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Health Care Career Guide 2016-2017 www.tridenttech.edu/ce

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Are you… • • •

passionate about helping people? eager to work in the health care industry? unsure of which path leads to a career?

We have good news… there is a health care career for you. Whether you are interested in a career in patient care or medical administration, Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development has a program for you. Our health care training programs prepare you for jobs that are in high demand, providing the skills you need to succeed. Even if you already have your health care certification and/or training, you need to stay upto-date on the latest techniques and Trident Technical College is here to help. We offer a variety of CEU credit classes for the health care professional and also some options for the general public. You can even find some classes to expand your area of expertise in health care settings. These are the types of programs offered each term, though be sure to check the website at www.tridenttech.edu/ce to see what new ones have been added! Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BLS Healthcare Provider $75 BLS Healthcare Provider Recertification $50 Heartsaver CPR and AED $29 Patient Care IV Catheter Insertion $139 Reiki Healing Reiki and Reiki I Introduction $135 Reiki II $235 Special Interests Health Care Spanish $99 Pet Emergency Care $49 The next step is yours for the taking… Choose a program and begin your journey to a career that is both rewarding and in demand. If you still have questions after reading this booklet, reach out to one of our friendly registration specialists at 843.574.6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce to learn more about each career path and the classes offered each term.

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Overview of Health Care Career Programs Program

Length

Cost*

Instruction Style

Career Type

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Certified Nurse Aide

6-8 weeks

$899

Classroom and clinical settings

Patient Care

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Coding for Health Care Professionals

9 months

$1,779

Online

Health Information Management

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Coding Specialist

12-15 months

$3,258

Online; onsite externships are available for local students and virtual externships are available for distance students

Health Information Management

6

Dialysis Technician

6 months

$2,285

Classroom and clinical settings

Patient Care

7

Emergency Medical Technician

6 months

$1,150

Classroom or combination classroom and online

Patient Care

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Massage Therapist

4-6 months

$3,999

Classroom and clinical settings

Patient Care

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Medical Assistant (via MA Bridge Program)

3 months

$1,499

Classroom and clinical settings

Patient Care

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Medical Assistant

6 months

$3,695

Classroom and clinical settings

Patient Care

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Medical Office Specialist

6 months

$2,639

Classroom and onsite externship

Medical Office

14

Patient Care Technician

7 weeks

$899

Classroom setting

Patient Care

15

Pharmacy Technician

8 months

$4,995

Classroom, online and clinical settings

Non-Patient Care

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Phlebotomist

5 months

$1,499

Classroom and clinical settings

Patient Care

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Sterile Processing Technician

3 months

$1,499

Classroom and clinical settings

Non-Patient Care

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*Cost is approximate; does not include textbooks, uniforms, supplies, testing fees and registration or renewal fees. It is the policy of Trident Technical College that no discrimination on the grounds of race, color, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, gender identity, pregnancy, or national or ethnic origin will exist in any area of the College. Produced by Trident Technical College. 9/16

