical billers are mainly responsible for submitting patient records to government agencies and insurance companies for services that have been provided in the care of the patient. Medical coders gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnosis which are then used by medical billers to submit claim forms.

Is medical billing and coding in high demand?

Yes. There is a high demand for qualified medical billing and coding professionals in the healthcare industry today. Demand will increase as the population in the Unites States ages. Jobs for these professionals are on the rise and expected to grow faster than average through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What is the salary for a Medical Biller and Coder?

According to the AAPC based on its membership, the average Medical Biller and Coder without certification earns around $45,000 per year while those with certification earn an average of $51,500. This means that certification can help you earn up to 15 percent more in this field! Other salary websites place the median salary for those starting out in Medical Billing and Coding around $38,500.

How long do you have to go to school to become a Medical Coder?

Our medical coding courses are self-paced and completed in 12 months or less. You will then have the option to prepare and sit for one of the following national certifications: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA). Once you are certified, you'll have the qualifications you need to find an entry-level job.

How do I become a Medical Coder without experience?

The path to a career in medical billing and coding typically starts with certification. There are different medical billing and coding certifications offered through certifying bodies, so it's important to choose which one is right for you. This course allows you to choose one of three national certifications to sit for upon completion.

How do I get a medical coding certification online?

To become a certified medical coder, you need to take an online training course that teaches you the CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II code sets. Most employers are looking for applicants to have a medical coding certification. After successfully completing this course, you will have the knowledge and skillset to become a medical coder and can sit for one of three national certification exams included in your tuition: 1) NHA's Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS), 2) AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC), or 3) AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

Do Medical Billers or Medical Coders make more money?

Due to the more technical nature of the job and increased training required, medical coders do tend to make more than medical billers on an annual basis. Both medical billers and medical coders are in high demand. Medical billers earn a median salary of nearly $37,000. The salary of medical coder depends on a variety of different factors including certifications, specialties and experience, but the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) reports that their average salary is around $47,800.

Can you get a job as both a Medical Biller and a Medical Coder?

Other than a handful of exceptions, medical billing and medical coding are two separate professions. You do not need a degree for either profession, but successful coders usually obtain certification. This course will fully prepare you for a career as either a medical biller or a medical coder, including recommended certification. Once you've completed your training, you will decide which area fits your personality and career goals best and move in that direction.

What is a CPC?

CPC, or Certified Professional Coder, is the primary medical coding credential offered by AAPC. AAPC's CPC certification is the gold standard in medical coding and represents world-class expertise that is highly sought and well-compensated by medical organizations across the country.

What does CPC mean for my career in medical coding?

The CPC certification is the gold standard in medical coding and represents world-class expertise that is highly sought and well-compensated by medical organizations across the country.

How do I get my CPC certification?

After successfully completing this online course, you will receive a prepaid voucher to register for the CPC Exam and schedule your test date. Registration should be done three weeks prior to the exam date. After passing the CPC exam, you will have your CPC-A designation without 2 years of prior experience. Completion of the included CPC Practicode will qualify as 1 year of experience towards the full CPC designation. Completing this program also qualifies for 1 year of experience, thus completing both steps and passing the CPC exam will provide you with the full CPC designation and remove the Apprenticeship status.

What is the CPC exam?

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam is administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). It is a common advanced credential for medical coders in physician office settings.

How long is a CPC certificate valid for?

Once the CPC designation is achieved, your AAPC Membership (included) is required to be renewed annually and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) must be submitted every two years for verification and authentication of expertise.

How to become a Certified Professional Coder?

Medical billing and coding is hardly a career you can jump into and learn on the job. A medical biller and coder must understand the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS), as well as CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes. Training courses will teach you what these codes are, how to use them, and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures.

How much does a Certified Professional Coder make?

CPCs make between $18 and $25 per hour, varying by location, experience, and additional credentialing.

What does AAPC stand for?

AAPC, or the American Academy of Professional Coders, is an independent organization founded in 1988 to provide education and professional certification to medical coders. They have over 190,000 members and offers 28 certifications related to medical billing, medical coding, healthcare documentation and more.

What is the CCA exam?

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam is an entry-level certification provided through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). It indicates proficiency in medical coding in hospital and office settings.

What does CBCS stand for?

