by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College will offer fast-track workforce development programs in Medical Billing and Coding and Health Information Technologist this summer through JobTrakPA, a statewide initiative of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges to educate and train displaced workers in high-demand occupations.
Medical Billing and Coding will be offered at the College’s West Campus in Pottstown on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. from July 29-Oct. 2. The program will be at the Central Campus in Blue Bell on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. from July 30-Oct. 1.
136-hour course will provide an overview and practical applications of medical terminology, current procedural terminology and International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9), as well as an overview of specialty fields and basic claims processes for medical insurance and third party reimbursements.
Students in the Medical Billing and Coding program will also complete a 21-hour online Health Center 21 program, which covers the healthcare industry and jobs in that industry. Tuition is $1,400, which includes books, American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) membership and certification exam.
The Health Information Technologist program will be offered at MCCC’s West Campus in Pottstown on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-10 p.m. from July 29-Jan. 15, 2014. The program is comprised of three courses that prepare students for information technology jobs in the health care sector and beyond. The sequence of courses will train students to repair, maintain and secure desktop computers and mobile devices, and to install and troubleshoot operating systems.
Students will also learn how to plan, configure and create small local area networks and add wireless devices, while being introduced to basic medical terminologies, medical business operations and network security. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the A+, Net+ and HIT technician industry certification exams. The comprehensive cost for the program is $2,085.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. These programs are funded in whole or in part by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor—Employment and Training Administration.