Health Sciences

Certification Programs

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

A Certified Nursing Assistant, also called a CNA, provides assistance to patients with daily living tasks. CNA's typically work in nursing homes, hospitals, and other long-term care facilities and may also assist doctors and nurses with medical procedures. The Certified Nursing Assistant course includes classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experience. Contact Thompson M-TEC for dates.

Upon course completion, students are eligible to take the State of Michigan Licensing Test for the Competency Evaluated Nurse Aid certification, renewable annually. Visit www.mtec.org for the current class schedule.

Prerequisite: Students must be 17 years of age and no criminal background.

Cost:  $1,066 (Tuition $821 + Textbook $65 + Certification $125 + Background Check $55) 
Class Format:
 Lecture, Lab, and Clinical
Course Length: 90 hours
Location(s): Thompson M-TEC 
More Information:

PDF Document Training Description 
PDF Document Calendar 2016

Dental Assistant/Administrative Assistant

A Dental Administrative Assistant works on behalf of the dentist, as well as the patient. They help deliver oral health care, perform administrative tasks, and provide a high level of professional assistance to dentists and their patients. This course teaches the essential skills for managing business aspects of a dental practice as well as performing basic chairside assisting procedures. Clinical work in this program provides hands-on practice with standard and digital radiography techniques. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the State of Michigan X-Ray Certification.

Course Format: Traditional and Open Lab
Cost:  $6,789(Tuition $5,405 + Textbooks $909 + Online Fee $75 + Certification $400)
Program Length: 701 hours
Location: Thompson M-TEC and Careerline Tech Center

Program Courses Include:

  • Business Communication
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Radiography
  • Electronic Health Records
  • FastTrack for Success
  • HIPAA
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Keyboarding
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Office Computers
  • Microsoft Word Core (includes MOS Certification)

Dental Radiography (X-Ray)

This five-week course will instruct Dental Assistants on dental radiation safety, exposure techniques, and mounting procedures. Clinical work will provide hands-on practice in standard and digital radiography techniques. Successful course completion includes State of Michigan certification to take X-rays. Course limited to eight students.

Prerequisite: Dental Assisting or work experience as approved per instructor

Class Format: Traditional/Lab
Cost:  $340 (Includes Certification)
Program Length: 17 hours
Location: Careerline Tech Center

Certified Nursing Assistant/Medical Office Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant/Medical Office Assistant is a combination of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program with added instruction in Medical Office Assistant. Students learn the basic nursing skills needed to assist professional nursing staff and then additional skills for the office setting. Students completing this program will possess the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions in nursing homes, assisted living, doctors' offices, or hospital settings.

Upon completion, students are eligible to take the Certified Nursing Assistant certification exam.

Course Format: Lab/Clinical
Cost:  $4,510 (Tuition $2,881 + Textbooks $974 + Online Fee $75 + Certification $525 + Background Check $55)
Program Length: 594 hours
Location: Holland

Program Courses Include:

  • Business Communication
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • CNA Certification
  • Electronic Health Records
  • FastTrack for Success
  • HIPAA
  • Intro to Computers
  • Keyboarding
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Office Computers
  • Microsoft Word Core (includes MOS Certification)

Dental Assistant

This program prepares students to perform basic chairside procedures in a dental office setting. This program includes learning dental technology, instrument transfer, dental safety, four-handed dentistry and other specialized dental procedures. The student will also learn basic dental office software typically used for scheduling appointments and have the opportunity to earn a Dental Radiography certification for the State of Michigan. The class is limited to nine students.  Offers articulated college credit.

Class Format: Traditional
Cost:  $3,345
Program Length: 180 hours
Location: Careerline Tech Center

Medical Office

This program includes instruction on how to function in an administrative role within a medical office. It includes patient scheduling; tracking patient activity; maintaining the integrity and protection of patient information; sending and receiving reminders, messages, and emails. This program also provides the knowledge and skills needed to successfully perform insurance and billing related duties in a medical office.

Upon completion of the program, students can prepare and take the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS) certifications through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Class Format:  Lecture
Cost:  $2,974 (Tuition $1,869 + Textbooks $705 + Certification $400)
Program Length: 445 hours
Location: Thompson M-TEC 

Program Courses Include:

  • Business Communication
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Explore a Career in Medical Coding (online)
  • FastTrack for Success
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (online)
  • Keyboarding Foundations
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Office Computers
  • Medical Terminology (online)
  • Microsoft in Minutes - Word
  • Windows in Minutes

Individual Classes 

Certified Nursing Assistant

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Course Type:  Traditional/Clinical
Schedule: 2016 Schedule ​
Schedule:  2017 Schedule
Cost:  $1066 (Includes Textbook, Workbook, Gait Belt, Background check & State certification test)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC 

Prerequisite:  Student must be 17 years of age and no criminal background.

Description:
A Certified Nursing Assistant, also called a CNA, provides assistance to patients with daily living tasks. CNA's typically work in nursing homes, hospitals, and other long-term care facilities and may also assist doctors and nurses with medical procedures. The Certified Nursing Assistant course includes classroom work, skills labs, and clinical experience. Contact Thompson M-TEC for dates.

Upon course completion, students are eligible to take the State of Michigan Licensing Test for the Competency Evaluated Nurse Aid certification, renewable annually. Visit www.mtec.org for the current class schedule.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

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Course Type:  Open Entry
Schedule: Open Lab
Cost:  $184 (Tuition $100 + Textbook $84)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC 

Description:
HIPAA covers the information allied health workers need to correctly handle patients' protected health information (PHI) and to comply with all HIPAA regulations. Major emphasis is placed on communication skills, both written and oral, including handling requests for release of information (ROI) from patients, payers, and other clinicians; effective interviewing of patients to gather information; completing authorization forms, and documenting data using tools such as electronic medical records. Case scenarios are used to apply the regulations in situations where allied health personnel will need to make the correct choices for protecting patient privacy under HIPAA. Students receive HIPAA certification upon completion of course.