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Certified Nurse Aide Certified nurse aides (CNA) perform tasks under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. CNAs monitor and record vital signs and perform personal care skills including bathing, dressing and toileting; assist with meals, transfers and ambulation, linen changes and room organization; and monitor safety issues by following facility policies and procedures. Program Length: Requires 80 classroom hours and 50 clinical hours; can be completed in approximately six to eight weeks Program Cost: Approximately $899 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: Student must provide proof of a 10-year clear S.C. SLED or national background check that is less than 90 days old at the time of registration. On the first day of class, student must bring proof of a negative TB test result that is less than 90 days old to his/her instructor. Prior to starting the first day of clinical externship, student must show the instructor proof of a second negative TB test result. The student is unable to complete the CNA training program without providing these items – no exceptions. Certification: Students who successfully complete the CNA training are eligible to sit for the S.C. Nurse Aide Certification Exam administered by the NACES Plus Foundation, Inc., 800.273.3517 (NNAAP – National Nurse Aide Assessment Program). The Application for Examination contains screening questions regarding felony convictions and the S.C. Abuse Registry. An answer of “Yes” to either question may result in ineligibility to test for certification. Upon successfully passing the NNAAP testing, students are eligible to receive a TTC CNA lapel pin. Is this program right for you? • Are you caring, patient, thoughtful and willing to put the needs of others ahead of your own? • Can you commit to working within strict health and safety guidelines for the wellbeing of yourself, your coworkers and your patients? • Are you physically and mentally able to handle the duties required of a CNA? Visit the Certified Nurse Aide page of the TTC Continuing Education website to view the ADA’s Implications for Nursing Education’s Program Minimum Skills for Eligibility to Participate in Educational Productions and Activities. Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for these patients (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for nursing assistants and orderlies was $25,710 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Coding for Health Care Professionals The no. 1 career pick according to CareerBuilder.com is medical billing and coding! This online coding program is for health care professionals (nurses, health care administrators and paramedics) to add to their skill set and move into a coding career. The coding field is growing faster than average due to mandatory electronic health records, health information management changes, and the Affordable Healthcare Act. Program Length: Takes approximately nine months to complete; all instruction is given online Program Cost: Approximately $1,779 not including textbooks (must be new books as used ones do not have the necessary access code cards), supplies and testing fees; most courses in this program average $285 each and students can pay as they take each class. Requirements: The program requires successful completion of seven courses which must be taken in this order: CHCP 1 – Online Learning Introduction; CHCP 2 – Medical Terminology; CHCP 3 – Health Care Data Content; CHCP 4 – ICD-10 Coding; CHCP 5 – CPT-4 Coding Basic; CHCP 6 – CPT-4 Coding Advanced; and CHCP 7 – Practicum. Certification: This program provides the training needed to take the national Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Certification Exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Is an online program right for you? It takes self-discipline and commitment to study online. In deciding if an online program is right for you, consider the following: • Can you establish regular study habits daily, organizing your days to allow for studying online? • Can you play an active role in your education and work independently on problems? • Can you learn a great deal with an instructor online or via email? • Do you enjoy reading and participating in online discussions?

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Coding Specialist The coding specialist reviews and analyzes health records to identify diagnoses and procedures for billing insurance and Medicare. The coding specialist is responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural information used by health care providers into coded form for medical reimbursement purposes. The greater the expertise of the coder the greater reimbursement to a health care facility. This online coding specialist curriculum is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) – the only AHIMA-approved online coding program in South Carolina! Program Length: Courses are divided into three separate terms and should be taken in the order specified below. The program can be completed in 12-15 months. Program Cost: Approximately $3,258 not including textbooks, supplies and testing fees; most courses in this program average $285 each and students can pay as they take each class. Requirements: The program requires successful completion of 12 courses which must be taken in this order: CS Term 1.1 – Online Learning Introduction; CS Term 1.2 – Medical Terminology; CS Term 1.3 – Anatomy and Physiology; CS Term 1.4 – Pharmacology; CS Term 1.5 – Human Diseases; CS Term 2.1 – Health Care Data Content; CS Term 2.2 – Understanding Health Insurance; CS Term 2.3 – ICD-10 Coding; CS Term 3.1 – CPT Coding Part 1; CS Term 3.2 – Electronic Health Records; CS Term 3.3 – CPT Coding Part 2; and CS Term 3.4 – Coding Externship. Certification: Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam through AHIMA, and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam through AAPC. It is highly recommended that students take the certification exams as soon as possible after completing this program. Is an online program right for you? It takes self-discipline and commitment to study online. In deciding if an online program is right for you, consider the following: • Can you establish regular study habits daily, organizing your days to allow for studying online? • Can you play an active role in your education and work independently on problems? • Can you learn a great deal with an instructor online or via email? • Do you enjoy reading and participating in online discussions? Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for medical records and health information technicians was $37,110 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). For additional salary comparisons, visit www.ahima.org.

