Lock Haven University to offer evening courses

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven University will offer three evening courses for the fall semester through the workforce development and continuing educaiton center. The classes include:

Clinical medical assistant

A clinical medical assistant program will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 2 through Dec. 9 and every other Saturday from Sept. 13 through Nov. 22.

The program is intended for students who want to prepare for a career in healthcare. This program will train 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 and the cardiac life cycle. Students will review topics including phlebotomy, pharmacology, the proper use and administration of medications, taking and documenting vital signs, cardiology including proper lead placements, a professional workplace behavior, ethics and the legal aspects of healthcare.

This program includes 140 hours of classroom lecture and hands on labs and a clinical externship opportunity at a local healthcare provider. The clinical externship will consist of 160 hours. 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.

Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination.

Medical billing and coding

An 80-hour medical billing and coding course will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 2 through Nov. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 and Oct. 11.

The course offers the skills needed to solve insurance billing problems, how to manually file claims (using the CPT and ICD-9 manual), complete common insurance forms, trace delinquent claims, appeal denied claims and use generic forms to streamline billing procedures.

The course covers the following areas: CPT (introduction, guidelines, evaluation and management), specialty fields (such as surgery, radiology and laboratory), ICD-9 (introduction and guidelines) and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements.

Students will learn how to find the service and codes using manuals, (CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS). After obtaining the practical work experience (six months to two years), students who complete this course could be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC or CPC-H Apprentice), the American Health Information Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam and-or other national certification exams.

Veterinary assistant program

A 100-hour veterinary assistant program will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Sept. 8 through Nov. 17 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, Oct. 11 and Nov. 1 and 15.

Students will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations.

Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office. Students will enjoy learning through classroom lecture as well as hands on labs.

This program does not include a national or state certification or a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives.

For more information about the courses, contact Shannon Tyson at 570-484-3131 or styson@lhup.edu.