CBCS stands for Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and it is a designation earned from the nationally recognized National Healthcareer Association (NHA). With this credential, you'll gain billing and coding skills that are essential to various medical facilities including hospitals, surgery centers, physician offices, nursing homes, mental health facilities, home healthcare agencies, and dental offices. Earning your CBCS credential will prove to prospective employers that you have what it takes to work with patient information, prevent fraud and abuse, support coding and billing practices, submit claims, and help healthcare providers gain maximum reimbursement for services.

Can I register for courses if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

When can I start this course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

After you register, you will receive 12 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?

If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through. You will receive an exam voucher for Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), as well as your choice of three other certifications: 1) Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam, offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), 2) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam, offered by AHIMA. You are eligible to receive your certification exam vouchers after successfully completing the course and meeting all financial obligations.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. To learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us."

Pharmacy Technician (Voucher Included)
Pharmacy Technician (Voucher Included)
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 12 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $3,095
  • Includes: Voucher

Pharmacy technicians have become indispensable to the health care industry, and it's a great time to join this growing field. Pharmacy technician classes can get you started on this fulfilling career path. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies and be prepared for national certification.

Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). This course also includes a voucher which covers the fee of the exam. Pharmacy technician certification is an important issue for many industry employers and state legislatures, some of which now require national certification. You will also have the opportunity to apply for a 100+ hour externship.

Melissa Dunworth has been a pharmacy technician for over 13 years and has worked in retail, closed pharmacy, and training/education areas during her career. Melissa holds a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences and works as a Developmental Specialist in Early Intervention for children ages 0 to 3 years. She has been a certified pharmacy technician since 1997. Melissa is also registered with the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy.

Betty Stahl holds a doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University. Over the past several years, she has taught pharmacy technician programs at ASA College in New York City and ACT in Arlington, Virginia. Stahl has also worked as a pharmacist in independent and hospital settings.

What you will learn

  • The federal and state laws that govern pharmacy, as well as the ethics of pharmacy practice.
  • HIPAA requirements and their application to pharmacy.
  • How to interpret physician orders and prescriptions.
  • Techniques required to order, stock, package, prepare, and distribute medications.
  • Definitions of medical and pharmaceutical terms and common abbreviations.
  • The pharmacology of medications in relation to the anatomy affected.
  • How to perform pharmaceutical calculations.
  • How to process insurance billing and collect payments.
  • How to communicate successfully with patients and medical professionals.

How you will benefit
 

  • After successfully completing your course, you'll receive access to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) practice tests to help you study for your certification exam.
  • Jump start your career towards working as a Pharmacy Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Pharmacy Technician, Health Technician/Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Records Clerk/Technician, or a Nursing Assistant.
  • You will get hands-on practice in retail pharmacy procedures through an online lab module, applying what you've learned to fill mock prescriptions.
  • You will have the opportunity to apply for a 100+ hour externship.

Pharmacy Externship Program

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing healthcare to patients. The Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training Program was developed in response to a rising need for trained technicians to work in a hospital or retail pharmacies. The pharmacy technician profession has become indispensable to the health care field. With this growing opportunity, however, has also come increased responsibility, and this increased responsibility has made certification an important issue for many industry employers and some state legislatures. Some states now require all individuals who work as pharmacy technicians to become nationally certified.

In all parts of the country, pharmacy technicians must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and must be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications, but they don't need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, all of their work must be checked by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to a patient.

This program will prepare you for entry-level pharmacy technician positions by teaching you medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and pharmaceutical calculations. The Pharmacy Technician Program will give you hands-on practice in retail pharmacy procedures through an online lab module. You'll learn what information is necessary to process prescriptions and physician orders and apply that knowledge to fill mock prescriptions. The curriculum also includes the ethics of pharmacy practice and education about prescription medications, patient care, and interaction, and charges and reimbursement.

You'll learn everything you need to know to pass the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). However, you'll need to make sure that the Pharmacy Technician Program will meet your state's requirements. To check, visit your state's Board of Pharmacy site for more information. You can access this information directly from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) website. Click on the "Who We Serve" link, then the "States" link for information. You can also call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.

As a part of the Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training Program, students have an option to perform an actual hands-on 100-hour clinical externship. Clinical externships are based on individual state board requirements. Learn more about externships below!

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). The registration fee for this exam is included with this program.

Pharmacy Externship*

There is a nationwide agreement with several pharmacies that will give our Pharmacy Technician course students an important leg up in the job market. These pharmacies will offer their renowned externship programs to you, provided you meet basic qualifications.

Externs will get hands-on experience that includes assisting pharmacists with prescriptions, answering patient questions about medications, and a bevy of administrative duties.