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Dialysis Technician Dialysis technicians, also called hemodialysis technicians, work to cleanse the kidneys and blood of impurities for those experiencing acute or chronic renal failure. Dialysis is a procedure that is a substitute for many normal duties of the kidneys. Dialysis can allow individuals to live productive and useful lives, even though their kidneys no longer function adequately. The Dialysis Technician Training Program is a blended course consisting of classroom, online and externship instruction. It combines 117 hours of theory and 408 hours of clinical training, for a total of 525 hours of instruction. To enter the Dialysis Technician Program, students must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED and CPR Healthcare Provider certification. Students complete classroom study along with a four-month externship where they perform 408 hours of dialysis training on patients under the supervision of a registered nurse, site coordinator or certified dialysis technician. Upon start of the externship, all students are required to show proof of intradermal TB skin test, major medical insurance, CPR certification, MMR proof, SLED check and drug screen. Prior phlebotomy training is recommended but is not mandatory. Program Length: Program consists of a total of 525 hours of instruction which can be completed over the course of five months. Program Cost: Approximately $2,285 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: Students must be available to complete the externship portion of the program. Prior to starting the externship, students must show proof of intradermal TB skin test, CPR certification, major medical insurance, MMR proof, a 10-year clear national background check or a SLED background check and drug screen. Certification: Graduates of this program may be eligible to take the Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT) Exam offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (NNCC). Is this program right for you? • Are you compassionate and willing to help patients when they are hurt or not feeling their best? • Are you comfortable working with electronic equipment, computers and other forms of technology? • Can you establish regular study habits daily, organizing your days to allow for studying online? • Do you enjoy reading and participating in online discussions? • Can you communicate well in both oral and written formats? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines for your own benefit as well as your patients and coworkers?

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Emergency Medical Technician Emergency medical technicians (EMT) provide emergency care to the critically injured at an emergency scene and/or enroute to a medical facility. In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics typically are dispatched to the scene by a 911 operator and often work with police and fire department personnel. Once they arrive, they determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition while trying to ascertain whether the patient has preexisting medical problems. Following strict rules and guidelines, they give appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. TTC’s program curriculum follows the current U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) curriculum for EMT Basic and meets the 2009 Educational Standards. Topics covered include: preparatory (32 hours); airway (32 hours); CPR (8 hours); patient assessment (20 hours); medical (48 hours); trauma (40 hours); pediatrics (12 hours); operations (12 hours); and skill prep and review (16 hours). A real-world simulation is included in the EMT program to better prepare students for entering the workforce. Program Length: Program is 200 hours and takes approximately six months to complete on a part-time basis. Program Cost: Approximately $1,150 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: Be at least 18 years old before course completion; be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency (GED); be physically fit and able to perform all of the tasks required of an EMT; and complete prescreening requirements in reading comprehension using the standardized Accuplacer test offered through Trident Technical College’s Testing Center in the Student Center (Bldg. 410) – a score of at least 50 must be achieved to enter the EMT Basic course. Prior to the start of ride-a-longs, students must provide to instructor: Hepatitis B vaccination or documentation of immunization; MMR vaccination records; current negative PPD (TB) test; 10-year national background check; and proof of major medical insurance (student plans acceptable). Certification: TTC’s Emergency Medical Technician training courses are regulated by the S.C. Emergency Medical Services Department of the Division of Health and Environmental Control. Graduates of the courses are eligible to take the National Registry Examination.

