Certification Programs

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.

Dates:  October 4, 2022 - August 24, 2023
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (388 hours)
Cost:  $5,904 (Tuition $3,810 + Textbooks & Supplies $1,457 + Certification Exam $637)
Format:  Traditional/Online
Location: Thompson M-TEC Main Campus 

Program Courses Include:

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 an externship 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 externship, students must not have a criminal record.  Background checks will be conducted prior to the student's admittance into the externship program.

Dates:  11/9/2022 - 6/21/2023
Schedule:  Wednesday; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $4,580 (Tuition $4,160  + Textbook $420)
Format:  Traditional/Online
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus 
 

Individual Classes 

Dates:  2/21/2023 - 3/30/2023
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday; 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost:  $573 (Tuition $383 + Textbook $174 + Binder Supplies $16)
Format:  Traditional
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.

Semester:  Summer 2023; 8/22/23 - 8/24/23        
Schedule:  Tuesday & Thursday; 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cost:  $431 (Tuition $170 + Online/Certification $261)
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

The Certified Health Record Specialist (CEHRS) is responsible for obtaining and documenting patient information. Specialization can be in varying areas or in one aspect of the electronic health records such as entry level coders, encoding within a hospital setting, abstractors and/or coding specialist, HIPAA Compliance Officers, and HIM (Health Information Managers). The duties will vary with size and specialty of the facility. Benefits to obtaining a Certified
Health Record Certification from the National Healthcareer Association may include more job opportunities, increased pay scale, and improved subject matter expertise. Call 616.738.8935 ext. 4200 for details. This certification can be taken onsite at Thompson M-TEC for students enrolled in an M-TEC program.

Dates:  5/23/2023 - 5/25/2023
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost:  $431 (Tuition $170 + Certification $261)
Format:  Traditional
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

Description:
Also referred to as Medical Office Secretary or Medical Office Assistant, the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) will perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to help keep the physicians’ offices and clinics running efficiently. Tasks may include reviewing and answering correspondence, working with budget expenditures, record keeping systems, interviewing job applicants, maintaining patient charts, and front desk duties. This certification can be taken onsite at Thompson M-TEC for students enrolled in an M-TEC program.

Dates and Schedule:  2022 North Holland
Cost:  $1,244 
(Includes Textbook, Workbook, Gait Belt, Background check & State certification test)
Format:  Traditional/Lab/Clinical
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus 

Prerequisite: Students 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.

If you have questions, or to enroll, please contact our Career Services Assistant at 616-738-8935 extension 4075.

Dates:  Winter 2022:  11/2/2022 to 5/24/2023
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $3,345  
Format:  Traditional
Location:  Careerline Tech Center 

Description:This program prepares students to perform basic chair side assistance from the simple filling to oral surgery procedures within a dental office setting. It includes learning dental technology, four-handed dentistry with instrument transfer, complete OSHA directed dental safety, techniques in a valued patent care and oral hygiene protocol and many other specialized dental procedures. Students will also learn basic electronic dental office software used for tooth charting, health history recording, mock custom treatment planning, scheduling appointments and have the opportunity to earn a Dental Radiography certification for the State of Michigan. Class size is limited to 20 students

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Dates: 1/30/2023 to 2/20/2023
Schedule:  Monday and Wednesday; 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost:  $340 (includes State of MI certification)  
Format:
 Traditional
Location: 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.

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Dates:  7/11/2023 to 8/18/2023
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday; 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Cost:  $574 (Tuition $383 + Textbook & Binder Supplies $191)
Format:  Traditional
Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

Description:
In this course, the Medical office students will master the skills involved with safe, detailed patient documentation.  Students learn to adopt the roles of gatekeepers, the administrators, the medical assistants, and the billers and coders. They’re the face of an office, and also the backbone – their accurate, intelligent documentation can make or break an office. Students learn the importance of safe, detailed patient documentation including charting medical history, doctor’s notes, and current medication records.  The course will cover the EHR documentation using EHR software.  Upon completion, the student will be eligible to sit for the NHA CEHRS (Certified Electronic Health Records) certification if they have also completed the Medical Clinic Workflow, Billing & Reimbursement, and Administrative Medical Assisting classes.

Format:  Traditional
Dates:  10/13/22, 11/8/22, 1/26/23, 2/28/23, 3/23/23, 4/25/23, 5/25/23 
Schedule: Tuesday or Thursday; 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Schedule:  Tuesday or Thursday; 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost:  $75

Location:  Thompson M-TEC Main Campus

The new Michigan public health code rule (Rule 338.7001(c)) goes into effect as of June 1, 2022, requiring all licensed and registered healthcare professionals to train on Implicit Bias as a condition for initial licensure/registration and renewals. The training must include interaction between an instructor and other participants which makes this in-seat course ideal for the requirements of the rule!

Implicit (subconscious) bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control. Interactive topics will include:

  • Define the concept of implicit bias
  • Reflect on personal and professional biases
  • Understand the impact implicit biases present in healthcare
  • Define strategies to mitigate the negative impact of implicit bias

This training will provide a certificate from Thompson M-TEC to validate your proof of compliance to the new rule

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Dates: 1/10/2023 to 2/16/2023
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost:  $537 (Tuition $383 + Textbook & Binder Supplies $154)
Format:  Traditional
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.

Dates:  Fall 2022; 10/12/2022 to 11/16/2022
Schedule: Wednesday; 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost:  $432 (Tuition $317 + Online Fee $115)
Format:  Traditional/Online
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.

Dates: 1/10/2023 to 3/30/2023
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Cost:  $677 (Tuition $433 + Textbook $199 + Binder/Supplies $45)
Format:  Traditional
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.

Dates:  Fall 2022; 11/9/2022 to 6/21/2023
Schedule:  Wednesday; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cost:  $2,495
Format:  Traditional/Online
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

Dates:  4/12/2023 to 5/23/2023
Schedule:  Tuesday and Thursday; 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Cost:  $757 (Tuition $383 + Textbook $243 +Online Fee & Binder Supplies $131)  
Format:  Traditional/Online, ed2go
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.

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.

Cost:  $115
Format:  Online
 

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.

Cost:  $115
Format:  Online