In order to qualify for an externship, you'll have to pass a drug screening test, obtain professional liability insurance, complete a background check and employment verification, meet current immunization standards, conform with and complete any state mandates such as registration, fingerprinting, licensing, etc. Additional forms may be necessary for externships with certain pharmacies. It may take up to 12 weeks to find an available opening.

Disclaimer: To qualify for the externship applications process, students must successfully complete the online course content and have account balances up to date (at a minimum). Going through the externship application process does not guarantee an externship. COVID may be affecting the externship process or site availability in your area. Students can begin researching the steps of the application process 2 weeks prior to completing courses.

Participation in a CVS or Walgreens externship is contingent upon successfully completing a background check and/or drug screening that is consistent with the requirements of both state and federal laws.

What is a pharmacy technician?

A pharmacy technician performs important tasks to assist a pharmacist and serve pharmacy customers on a daily basis. A pharmacy technician's specific duties include taking inventory and ordering pharmacy supplies and medications, preparing and packaging medications for distribution to patients, interacting with customers to provide information, and answering patient questions. In addition, they communicate with doctors and other medical professionals when receiving prescriptions, fill insurance claims, and work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to complete whatever tasks are needed to help the pharmacy run efficiently.

What does a pharmacy technician do?

Pharmacy assistants and technicians order and stock medications; prepare and package medications for distribution to patients; and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, all of their work must be checked by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to a patient.

Where can pharmacy technicians work?

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies. A pharmacy can be found in hospitals or healthcare facilities, drug and grocery stores or may be independent.

What are some of the things that Pharmacy Technicians can't do inside the pharmacy?

Pharmacy technicians can't perform certain jobs without the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They aren't allowed to make judgement calls related to drug substitutions, interpret of prescriptions, or give instructions for preparing prescriptions. In most areas, they also can't take a chart order or a new prescription over the phone. They also can't dispense medication unless the order for the prescription has been verified by a pharmacist.

How do I become a pharmacy technician?

Pharmacy technicians must have a high school diploma or equivalent and understand how to perform the essential pharmacy duties. Candidates can complete a certificate or postsecondary program to gain the knowledge and skills they need. Some can even gain the training they need on the job; however, most states regulate pharmacy technicians and require that they pass an exam or complete a formal training program. To work as a pharmacy technician in most states, you will need to either be licensed or have a professional certificate.

How do I get a pharmacy tech license?

Not all states require a pharmacy tech license, so you should check your state's Board of Pharmacy website for more information. PTCB State Regulations

How long does it take to become a pharmacy technician?

Many pharmacy technician programs can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program or preparing and sitting for state licensure.

How long does it take to complete pharmacy tech school?

Our Pharmacy Technician course is self-paced and completed in 12 months or less. As part of your program, you will also complete a 100-hour externship if you qualify. Finally, you will receive a voucher as a part of your program to sit for your certification exam. Once you are certified, you'll have the qualifications you need to find an entry-level job in any pharmacy.

How do I go from pharmacy technician to pharmacist?

There are a few different ways to become a pharmacist after you gain experience working as a pharmacy technician. First, you will need to earn a bachelor's degree by earning an associate degree and rolling the credits into a 4-year program or enrolling directly into a pre-pharmacy bachelor's program. Second, after earning your bachelor's degree, you will need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Your scores on this standardized test, along with previous contributions to the pharmacy industry (such as volunteer hours, membership in pharmacy organizations, and of course, working as a pharmacy technician), will be used to determine your acceptance to pharmacy school. Once accepted, you will attend school for another 4-5 years before taking and passing your state pharmacy board and law exams. Finally, your hard work will pay off, and you will be granted a license to practice as a pharmacist in your state.

How much do Pharmacy Technicians make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pharmacy Technicians earn a median wage of $16.87 per hour, equating to an annual salary of $35,100. Top earners in this position can make nearly $50,430 per year. Wages vary significantly by location, but the top paying states for pharmacy technicians include Washington, California, Oregon, and Alaska.

Is there a demand for Pharmacy Technicians?

Yes, Pharmacy Technicians are currently in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the jobs for Pharmacy Technicians with certification will increase by 12 percent over the next several years which is faster than average. Increased demand for prescription medications will be the primary driver of the growth in number of positions. The BLS also suggests that people with formal training or certification will be more sought after to fill open positions.

What is a PTCB certification?

The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) administers the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), which determines an individual's pharmacy technician knowledge. When you pass the exam, you become certified and may use the designation "CPhT". You will need to sit for the exam after this course; certification is not included.