Dental Assisting

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Course Type:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Fall/Winter 2016/17:  9/7/16 - 12/14/16 & 1/4/17 - 5/1/17
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $3,345  
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite:  Dental Assisting or work experience as approved per instructor

Description:
This program prepares students to perform basic chairside procedures in a dental office setting. This program includes learning dental technology, instrument transfer, dental safety, four-handed dentistry and other specialized dental procedures. The student will also learn basic dental office software typically used for scheduling appointments and have the opportunity to earn a Dental Radiography certification for the State of Michigan. Class is limited to nine students.

Medical Billing

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Course Type:  Open Entry/Online
Cost:  $628 (Tuition $288 + Textbook $165 + Certification $175)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC 

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers

Certification:  CMAA (Certified Medical Administrative Assistant)

Description:
This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to successfully perform insurance and billing related duties in a medical office. Closely follow the medical billing process as you move from a comprehensive introduction to the processing of RA/EOBs. Covering both the mandated CMS-1500 (08/05) paper claim, and the HIPAA 837 electronic claim, Medisoft Advanced - Version 17 is used to simulate the creation and submission of claims to a variety of payers. Particular emphasis is placed on working with Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPVA, Workers Compensation, and private third-party plans. Offers articulated college credit.

Dental Radiography (X-ray)

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Class Format: Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017:  1/3/17 to 2/2/17
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $340  
Locati
on: Careerline Tech Center 

Prerequisite: Dental Assisting or work experience as approved per instructor 

Certification Available:  State of Michigan X-Ray Certification

Description:
This five-week course will instruct Dental Assistants on dental radiation safety, exposure techniques, and mounting procedures. Clinical work will provide hands-on practice in standard and digital radiography techniques. Successful course completion includes State of Michigan certification to take X-rays. Course limited to eight students.

Medical Office Computers

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Course Type:  Open Entry
Schedule: Open Lab
Cost:  $406 (Tuition $230 + Textbook $176)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC 

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers

Description:
This course explores the use of a medical practice management system (accounting, scheduling, and billing) in a medical office setting. The course covers billing and reimbursement cycles, collection of patient information, functions of a practice management program, HIPAA, using Medisoft computerized medical billing software, financial policy, and collections.

Electronic Health Records

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Course Type:  Open Entry
Schedule: Open Lab
Cost:  $545 (Tuition $230 + Textbook $140 + Certification $175)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC 

Prerequisite:  Intro to Computers

Certification:  CEHRS (Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist)

Description:
Upon completion of this course, students are able to manage medical records, review each patient's physical chart including the medical history, doctor's notes, and current medication and enter that information into an electronic database system. This course will teach students EHR documentation using the CCHIT-certified SpringChartsTM EHR software. The course includes instruction on how to function in an administrative role within the clinic including patient scheduling and tracking patient activity.

Medical Terminology

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Course Type:  Open Entry
Schedule: Open Lab
Cost:  $354 (Tuition $230 + Textbook $124)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC

Description:
Medical terminology is a specialized language used by health care practitioners. Medical Terminology Training will give you a full understanding of medical terminology, from word origins to their application. In this 15-week course, you will learn the correct terms and spelling for all of the body systems, major pathological conditions, disorders, treatments, medications, and more. This course is appropriate for all students of health occupations who will have a need to communicate with physicians, dentists, and other medical professionals. Tests are only given during scheduled lab hours.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

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Course format:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2017; 1/5/17 to 4/27/17
Schedule:  Thursday (plus one Wednesday, 3/29/17); 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Cost:  $597 (Tuition $450 + Textbook $147) 
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Co-requisite:  Healthcare Provider CPR

Certification:  Emergency Medical Responder

Description:
This state approved Medical First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder training is offered at a state approved site by a state approved Instructor/Coordinator. This course will prepare students to take the national Emergency Medical Responder certification examination through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Students will receive a lecture on EMR techniques and guidelines and will practice clinical skills for 15 of the 60-course hours. CPR certification is required to sit for the EMR exam, and options for taking that training are provided during the class. After successfully completing the course, students may apply to take the EMR exam in Grand Rapids at an additional cost of $65

Online Courses

Explore a Career in Medical Coding

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As part of the FastTrack program, this six-week online instructor-led course will teach you how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-9-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedure. This knowledge will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field including doctor offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, insurance agencies, or even the comfort of your own home.

Course Type:  Online
Cost:  $99

Human Anatomy and Physiology

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This six-week online instructor-led course begins with an explanation of the nature of matter and a review of the principles of chemistry that are important to human physiology. We'll place an emphasis on the organization of the human body and the differences between nonliving matter and living organisms. We'll also cover cell anatomy and physiology because all life processes are ultimately carried out at the cellular level. You'll also learn principles of genetics and gain an understanding of how traits are passed from one generation to the next.

Course Type:  Online
Cost:  $99

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

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This online course is a continuation of Human Anatomy and Physiology. We'll start with basic histology-the study of the different tissues in the body. You'll learn about the structure and function of the epithelial, connective, nervous, and muscular tissue. You'll come to understand the different sub-types of these tissues, where they're located, and the special jobs they perform.

Course Type:  Online
Cost:  $99

Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

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As part of the FastTrack program, this six-week online instructor-led course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach. Root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term. Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Unusual and interesting information is provided in regards to each term. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffixes as your learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes.

Course Type:  Online
Cost:  $99