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Is this program right for you? • Are you caring, patient, thoughtful and willing to put the needs of others ahead of your own? • Do you work well under stressful situations? • Can you control your temper and emotions and maintain a professional demeanor since you may be working with patients who have mood-altering conditions? • Will you be able to continue caring for all of your patients with a high level of compassion and support even after one or more of them begin to pass away? • Can you commit to working within strict health and safety guidelines for the wellbeing of yourself, your coworkers and your patients? • Are you physically and mentally able to handle the duties required of an EMT? Call 843.574.6152 to discuss whether you meet the requirements. Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters and acts of violence will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics was $31,980 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Massage Therapist Licensed massage therapists (LMT) use their hands and fingers to treat clients by working on muscles and soft tissues to relieve pain and aid in healing injuries. Their touch can help alleviate stress, improve circulation and promote a general sense of wellbeing for their clients. Where can you work as an LMT? Typically, LMTs find positions in spas, chiropractic offices, pain management centers, other medical facilities and also through self-employment. This 500-hour certificate program (400 classroom hours, 100 clinical hours) encompasses the requirements necessary to obtain licensure as a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in the state of South Carolina. Learn a range of massage techniques, including basic spa and neuromuscular clinical massage. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology, massage law and ethics, kinesiology, and practical application of spa and neuromuscular technique. Students also practice acquired techniques in a hands-on clinical setting. Program Length: Program can be completed in approximately four to six months. Program Cost: Approximately $3,999 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: At the time of registration, the student must be 18 years of age or older and provide a copy of a high school diploma or GED. Certification: Upon completion of this program, candidates are eligible to take the national certification examination, MBLEx (Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards), and apply for state licensure once receiving a passing score. Is this program right for you? • Are you compassionate and willing to help patients when they are hurt or not feeling their best? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines for your own benefit as well as your patients and coworkers? • Can you communicate well in both oral and written formats? • Are you physically and mentally able to handle the duties required of a massage therapist? Call 843.574.6152 to discuss whether you meet the requirements. Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for massage therapists was $38,040 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Medical Assistant via the Medical Assistant (MA) Bridge Program

The Medical Assistant (MA) Bridge Program prepares those who have: a) completed the Medical Office Specialist training program; b) are an experienced medical administrative assistant currently working in the field; or c) have finished a medical assistant program but were never certified for the clinical and lab skills necessary to become a registered medical assistant. The program includes eight weeks of classroom training followed by a four-week externship. The curriculum concentrates on the clinical and lab skills involved in becoming a medical assistant including asepsis and sterilization, phlebotomy and lab collection, injection administration, OSHA and HIPAA compliance, medication and pharmacology preparation and electrocardiogram (ECG) administration. In the four-week externship, students complete 160 hours of clinical skills off campus in a local medical office working Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Program Length: Program can be completed in approximately three months. Program Cost: Approximately $1,499 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Prerequisites: Must have five years of experience as a medical office administrative assistant or successfully completed the TTC Medical Office Specialist Program; and submit a clear and current SLED background report to enroll. Requirements: At time of registration, submit a current S.C. SLED background report and a copy of the Medical Office Specialist certificate of completion or provide documentation of five years of experience working as a medical administrative assistant. Four weeks prior to beginning the externship, the student must provide a S.C. SLED background report, clear drug screen, as well as proof of Hepatitis B, two-step PPD and influenza vaccination. Certification: Students completing the Medical Assistant (MA) Bridge Program are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant Exam given by the American Medical Technologists Association (AMT). TTC’s program is approved by AMT.

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Medical Assistant Medical assistants (MA) perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, chiropractors and other health practitioners running smoothly. The duties of medical assistants vary from office to office, depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty. Administrative duties may include: answering telephones; greeting patients; updating and filing patients’ medical records; filling out insurance forms; handling correspondence; scheduling appointments; arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services; handling billing and bookkeeping; authorizing drug refills as directed; and telephoning prescriptions to a pharmacy. Clinical duties may include: taking medical histories; recording vital signs; taking electrocardiograms; preparing patients for examination; assisting the physician during the examination; drawing blood; collecting and preparing laboratory specimens or performing basic laboratory tests on the premises; removing sutures; changing dressings; disposing of contaminated supplies; sterilizing medical instruments; explaining treatment procedures to patients; instructing patients about medications and special diets; and preparing and administering medications as directed by a physician. Program Length: Requires a total of 729 hours which can be attained over a period of approximately six months Program Cost: Approximately $3,695 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: At the time of registration, the student must be 18 years of age or older and provide a copy of a driver’s license, high school diploma or GED and clear national background check. Before beginning the externship, the student must show documented proof of a clear S.C. SLED or national background check, a two-step PPD, major medical insurance, MMR vaccination and a negative nine-panel drug test. Certification: Students completing the Medical Assistant program are eligible to sit for the Registered Medical Assistant Exam given by the American Medical Technologists Association (AMT). TTC’s program is approved by AMT.