How can I find my state's requirements for certification?

Online is a great resource for finding your state's requirements for certification. All states have a website with the Board of Pharmacy information. You can access this information directly from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) website at www.ptcb.org. Click on the "Who we serve" link, then the "states" link for information. You can also call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.

What if my state requires more than what's offered in this course?

Most states still offer employment prior to certification. This often comes with the stipulation that certification is acquired within a period of time (usually a year). During this period, you'll work as an unlicensed personnel member, clerk, or aide. On-the-job training or externships are a great way to obtain the number of hours required (many states require a minimum number of hours worked before you can be registered or certified with the board). If your goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy, finding that job while you're still a student will help you reach your employment requirements, along with the educational clinical requirements.

How will the Pharmacy Externship be established?

ed2go has established a national contract with Walgreens and CVS for Pharmacy Technician externships. Externships are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed. Our Externship coordinator will work with you to set up a retail pharmacy externship. If you are interested in applying for an externship in a local pharmacy that is not a Walgreens or CVS, you may discuss these other options with your externship coordinator. If you're currently working in a pharmacy setting, that will qualify. With the increase in confidentiality and privacy regulations and liability issues in relation to health information, externships could become difficult to accomplish.

*By state regulation, you may be required to apply for your pharmacy technician license or register with the State Board of Pharmacy before you can apply for the externship. Please check the website for your state's Board of Pharmacy regulations and additional information. The state's Board of Pharmacy has the most accurate and up to date information.

Can I qualify in the externship course if I have a criminal record?

Unfortunately, you will not qualify for the externship course if you have a criminal record. While you can still enroll in the course, to participate in externships, students must not have a criminal record. Background checks will be conducted prior to the student's admittance into the externship course.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

The Pharmacy Lab Kit with the Manual is only available for students who reside in the U.S./Canada; alternative options are available for international students. Please contact us for additional information before enrolling.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this course does prepare you for a certification. You will be prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successfully completing the course and fulfilling the financial obligation, you'll be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, you will receive an exam voucher to sit for the National Certification Exam which is the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

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Human Resources Manager
  • Type: Online
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • End Date: 12 Months to Complete
  • Cost: $3,795

The Human Resources Manager series is perfect for anyone who wants to learn the basics of business and management, including business owners and entrepreneurs. This Management Training Online course will prepare you to take the HRCI's Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam. You will also learn information useful for sitting for certification exams taken at more advanced stages in a human resources career, including the SHRM's Certified Professional exam and the HRCI's Associate Professional Human Resources exam.

Anna Smith has worked in the field of human resources for 30 years and has taught at university level for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University, a master's degree in management from Webster University, and a Master Online Teaching certificate from the University of Illinois. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.

Katrina McBride's career reflects extensive experience in organizational leadership, marketing strategies, and market development in multinational corporate environments. Her leadership abilities have been utilized to develop new programs and functional areas. In director-level positions for Nortel Networks, she led strategy for competitive intelligence, emerging markets, and lead generation. McBride holds an M.A. in organizational management and a B.S. in psychology.

Katherine Squires Pang, J.D., LL.M., M.Ed has practiced law since 1983. She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Management at the University of Texas, Dallas, and has been an adjunct faculty member of many universities, including New York University and the University of California, Irvine. She received her B.A. in 1980 from Clark University, her J.D. from the University of Dayton Law School in 1982, her LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University Law School in 1983, and her M.Ed from the University of Texas in 2001.

Jerry L. Partridge is a Certified Project Management Professional with experience as a project and program manager for a major retail organization. He is a certified instructor for IBM project management courses and hosts university seminars for project managers seeking certification. He has worked extensively with the Project Management Institute, previously leading a team that developed a practice standard for Earned Value Management Systems and volunteering as a subject matter expert for an update to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Partridge holds a Master of Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.

