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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 2010

Course CPD152  |   460 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,395  |   Course Details 

This unique program will teach you the skills you need to become a successful administrative professional. In addition, you will gain efficiency using the following Microsoft Office 2010 products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

Learn business and administrative applications of the Microsoft 2010 suite, while you prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 certification. Discover how to use the Microsoft Suite features to create and format documents, use tables, complete a mail merge, and more.  Microsoft Office Specialist 2010 is the only comprehensive, performance-based certification program approved by Microsoft to validate business computer skills using Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, and Access 2010.

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.

Digital Arts

Course CPD171  |   360 hours, 6 months*  |   Cohort  |   $3,249  |   Course Details 

The online Digital Arts Certificate programs help you build creativity and technique in traditional drawing and digital illustration. Digital imaging software, color theory, traditional drawing, and digital illustration techniques are all explored at the Professional Certificate level. When you complete a Digital Arts online college certificate program, you will have a portfolio of creative work.

 The Professional Certificate program features basic and advanced training in Adobe Illustrator that addresses Illustrator's learning curve and helps you create sophisticated vector graphics and vector drawings. Students also take traditional drawing classes and digital illustration classes that refine their illustration skills in a range of styles and media. Advanced Certificate students take these skills a step further with concentrations in digital photography, fine arts, or other visual arts disciplines. 

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.

Graphic Design

Course CPD169  |   360 hours, 6 months*  |   Cohort  |   $3,249  |   Course Details 

Our online Graphic Design Certificate programs are designed to get you started in this fun and fast-paced design industry. Stay on the cutting edge with a Graphic Design Certificate that will enable you to build a body of creative projects that showcase your talents. The online Professional Certificate program builds a foundation in design theory and software that challenges you to create logo designs, poster designs, and work in other key areas of the field. With online graphic design courses that focus on creativity and technique, beginning and advanced students alike can sharpen their skills.

Course topics in the online Professional Certificate program include digital design, fundamentals of typography and the letterform, logo design, page layout and magazine layout, and poster design. Advanced Certificate students build on the Professional foundation with additional graphic design courses in print design, brand identity, or other concentration areas with classes in print production, advanced typography, packaging design, and more.

Home Inspection

Course CPD072  |   200 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,295  |   Course Details 

The Home Inspection Online Training Program covers the major elements of a house and the principal issues and components of a home inspection.  All lessons start with detailed information on residential construction, including basic building design and construction materials and practices.  The focus is on home inspections, including standards of practice  defects recognition, inspection guidelines, and reporting methodologies.  Each module also includes appendices containing extensive glossaries, reference article, inspection procedure lists, and common defect lists.

Each learning unit is independently formatted, so you can take the program in any order desired, or switch between modules. In addition to passing assessments, you must complete all core sections of the program to receive full credit.

You can take this program no matter what state you live in, but please note that some states have home inspector licensing or registration laws that require a classroom component.  Please click here to view the list of states with these requirements.  This online program may not meet the educational requirements in these states; however, in some cases, states waive classroom requirements for applicants with certain home inspection expertise or other related experiences or licenses. Be sure to consult your particular state home inspection regulatory board for specific information.

HVACR Certified Technician

Course CPD073  |   320 hours, 12 months*  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $3,795  |   Course Details 

The HVAC Technician Online Training Program is a comprehensive HVACR training program for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration installers and technicians. This program is for you if you're interested in getting started in an entry-level position in the HVACR industry, or if you're seeking continuing education for upgrading skills or becoming certified or licensed.

The program focuses on learning objectives that have been identified by HVACR industry groups as key knowledge for an HVACR technician.

If you wish to see what the industry recommends for study, AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) and NATE (North American Technician Excellence) both have an HVAC curriculum guide posted on their Web sites.

The HVAC Technician Online Training Program has 16 sections, with a subscription length of 60 days per section.  Each section contains 6 modules. The modules cover specific HVACR concepts and incorporate reading assignments, Web site tours, applied exercises, quizzes, industry terminology definitions, video clips, animations, images, and printable handouts.

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  |   $2,295  |   Course Details 

Medical Billing and Coding will prepare you for an entry-level career within Exam voucher includedthe healthcare industry. You’ll learn current medical coding standards, to help you accurately track patient accounts and find gainful employment within this growing workforce sector.

This program is designed to help you successfully prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The registration fee for this exam is included with this program.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn to function as an important member of the healthcare team by providing key skills, such as abstracting from medical records, assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures using the ICD-9-CM*, ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II code books, developing insurance claims according to third-party guidelines, and understanding the legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts that are vital to this field.

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.

Microsoft Office Specialist 2013

Course CPD213  |   335 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,995  |   Course Details 

The Microsoft Office Specialist 2013 training 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).

You will learn essential skills of working at a basic through advanced level in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access 2013.

