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Medical Administrative Assistant/Medical Office Secretary

Positions as a Medical Office Manager, Administrative Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Front Desk Assistant or Medical Coder and Biller are in high demand as professions in the healthcare field. This program includes basic scheduling of patient appointments, surgeries, hospital admissions; how to create, maintain, and file medical charts, verification of insurance, applying diagnostic and procedure codes to patient accounts, and creating and submitting insurance claims. Students will learn human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, medical office administration, electronic health records, medical law and ethics, medical insurance, basic medical billing & coding, and human relations. Course prepares students to take/ to pass NHA CMAA (Medical Administrative Assistant) and/or CEHRS (Electronic Health Record Specialist), and/or CBCS (Certified Billing & Coding Specialist) exams.


DATES: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, October 4, 2016 – February 28, 2017

TIME: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

FEE: $3,995 plus books

SESSIONS: 60

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 056 401

LOCATION: TBA

INSTRUCTOR: Sabina Gitlits, MS in Clinical Psychology, AOS in MA, CCMA, RMA, CPT.

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Phlebotomy Technician Program

This 90-hour Phlebotomy Technician Program prepares graduates to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Students will become familiar with all aspects related to blood collection, and develop comprehensive skills to perform venipunctures completely and safely. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology; blood collection procedures; specimen hands-on practice; and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. There is no outside externship rotation included with this program.

Note: Students who complete this program will have the opportunity to pursue the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Exam.


DATES: Saturdays & Sundays, October 1, 2016 – December 4, 2016

(No class 11/26, 11/27)

TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

FEE: $1,899 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 18

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 496 401

LOCATION: Suffern, Room 2102

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DATES: Saturdays & Sundays, Tuesday, April 1, 2017 – June 18, 2017

(No class 4/15, 4/16, 5/20, 5/21, 5/27, 5/28)

TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

FEE: $1,899 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 18

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 496 201

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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DATES: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, June 19, 2017 – July 28, 2017

TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

FEE: $1,899 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 18

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 496 301

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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Clinical Medical Assistant Program – 140 Classroom Hours w/ a Clinical Externship

Prepare for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare! This program trains students to assist physicians by performing functions related to the clinical responsibilities of a medical office. Instruction includes preparing patients for examination and treatment, routine laboratory procedures, diagnostic testing, technical aspects of phlebotomy, the cardiac life cycle, and other topics. Students review important topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, professional workplace behavior, ethics, and the legal aspects of healthcare. Includes 140 hours of classroom lecture, hands-on labs, and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. To be eligible for the clinical rotation, students must successfully complete the 140 hour program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening, and meet other requirements.

Note: Successful completion of this program provides eligibility to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.


DATES & TIMES:  October 25, 2016 – February 9, 2017

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

(No classes on 11/10, 11/24, 12/27 & 12/29)

AND 6 Saturdays, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (10/29, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 1/28)

FEE: $2,995 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 34

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 147 461

LOCATION: Suffern, Room 2203

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DATES & TIMES: March 28, 2017 – July 11, 2017

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

(No classes on 4/11, 4/13, 5/16, 5/18, 5/23, 5/25 & 7/4)

AND 8 Saturdays, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (4/1, 4/22, 4/29, 5/13, 6/3, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8)

FEE: $2,995 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 32

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 147 261

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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ICD10 Medical Billing and Coding Program (AHIMA test prep.)

This course provides the student with rules of ICD-10-CM coding systems, sequencing of codes and medical reimbursement. Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology related to diagnostic coding used in standard health insurance industries and in billing procedures for provider’s offices, outpatient clinics, and hospitals will be emphasized. In addition, students will be introduced to the principles of CPT (Current Procedural Terminology), HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) and ICD-10-PCS (Inpatient Procedural Coding) coding systems and the impact correct coding has on third-party reimbursement. Coding guidelines, sequencing, legal regulations and applied medical terminology will be emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to follow coding guidelines, policies and procedures, apply the appropriate steps to coding, incorporate the official outpatient guidelines to determine the most accurate code, abstract key words located in physician’s notes/medical record documentation as they relate to the diagnoses, distinguish between co-morbidities, manifestations, and sequelae, explain the basic format of CPT codes, apply knowledge of coding principles by assigning accurate codes to all sections of CPT, gain experience in coding outpatient and physician medical records, define CPT concepts such as “Unbundling”, “Upcoding”, and “Unlisted Procedure”, explain the difference between outpatient and inpatient procedure coding, identify the structure of ICD-10-PCS codes, understand and discuss the direct impact correct procedural coding has on reimbursement.


