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Certified Nursing AssistantNursing Assistant Certification
Child Development AssociateCDA-Council for Professional Recognition
Dialysis TechnicianCertified Hemodialysis Technologist/Technician (CHT)
Direct Support ProfessionalIndustry Standard
EKG TechnicianCertified EKG Technician (CET)
Home Health AideHome Health Aide Certification
Medical AssistantCertified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
Medical Billing and CodingCertified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS)
Medical Office AdministrationCertified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
Patient Care TechnicianIndustry Standard
Pharmacy TechnicianCertified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
Phlebotomy TechnicianCertified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT)

Certified Nursing Assistant
The CNA program (120 hours) provides the theory and clinical practice to prepare students to learn how to care for residents in long-term care facilities. The Certified Nursing Assistant assists residents with activities of daily living (ADL) under the supervision of a registered nurse.  Department of Health (DOH) final rulemaking, 29-3201 Training Requirements for Nurse Aide, requires a minimum of 120-clock hours (45-classroom, 30-laboratory and 45-clinical practicum that may require travel) to the complete the required training.  Total Contact Hours:  120.

Child Development Associate
The Child Development Associate Training program requires a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) clock hours demonstrating competency in the CDA Competency Goals, completion of the CDA Professional Resource File, and preparation for the CDA assessment by the Council of Early Childhood Professional Recognition.  This course provides the required theory and skills necessary for individuals to care for children in Family Day Care, Infant/Toddler and Preschool classrooms.  Upon completion of the 120-hour course, verification of 480 of early childhood experience, and passing the CDA Council's oral and written exam, a CDA license will be issued.
Prerequisites:  DC police clearance, a receipt for a FBI Fingerprint Clearance, and a medical exam with a TB test are required.  CPR Certification may be completed during the course.  480 hours of Early Childhood experience is also required.  Prior childcare experience is counted and volunteer worksites are available for those without experience.

Dialysis Technician
This 120 clock hour (65-theory and 55-clinical practicum) program is intended for those interested in a career in renal dialysis. The program prepares learners for employment in a hemodialysis unit. This program will cover patient care principles, normal and abnormal renal anatomy and physiology, principles of dialysis, water treatment, hemodialysis procedures under the supervision of a registered nurse. This program prepares the student for the national certification examination through the Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT). The DC Department of Health (DOH) proposed rulemaking, 8816 Training Requirements for Dialysis Technician, requires a minimum of 65-clock hours to complete the training.

Direct Support Professional
This course 80.5 clock hour program (64.5 theory and 16 practicum) trains individuals to become Direct Support Professionals (DSP). DSP's work directly with people who have developmental disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into his/her community or the least restrictive environment and serve as an advocate for the individual in communicating their needs, self-expression and goals. A DSP may provide support to a person with a disability at home, work, school, church, and other community places. We teach the required District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Department on Disability Services (DDS) training programs curriculum.

EKG Technician
As a Certified EKG Technician, participants will learn to operate machines that record electrical activity of a patient’s heart. EKG rhythms provide important data for the diagnosis of heart conditions.  CET’s may perform some or all of the following tasks:  set-up and administer EKG’s and stress tests; prepare students for Holter monitor or ambulatory monitoring; edit and deliver final test results to physicians for analysis; schedule appointments; transcribe physician’s interpretations.  Total program hours:  72 (includes Theory and Lab).  Credential:  CET Certification through National Healthcareers Association after successfully completing the program.  Prerequisites:  CASAS Assessment (236-Reading/236-Math)

Home Health Aide
The Home Health Aide training is a 125-hour (65-theory, 20-laboratory, 40-clinical practicum) program that provides theory and clinical practice to prepare students to learn how to care for clients in their homes. Students are trained to provide non-custodial care, such as helping with dressing, getting in and out of bed, using the toilet and preparing meals. In addition to non-custodial care, Home Health Aides are trained to perform nursing-delegated functions such as:  basic restorative skills, including transfers, ambulation, range of motion and positioning that are appropriate for the home setting; assisting with self-administration of medication, administering an enema; care of ostomy including skin and changing the appliance; administering of oxygen therapy.  The DC Department of Health (DOH) final rulemaking, 9327 Training Requirements for Health Aide, requires a minimum of 125-clock hours (65-classroom, 20-laboratory and 40- clinical practicum) to complete the required training. Total Contact Hours:  125.

