|Career Medical - Spring 2013 Courses
13SCRM01 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) by Patriot Training
Working as an Emergency Medical Technician offers exciting challenges along with personal and professional rewards that few careers provide.
EMTs respond to emergency calls to provide immediate care, evaluate the scene of the accident or injury, determine the nature and extent of the injury or illness, provide pre-hospital emergency care, and then safely and expeditiously transport the victim to a medical facility. EMT training can be beneficial to careers in many industries, including public safety, private security, and healthcare.
Taught by current EMS (Emergency Medical Services) providers, this 17-week course alternates a theory class with a hands-on class to help you master concepts. We will prepare you for successful completion of the Massachusetts and National exams and then a successful and important career in EMS.
Students must be at least 18 years old at the time of the Massachusetts exam, be able to lift 100 lbs., and have a high school diploma or GED. Students must be able to read, understand, and communicate in English.
This program exceeds the National and State Standard Curriculum for EMTs.
This course includes learning to:
- perform a complete pre-hospital patient assessment
- understand current legal aspects of pre-hospital care
- identify and treat common medical emergencies
- identify and treat traumatically injured patients
- identify and treat special patient populations (ob/gyn, pediatrics, geriatric, environmental emergencies)
- identify the properties of approved pharmacological agents
- EMT salaries average about $31,000. EMTs who work in local government, including fire, police, and independent third-service rescue squad departments, usually have better salaries and benefits.
- The EMT field is growing faster than average. Employment of Emergency Medical Technicians is expected to grow 19 percent by 2016.
Required course text: Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (8th Edition) by Mistovich and Karen, 2008, Prentice-Hall, Inc., ISBN #0135126452. Text is available from the instructor at the discounted cost of $65, payable on the first night.
Class meets one Saturday TBA.
17 weeks/129 hours
Carolyn Parmenter, AS, EMT-P I/C, has been working in Emergency Medicine for 18 years as both a provider and educator. She currently serves as the Education Coordinator at Patriot Ambulance, Inc.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
February 26 - July 2 (NOTE: NEW END DATE DUE TO 3/7 AND 3/19 SNOW DAYS)
(No class April 16 and April 18)
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Course Fee: $925
13SCRM02 - LPN TEAS V Entrance Exam Prep
The first step toward enrollment in the Assabet Valley Licensed Practical Nursing Program is a passing score on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V).
The test requires preparation and this course will help you to identify what you will need to do to achieve a passing score. Give yourself every advantage before you take the exam.
Course content includes:
- 4 classes of Math review - This will help you prepare for the Math section (34 questions) of the TEAS test. We’ll cover whole numbers, metric conversions, fractions, decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, ratios/proportions, and many other topics included on the exam.
- 4 classes of Reading and English review - This will help you prepare for the Reading section (48 questions) and the English and Language Usage section (34 questions). We’ll cover paragraph comprehension, comprehension of longer passages, and making inferences and coming to conclusions for the Reading section. We’ll cover punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling for the English and Language Usage section. (Note: Although Assabet does not require a minimum score on English and Language Usage, a good score can help your admission score.)
- Test taking and study skills - We’ll go over practice exam questions that an applicant can take under conditions similar to the actual test.
- Recommended text: Study Manual for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Version V, ISBN #978-1933107-98-1. The Study Guide can be purchased at an online bookstore like Amazon or at a local book store. It is highly recommended that you have this book for class or you will not get as much out of the course.
Be sure to schedule and take your TEAS test immediately after your Exam Prep class finishes. To schedule the test or for further information, go to www.lpn.assabettech.com.
8 classes/20 hours
Lauren Favulli, B.A. in English, M.A. in Secondary Education, is an English teacher at Assabet. Her love of literature and enthusiasm for the English language inspired her to pursue a career in education.
Joshua Rusack, B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education, has been teaching at Assabet for three years. His love for the subject led him to a teaching career. Outside of school, Josh is pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership and he spends much of the Fall officiating high school football.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
February 26 - April 2 (NOTE: NEW END DATE DUE TO 3/19 SNOW DAY) (No class March 26 and March 28)
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Course Fee: $330
“This class taught me not to fear math, but instead to read the question and
narrow down the answers through the
process of elimination.” ... “I learned
how to answer questions without wasting time by using short cuts the instructors taught us.”
Comments from students of
Lauren Favulli and Mark Snyder’s course
LPN TEAS V Entrance Exam Prep
13SCRM03 - Pharmacy Technician Exam Prep Program
The health care industry is conti-nuing to expand and pharmacy technicians are in increasing demand! The Department of Labor projects that employment for pharmacy technicians will grow much faster than the average occupation - up to a 32% increase, or 108,300 jobs - from 2010 to 2020 and the average annual salary for a pharmacy technician is now $29,330.
The increasing number of middle-aged and elderly people - who use many prescription drugs - will continue to spur demand for pharmacy workers. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drugs and as more people obtain prescription drug coverage, pharmacy workers will be needed in growing numbers. Pharmacy techs assist licensed pharmacists by preparing medications, provide customer service, and are an essential part of the allied health field.
Our comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take a national certification exam (either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians ICPT exam).
Pharmacy technicians in Massachusetts are required to be licensed by the State Board of Pharmacy. Note: To be eligible for either exam, candidates must have a high school diploma, or its equivalent, and no felony convictions of any kind. In addition, applicants for the PTCB exam must not have had any drug-related or pharmacy-related convictions, including misdemeanors. Many employers will reimburse the cost of the exams.