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Is this program right for you? • Are you compassionate and willing to help patients when they are hurt or not feeling their best? • Are you comfortable working with electronic equipment, computers and other forms of technology? • Can you communicate well in both oral and written formats? • Are you detail oriented and able to stick with a task until it is completed correctly? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines for your own benefit as well as your patients and coworkers? Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for medical assistants was $30,590 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Medical Office Specialist Medical office specialists (MOS) hold administrative or clerical positions in a health care setting. Medical office specialists answer telephones, greet patients, update and file patient medical records, fill out insurance forms, handle correspondence and schedule appointments. They work in physician offices, hospitals and nursing homes. This blended course requires all students to have internet access outside of the college as training includes online coursework every week. This work is expected to be conducted outside the hours spent in the classroom. Program Length: Program can be completed in six months. Program Cost: Approximately $2,639 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: To enroll, you must be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency (GED) and submit a clear SLED background report. Upon start of the externship, all students are required to show proof of intradermal two-step TB skin test, major medical insurance, CPR certification, MMR proof, a clear SLED background check, current influenza vaccination, and five-panel drug screen. Certification: Students who successfully complete the classroom training program are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Administrative Specialist (CMAS) National Certification given by the American Medical Technologists Association (AMT). Is this program right for you? • Are you comfortable working with electronic equipment, computers and other forms of technology? • Can you communicate well in both oral and written formats? • Are you detail oriented and able to stick with a task until it is completed correctly? • Can you control your temper and emotions and maintain a professional demeanor at all times? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines for your own benefit as well as your patients and coworkers?

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Patient Care Technician Patient care technicians (PCT) work under the supervision of a doctor or nurse and service patient needs. They may collect fluid samples for testing, monitor and document patient behaviors, supervise and assist patients at mealtimes, change patient bandages, and ensure the patient’s room is sanitary by changing linens. This 112-hour course is designed for individuals seeking employment where multiskilled training is preferred or required. The course consists of introduction to hospital equipment and supplies, hands-on procedures and critical thinking. Areas covered include, but are not limited to: EKG equipment and use, CPR training with certification, basic phlebotomy (no live sticks), sterile technique, specimen collection, measuring output of body fluids including nasogastric, chest tube and surgical site drains. Glucometer use, Foley catheters, tracheostomy and supplemental oxygen care appropriate to scope of practice are also covered. Resume preparation and employment interview techniques are included. Program Length: Program can be completed over a period of approximately seven weeks. Program Cost: Approximately $899 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Prerequisite: Successful completion of the certified nurse aide training program Certification: To receive a certificate of completion and BLS card, students must receive a passing grade on the PCT final general knowledge exam and demonstrate competency in patient care procedures using equipment and supplies correctly. Strict attendance is required. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a Patient Care Technician Certificate of Completion and BLS card. Is this program right for you? • Are you caring, patient, thoughtful and willing to put the needs of others ahead of your own? • Can you commit to working within strict health and safety guidelines for the wellbeing of yourself, your coworkers and your patients? • Are you physically and mentally able to handle the duties required of a PCT? Call 843.574.6152 to discuss whether you meet the requirements.

