ASHEBORO (Dec. 3, 2019)
Randolph Community College can help start 2020 on the right foot by helping students achieve their certification as an electrocardiogram (EKG) technician or as a medical coder. Starting in January, Randolph Community College is offering a new “Electrocardiograph Essentials” course along with two online medical coding classes.
The 108-hour “Electrocardiograph Essentials” hybrid class is designed and approved to prepare students to become certified EKG Technicians through the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians Inc. (ASPT).
The course covers the anatomy and physiology of the heart; principles of EKG, dysrhythmia recognition of sinus; junctional/atrial rhythms; heart blocks and bundle branches; and ventricular ectopy rhythms. Skills will include operating EKG equipment and running and mounting strips as well as reading and interpreting cardiac lead tracings produced from 12 lead monitors as it relates to heart function.
The class (#72186) is from Jan. 27-April 24 online with two on-site clinical days April 17 and 24 from 9-11 a.m. at the Dr. Robert S. Shackleford Jr. Allied Health Center. The cost is $180.55 plus the required textbook, “ECG Mastery: Improving Your ECG Interpretation Skills, 2nd Edition,” which can be purchased through the RCC Campus Store. Students are asked to prepay two weeks in advance of the start of class. The cost does not include the cost of the EKG Certification Exam, which will be administered during the on-site clinical portion and costs $60 plus a membership fee of $30. The cost of the exam must be paid prior to the exam date.
RCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Division also is giving students a chance to begin their journey toward a lucrative career as a professional medical coder. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for certified medical coders will increase 22 percent through the year 2022.
In two online classes, students will learn medical terminology and anatomy as well as how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to work as a coder in the health care field (doctors’ offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, etc.). These classes help prepare students for the American Academy of Professional Coders CPC (Certified Professional Coder) National Exam. The CPC is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings.
The first course (section #71189), “Medical Terminology & Anatomy,” is from Jan. 12-April 4. The registration deadline is Jan. 2. A high school diploma or equivalency diploma is required. The cost is $180, plus approximately $60 for a textbook.
The second course (section #71188), “Medical Coding,” runs from May 4-July 31. The cost is $180, plus approximately $400 for textbooks. The prerequisites for this course include a high school diploma or equivalency and successful completion of the first course, “Medical Terminology & Anatomy.”
For more information or to register for any these classes, call 336-328-1750.