Online Healthcare & Medical Programs

At the SVSU, our mission is to empower our community by training for jobs in high-demand industries. Our online healthcare training courses will prepare you for a meaningful career in one of the fastest growing industries in Michigan and across the country. Get the training you need to land a great job as a healthcare professional little to no prior experience!

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Pharmacy Technician Online Course (Voucher Included)

Pharmacy technicians have become indispensable to the health care industry, and it's a great time to join this growing field. Pharmacy technician classes can get you started on this fulfilling career path. You'll gain the skills and knowledge to qualify for entry-level positions in pharmacies and be prepared for national certification.

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Become a Pharmacy Technician

There’s no shortage of pharmacies in need of skilled pharmacy technicians! This 100% online course will prepare you for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) National Certification exam and help you complete an externship with a leading pharmacy chain.

 

Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), demand for pharmacy technicians will grow 12% through 2028 – that equates to over 30,000 new jobs!

The BLS notes that on average, pharmacy technicians earn an annual salary of $32,700. Top earners can make up to $47,000 per year.

 

Pharmacy Technicians FAQs

WHAT DOES A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DO?

Pharmacy technicians order and stock medications, prepare medications for distribution and provide information to patients. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, their work must be approved by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed. 

DO PHARMACY TECHNICIANS NEED A CERTIFICATION?

Requirements for pharmacy technicians vary by state, but most require certification, registration or licensure. Earning your certification from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) provides a valuable, industry-recognized credential that meets most states’ requirements.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN COURSE?

This pharmacy technician course can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you spend in an externship program or preparing and sitting for state licensure.

IS A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN A GOOD CAREER?

As the population ages and the prevalence of chronic diseases rises, more pharmacy technicians will be needed in pharmacies and may even see themselves taking on greater responsibilities in their role.

 

Course Objectives

  • Learn federal and state laws that govern pharmacies, as well as the ethics of pharmacy practice.
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the National Certification exam titled Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Become eligible to apply for a 100+ hour externship at a national pharmacy chain.
 

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, the externship requires that you have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years old.
  • This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 

Curriculum

  • ORIENTATION TO PHARMACY

History, foundations and role of the pharmacy technician in today’s healthcare system

  • PHARMACY LAW AND ETHICS

Introduction to law, liability and federal regulations of controlled substances

  • PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS

Basic, community and institutional pharmacy math to calculate dosages and dilutions

  • PHARMACOLOGY

The science of pharmacology, evolution of drugs and administration of pharmacological agents

  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Verbal and non-verbal methods, HIPAA regulations

  • INSURANCE AND INVENTORY PROCEDURES

Cost analysis, purchasing procedures and record keeping

  • LAB MODULE

Interactive lab for the retail and hospital settings

  • CLINICAL ROTATIONS

Virtual externship in the retail and hospital settings

  • FINAL EXAM

Final comprehensive exam to qualify for externship

 

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CBCS Medical Billing and Coding Online Course (Voucher Included)

Medical billing and coding is one of the fastest growing work-from-home careers in the healthcare field! This 100% online course will prepare you for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). You’ll learn how to use the Healthcare Common procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and the CPT Category II and ICD-10 codes. 

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Become a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist

There has never been a better time to enter the field of Medical Billing and Coding. Healthcare workers are in high demand, as more than 900,000 practicing physicians in the United States rely on medical billers and coders to receive payment for their services. Certified professional coders assign numeric codes to each procedure that appears in a patient's medical record, so that payment can be rendered quickly and correctly. Aside from medical facilities, medical coding jobs are available with health insurance companies, pharmacies, medical suppliers, consulting firms, and medical billing companies.

 

Job Outlook for Medical Billing and Coding Specialists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical billing and coding specialists earn an average annual salary of $40,350 and work in one of the fastest growing professions.

The BLS also estimates that at least 27,000 new jobs will be needed in this profession by 2026.

 

FAQs About Medical Billing and Coding

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL BILLER AND A MEDICAL CODER?