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Pharmacy Technician This program provides instruction in how to assist the pharmacist in the packing and distribution of medication. Graduates can find employment in hospitals (private and government), nursing care facilities, private and chain drug stores, drug manufacturers, wholesale drug houses and health maintenance organizations. Students also study the professional and technical skills necessary for direct employment as a pharmacy technician. Program Length: Program can be completed in approximately eight months. Program Cost: Approximately $4,995 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies, testing fees and registration fees Requirements: At time of registration, provide proof of high school diploma or GED, proof of passing the Accuplacer entrance exam and a national background check. You must have the background check done at the time of enrollment in order to register. You cannot have a felony and enter the program. Some misdemeanors may be accepted depending on the charge. If it is drug related, shoplifting or theft you may not be granted Board of Pharmacy registration. Prior to starting the externship, the student must submit a clean drug screen report. Certification: A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of this program. Students who have successfully met all educational and institutional requirements for a Certificate in Pharmacy Technician at Trident Technical College are eligible to have their names submitted to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to be considered as a candidate to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technician examination (CPhT) and are eligible to have their names submitted to the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, South Carolina Board of Pharmacy to register as a Pharmacy Technician. Is this program right for you? • Are you compassionate and willing to help patients when they are hurt or not feeling their best? • Are you comfortable working with electronic equipment, computers and other forms of technology? • Can you communicate well in both oral and written formats? • Are you detail oriented and able to stick with a task until it is completed correctly? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines for your own benefit as well as your patients and coworkers? Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow nine percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $30,410 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Phlebotomist Phlebotomists are specialized clinical support workers who collect blood from patients for laboratory testing. They also ensure that the blood is collected correctly, because if specimens are harmed during the collection process, test results may be unobtainable or worthless. Phlebotomists work in hospitals, commercial laboratories, private physician offices, public health departments, clinics, blood banks and as paramedical examiners for life insurance companies. This course provides the theoretical and practical knowledge of how to become a phlebotomist. Topics covered include establishing a professional relationship with the patient, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, selecting and preparing the venipuncture site, collecting specimens, working with donor patients, preparing and maintaining equipment, and the health, safety and legal aspects of the occupation. “Live” sticks are performed. A 120-hour clinical externship begins immediately upon completion of the classroom hours. Program Length: Program can be completed in approximately five months. Program Cost: Approximately $1,499 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: When registering for the course, students must provide a S.C. SLED or national background check; background check report must not have any felonies or misdemeanors and must be reviewed for acceptance in the program. Prior to the start of externship, all students are required to show proof of two negative TB skin tests, major medical insurance (student plans acceptable), a 10-year clear national SLED background check, MMR vaccination records and a negative 10-panel drug screen. Externship hours may vary and are only available during the day – please make schedule accommodations accordingly. All students complete 12 hours per week in the clinical externship portion for 10 weeks. Students complete hours on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday rotation. Hours are scheduled by the program manager. Students must have reliable transportation to travel to the assigned externship site. Certification: A certificate of achievement is awarded to individuals who successfully complete the phlebotomy classroom and clinical portion. Students must complete 72 hours of classroom training in addition to 120 hours of clinical training at a clinical site to be determined by the program manager and externship coordinator. Once the student has completed both portions successfully, he or she is eligible to take a national certification exam.

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Is this program right for you? • Are you compassionate and willing to help patients when they are hurt or not feeling their best? • Are you comfortable working with electronic equipment, computers and other forms of technology? • Can you communicate well in both oral and written formats? • Are you detail oriented and able to stick with a task until it is completed correctly? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines for your own benefit as well as your patients and coworkers? Employment of phlebotomists is projected to grow 25 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and other locations will need phlebotomists to perform bloodwork (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for phlebotomists was $31,630 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Sterile Processing Technician Sterile processing technicians (SPT) clean, disinfect and sterilize surgical instruments in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. SPTs also order, inventory and test equipment for reuse. This health care employee is fundamentally important to hospitals and surgery centers to ensure the success of medical surgeries. Topics covered include: medical terminology, anatomy, infection control and safety, as well as HIPAA and OSHA guidelines. An externship is available upon successful program completion. Program Length: Program can be completed in approximately three months. Program Cost: Approximately $1,499 not including textbooks, uniforms, supplies and testing fees Requirements: To register for this program, you must have a high school diploma or GED and submit a clear S.C. SLED background report. Certification: This program prepares successful students to take a national certification exam for employment as a certified sterile processing and distribution technician (CSPDT) through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution. Is this program right for you? • Are you detail oriented and able to stick with a task until it is completed correctly? • Will you be able to work within strict health and safety guidelines? Employment of medical equipment preparers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). The median annual wage for medical equipment preparers was $33,330 in May 2015 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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2016-2017 Health Care Career Guide from Trident Technical College  

Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development has prepared this informational guide on the various he...

2016-2017 Health Care Career Guide from Trident Technical College  

Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development has prepared this informational guide on the various he...

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