Multimedia Arts

Course CPD172  |   360 hours, 6 months*  |   Cohort  |   $3,249  |   Course Details 

The Multimedia Arts Professional Certificate program gets you started with a visual design, motion theory, software, and Web scripting foundation and builds your comfort in shooting and editing video. At the end of the program, you will have developed a portfolio of highly engaging and interactive multimedia pieces.

Course topics in the Professional Certificate program include training in Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects alongside motion theory, digital video editing, digital video production, and motion graphics. Advanced Certificate students can apply these skills to additional projects in animation and digital media concentrations such as Flash Design and Game Art.

Non-Profit Management Training

Course CPD096  |   300 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,295  |   Course Details 

Learn all about nonprofit management! Examine the fundamental principles of nonprofit management, explore the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board of directors and the management team, discover the essential aspects of fundraising, and become acquainted with the budgeting process. This Nonprofit Management Online Training Program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.

The Nonprofit Management Online Training Program is particularly well suited for you if you've recently assumed management responsibilities in the nonprofit field, but it's suitable for anyone who wants an introductory perspective on some of the unique issues facing management of a nonprofit organization. In addition to basic managerial skills, you'll learn about finance and accounting, employment law, marketing, leadership, communication, budgeting, and fundraising.

 

Paralegal

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!

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.

Paralegal students are also provided 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.

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 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.

 

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.

Records Management

Course CPD113  |   180 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,595  |   Course Details 

The Records Management Online Training Program will give you a basic overview of records management terminology, concepts, and procedures to successfully manage records in today's offices. Regardless of the media on which the record is stored, it must be properly managed to be an asset to the organization. Another important component of a professional records management program is legality issues. A comprehensive, legally-sound records retention schedule must be developed and strictly followed so that the company is not held liable for problems that could have been avoided in the first place.

Should records be stored on paper, in an electronic format, in a microform? How is a records inventory conducted? What are the steps in the development of a company-wide records retention schedule? How are records archived? This program will assist you in making those decisions based upon certain characteristics of the records. Also, you’ll learn to code and file according to the rules established by the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

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.

Veterinary Assistant

Course CPD124  |   170 hours, 6 months  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,995  |   Course Details 

This online program will prepare you to become a productive member of a veterinary team. You'll learn about every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory sample collection, assisting in surgery and dentistry, prescription preparation, and taking radiographs. You’ll also learn how to interact professionally with clients and gain the expertise you need to educate them about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication. This program is designed for people who want to work at a veterinary hospital and those who are already employed in positions in which they look after animals.

You’ll first study the major organ systems that you’ll need to know about as a veterinary assistant. Next, you’ll move to front office duties so you can see how to work with clients and handle medical records. You'll also delve into the communication skills that come in handy for the assistant.

Then the program moves to the area you're probably most interested in—the back of the hospital. You’ll see how to restrain animals for procedures, take their vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration rate), trim their nails, and properly bathe them. You'll also gain the expertise you need to educate clients about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.  

The program also shows you how you can be an asset during surgery and dental procedures by monitoring heart rate and breathing, passing instruments to the surgeon, and charting teeth. You’ll learn how to prepare prescriptions, take blood samples, perform laboratory tests, and take radiographs. 

The program concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills. Upon passing this program, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.

Web Applications Developer

Course CPD127  |   360 hours, 12 months*  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $2,395  |   Course Details 

Whether you’re new to web development or want to enhance your skills, this program will give you the knowledge you need to create dynamic database-driven websites using the latest technologies. You’ll master basic HTML (the core technology behind almost all websites), learn CSS for designing pages, and discover how to make your pages more dynamic with JavaScript. In addition, you’ll learn the fundamentals of PHP, SQL, XML, and Ajax. You’ll also explore HTML5, the newest version of HTML, putting you on the cutting edge of web development. Once you’ve successfully completed this program, you’ll be prepared to enter the job market where Web Applications Developers are in high demand and earn rewarding salaries.

In this program, you’ll use multiple tools and technologies to develop state-of-the-art web applications. The program is broken into 10 modules, designed to teach you all the fundamentals of developing and maintaining database-driven Web sites.

You’ll begin by learning basic HTML, the core technology behind almost all websites. You’ll also master using CSS to design your pages and discover how to make your site more dynamic with JavaScript. Then you’ll dive into PHP and SQL, technologies that allow you to create database-driven websites such as intranets and e-commerce sites. In addition, you’ll learn the basics of XML, a technology that’s helpful in all programming including web development. 

Next, you’ll create Ajax applications that respond more like traditional desktop software, giving users a faster and more interactive experience. You’ll end your course by exploring HTML5, the newest version of HTML, putting you on the cutting edge of web development.

After completing the coursework, you will complete a project that will involve using all of the skills and technologies that you learned throughout the program to build a website from the ground up.

This all-in-one package will teach you every skill you need to be proficient in creating database-driven websites. Once you’ve successfully completed this program, you’ll be prepared to enter the job market where Web Applications Developers are in high demand and earn rewarding salaries.

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.