Medical coders translate patient care into current procedural terminology (CPT) codes. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the medical services provided are accurately coded. Medical billers are responsible for creating a claim based on the codes a medical coder provides.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING CAREER?

Entry-level positions typically require completion of a certificate or an associate degree program in medical billing and coding. Additionally, medical billing and coding professionals must understand the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEDICAL BILLER AND CODER?

In most cases, it takes between one and three years to become a medical biller and coder. Earning a medical billing and coding certification can take up to one year. While earning an associate degree can take up to three years.

CAN MEDICAL BILLERS AND CODERS WORK REMOTE?

Yes. However, this will vary depending on the healthcare organization that one works for and their level of experience within the medical billing and coding profession.

IS MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING A GOOD CAREER?

U.S. News and World Report ranked medical records technician (professionals that perform medical billing, medical coding or both) as #9 on its list of “25 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree," #12 in “Best Health Care Support Jobs” and on the “The 100 Best Jobs" list.

 

Course Objectives

Learn how the CPT Category II codes and ICD-10 codes work and how to assign them in common medical billing and coding procedures.

Be fully prepared to sit for the CPC exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders.

 

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course

 

Curriculum

  • MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Learn common medical terminology of the body and how it relates to diagnostic procedures, nuclear medicine and pharmacology

  • INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING

Overview of medical billing and coding in today’s healthcare system

  • HEALTHCARE LAW

How HIPAA, the False Claims Act and the Stark Law protect health information

  • INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS

Health insurance terms, healthcare provider terms and third-party reimbursement methods

  • PHARMACOLOGY FOR CODERS

Definition of pharmacology, drug classifications and routes of administration

  • ICD-10-CM

Overview of ICD-10-CM, as well as coding guidelines, conventions and steps for assigning ICD-10-CM codes

  • CPT AND HCPCS LEVEL II CODING

How the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) and CPT Code Book work, and steps for assigning CPT and HCPCS Level II codes

  • ABSTRACTING INFORMATION FROM MEDICAL DOCUMENTS                                                     

Coding from soap notes, consultation reports, operative reports, emergency room records and procedure reports

  • NEW PATIENTS, INSURANCE CLAIMS AND EOBS

Electronic, paper and hybrid medical records, practice management software and developing insurance claims

  • SUBMITTING ELECTRONIC CLAIMS AND CMS 1500

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), electronic claims submission and the National Uniform Claim Committee

  • BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD

Working with participating and nonparticipating providers

  • MEDICARE

Understanding Medicare, parts A, B, C and D

  • OTHER HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

Medicaid, TRICARE, CHAMPVA and workers' compensation

  • ICD-10-PCS (OPTIONAL LESSON)

Overview, code structure and definitions of ICD-10-PCS

  • SURVEY OF HOSPITAL BILLING

Hospital revenue cycle, chargemaster, master patient index and prospective payment systems

  • CAREER ROADMAP FOR MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING – FIND A JOB FAST

Marketing your skills and talents, creating a résumé and cover letter, interviewing and salary negotiation

 

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Online Clinical Dental Assistant Training

Dental assistants play a valuable role in any dental care team, often handling a variety of tasks from assisting with treatment procedures to administrative duties. This 100% online course will help you gain the technical skills you need to join a dental office as a clinical dental assistant. Through interactive lessons, you will also prepare for the Radiation Health and Safety and Infection Control components of the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam.

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Become a Clinical Dental Assistant

When you become a dental assistant, you'll enjoy a career that is not only fulfilling, but also rewarding. Caring dental assistants truly make a difference with clients, providing comfort and education. Plus, this field offers flexible hours and is expected to grow exponentially in the future. Dental assistant school is the first step you need to take, and this online Clinical Dental Assistant course will prepare you to become a productive and successful member of a dental hygienist team.

 

Job Outlook for Clinical Dental Assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a clinical dental assistant is currently just under $38,000 per year.

Employment is projected to grow by 19% through 2026, which is considered much faster than average. Job demand for dental assistants is projected to grow 10% over the next decade.

