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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 15:05



By Paula Evans
SPECIAL TO THE FORUM




There is much competition for jobs right now and little job growth in many industries, so picking the right career field can keep you from experiencing disappointment when job hunting.


That is why it is important to find a career track that is growing and not contracting. The medical field is – and will continue to be – the largest growing segment of our economy.


One of the primary reasons for the continued growth is the aging of our population. As the mass of baby boomers continues to grow, so do the ailments and afflictions associated with getting older.


Castro Valley Adult and Career Education strives to offer substantial career preparation courses that reflect current occupational skills requirements and industry demand. Do the research and see for yourself:


• Clinical Medical Assistant: This 270-hour, 14-week CMA program is a complete package, teaching students to perform back office procedures including vital signs, injections and drawing blood, collecting specimens, taking EKGs, preparing patients for x-rays and examinations and more.


Optional clinical externships are available for qualifying students.  Those interested in the next CMA class starting Aug. 16 must attend a mandatory orientation on one of the following dates: Thursday, July 19, 6-8 p.m.; Saturday July 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; or Thursday, Aug. 2 –6-8 p.m. in Room 16 at the adult school.


• Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide: A state approved program that provides 210 hours of classroom theory and clinical instruction for CNA and HHA certifications. Next class starts May 7 with a mandatory orientation for interested students on Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 16 at the adult school.


• Administrative Medical Assistant: Appointment management, customer service, medical records, confidentiality and HIPAA instruction provide the skills needed for employment in a medical, clinical or health care facility. Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m, Aug. 15-Oct. 31.


• Medical Terminology: Knowing the language of medicine is essential for entering and advancing in the healthcare field. This 12-week class is on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 5:15-8:15 p.m. May 1-July 25.


• Anatomy & Physiology:  A comprehensive 12-week course covering body systems and how they intricately work together. Monday and Wednesday evenings, 5:15-8:15 pm. May 7-August 8, 2012.


• Pharmacology: Glands and Muscles and Bugs, Oh My! This fiveweek session will focus on prevention, causes and treatments of infectious diseases, and overview of the endocrine glands and their disorders and a review of conditions affecting muscles. Thursday evenings, 5-8:30 p.m. April 26-May 24.


• Pharmacology: How Much is Enough. Dosage calculation for all types of medications will be presented using real-life examples. This five-week session provides a refresher for those who may have studied Dosage Calculations in the past and a comprehensive overview for those who are new to the process on Thursday evenings, 5-8:30 p.m. June 14-July 12.


• Medical Billing, Insurance & Office Procedures I, II:  This 2-part course covers the foundations of insurance, CPT and ICD coding, Medisoft billing software and HIPAA.  Saturdays, 8:30 am-2:30 pm, April 21-June 30, 2012.


• New! Start Your Own Medical Billing & Coding Business: Get valuable resources and tips on how to get started in setting up and running a small medical billing and coding business, including “Ask the Expert” sessions. Saturdays, July 21 and July 28, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


• Beginning Coding: Learn the precision skills of a Medical Coding Specialist who assigns a universal numeric code to each symptom, treatment, diagnosis and medical procedure for the purpose of payment and notifications. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 13-Sept. 30.


• Advanced Coding: This is a dedicated course teaching the precision skills of coding. Instruction includes the use of ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS coding books. Upon completion of both sections, students are prepared to take national certification. Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.April 20-June 8.


• Microsoft Computer Applications – Gain that competitive edge with proficient knowledge and skills in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Class schedules vary, call or check website for days and times.


Take charge of your future! Invest in a program that will pay you long-term dividends. If you would like more information regarding career and technical training and educational programs offered through Castro Valley Adult and Career Education, visit our website www.cvadult.org, contact the adult school at 510-886-1000, or stop by in person at 4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley.



 

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