Plenty of opportunities in the medical field at RCC

ASHEBORO (March 17, 2021)

Interested in a career in the medical field? Randolph Community College has several opportunities for students to get their foot in the door, starting in April. Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) scholarships are available for some of these courses, and interested students can ask about these when registering.

The College is offering an “Orthopedic Casting and Bracing” course for new and intermediate casters. Many medical specialties can benefit from this class, including medical assistants, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, radiographers, and nurses. In this basic class, students will learn about the functions and materials of types of casts and splints, as well as methods for applying and removing them. Additional topics include basic anatomy, wound care, patient communication, and assistive devices such as cast shoes, crutches, and slings. Students will be taught patient care techniques that will improve patient casting outcomes and result in a more efficient cast application with less patient return visits for cast problems.

The class (#76367) will meet from 8 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, and from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 17, in Room 107 of the Health and Science Center on the Asheboro Campus. Students must have experience in healthcare.

This class is being taught by an American Society of Orthopedic Professionals-Certified instructor and is equivalent to 1.2 CEUs. Certificates will be provided at the end of the class. Each attendee will be responsible for submitting CEUs to their prospective professional association for approval. Students can elect to sit for the Registered Orthopedic Technologist (ROT) Exam after completing the class and fulfilling ASOP current requirements for the ROT Exam.

The cost is $200.55 ($70 tuition, $.55 insurance, $130 supply fee). For more information or to register, call 336-633-0268.

RCC also can help students 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 healthcare 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 (#76095), “Medical Terminology & Anatomy, is May 3-July 30. A high school diploma or equivalency diploma is required. The cost is $180, plus approximately $60 for a textbook. The registration deadline is April 19

The second course (#76099), “Medical Coding, is Aug. 23-Nov. 12. 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.” The registration deadline is Aug. 9.

For more information or to register for either of these classes, call 336-328-1750.

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The 132-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 (#76120) is May 3-July 20 online with two on-site clinical days, July 23 and 30 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 Essentials of Electrocardiography,” which can be purchased through the RCC Campus Store by calling 336-633-0236. 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.

The registration deadline is April 19. Call 336-328-1750 for more information or to register.

The online “Medication Aide” class is designed to prepare non-licensed personnel with the skills required by the North Carolina Board of Nursing to practice as a Medication Aide in long-term care/skilled nursing facilities within the state of North Carolina. Topics include oral, topical, and instillation medication routes; medical asepsis; hand hygiene; terminology; and legal implications. Upon successful completion of this course, students are eligible to take the NCBON/NNAAP (North Carolina Board of Nursing/National Nurse Assistant Assessment Program) Medication Aide Exam in order to become listed in the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation Medication Aide Registry.

Students must:
• Have high school diploma or high school equivalency,
• Be 18 years of age,
• Have a current listing with the Division of Health Service Regulation as a Nurse Aide I with no substantial findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property,
• Have proof of completion of a minimum 75-hour, state-approved Nurse Aide I course,
• Have a Social Security card (name must match a government-issued photo ID),
• Have a government-issued photo ID (name must match Social Security card).

RCC is offering two options for this class — June 7-23 (#76127) or July 12-28 (#76128). Both are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. The cost is $70.

For information or to register, call 336-328-1750.