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Continuing Education

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Certified Professional Coder Prep Course CPT coding      

Instruction includes CPT Procedure Coding. This is one of two courses preparing for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered through American Association for Professional Coders (AAPC). CPC Exam information. Pre/co-requisite: Medical Terminology. Required: textbook(s) purchase; access to computer and Internet.

Meets: 15 Tuesdays, Jan 27-May 5, 6 – 9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Debbie Houston
Fee: $395 (#65036)

Certified Professional Coder Prep Course ICD coding      

Learn the fascinating world of physician medical coding. Instruction includes ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis coding. This is one of two courses preparing for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam offered through American Association for Professional Coders (AAPC). CPC exam information. Required: textbook(s) purchase; access to computer and Internet.

Meets: 15 sessions, Wednesdays, Jan 28-May 6, 6 – 9pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Valerie McClanahan
Fee: $395 (#65037)

ICD-10 Coding Weekend Boot Camp - 15 AHIMA CEU’s

This AHIMA workshop, taught by an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer is designed for the experienced healthcare professional proficient with ICD-9-CM.  Participants will learn to understand and apply the basic structure, guidelines and coding protocols of ICD-10-CM being implemented on October 1, 2015. Included: CEU’s *, ICD-10-CM Official Draft Code Set, ICD-10 Worktext

Meets: Saturday & Sunday, Apr 25-26, 9am-4:30pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Valerie McClanahan
Fee: $299 (#65039)

*This program has been approved for continuing education units (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

Clinical Medical Assistant Training Program                   

140 Classroom Hours w/ a 160 hour Clinical Externship

This program trains students to perform clinical responsibilities in a medical office. Topics include phlebotomy, pharmacology, medication administration, vital signs, EKG, workplace behavior, ethics and more. This program includes classroom lecture, hands-on labs and a clinical externship.  Externship eligibility requires successful program completion, thorough background check, drug screening, and successful completion of CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS).

Note:  Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national examination. 

Meets: 40 sessions, Tuesdays & Thursdays, Mar 10-Jul 23, 6–9:30 pm; BRCC Room A106
Fee: $2,950, includes all textbooks (#64956)                                   

CPR American Heart Association's Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

Earn a two-year certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR from the American Heart Association. Instruction includes adult, child and infant CPR, 2-rescuer CPR, use of AED and more. This course meets the regulatory requirements of the Virginia Department of Health, JCAHO, Virginia Office of EMS, OSHA, and Virginia Department of Social Services. Course fee includes disposable training supplies. 

Meets: One Friday, 5:30-9:30 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
(#49573) Nov 21 OR
(#65042) Feb 6 OR
(#65044) Mar 27
Instructor: Brad Neher
Fee: $79
*CPR is required for Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Massage Therapy and Personal Training.

CPR* American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) Skills & Testing Session

Attend one in-person class at BRCC to complete hands-on skills practice and testing portions (Parts 2 and 3) of this required training for healthcare providers - AFTER you complete Part 1 online.
Pre-requisite:  Complete BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part I online.  To register (and pay $22 fee), go to the website, click on "Course Catalog,” select BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part I, then choose course # 90-1403).  Bring certificate showing completion of Part 1 (online portion of the training) when you attend the skills practice and testing session. 

Meets: One Friday, Nov 21 (#58868), OR Feb 6 (#65046), OR Mar 27 (#65047), 2-5 pm for in-person skills practice and testing; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Brad Neher
Fee: $55
*CPR is required for Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Technician, Massage Therapy and Personal Training.

Massage Therapist    

Massage Therapists are employed in healthcare, wellness, spa settings, as well as private practice, assisting with wellness, stress management, injury rehabilitation and health and fitness. This fast-track Massage Therapy Certification Training Program combines classroom instruction (including classroom practice giving/receiving massage) with a 60-hour on-site supervised student clinic to provide a comprehensive learning experience totaling 636 hours. Program fee includes textbooks, program materials, internship (clinic) experience, certificate of completion, and state certification preparation. Clinic Pre-requisite: CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS). All classes meet at the BRCC Augusta Center.

Meets: Feb 17 – Sep 10: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30-9:30 pm, and Saturdays, 9 am- 3 pm. (No class 4/4, 5/23, 5/25, 7/4, 9/5, 9/7); BRCC Augusta Center at Augusta Health
Fee: $6475 (#65082)

Massage Therapy Fact Sheet

Medical Office Operations   

Begin by delving into Medical Terminology, an essential skill for a medical office professional! The second part of class teaches medical business office skills such as Financial Management, Basic Procedure and Diagnostic Coding, and Law and Ethics.  This class along with Basic Medical Terminology and Medical Office Reception prepares students for the Medical Office Assistant exam given by National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT). Required Textbooks: ISBN Bundle # 9781418811990 and ISBN # 9781111543273; Pre-requisite: Medical Terminology.