Medical Assistant
The Medical Assistant program is designed to train the student to function in the clinical area of a doctor's office. They will study how to triage a patient, record patient histories, do vital signs, EKG's, prepare and assist the physician with examinations, basic skills in phlebotomy and injections. Principles of OSHA, handling laboratory specimens, urinalysis are included in class instruction. Students will receive an introduction to medical insurance coding, ICD, and CPT, which are pertinent to the clinical medical assistant. Vocabulary is emphasized as it is an important tool in learning the language of the medical field. There is emphasis on professionalism in the work place; HIPAA guidelines as they apply to the medical office setting are discussed. Basic concepts of scheduling and office administration are included in the program. Prerequisite: Medical Terms and Anatomy Certification/Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).

Medical Billing and Coding
As Medical Billing and Coding Clerks, participants will learn billing procedures so that the health providers receive payment for medical services rendered. The following areas will be covered:  medical insurance laws, billing management, medical documentation and coding, health insurance claim form handling, EMR's and EHR's, and Government programs and medical ethics.  Every medical service is assigned a numeric code to define diagnostics, treatments and procedures.  It will be the coder's job to enter this information into a database using this set medical protocol to produce a statement or claim. They will learn how to send paperwork to the appropriate insurance carrier for acceptance or denial and how to investigate rejected claims and update details in the database. They will then bill the patients for medical payments.  Medical coders will also be responsible for dealing with collections and insurance fraud.

Medical Office Administration
The Medical Office Administrative Assistant Program (MOAP) is a 120 hour program that prepares individuals for employment in medical and other health-care related of­fices. Course work includes medical terminology; information systems; office manage­ment; medical coding; billing and insurance; legal and ethical issues; and formatting and word processing.  Students will learn administrative and support functions and develop skills applicable in medical environments.  Employment opportunities are available in medical and dental offices, hospitals, insurance companies, laboratories, medical supply companies, and other health related industries.  Certification:  National Health Career Association/Medical Administrative Assistant Certification (CMAA).  Prerequisite:  Medical Terms & Anatomy.

Patient Care Technician
The Patient Care Technician is a 170-clock hour (65-theory, 85-clinical practicum and 20-mental/behavioral health) program that prepares students for employment as a Patient Care Technician (PCT). PCT's job description includes assisting patients with many tasks they cannot do for themselves while they are in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics and/or ambulatory care centers. PCT's perform routine tasks, and this program provides the theory and skills necessary to care for complex patients in various health care settings under the supervision of a registered nurse.  The DC Department of Health (DOH) proposed rulemaking, 8814 Training Requirement for Patient Care Technician, requires a minimum of 128-clock hours (44-theory and 84-clinical practicum that will require travel to complete the program). Total Contact Hours – 170.

  • CASAS  scores:  Reading = 236 min; CASAS Math = 226 min
  • Applicants must present their current District of Columbia Nursing Assistant (CNA) or EMT Certification

Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technicians help licensed pharmacists dispense prescription medication.  They work under the supervision of the pharmacist, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals. Pharmacy Technicians typically perform the following tasks:  Take from customers or health professionals the information needed to fill a prescription; Count tablets and measure amounts of other medications for prescriptions, compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments, package and label prescriptions, accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims, do routine pharmacy tasks, such as answering phone calls from customers. Total Contact Hours – 95 (50 hours theory and 45 hours laboratory).  Certification:  National Health Career Association/Pharmacy Technician Certification (CCPL).  Prerequisite:  CASAS scores:  Reading = 236 min; CASAS Math = 236 min.

Phlebotomy Technician
The Phlebotomy Technician is a 178.5-hour (105-theory/laboratory, 13.5-final activities, and 60-hours of EKG theory) program that prepares students for employment in a laboratory environment as a phlebotomist or EKG Technician. Phlebotomy is the act of drawing blood either for testing or transfusion. It is a skill employed by many clinics and/or ambulatory care centers. PCT's perform routine tasks and this program provides the theory and skills necessary to care for complex patients in various health care settings under the supervision of a registered nurse. The DC Department of Health (DOH) proposed rulemaking, 8814 Training Requirement for Patient Care Technician, requires a minimum of 128-clock hours (44-theory and 84-clinical practicum that will require travel to complete the program.  Total Contact Hours – 178.5.  Prerequisite:  CASAS Reading = 236 min; CASAS Math = 226 min.



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