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Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding

Course CPD023  |   300 hours, 12 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,995  |   Course Details 

Medical administration along with Medical Billing and Coding is a nationally-Exam voucher includedrecognized online program that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry.

After completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for national certification exams offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHS) and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  You will receive a voucher to cover the costs for the CBCS exam offered by the NHA.  

What Will I Learn?

Within this program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of medical office management, as well as medical billing and coding practices.

In addition to learning the administrative aspects of front office medical reception, you’ll become well-versed in the practices of medical billing and coding, learning the three main code sets used within the industry: ICD-10/ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS.


Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2013

Course CPD212  |   455 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,395  |   Course Details 

The Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 training program teaches the key skills you need to become an Administrative Professional. Learn essential skills including how to work in a modern professional office, how to maintain a professional image, personal and professional ethics, communication essentials, technology basics, record keeping and financial management, event planning and travel, and how to advance in an administrative career.

This program prepares you for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exams 77-418, 77-425, and 77-426 (Word), 77-420, 77-427, and 77-428 (Excel), 77-422 (PowerPoint), 77-423 (Outlook), and 77-424 (Access). The Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 portion of this program is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification and globally recognized standard approved by Microsoft to validate business computer skills in the Microsoft Office Suite.

Cybersecurity Certificate

NOTE: this is a credit-bearing certificate  |   16 credit hours  |   Cohort  |   Course Details & Registration

The undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate from Excelsior College is designed for working adults who want a quick, practical education in cybersecurity.

You'll develop a set of cybersecurity strategies and skills that you can use right away on the job to improve your performance, add new responsibilities, and earn promotions and higher pay.

This 16-credit online cybersecurity program is ideal for working adults. You'll take classes where and when it's convenient for you, in a convenient interactive format. The cybersecurity certificate program provides a solid foundation in core subjects such as:

  • Computer system security
  • Cybersecurity defenses
  • White collar crime
  • Cybercrime and cyberterrorism

The undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is cross-listed between the School of Business & Technology and the School of Liberal Arts. This 16-credit undergraduate certificate comprises introductory courses in cybersecurity technology and fundamental knowledge in cybercrime investigation.

Certificate Requirements Chart

Entrepreneurship: Start-Up and Business Owner Management

Course CPD057  |   360 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,095  |   Course Details 

The Entrepreneurship: Start-up and Business Owner Management Online Training Program provides an excellent foundation for not just the start-up business owner, but also for business owners and managers who want to gain a further understanding of some of the fundamental principles associated with owning and operating a start-up or established business. You'll grow in your understanding of financial and accounting terms, gain confidence and improve your communication skills, and explore the basics of running a business in accordance with legal requirements. It's never been easier to get your own business up and running! This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

Freight Broker/Agent Training

Course CPD064  |   150 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,895  |   Course Details 

Become a part of the exciting trucking, freight logistics, and transportation industries as a licensed freight broker or as a freight broker agent. From licensing to operations, to sales and marketing, you'll learn the basics of how to run a domestic freight brokerage or agency in the United States.

Freight broker professionals are in demand. No matter the state of the economy, goods will always need to be shipped. A motivated and disciplined freight broker or freight agent who has received the proper training can build up his or her business into a six-figure earning potential. It's an ideal home business for a self-starter who enjoys fast-paced work.

Job Opportunity and Resource Friday!

Placement Opportunity: All Brooke graduates have the opportunity to meet and discuss agent positions with freight brokerages.

Each Friday of the program, Brooke Transportation Training Solutions hosts Resource Friday exclusively for their graduates. BTTS is the only broker training school offering this excellent resource.  Complementary businesses also attend Resource Friday to meet new graduates and explain how each can mutually benefit the other in successful business.

ICD-10 Medical Coding

Course CDP074  |   200 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,795  |   Course Details 

ICD-10 is an upgraded diagnostic and procedural medical coding system that, by law, must be implemented throughout the healthcare industry by October 1, 2013. This new coding system is radically different from the version currently in use, so it’s important to start preparing for and implementing the massive changes to the existing coding system. 

This online program offers you comprehensive, robust training in diagnostic and procedural coding, using the ICD-10-CM (diagnostic) and ICD-10-PCS (procedural) coding manuals. This training includes detailed instructions for using the coding manuals, understanding the coding guidelines, and accurately applying the ICD-10 coding steps. There are more than 40 quizzes and exams for diagnoses and procedures by body system to test your knowledge and understanding. 

In addition, you will find information on the impact of the coding changes on medical coders, healthcare staff, physicians, software systems, documentation, and information technology.

The program includes:

  • An overview of the objectives, edits, and changes within the soon-to-be-released International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10).
  • In-depth, comprehensive training in using the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals, guidelines, instructional notes, conventions, and coding steps. 

Medical Billing and Coding

Course CPD080  |   240 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,795  |   Course Details 

Medical Billing and Coding is a nationally-recognized online program that will Exam voucher included
prepare you for an entry-level career in the healthcare industry. Billing and coding specialists assign industry codes to patient records, to bill insurance companies and third-parties for fees not rendered by the patient.

In this program, you’ll learn the three main code sets used within the industry: ICD-10/ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS.

After completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for national certification exams offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHS) and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).  You will receive a voucher to cover the costs for the CBCS exam offered by the NHA.  

What Will I Learn?

