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Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding

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

**Allied Health is releasing updates to the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exam and study materials.  The new exam will reflect recent updates and new knowledge that administrative medical assistants should know, in order to be successful within the industry.

If you intend to register for this class and do not intend on finishing before July 15, 2015, please be advised that NHA will update the study materials, within the ATI accounts of the course.**

This program will give you the skills you need to find the job you are looking for as an Administrative Medical Specialist (AMS), Medical Billing Specialist, Medical Coder, and/or Medical Office Manager. In addition to the extensive Medical Billing information, you will be taught every aspect of the Medical Receptionist/Front Desk position.

Upon successful completion of the Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing or coding in a medical office setting and will be prepared to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam and the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam offered by National Healthcareer Association (NHA)

Please refer to the National Healthcareer Association  for specific certification information.

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.

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  |   $1,795  |   Course Details 

The medical industry is experiencing a tremendous demand for individuals with knowledge of medical office operations, which includes diagnostic and procedural coding and insurance forms processing, According to the American Medical Association, there are more than 1.2 million Medical Billers and Coders in the United States. This profession is listed as one of the fastest growing professions in allied health.

In addition to the skills already mentioned, the MBC course includes legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts – including HIPAA compliance requirements, industry- specific techniques for filing insurance, and performing diagnostic and procedural coding tasks.

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be prepared for an entry-level position doing medical billing or coding in a medical office setting. You'll also be eligible to register, prepare for, and take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA)’s Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification examination.  You will be provided with the study guide materials, access to  practice exams, and exam registration fees.  In addition to the CBCS the program prepares you for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Please refer to the National Healthcareer Association or the American Academy of Professional Coders website for specific certification information.

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!

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 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.

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.

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.

Wedding Planner

Course CPD130  |   300 hours, 9 months*  |   Instructor-Facilitated  |   $1,595  |   Course Details 

Prepare for a career in wedding and special event planning by mastering the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering stunning weddings and parties. This program allows you to earn your certification as a professional wedding and event planner, and will give you an opportunity to put your new skills to work in an optional internship.

In these lessons, you'll get step-by-step training and learn concise formulas for ensuring the success of any social event, from weddings and anniversaries, to birthdays and baby showers. Once you've grasped the basics of wedding planning, you'll translate theory into real-world applications as you discover how to cultivate the vendor and client relationships that are crucial to building your business. You'll learn insider techniques on how to market your business and expand your revenue streams in the fun and exciting celebration industry.

With the aid of more than 150 business templates and other resource documents, you'll also gain the financial understanding you need to complement your wedding planning talents. This program provides you with an entire set of financial tools you'll be able to use for years to come, including contracts, business plans, timelines, fee structures, project plans and service offerings. Each business template is carefully designed to address the specific demands of the wedding-and special event planning industry.

The program includes a Dina Manzo's It's My Party and I'll Plan if I Want To workshop, which teaches the fundamentals and etiquette involved in proper party planning. It includes lessons on table etiquette, tableware, glassware, and flatware, in addition to proper place setting, menu selection, and food and wine pairing. 

Upon successfully completing this program, you will be certified as a professional wedding and event planner. In addition, you will qualify to apply for an internship customized to your career objectives and goals. Internships can range from one day to six months in length. As a result, you can begin building your professional résumé right away!