...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. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care practitioners and technical occupations are projected to add 2 million new jobs from 2010 to 2020, the second most of any occupational group. Trident Technical College offers quality hands-on and classroom training in the hottest of these career fields, including CNA, Phlebotomist, Medical Assistant, Coding Specialist and Medical Scribe. Many of our programs include externships in your field of study, and all are taught by experienced and credentialed professionals.
Choose a program and begin your journey to a career that is both rewarding and in demand.
Even if you already have your health care certification and/or training, you will need to stay up to date on the latest techniques and Trident Tech 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 will even find some classes to expand your area of expertise in health care settings.
The next step is yours for the taking… Are you ready to take that first step towards starting a new career? If you still have questions after reading this booklet, reach out to one of our friendly registration specialists at 843.574.6152 or browse our website to learn more about each career path and the classes offered each term.
|Certified Cost Projection Specialist||flexible||$2,499||Online||Health Information Management|
|Certified Nurse Aide||6-8 weeks||$899||Classroom and clinical settings||Patient Care|
|Certified Professional Coder (CPC)||7 months||$1,695||Classroom setting||Health Information Management|
|Clinical Documentation Improvement Professional (CDIP)||5 weeks||$1,159||Classroom setting||Health Information Management|
|Coding for Health Care Professionals||5-9 months||$1,779||Online||Health Information Management|
|Coding Specialist||12-15 months||$3,204||Online; onsite externships are available for local students and virtual externships are available for distance students||Health Information Management|
|Dialysis Technician||6 months||$2,285||Classroom and clinical settings||Patient Care|
|Emergency Medical Technician||6 months||$1,150||Classroom or combination classroom and online||Patient Care|
|Massage Therapist||4-6 months||$3,999||Classroom and clinical settings||Patient Care|
|Medical Assistant||6 months||$3,695||Classroom and clinical settings||Patient Care|
|Medical Assistant Bridge Program||3 months||$1,499||Classroom and clinical settings||Patient Care|
|Medical Office Specialist||6-7 months||$2,639||Classroom and onsite externship||Medical Office|
|Patient Care Technician||7 weeks||$899||Classroom setting||Patient Care|
|Pharmacy Technician||8 months||$4,995||Classroom, online and clinical settings||Non-Patient Care|
|Phlebotomist||5 months||$1,499||Classroom and clinical settings||Patient Care|
|Sterile Processing Technician||3 months||$1,499||Classroom and clinical settings||Non-Patient Care|
Health Care Career Guide
Trident Technical College Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development has prepared this informational guide on the various health care career options available through the division. Careers discussed include Certified Nurse Aide, Coding for Health Care Professionals, Coding Specialist, Dialysis Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Massage Therapist, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Specialist, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomist, Sterile Processing Technician and more. Courses are taught at TTC's various sites and campuses in North Charleston, downtown Charleston, Moncks Corner, Hollywood, Mount Pleasant and St. George.
Health Information Management
Courses are available in both traditional classroom formats and online formats for certain subjects.
Continuing Education's array of online programs and courses give you the flexibility to study when and where your schedule allows. Many online offerings lead to professional certifications and career pathways, while others open doors to new hobbies and interests. Whether you choose a health care training program designed and offered exclusively at Trident Technical College or one of dozens of courses offered by our reputable online learning partners, there is sure to be a program or course that interests you. We offer several fully online programs designed to open career pathways in the health care industry.
Certified Coding Specialist Online Review
This 11-week online CCS Review course taught by AHIMA-approved instructors helps prepare experienced medical coders for the AHIMA CCS exam, a mastery-level coding certificate. Concentration is on ICD-9 and CPT coding as it is used for reimbursement purposes. Hospital medical records, inpatient DRG system, outpatient APC system, the official coding guidelines and ICD-10 are discussed.
Certified Cost Projection Specialist
Certified cost projection specialists assist attorneys and insurance companies with preparing the necessary documentation required during the settlement process for personal injury and worker's compensation claims. Cost projection specialists learn how to create cost projection reports confidently and thoroughly to provide adequate funds to accommodate clients with future medical needs.
Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Learn the principles and guidelines for assigning the appropriate medical codes to diagnostic conditions and medical procedures as a certified professional coder. Medical terminology, anatomy, physiology and HIPAA guidelines also are included. The program prepares students for a career working as a certified coder in an outpatient medical office.
Clinical Documentation Improvement Professional (CDIP)
Clinical documentation improvement professionals audit medical records and make the connections between clinical coders and health care providers for quality improvement in clinical documentation. Health care documentation is a legal document and validates the patient care provided, claims processing, coding, billing and reimbursement and quality reviews. CDI professionals work to improve health care record documentation to ensure improved patient outcomes, data quality, accurate reporting and proper reimbursement.
Coding for Health Care Professionals
This program equips health care professionals with the skills and versatility to move into a career in billing and coding, one of the fastest growing health care fields.
Prepare for certification in medical coding, one of the top-rated career fields in the health care industry, at South Carolina’s only AHIMA-approved online coding program. Learn to analyze health records and translate diagnoses and procedures into coded form for medical reimbursement purposes, a crucial business function for any health care provider.
Medical Office Professions
Medical Office Specialist
Medical office specialists 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, nursing homes, insurance companies and medical manufacturers.
Non-Patient Care Professions
Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacist in the packing and distribution of medication. They 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.
Sterile Processing Technician (SPT)
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.
Patient Care Professions
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; assisting with meals; transfers and ambulation; linen changes and room organization; and safety issues following facility policies and procedures.
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.
Emergency Medical Technician
Emergency medical technicians 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.
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.
Medical assistants 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. Medical Assistant (MA) Bridge Program: Medical office administrative assistants can now take training to become medical assistants (MA) through the Medical Assistant (MA) Bridge Program at Trident Technical College and qualify to take the American Medical Technologists (AMT) RMA certification exam.
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.
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.
Health Care Skills Enhancement
CPR and First Aid
Be prepared when it matters most. What would you do if your loved one collapsed? Don’t be unprepared. Everyone can benefit from knowing lifesaving techniques including parents and caretakers of special needs children; au pairs, nannies and babysitters; caregivers for patients of all ages; teenagers who want to become lifeguards; and anyone who has friends or loved ones they want to protect.
Health Care Professionals Skills Enhancement
Do you have your health care certification? Even if you already do, you need to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques, and Trident Technical College can help. You may find some classes to expand your area of expertise in health care settings, allowing you to branch out into rewarding new areas.
Additional Online Offerings
Check out the programs and courses our online learning partners offer. Each of these courses has been intentionally chosen to complement our offerings and serve the interests of our students. Click the buttons below to view and register for these offerings.
Our Online Partners
Each of the companies listed below has partnered with TTC to offer online classes to our students. Click on the links to explore available courses.
Ed2Go offers online instructor-led courses to complement the variety of classroom courses taught at Trident Technical College. Ed2Go has a variety of professional enhancement as well as personally enriching classes designed to build new skills or enhance current knowledge. Classes are six weeks long with new sessions starting monthly.
Ed2Go career training consists of the same quality curriculum offered in their six-week classes. These are longer programs designed to offer industry recognized training and certifications.
UGotClass offers a variety of programs ranging from business, marketing, communications, management, leadership, education and more.
CPR and First Aid:
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