Health Care Professionals

Prerequisites for Health Care courses::

  • Proof of high school diploma or GED.
  • One of the following:
    • COMPASS Reading placement score of 70 or better.
    • Proof of successful completion of Reading 80 or 90 at Durham Tech.
    • A transcript documenting successful completion of a college-level English (ENG 111 or higher) course.

Learn more about reading placement tests.

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant

This course provides training for the skills required to work as a medical administrative assistant. Course topics include electronic medical records, health insurance, basic medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, customer service, financial records of patients, and preparation of medical reports. Course work also covers medical laws and ethics, effective oral and written communications, front-office operations, and providing clerical support to physicians and medical staff. Graduates of the course are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association’s Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) exam. Students must have working knowledge of computer skills. Textbook required. View the frequently asked questions. 105 hours. $184

44916 MW 1/26–6/1 6–9 p.m. NGM 101B January 19 registration deadline
44918 TTh 1/27–5/26 9 a.m.–noon NGM 101B January 20 registration deadline


NEW! EKG Technician

This course prepares students to become EKG technicians. Students become familiar with EKG terminology, cardiac cycles, electrical conduction system and how it affects the heart function, anatomy and physiology of the heart, operating EKG equipment, and properly placing EKG leads. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the National Healthcare Association exam to become a certified EKG technician. 48 hours. $180.35

44919 TTh 2/10–4/2 9 a.m.–noon NGM 103J February 3 registration deadline

Medication Technician

This course prepares unlicensed medical personnel in adult care homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes to take the NC Division of Facility Services’ Medication Administration exam. Students learn the correct policies and procedures for administering medications, specifically drug interactions, side effects, and administering liquids, pills, subcutaneous injections, and topical treatments. The course also covers controlled substances and their documentation, dosage calculations, unit dose administration, and the proper disposal of unused medications and sharps. 27 hours. $129. More information is provided in frequently asked questions.

44922 MW 2/9–3/9 6–9 p.m. CEC 610 February 2 registration deadline


Through coursework and clinical experiences, students learn how to collect blood and other specimens used for diagnostic testing. Emphasis is on ethics, legalities, medical terminology, safety and universal precautions, health care delivery systems, patient relations, anatomy and physiology, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students should be able to safely perform procedures necessary for venipuncture and specimen collections and are eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association certification exam for phlebotomy. Students, at their expense, are required to undergo a criminal background check at and show proof of specific immunizations prior to beginning the clinical portion of the training. Certain findings on the criminal background check may prohibit students from completing the program. 200 hours. $300. More information is provided in frequently asked questions. This course qualifies for the ConnectFunds Grant.

Evening class students please note: If there is any offsite clinical training, it will only be offered during the day.

44931 TTh 2/3–7/23 5:30–9:30 p.m. NGM 103J January 27 registration deadline

Medical Coding

Medical Coding courses teach the skills and concepts necessary for entry-level coding positions in a variety of health care facilities. Students may elect to sit for certification exams offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and/or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Since students must meet the respective organization’s examination criteria, practical experience is recommended prior to sitting for these certification exams.

See the course list for Medical Coding.

Nursing Assistant

Students learn the basic nursing skills required to care for patients in a variety of health care settings. Through classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical rotations, students prepare to pass the NC Nurse Aide Competency Evaluation, a requirement to be listed on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry. The course textbook, evidence of negative TB test, uniform, and supplies are required. Students, at their expense, are
also required to undergo a criminal background check at and show proof of specific immunizations prior to beginning the clinical portion of the training.

See the course list for Nursing Assistant and TEAS test preparation.


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