This program takes a comprehensive approach to teaching the ins and outs of medical billing and coding. In addition to learning the fundamentals of billing, you’ll learn the different code sets used within the industry and have plenty of hands-on practice, to prepare you for your new career.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2010

Course CPD156  |   380 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,995  |   Course Details 

Learn how to create, format, and secure professional and creative documents using Microsoft Word 2010, while you prepare for your certification. In Excel, you will cover basic through advanced topics, including formatting cells, applying number formats, linking worksheets, creating PivotTables, and more. In PowerPoint, you will discover how to create, format, and set up presentations, in addition to learning how to apply Transitions and animations. In Outlook, you will design and format E-mail, track and respond to messages, manage the Inbox with Rules and Quick Steps, and create appointments and tasks. In Microsoft Access, you will learn how to create forms that automate data entry and expense reports. .

The Microsoft Office Specialist program is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate business computer skills using Microsoft Office 2010: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

The Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 Certification Training Program is part of the Microsoft Business Certification program: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). MOS certification is the globally recognized standard for validating expertise with the Microsoft Office 2010 suite.


Course CPD101  |   300 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,995  |   Course Details 

The Paralegal Online Training Program will prepare you for success in this growing career field. You’ll learn about the American legal system, how to conduct legal research and legal interviews, how to perform legal analyses, and more. Your training will prepare you to become a legal secretary or paralegal and to take the certification exam.

Paralegals are involved in sophisticated legal work in traditional law office settings and in the corporate, government, and public arenas. Obtaining a quality education is the best way to prepare for the paralegal profession. This self-paced, Web-based program will get you ready for an entry-level paralegal position, and it'll prepare you to take the certification exam. You'll be paired with an instructor for one-on-one assistance, and you'll also receive free access to NALA Campus and Westlaw!

Through a special arrangement between ed2go and National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Campus, your tuition includes free access to the seven preparatory exam courses offered at NALA Campus. Regardless of whether or not you're eligible for certification or plan to take the exam, the NALA Campus preparatory courses are a value-added addition to your paralegal education.

ed2go also provides all paralegal students with free access to Westlaw to complete their assigned research projects. Westlaw is an online legal research service that provides fast and easy access to an extensive collection of legal resources, news, business, and public records information. Access to the number-one rated online legal resource, Westlaw, will benefit you tremendously as you perform your legal research assignments during your paralegal education.

Pharmacy Technician

Course CPD106  |   330 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,995  |   Course Details 

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care to patients. The Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training Program was developed in response to a rising need for trained technicians to work in 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. 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) Web site at 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 are required to complete a Virtual Externship.  They also have an option to perform hands-on clinical rotations (also called an externship). Clinical rotations are based on individual state board requirements. Learn more about externships below!

Pharmacy Externship

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 general and 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: An externship with these pharmacies is not guaranteed. All students must apply to the program and complete the prerequisite criteria before being accepted. Positions in the externship program are contingent on availability at each pharmacy location. Students may also set up their own externship at any other retail or hospital facility or complete a research assignment in lieu of an externship.

To participate in the CVS or Walgreens externships, students must not have a criminal record.  Background checks will be conducted prior to the student's admittance into the externship program.

PLEASE NOTE: Walgreens is not currently able to place externship students in Arizona and Florida because they're piloting a POWER project in those states. An alternate externship may be available in these states.

Upon registering, you will receive an initial six months to complete the program. Should you need more time, you may request a six month extension at no additional charge. Students using VA benefits should refer to the Military page of our site to review the differences between online program access and VA rates of pursuit.

Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Course CPD112  |   300 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,295  |   Course Details 

The Purchasing and Supply Chain Management program will show you the integrated approach to planning, acquisition, flow, and distribution, from raw materials to finished products. Topics such as developing a corporate culture, working successfully with teams, developing and implementing successful people management strategies, and workflow and performance management will be explored in this program. You'll also learn what makes a successful entrepreneur, and you'll develop an understanding of the basics of marketing management and the strategies involved in developing a marketing plan. The art of negotiation is covered in great detail, giving you a foundation for negotiating with great awareness and effectiveness.

This program provides an excellent foundation for a Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) certification exam, but please note that this is not a CPM review program.

Travel Agent Training

Course CPD123  |   250 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,795  |   Course Details 

The Travel Agent Online Training Program is a proven, successful method for motivated people to begin a travel career. This program will also help you prepare for The Travel Institute (formerly ICTA) TAP Certification, based on the textbooks Travel Career Development and Exploring the World, Geography for the Travel Professional. You will also learn the basic skills needed to operate a computer reservation system for airlines, travel agencies, cruise lines, hotels, or as a home-based agent.

The Travel Agent Online Training Program will teach you all you need to know to start a travel career. You will learn about the airline industry, ground transportation, hotels and resorts, cruises, tours, international and domestic travel, reservations and pricing, specialty travel, and more.

This online program consists of three modules. You will first participate in a travel career development program, which will teach you the basics of the travel industry, followed by a second module in which you will study geography for travel professionals, focusing on destinations all over the world that you are most likely to recommend and sell to your clients. In the final module you will choose the GDS computer reservation system you wish to study.  Your facilitator will help you to select the proper GDS system to best achieve your career goals.

Web Design

Course CPD170  |   360 hours, 6 months*  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $3,249  |   Course Details 

The Professional Certificate program focuses on visual design fundamentals, software, and standards-based Web page coding in HTML and CSS, including HTML5 and CSS3. Your Web design portfolio at the end of the certificate program will include published Web sites that showcase your front-end visual designs and your coding skills.

Course topics in the Professional Certificate program include coding in HTML5 and CSS3, developing Web sites with Adobe Dreamweaver, creating Web site mood boards, designing Web graphics, and building interactivity with JavaScript and jQuery. Advanced Certificate students take these skills to the next level with advanced Web courses, Flash design, or other concentrations with topics in ActionScript 3.0, e-commerce design, Internet marketing, and more.