What you will learn

  • Comprehensive knowledge needed to sit for the PHR Certification Exam
  • A broad overview of human resources practices
  • Skills for handling recruitment, performance appraisals, and training processes
  • Strategic decision making for compensation and job evaluation
  • Foundational knowledge of U.S. laws and regulations regarding employment practices, including financial and accounting terms
  • OSHA rules governing employee health and safety
  • Important topics in running operations in accord with legal requirements
  • How taxes affect you, whether your business is a sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation
  • Process of negotiating, how to evaluate negotiation styles, and successful negotiation strategies for most environments

How you will benefit

  • Learn how to contribute to company strategy planning so that you can be a more valuable member of the team
  • Prepare for PHR certification and set yourself apart
  • Open the door to new career opportunities and higher salaries after obtaining your PHR certification, including jobs such as: HR generalist, Recruiter, HR Representative, HR Assistant, HR Specialist, HR Manager, Compensation and Benefits Manager, and more
  • Develop communication skills that will allow you to thrive in a professional environment
  • Explore your abilities as a leader and learn how to masterfully manage people and projects
  • Set yourself apart from competitors by receiving management training

The Human Resources Manager series will provide you with the essential knowledge you need to manage and lead others. By the end of the course, you will also have mastered the skills you need to prepare to take the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification exam.

You'll gain an understanding of financial and accounting terms, effective negotiation strategies, the marketing process, employment law, compliance and regulatory requirements, and licensing, permits, and taxes. You'll also learn about the seven management disciplines that are essential to success. If you're thinking of starting a business or pursuing an MBA, you'll learn the essentials here.

The Human Resources Professional course will prepare you for a career in human resources. This course explores the foundational aspects of HR, including human resource laws, hiring disciplines, and labor relations. You will learn industry-recognized practices that align with the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Will this course prepare me for a certification?

Yes, this course prepares you to sit for the Human Resource Certification Institute's PHR exam. However, you will need experience in the human resources field before you are eligible to take this exam. Please reference the Prerequisites section for more information.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Contact Us" form.

Do I need experience in human resources to take this course?

No. You do not need to have experience in human resources to take this course. However, you will need experience as a human resources representative to take the PHR exam, administered by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Are human resources professionals in demand?

Yes, human resources professionals are currently in demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the employment of human resources specialists will continue to increase 7 percent through 2026. Additional HR professionals will be needed to help companies with increasingly complex employment laws and health coverage.

Is there an internship with this course?

While there is no specific internship with this course, you will be given instructions and insight on how you can obtain an internship or externship upon the completion of your coursework and financial obligation.

What is the PHR Exam?

The PHR Exam, or Professional in Human Resources Exam, is a prestigious certificate awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). By achieving this designation, you will effectively show potential employers and those in the industry that you possess the knowledge as well as practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass this thorough exam.

Why is certification important in this field?

Obtaining certification shows that you are dedicated to advancing in your career. Many organizations consider the certified Human Resources Professional to be motivated and knowledgeable, giving them a competitive edge in the field.

How much do HR specialists make?

HR specialists can make a great salary in a job where they help fellow employees daily. While a lot of factors will go into determining your exact salary, such as years of experience and location, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the median salary for HR specialists is over $60,000.

What type of test is the PHR exam?

The PHR exam consists of 150 mostly multiple-choice questions requiring you to select the best possible answer using your HR knowledge and experience. There are a variety of test items including workplace scenarios. Each question is weighted the same, and there is no partial credit for answers.

Where will I take the PHR exam?

The PHR Exam must be taken at a proctored Pearson VUE testing center. Pearson VUE has testing centers nationwide, and you can search for the one closest to you by visiting www.pearsonvue.com/hrci..

Does PHR certification expire?

Once you've earned PHR certification, it is valid for three years. In order to maintain your PHR certification, you will be responsible for earning 60 recertification credits (continuing education) during that three year period. If you do not earn the required 60 credits, you must retake and pass the PHR exam in order to remain certified.

What is involved in the job of an HR Specialist?

HR specialists are defined as early career HR professionals. You job duties in this position will typically revolve around recruiting and on-boarding new employees including screening candidates, performing background checks, conducting preliminary interviews, and helping with orientation of new employees. Your overall goal, and the indicator of success in your position, is to ensure that the best possible employees are hired into specific roles within your organization. When you're not actively hiring or on-boarding a new employee, you will be responsible for current employee satisfaction and ensuring productivity remains high.

What does a typical day look like for an HR Specialist?

A typical day for an HR specialist will involve tasks such as updating employee records related to hiring, transfers, promotions and terminations; explaining policies and procedures to new hires; ensuring new hire paperwork is completed; addressing work complaints; informing applicants of duties, benefits, work hours, etc.; coordinating job postings; reviewing resumes; and conducting background and reference checks. There may also be additional duties depending on the size of the organization you work for and the area in which you specialize.

Is there room for advancement in an HR Specialist career?