DATES: Saturday & Sunday, January 27, 2017 – July 30, 2017

TIME: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

FEE: $3,995 (plus textbooks)

SESSIONS: 50

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 501 201

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

INSTRUCTOR: Sabina Gitlits, MS in Clinical Psychology, AOS in MA, CCMA, RMA, CPT.

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EKG Technician Certification Program

This comprehensive 50-hour EKG Technician Certification Program
prepares students to function as EKG Technicians and to take
the ASPT – Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam and other
National Certification Exams. Includes important practice and background
information on anatomy and physiology of the heart, medical
disease processes, medical terminology, medical ethics and the legal
aspects of patient contact, electrocardiography and stress testing.
Students practice with EKG equipment and hands-on labs include
introduction to the function and proper use of the EKG machine,
normal anatomy of the chest wall for proper lead placement, 12-lead
placement and other clinical practices.


DATES: Saturday, October 1, 2016 – December 10, 2016

(No class 11/26)

TIMES: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

FEE: $999 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 10

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 143 401

LOCATION: Suffern, Room 2205

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DATES: Saturday, April 1, 2017 – June 24, 2017

(No class April 15, May 20, May 27)

TIMES: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

FEE: $999 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 10

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 143 201

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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Ophthalmic Assistant

The 50-hour Ophthalmic Assistant Program prepares students for entry level positions in Ophthalmology, one of the fastest growing healthcare segments.  Through classroom lecture and labs, this program includes: anatomy and physiology of the eye; general principles of pharmacology; prescriptions written for the eye; visual acuity; and tonometry (basic) and glaucoma.  Also includes a review of ocular dressing procedures; maintenance of equipment and instruments and other areas.  Note: Although this program does not include a clinical rotation or national or state certification as part of its overall objectives, this program meets the requirements of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and the AAO’s Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Exam - which students may take after meeting certain work experience requirements.


DATES: Monday and Wednesday, October 24, 2016 – December 14, 2016

(No class 11/23)

TIMES: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

FEE: $2,995 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 15

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 142 461

LOCATION: Suffern, Room 2304

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DATES: Monday and Wednesday, April 3, 2017 – June 14, 2017

(No class 4/10, 4/12, 5/15, 5/17, 5/22, 5/24, 5/29)

TIMES: 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

FEE: $2,995 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 15

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 142 261

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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Dental Assistant Program

The 60 hour Dental Assisting Program prepares students for entry level positions in one of the fastest growing health care positions – Dental Assisting. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the student with all areas of pre-clinical dental assisting and provide training in the professional skills required to function as an assistant in the dental practice. This course covers the following key areas and topics – Administrative Aspects include: the history of dentistry and dental assisting; introduction to the dental office; the legal aspects of dentistry; policies and guidelines. Clinical Aspects include: introduction to oral anatomy; dental operatory; dental equipment, introduction to tooth structure; primary and permanent teeth; the oral cavity and related structures; proper patient positioning; dental hand-pieces; sterilization; and other areas. In addition to entry-level administrative jobs, this course is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future formal Dental Hygienist program.


DATES: Monday and Wednesday, October 17, 2016 – December 7, 2016

(No class 11/23)

TIMES: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

FEE: $1,495 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 15

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 141 401

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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DATES: Monday and Wednesday, March 27, 2017 – June 7, 2017

(No class 4/10, 4/12, 5/15, 5/17, 5/22, 5/24, 5/29)

TIMES: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

FEE: $1,495 (includes textbooks)

SESSIONS: 15

COURSE NUMBER: PPD 141 201

LOCATION: Suffern, Room TBA

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