Meets: 28 sessions, Monday & Wednesday, Feb 9 - May 13, 6-9 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Lindsay McHone & Hope Bain
Fee: $959 (#65030)

Medical Terminology Basics

Learn the language of medicine!  This course focuses on how to break down a medical term by simply knowing the meaning of the prefix or suffix and combined forms. This hybrid course is perfect for all medical office staff, coders and those entering the healthcare field.  This class is a pre/co-requisite for Medical Office courses and CPC Prep Coding Courses

Meets: Online beginning Jan 19, and one in-person session Saturday, Feb 7, 9 am-12 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
Instructor: Carol Hardin
Fee: $139 (#65048)       

Nurse Re-Entry Course         

Been away from nursing? Instructor, Lori Wack, will prepare RN’s or LPN’s to re-enter acute care nursing settings by completing online lessons, laboratory simulations, and 80 hours of clinical experience with a preceptor at a local hospital. You will have four months to complete course modules and clinicals. Contact Lori Wack for registration checklist and more information: 540-453-2321.  Includes optional CEUs.
Meets: Full semester, rolling start date
Instructor: Lori Wack
Fee: $275

Nursing Care Partner                      

This nine-week program (105 hours classroom/lab instruction, plus 90 clinical hours) teaches you to support the Registered Nurse with delivery of quality care in an acute care setting. Nursing Care Partners help patients with activities of daily living, take vital signs, perform EKG’s, draw blood, assist with dressing changes, and perform other selected procedures and tests. Nursing Care Partners are in high demand within Sentara Healthcare.
Meets: Mondays–Thursdays, Feb 16-Mar 19, 7:45 am to 3 pm (with 75-minute lunch break); BRCC Room A106; AND Mar 23-Apr 17 (90-hour clinical, days and times TBD)
Fee: $1695 (#66152)

Nursing Care Partner Program Fact Sheet

Personal Training Certification    

This five-week course, offered in partnership with W.I.T.S., includes hands on training, anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, and health screening. On the sixth week, you will take the National Exam. A passing score and a 30-hour externship, will qualify you to work in the fitness field. Call 1-888-330-9487 to order the required textbook. (30 CEUs through IACET.)
Externship Pre-requisite: CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS)

Meets: Six Saturdays, 9 am–4 pm; BRCC Plecker Center
(#65078) Mar 7-Apr 18 (no class Apr 4)
Fee: $765
NOTE: Please register for one of these Personal Training Orientation sessions to participate in a live chat with our instructor. Can’t make the date and time? Register anyway and we will send you a recording after the session concludes.

Feb 11, 2015 4 pm, at the World Instructor Training Schools website

Pharmacy Technician Certification Prep Course – Virginia

Interested in a career as a Pharmacy Technician?  Prepare for the Virginia State Pharmacy Technician Exam.  Required text available at BRCC Bookstore - The National Pharmacy Technician Training Manual-7th Edition by Schafermeyer, Williams (ISBN 9781616586010).

Meets: (#65023) Eight Tuesdays, Jan 27 – Mar 17, 7-9 pm; BRCC Room J101
      (#65025) Eight Tuesdays, Mar 31 –May 19, 7-9 pm; BRCC Room J101
Instructor: Bill Wilkes, Pharmacist
Fee: $299


Phlebotomy Technicians collect samples from patients for laboratory tests in a skillful, safe, and reliable manner. Instruction: 64 hours. Clinical Externship: 100 hours. Course fee includes externship placement.  Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and qualify for the CPT exam given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (visit this website for testing information).  Required textbook: The Complete Textbook of Phlebotomy, 4th Edition by Lynn B. Hoeltke (ISBN-13: 9780840022998).
Externship Pre-requisite: CPR for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association, BLS)

Meets: 16 sessions, Mondays & Wednesdays, Feb 2-Mar 25, 6-10 pm; BRCC Room A106
Instructor: Jessica Monroe                                                                      
Fee: $2139 (#65028)

Phlebotomy Fact Sheet

Online Classes

Become an Optical Assistant

Learn what it takes to become an optical assistant and discover why it's one of today's most popular and fascinating career opportunities.
$99.  Visit to register.

Become a Physical Therapy Aide

(23 contact hours) Examine key legal and ethical issues to improve your practice and provide better patient care.
$99.  Visit to register.

HIPAA Compliance

Learn how to comply with the duties, rights, and responsibilities of HIPAA, ARRA & HITECH.
$99.  Visit to register.

Medical Math

Master the math skills you need to succeed in the medical field.
$99.  Visit to register.

Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

Prepare for a career in the health services industry by learning medical terminology in a memorable and enjoyable fashion.  
$99.  Visit to register.