Upon completion of the course you’ll be able to:
- interpret physician orders and prescriptions
- prepare and distribute medications
- define medical and pharmaceutical terms and common abbreviations
- understand the pharmacology of medications in relation to the anatomy affected
- perform pharmaceutical calculations
- communicate effectively with patients and medical professionals
- process insurance billing or collect payments
- understand the federal and state laws that govern the pharmacy
- understand HIPAA requirements and their application to the pharmacy
- take the national certification exam
Where do pharmacy technicians work?
- retail pharmacies
- mail order pharmacies
- hospital pharmacies - both in-patient and out-patient
- insurance auditors
- veterinary clinics
- long term care facilities
- rehabilitation facilities
- home infusion, e.g. STAT Care
(Textbook required. Title: Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review (paperback); Author: Lorraine C. Zentz; Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning, 3rd edition; ISBN: 9781428320628)
9 weeks/50 hours
Josephy J. Sawicki, Jr., PharmD. RPh is the Lead Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator for Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. Joseph has worked in the pharmacy field for over 20 years in several capacities, starting as a pharmacy technician (both hospital and community based), then becoming a pharmacist, and finally returning to school to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2009. Joe is an adjunct faculty instructor for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences - Worcester Campus.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
February 26 - May 7 (NOTE: NEW END DATE DUE TO 3/7 AND 3/19 SNOW DAYS)
(No class April 16 and April 18)
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Course Fee: $999
13FCRM04 - Medical Coding Prep Course - Fall 2013
Invest in a career with a promising future, excellent career advancement, and salary growth potential. AAPC’s (American Academy of Professional Coders) 2010 annual survey shows that the average salary for a certified coder is $46,800 and for a non-certified coder is $40,000.
A beginning coder averages $30,175 and a beginner with certification averages $34,551.
Benefits of a career in Medical Coding:
- Medical coders can make from $15 to $45 per hour.
- Medical coding can be done from home and with flexible hours.
- Medical coding can be the start of a life-long career.
- Medical coding is one of the few health occupations in which there is little or no direct contact with patients.
- The U.S. population is aging (baby boomers) and employment prospects for medical coders are excellent!
- 200 hours of instruction and training
- 34 Weeks - 6 hours per week
- Class begins September 24, 2013
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 PM
- Additional cost for books is approximately $500 (non-refundable)
- Students must be fluent in English and have excellent written and verbal skills
- Students should have basic computer skills
- Total cost of program is $4,250 (includes $500 non-refundable registration fee)
Using a Body System/Body Area approach, this program will completely prepare the student for entrance into the field of medical coding. In this program, the student will learn and be prepared to work in the coding field for any medical specialty for all aspects of coding.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- recognize, understand, and build medical terms
- recognize and understand the medical terminology written and spoken in a medical office or hospital medical record
- recognize and understand how the body is structured and how its systems, organs, and body areas function
- recognize and understand the diseases associated with the medical terms
- code the ICD-9-CM diagnosis and procedure codes used by doctors and hospitals
- code the CPT® procedure codes for services provided by doctors and hospitals
- code HCPCS codes associated with the services in doctors’ offices or hospitals
- apply modifiers as appropriate
- code all aspects of actual case studies in all medical specialties for all areas of coding requirements
- understand how coding affects billing and the basic billing process
- recognize, apply and search for rules and regulations that govern the use of codes
- prepare for the internship and/or job search process
- apply for a position as a medical coder or other position requiring these skills
Requirements for Successful Completion:
Students must pass all quizzes and tests with an average of 70%. Students will be allowed to make up two quizzes or tests.
- Option A: Pay the entire tuition (which includes the non-refundable registration fee) by September 24, 2013, and receive a $425 (10%) discount. The total cost will be $3,825. (Once you have paid your $500 registration fee, your balance will be $3,325.) There will be an additional cost for books. The book costs are non-refundable.
- Option B: Pay half the $4,250 tuition ($2,125: This includes the $500 non-refundable registration fee that is due at the time of registration) before the start of class on September 24, 2013. The balance ($2,125) must be paid in bi-weekly installments on the 15th and 30th of each month. You will make a total of 10 payments of $200 and one payment of $125. The first payment is due on October 15, 2013. The additional cost for books is non-refundable.
(The effective withdrawal date is the date we receive written notification of withdrawal.)
- Withdrawal on or before December 1, 2013: Student is responsible for 35% of tuition and will be refunded for amounts paid over $1,487.50.
- Withdrawal on or before March 1, 2014: Student is responsible for 50% of tuition and will be refunded for amounts paid over $2,125.00.
- Withdrawal after March 1, 2014: no refund.
After gaining real world medical coding experience, students wishing to further their career will be able to pursue additional credentials such as the CPC Certification (Certified Professional Coder) through the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) or the CCS Certification (Certified Coding Specialist) through AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association).
34 weeks/200 hours
Anna Maria Alberghini, BSN, CPC, CPC-OB,CPC-H, CPC-P, CPMA, is a compliance auditor at the renowned Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has 10 years of clinical experience as a nurse, 16 years of experience as a practice manager in a medical office, and 8 years’ as a compliance auditor for Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Anna Maria is a former past president of the Boston chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) with two years of coding teaching experience. She was project analyst for the implementation of PatientKeeper, a handheld coding and charge capture technology for Brigham and Women’s Physician’s Organization.
A SPECIAL APPLICATION FORM WILL BE NEEDED TO REGISTER FOR THIS CLASS. Please call us at 508-263-9651 and ask for a Medical Coding application.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 24, 2013 - June 17, 2014
(No class November 28, December 24, 26 and 31, 2013, February 18 and 20, and April 22 and 24, 2014)
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Course Fee: $4250
Attend our pre-registration information nights held on:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013, or Tuesday, September 10, 2013, both from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Attend the Information Night to learn more about a career in medical coding.
pre-registration required - just stop by!