Certification Programs

Medical Office Certificate

This program includes instruction on how to function in an administrative role within the 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.

Class Format:  Lecture/Online
Cost:  $4,029 (Tuition $3,009 + Textbooks $820 + Certification Exam $200)
Program Length:  312 hours
Location: Thompson M-TEC Main Campus 

Program Courses Include:

  • Introduction to Computers / Keyboarding (35+ wpm and 95+% accuracy)
  • Microsoft Office
    • Word Basic
    • Word Intermediate
    • Excel Basic
  • Business Communications
  • Building your Professional Brand
  • Medical Coding (Online)
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Office Workflow
  • Medical Billing
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to qualify for entry-level positions in a hospital or retail pharmacies. This program is a combination of online and face-to-face courses that helps you learn your roles and responsibilities as support to the pharmacist in providing excellent customer service and distributing medical prescriptions.

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), a national certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). You may also qualify for a 40 to 100-hour externship*.

*In order to qualify for an externship, you'll have to pass a drug screening test, obtain professional liability insurance, complete a background check and employment verification, meet current immunization standards, conform with and complete any state mandates such as registration, fingerprinting, licensing, etc. Additional forms may be necessary for externships with certain pharmacies. It may take up to 12 weeks to find an available opening. Disclaimer: An externship with these pharmacies is not guaranteed. All students must apply to the program and complete the prerequisite criteria before being accepted. Positions in the externship program are contingent on availability at each pharmacy location. Students may also set up their own externship at any other retail or hospital facility. The externship is an additional 100 hours. To participate in the CVS or Walgreens externships, students must not have a criminal record.  Background checks will be conducted prior to the student's admittance into the externship program.

Course format:  Lecture/Online
Semester:  Fall 2019; 10/9/19 to 5/31/20
Schedule:  See Individual Classes
Cost: $4,580 (Tuition $4,160  + Textbook $420)
Program Length: 556 hours 
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus 

  • Introduction to Computers / Keyboarding (35+ wpm and 95+% accuracy)
  • Microsoft Office
    • Word Basic
    • Word Intermediate
    • Excel Basic
  • Business Communications
  • Building your Professional Brand
  • Medical Math (Online)
  • Pharmacy Technician (Online)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

Individual Classes 

Billing & Reimbursement

Course Type:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2020:  2/18/20 - 3/20/20
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost:  $481 (Tuition $348 + Textbook $133)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers

Description:
This 36-hour class will provide the student with the experience of using an integrated electronic health record and practice management system to understand the medical revenue cycle management process from line item charge review and posting charges to a bill through payment collections and refunds.  The student will have practical experience billing and recording payments for patients with multiple payers, self-pay, Blue Cross, and Medicare and Tricare and commercial insurances.  Lessons will also address other special situations including employee health patient annual physical, drug screen patient, workers’ compensation cases, patients with guarantors, and liability cases.  The class will also include processing returned checks due to non-sufficient funds, sending patient accounts to a collection agency and writing off bad debts.

Certified Nursing Assistant

Course Type:  Traditional/Clinical
Schedule:  2019 Schedule North Holland
Schedule:  2019 Schedule South Holland
Schedule:  2019 Schedule Spring Lake
Cost:  $1066 (Includes Textbook, Workbook, Gait Belt, Background check & State certification test)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus Holland or The Heartwood LodgeSpring Lake

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.

Dental Assisting

  Course Type:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Fall 2019:  9/9/19 to 5/18/20
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $3,345  
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

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. 

Dental Radiography (X-ray)

 Class Format: Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2020:  12/2/19 to 1/13/20
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $340 (includes State of MI certification)  
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 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 the State of Michigan certification to take X-rays. Course limited to eight students.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

 Course format:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  TBD
Schedule:  TBD
Cost:  $616 (Tuition $450 + Textbook $166) 
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 64-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

Medical Clinic Workflow

Course Type:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2020:  1/7/20 - 3/26/20
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost:  $481 (Tuition $348 + Textbook $133)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

Prerequisite: Intro to Computers

Description:
This 36-hour class will provide the healthcare student with the experience of using an electronic health record and practice management system to understand the medical clinic workflow process from scheduling an appointment through payment collections and refunds.  Using actual industry standard software, the student will do every step in the medical clinic workflow process, including the clinical staff’s use of a point-of-care electronic health record.  Students will be able to accurately identify the patient for scheduling and registration, prepare the patient for the physician, discharge the patient with the proper documentation and aftercare instructions and complete the patient’s medical records and bill for the services and collect the money.

Medical Math

Course Type:  Traditional/Online
Semester:  Fall 2019:  10/16/19 - 11/22/19
Schedule:  Wednesday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:  $403 (Tuition $288 + Textbook $115)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

Description:
Gain the medical math and calculations skills that you will need for any position in the health care and medical field.  This self-paced online course will provide hands-on activities that will help you perform day-to-day math tasks quickly and easily from calculation dosages to using scientific formulas.  Review basic math skills such as fractions, decimals, and percentages. Dive into measurement systems, conversions, and dosage calculations for oral, parenteral, and intravenous medications. Learn an easy formula that you can apply to many dosage calculations and explore three different methods for dosage calculations. Get an introduction to basic statistics and probability and find out how to interpret the latest medical findings for your patients.

Medical Terminology

Course Type:  Traditional (Instructor-led)
Semester:  Winter 2020:  1/7/20 - 3/26/20
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:  $567 (Tuition $433 + Textbook $134)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

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.

Pharmacy Technician

Course Type:  Lecture/Online
Semester:  Fall 2019:  11/11/19 - 5/31/19
Schedule:  Wednesday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:  $2,495 (Tuition $2,495)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

Description:
Understand the laws that govern pharmacy, whether federal or state-mandated and know the HIPAA requirements and their application to the pharmacy. This online course provides lessons that help in interpreting physician orders and prescriptions and preparing and distributing medications. Define medical and pharmaceutical terms and common abbreviations and understand the pharmacology of medications in relation to the anatomy affected. By the end of the course, students will be able to perform pharmaceutical calculations, process insurance billing or collect payments, and communicate successfully with patients and medical professionals.

Online Courses

Explore a Career in Medical Coding

Course Type:  Online, Instructor-led
Semester:  Winter 2020:  3/18/20 - 4/24/20
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:  $115  
Location:  Thompson M-TEC  

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.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

 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:  $115

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

 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:  $115