Area residents interested in getting jobs in medical offices will have two opportunities for learning new skills this summer through continuing education programs at Vance-Granville Community College.
The Medical Office Assistant course is scheduled to begin in mid-May on VGCC’s Franklin Campus. Another offering of the course is scheduled for early June at South Campus.
At the Franklin Campus, the course will be offered on Mondays, May 14 through June 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and two Saturdays, May 19 and June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Franklin Campus is located at 8100 NC Highway 56 in Louisburg.
At the South Campus, the course will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, from June 6 through July 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. The South Campus is located between Creedmoor and Butner at 1547 Campus Drive, off NC Highway 56.
For both course offerings, students will also complete 42 hours of coursework online.
This course is designed to provide training in the skills required for a medical office assistant. Course topics include keyboarding and basic computer skills; preparation of medical records, health insurance and financial records of patients; understanding medical terminology, body systems, diseases and clinical procedures used in a medical office; preparation of medical reports; health care law; handling front office operations; and assisting the physician and medical staff.
Students who complete the program will be eligible to apply for entry-level administrative positions in doctor’s offices and clinics, as well as health care facilities such as nursing homes and retirement communities.
This course is approved for CE to CU credit at VGCC. Those students who pass the course and earn a certificate from the college can use the contact hours as credit in the Office Administration and Medical Office Administration certificate and degree programs. Students can also earn 6.6 CEUs as professional development.
Students taking this course must be aged 17 or older and have a high school diploma or its equivalent or permission from their high school counselor.
The cost of the course is $187. Qualifying students may be eligible for tuition assistance.
Prospective students can now register and pay for the course online (https://www.vgcc.edu/schedules/occupational-extension-schedule).
The deadline to register for the Franklin Campus course is May 8 and for the South Campus course May 31.
For information or registration, please contact Kyle Burwell, VGCC’s director of Occupational Extension at firstname.lastname@example.org or (252) 738-3276. For questions about the course, please contact the instructor, Tammy Ball, at email@example.com or (252) 738-3248.