 

Clinical Dental Assistant FAQs

WHAT DOES A CLINICAL DENTAL ASSISTANT DO?

Clinical dental assistant jobs vary based on the dental office and the state your work in. Typical duties include preparing patients for treatment, sterilizing tools, instructing on proper dental hygiene, passing instruments to the dentist during procedures, keeping records of treatments, scheduling appointments and processing x-rays.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BECOME A CLINICAL DENTAL ASSISTANT?

Most clinical dental assistant training programs can be completed in one year or less. This does not include the time you will spend working in an externship or similar position to gain experience in the field. It also does not include the required two years of work experience you will need to become certified.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT?

To become a Certified Dental Assistant, you will need to pass the three components of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Certification Exam and meet the Board’s work experience requirements. You will need to pass the Radiation Health and Safety, Infection Control, and General Chairside components of the DANB Certification Exam as well as complete at least two years of work experience (or a minimum of 3,500 hours accrued over a two to four year period).

WHAT KIND OF HOURS DO CLINICAL DENTAL ASSISTANTS WORK?

Most dental assistants work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week, however there are some dental assistants that work part-time. Many of the hours will be worked during the day, but depending on your dental office, you may be asked to work some evenings or weekends.

WHERE DO CLINICAL DENTAL ASSISTANTS WORK?

Almost all clinical dental assistants work in dental offices under the supervision of dentists, though some may find employment with the government or in physicians’ offices. Dental assistants work very closely with dental hygienists. In this position, you will be on your feet for large portions of the day and wear surgical masks, safety goggles, gloves, and protective clothing to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

IS A CLINICAL DENTAL ASSISTANT THE SAME AS A DENTAL HYGIENIST?

No, a dental assistant and a dental hygienist are not the same. A dental assistant directly supports a dentist with small, supervised jobs performed on patients’ teeth and administrative tasks in the office. A dental hygienist will work one-on-one with patients with less supervision. A dental assistant can practice after earning a dental assistant training certificate while a dental hygienist must obtain an associate degree in dental hygiene at minimum.

 

Course Objectives

  • Prepare for the Radiology and Infection Control portions of the Dental Assisting National Board
  • Identify of teeth and their functions, as well as the anatomy of the head and neck
  • Sterilization and disinfection techniques and infection prevention
  • Completing patient charting and take vital signs
 

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites prior to taking this course.

 

 

Curriculum

  • OVERVIEW OF THE DENTAL PROFESSION

Introduction to the Practice of Dentistry

  • DENTAL HEALTH AND DISEASE

Oral health and preventative techniques; etiology of dental disease

  • ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Basic human physiology, embryology and histology; head and neck anatomy

  • INFECTION CONTROL

Microbiology, infection control and managing hazardous materials

  • BASICS OF DENTAL ASSISTING

Patient care, dental charting and pharmacology; anesthesia and sedation, chair-side assisting and dental instruments and tray setups

  • RADIOLOGY

Producing and processing quality radiographs; extraoral and digital radiographs 

  • DENTAL MATERIALS

Dental cements, bases, liners, and bonding agents; restorative materials, dental dams, matrix, and wedges

  • DENTAL ASSISTING IN THE SPECIALTY PRACTICE

Oral pathology and maxillofacial surgery; endodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics

  • DENTAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT

Records management; administrative techniques

 

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Online Veterinary Assistant Training

Veterinary assistants take charge of making sure office visits and procedures go smoothly for animals under veterinary care. Our 100% online course will train you to become a veterinary assistant, so you can turn your love of animals into a rewarding career.

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Become a Veterinary Assistant

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? This intensive course will provide the information you need to become a productive member of a veterinary team. The course is designed for people who want to work as veterinary assistants at veterinary hospitals and for those already employed in related positions. Upon completion of the course, you will also have the opportunity to gain access to an Externship Starter Kit.

 

Job Outlook for Veterinary Assistant

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a veterinary assistant is currently just over $26,000 per year.

Jobs are expected to increase by 19% through 2026, which is considered much faster than average positions. There should be plenty of job opportunities for veterinary assistants regardless of location.