There is absolutely room for advancement in your career as an HR specialist. You can choose to specialize in an area of HR such as recruitment and hiring or benefits. You can also go the opposite direction and continue to add to and broaden your skillset and HR experience in order to move forward in your career and obtain an HR generalist position. Additional education, certifications and on-the-job experience can help you make the move into a role as an HR manager or HR director, and even beyond.

What is the difference between an HR Specialist and an HR Generalist?

While HR specialists and generalists often work together, their roles are very different. An HR specialist will typically have a well-defined role, and will focus on the same things each day. For example, an HR specialist in charge of recruitment and hiring is not going to be involved in benefit selection or termination procedures. An HR generalist has a much more varied role. In this type of role, you would be required to wear a lot of hats, and would see a constantly changing daily routine with many different jobs duties encompassing a large portion of overall HR tasks for a company.

Medical Interpreter3
Medical Interpreter (Spanish/English)
  • Type: Online, Self-Paced
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • Cost: $2,595
  • Includes: Course Materials and Certificate

The Medical Interpreter training course prepares you to work in hospitals, medical offices and in any healthcare environment where a Spanish interpreter is needed. In addition, the Medical Interpreter training course prepares you to sit in any of the Medical Interpreting examinations available in the country. This course is language-specific – Spanish/English.

Prerequisites: You must speak English and Spanish fluently.

Nestor Wagner

Nestor Wagner is a certified Court and Medical Interpreter who has been teaching interpreting courses since 1990. He has the highest pass rate of certified court interpreters in the nation. He has published several books in the interpreting community. Mr. Wagner is involved in the examination process for Immigration Interpreters and Analytical Linguists. He participates as a speaker in national and international conferences on Criminal, Civil, and Immigration Court terminology, advanced interpreting skills, and localization in the transfer of legal and non-legal terminology. Mr. Wagner holds a Master's degree from the University of Washington.

What you will learn

  • Develop best practice interpreting techniques - simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation
  • Learn medical terminology in both Spanish and English and the corresponding transfer into the opposite language
  • Understand protocol when interpreting for a Spanish-speaking patient
  • Master the code of ethics of the medical interpreter
  • Study the necessary material to sit in any Spanish Medical Interpreter examination
  • Develop professionalism, accuracy, and a mastery of cross-cultural differences

Syllabus

  1. Introduction to Medical Interpretation I
    1. Medical Vocabulary – The Human Body
    2. Pre-anesthesia record form
    3. Medical Vocabulary – System and Senses
    4. Refusal to permit blood transfusion
    5. Medical Vocabulary – Signs and Symptoms
    6. Medical Condition form
    7. Intravenous Contrast Injection Consent
    8. Medical Vocabulary - Facilities and Staff
    9. Discharge Instructions
    10. Colloquialism
    11. Medical Vocabulary - Treatment Procedures, Instruments, Supplies and Medications
    12. Industrial Accidents - Workers' Compensation
    13. Medical Vocabulary - Pregnancy and Delivery
    14. Simultaneous Techniques
    15. Consecutive Techniques
    16. Interpreting Laboratory Practices
  2. Introduction to Medical Interpretation II
    1. Medical Vocabulary - Pediatric/Neonatal Care
    2. Medical Vocabulary - Family Planning
    3. Interpreting for Hospitals – Parents' Rights & Responsibilities
    4. Medical Vocabulary - Communicable Diseases
    5. Interpreting for Hospitals - Taking Care of Mom
    6. Interpreting for Hospitals - The "Baby Blues"
    7. Medical Vocabulary - Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    8. Interpreting for Hospitals - Consent for Cath Lab Procedure
    9. Medical Vocabulary - Dental Health
    10. Interpreting for Hospitals - Environmental History Form for Pediatric Asthma Patient
    11. Medical Vocabulary - Substance Abuse
    12. Interpreting for Hospitals - OSHA Required
    13. Idiomatic Expressions - English into Spanish
    14. Interpreting for Hospitals - Adult History Form
    15. Interpreting for Hospitals - Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Imaging Information
    16. Legal Terminology used in Medical Matters
    17. Interpreting for Hospitals - Advance Directive
    18. Interpreting Laboratory Practices
  3. Sight Translation for Medical Interpreters
    1. Principles of localization
    2. Re-structuring techniques
    3. Principles of reversibility and non-reversibility of Medical terms
    4. Interferences – Filtering syntactical and grammatical interferences
    5. Style in the delivery
    6. Exam taking techniques - Objective versus subjective grading
    7. Transferring of low, regular and high register documents into the opposite language
    8. Stability in the transfer
    9. Interpreting Laboratory Practices

Prerequisites:

You must speak English and Spanish fluently. There is no requirement regarding formal education in either Spanish or English. However, you must be able to speak English and Spanish without any hesitations.

You should be familiar with using a personal computer, mouse, and keyboard. You should be comfortable in a Windows or Mac environment, and have the ability to launch and close activities.

Requirements

Requirements:

  • Hardware Requirements:
    • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Software Requirements:
    • PC: Windows 8 or later.
    • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
    • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
  • Other:
    • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Advanced Interpreter
Advanced Medical Interpreter
  • Type: Online, Self-Paced
  • Start Date: Open Enrollment
  • Cost: $3,195.00
  • Includes: Instructional materials and Certificate

Spanish is the most spoken non-English language in the U.S., sparking the need for professional interpreters. If you're bilingual in both English and Spanish, you can use your fluency to help others communicate. As a professional interpreter, you can assist those in vulnerable situations, such as refugees and immigrants, acting as their communication bridge. This comprehensive bundle of courses will prepare you for a rewarding career as a professional English-Spanish interpreter. Not only will you master interpretation, you will also learn to interpret in a medical setting and be prepared to sit for your state's medical interpreter certification exam.

Prerequisites: You must speak English and Spanish fluently.

Rocío Txabarriaga

Rocío Txabarriaga, MA is vice president of Content Development and co-founder of the Virginia Institute of Interpreting. She is responsible for course planning, development, validation, and maintenance. Ms. Txabarriaga has over 20 years of experience in language services and international business management ranging from independent consulting to senior executive positions, and business ownership. Her extensive experience spans operations, ISO-quality processes, interpreter recruiting and training, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, as well as in-depth involvement with several language technology platforms. Ms. Txabarriaga has several degrees, including a master's degree from Monterey Institute of International Studies, has earned many certificates, and speaks five languages fluently. Ms. Txabarriaga is also a NASBITE-Certified Global Business Professional and an accomplished writer and public speaker.

Nestor Wagner

Nestor Wagner is a certified Court and Medical Interpreter who has been teaching interpreting courses since 1990. He has the highest pass rate of certified court interpreters in the nation. He has published several books in the interpreting community. Mr. Wagner is involved in the examination process for Immigration Interpreters and Analytical Linguists. He participates as speakers in national and international conferences on Criminal, Civil and Immigration Court terminology, advanced interpreting skills, and localization in the transfer of legal and non-legal terminology. Mr. Wagner holds a Master degree from the University of Washington.

What you will learn

  • Learn how to transfer information in multicultural situations
  • Develop interpreting-specific skills such as short-term memory retention, shadowing, note-taking, sight-translation, consecutive interpreting, and more
  • Develop best practice interpreting techniques – simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation
  • Understand protocol when interpreting for a Spanish-speaking patient
  • Master the code of ethics of the medical interpreter
  • Understand all material tested in a Spanish Medical Interpreter exam