 

Veterinary Assistant FAQs

WHAT DOES A VETERINARY ASSISTANT DO?

The number one job of a veterinary assistant is to support the veterinarian as well as veterinarian technicians with basic tasks. Veterinary assistants typically feed, weigh, bathe and take the temperature of animals. They may also help give medication, clean cages and help restrain animals during treatment or other medical procedures as needed.

DO VETERINARY ASSISTANTS HANDLE ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES?

Some veterinary assistants perform clerical work such as scheduling appointments and speaking with customers. As a vet assistant, you may handle many of the logistical and operating duties, such as check-in, billing and after visit care. Duties will vary depending on the office you work in, but every task is to ensure the health and well-being of animals inside the veterinary practice.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VETERINARY ASSISTANT AND VETERINARY TECHNICIAN?

Veterinary assistants are typically training through a certificate program to help with basic duties. Veterinary technicians, on the other hand, have a formal education and work as the nurse of a veterinarian. Veterinary technicians need two-year associate degrees accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

CAN I GO FROM A VETERINARY ASSISTANT TO A VETERINARY TECHNICIAN?

Yes. If you pursue additional education and licensing, you could become a veterinary technician. Working as a vet assistant is a great first step to understanding the industry, different specialties and advanced duties required to work as a vet technician.

 

Course Objectives

  • Anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems
  • Handling medical records and communicate with clients and coworkers
  • Restraining animals for procedures, take vital signs, and bathe them
  • Nutrition, vaccinations and administering medication
  • Preparing prescriptions, taking blood samples and radiographs
 

Prerequisites And Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

 

Curriculum

  • GETTING STARTED
  • WELCOME TO THE VETERINARY HOSPITAL
  • GETTING READY FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT
  • PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 1: DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND THE SKELETAL SYSTEM
  • PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 2: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, ENDOCRINE SYSTEM, AND MUSCLES AND JOINTS
  • PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 3: THE CIRCULATORY AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS
  • PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 4: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, UROGENITAL SYSTEM, LIVER, AND SPLEEN
  • FRONT OFFICE DUTIES: RECORDS, CONFIDENTIALITY, AND CLIENT RELATIONS
  • MORE FRONT OFFICE TIPS, AND DETERMINING AGE AND GENDER OF KITTENS AND PUPPIES
  • CANINE RESTRAINT
  • FELINE AND EXOTIC RESTRAINT
  • THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: PROCEDURES, RESTRAINT, AND VITAL SIGNS
  • EVERYDAY PROCEDURES FOR THE VETERINARY ASSISTANT
  • WORKPLACE HAZARDS AND INFECTION CONTROL
  • THE REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE AND STERILIZATION PROCEDURES
  • VACCINOLOGY
  • NUTRITION BASICS AND PRESCRIPTION FOODS
  • PRESCRIPTIONS: PREPARING AND CALCULATING DOSES
  • PRESCRIPTIONS: TYPES OF MEDICATIONS AND WHAT THEY DO
  • GIVING MEDICATIONS
  • THE EUTHANASIA PROCESS
  • TAKING BLOOD SAMPLES
  • INTERPRETING BLOOD TESTS AND HANDLING BLOOD
  • URINE COLLECTION, HANDLING, AND INTERPRETATION
  • TESTS: SEROLOGY, SCRAPINGS, SMEARS, FLOTATIONS, AND NECROPSIES
  • RADIOGRAPHS AND PERSONAL SAFETY
  • RADIOGRAPHIC POSITIONING
  • PAIN RECOGNITION AND EMERGENCY CARE
  • DENTISTRY: CHARTING, TOOTH DISEASE, AND DENTAL CARE
  • EXTERNAL PARASITES: FLEAS, TICKS, MITES, AND MORE
  • PARASITES OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT AND HEART
  • POISONINGS IN PETS
  • SURGERY 1: PREPARING THE PATIENT
  • SURGERY 2: YOUR ROLE DURING AND AFTER
  • UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
  • THE JOB SEARCH AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
 

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