Syllabus

  1. Professional Interpreter
    1. Introduction
    2. Learning Styles Assessment Exercise
    3. Basic Concepts of Language Interpreting
      1. Basic Concepts: What is language interpreting? What is language translation?
      2. Contrasting the interpretation and translation tasks
      3. Translation and adaptation: Localization and transcreation
      4. What does it take to become a professional interpreter?
      5. Certificate vs. Certification vs. Professional Licensure
      6. Where do interpreters work?
      7. Message delivery: The techniques
      8. Consecutive interpreting video demonstration
      9. Sight translation video demonstration
      10. Review Questions
      11. On-Site interpreting
      12. Remote and Telephonic Interpretation
      13. Telephonic interpreting, continued
      14. Video remote interpreting and video relay interpreting
      15. Sight translation
      16. Vocabulary Game
      17. Review Questions
      18. The Evolution of Interpreting in the Community
      19. The Evolution of Interpreting in the Community: Steps Toward Professional Recognition
      20. The Evolution of Interpreting in the Community: Professional Associations
      21. Public Services Interpreting Drivers
      22. Standards Guiding the Interpreting Profession
      23. Associations: Why are they important?
      24. Module 1 Self-assessment
      25. Resources
      26. Module Feedback
    4. Interpreting Skills and Techniques
      1. Preparing yourself for this module
      2. Active listening
      3. Active listening: Suspending yourself
      4. Emotions and Culture
      5. Level of Interest and Objectivity
      6. Capacity to Concentrate
      7. Who you are influences greatly the way you listen and communicate
      8. Listening Exercises: Introduction
      9. Shadowing: Introduction
      10. Short-Term Memory Retention: Visual
      11. Short-Term Memory Retention: Auditory
      12. Note-Taking
      13. Sight Translation: Introduction
      14. Putting It All Together: Interpreting
      15. Module Vocabulary Game
      16. Module 2 Self-Assessment
      17. Resources
      18. Module Feedback
  2. Ethics and standards: Expected professional behavior
    1. What are Professional Standards?
    2. The Interpreter's Professional Profile
    3. Accuracy
    4. Acting Ethically and Honestly
    5. Confidentiality
    6. Competence
    7. Neutrality
    8. Reliability
    9. Respect for the Profession
    10. Role Preservation
    11. Scenarios and Exercises
    12. Resources
    13. Module 3 Self-Assessment
    14. Module Feedback
  3. The Business of Interpreting
    1. Basic public services interpreting market concepts
    2. The Supply
    3. The Demand
    4. Working as a freelance interpreter
    5. Interview video
    6. Working as a Full-time Interpreter
    7. Interview video
    8. Building a Resume
    9. Formatting a resume
    10. Resume Sample
    11. Writing a Cover Letter
    12. Joining professional associations
    13. Joining online professional directories
    14. Continued Education
    15. Resources
    16. Module Feedback
  4. Medical Interpreter
    1. Introduction to Medical Interpretation I
      1. Medical Vocabulary – The Human Body
      2. Pre-anesthesia record form
      3. Medical Vocabulary – System and Senses
      4. Refusal to permit blood transfusion
      5. Medical Vocabulary – Signs and Symptoms
      6. Medical Condition form
      7. Intravenous Contrast Injection Consent
      8. Medical Vocabulary - Facilities and Staff
      9. Discharge Instructions
      10. Colloquialism
      11. Medical Vocabulary - Treatment Procedures, Instruments, Supplies and Medications
      12. Industrial Accidents - Workers' Compensation
      13. Medical Vocabulary - Pregnancy and Delivery
      14. Simultaneous Techniques
      15. Consecutive Techniques
      16. Interpreting Laboratory Practices
    2. Introduction to Medical Interpretation II
      1. Medical Vocabulary - Pediatric/Neonatal Care
      2. Medical Vocabulary - Family Planning
      3. Interpreting for Hospitals – Parents' Rights & Responsibilities
      4. Medical Vocabulary - Communicable Diseases
      5. Interpreting for Hospitals - Taking Care of Mom
      6. Interpreting for Hospitals - The "Baby Blues"
      7. Medical Vocabulary - Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      8. Interpreting for Hospitals - Consent for Cath Lab Procedure
      9. Medical Vocabulary - Dental Health
      10. Interpreting for Hospitals - Environmental History Form for Pediatric Asthma Patient
      11. Medical Vocabulary - Substance Abuse
      12. Interpreting for Hospitals - OSHA Required
      13. Idiomatic Expressions - English into Spanish
      14. Interpreting for Hospitals - Adult History Form
      15. Interpreting for Hospitals - Authorization for Use or Disclosure of Imaging Information
      16. Legal Terminology used in Medical Matters
      17. Interpreting for Hospitals - Advance Directive
      18. Interpreting Laboratory Practices
    3. Sight Translation for Medical Interpreters
      1. Principles of localization
      2. Re-structuring techniques
      3. Principles of reversibility and non-reversibility of Medical terms
      4. Interferences – Filtering syntactical and grammatical interferences
      5. Style in the delivery
      6. Exam taking techniques - Objective versus subjective grading
      7. Transferring of low, regular and high register documents into the opposite language
      8. Stability in the transfer
      9. Interpreting Laboratory Practices

How you will benefit

  • Have your professional profile listed in an employer-searchable directory
  • Use your skill set to help a growing number of people in need of interpretation services
  • Be prepared to start a career as a public services interpreter or medical interpreter
  • Become ready to successfully take the medical interpreter certification exam
  • Use your understanding of medical terminology in both Spanish and English to improve your marketability

Requirements

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Headphones or speakers.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Prerequisites:

You must be fluent in both English and Spanish prior to enrolling in this course.

PROFESSIONAL AND 
CONTINUING EDUCATION


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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, program activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodations, contact Professional and Continuing Education at least eight weeks in advance at: 262-595-3340 (V), 262-595-2513 (FAX), or email continuing.ed@uwp.edu.
 

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