Medical Billing Certification Course

This 200-hour program introduces the student to health insurance and reimbursement. In this course, the student will become familiar with standard medical billing practices, the health insurance industry, legal and regulatory issues, and differences in reimbursement methodologies. The student will learn principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission, and payment processing, and the follow-up process.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (200 hours)
Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent
Cost: $4,000

Certified Nursing Assistant

In Demand Occupation
Under Three Months

This 90-hour lecture, laboratory, and the clinical program prepares the student to care for residents in long term care, sub-acute rehabilitation facilities, and some hospitals. This course is approved by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and complies with regulations and standards of the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP). The program requires 50 hours of lecture/laboratory and 40 hours of clinical rotation in a long term care facility (Clinical Rotations will start in the facility at 7:30 am). After successful completion of this course, the student is eligible to take the NJ Certified Nursing Assistant Examinations (skills test and computer written examination). Tuition includes textbooks, uniform vouchers, and all certification/testing fees.

Time to Complete: 4-11 weeks (90 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: Health History, interview, CBI
Cost: $1,850

EKG-Electrocardiography Certification Program

Under Three Months

This course prepares students to enhance job skills and performance in hospitals, cardiology offices, cardiac rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and continued care facilities. Proper 12 lead ECG electrode placements, performance, troubleshooting technical problems, and application of a 24-hour Holter Monitor will be practiced. Recognition of normal and abnormal tracings, medical terminology, and medical abbreviations applicable to ECGs will be discussed. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Certified EKG/MonitorTechnician (CET) examination.

Time to Complete: 4-11 weeks (40 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent
Cost: $540

ESL for Health Professions

Under Three Months

This ESL course is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry, and whose first language is other than English. ESL for Healthcare provides foundational healthcare concepts as students learn the critical vocabulary to use when in the healthcare setting with patients, physicians, and fellow workers. Language skills will be practiced in realistic ways to simulate English as used in the workplace. Prerequisite: Placement Test, ESL III, or Advanced II.

Time to Complete: 4-11 weeks (60 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent
Cost: $585

FAST TRACK Patient Care Technician

In Demand Occupation

This 210-hour program provides the student with skills necessary to work in acute care facilities (hospitals), urgent care centers, dialysis units and ambulatory care settings. Coursework includes: Medical Terminology, HIPPAA regulations, EKG and Phlebotomy skills, advanced patient care skills with laboratory, emergency response including American Heart Association Adult First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification. All participants will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) examination for Patient Care Technician/Associate after completion of the required modules for the Patient Care Technician program. Certification examination fee is included.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (210 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: NJ Certified Nursing Assistant current certification or recent graduate. HS Diploma/GED
Cost: $2,500

Patient Care Technician

In Demand Occupation

This 300-hour program provides the student with skills necessary to work in acute care facilities (hospitals), urgent care centers, dialysis units and ambulatory care settings. Coursework includes: Medical Terminology, HIPPAA regulations, EKG and Phlebotomy skills, advanced patient care skills with laboratory, emergency response including American Heart Association Adult First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification. All participants will be eligible to sit for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) examination for Patient Care Technician/Associate after completion of the required modules for the Patient Care Technician program. Certification examination fee is included.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (300 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: NJ Certified Nursing Assistant current certification or recent graduate. HS Diploma/GED
Cost: $4,125

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program

In Demand Occupation

This 300-hour comprehensive course will provide instruction for entry-level employment as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) within the healthcare industry. This course focuses on jobs in Health Care facilities (hospitals or long-term care), direct order pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies. Retail pharmacy employment is also an option for graduates of this program.  Bergen Community College is approved as a PTCB-Recognized Education/Training Program. Students who complete the program (or are within 60 days of completing) are eligible to apply to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) to earn their PTCB CPhT credential.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (300 hours)
Prerequisites: HS Diploma or equivalent. TABE Testing 10.0 in Reading and Math
Cost: $3,800

Pharmacy Technician Compounding Program

In Demand Occupation
Under Three Months

This 80 hour compounding course focuses on educating technicians and participants while providing them with hands-on training in sterile and non- sterile preparations; a major responsibility of the pharmacy technician and healthcare providers in hospitals, long-term care, and other healthcare facilities. The course includes study of sterile products, hand washing, pharmaceutical calculations, references, parenteral compounding, and the proper use of equipment in the preparation of sterile products. The mastery of these skills is required to ensure patient safety, and maintain product consistency. The content of this course examines the current standards and best practice from USP-NF Chapter <795> and USP-NF Chapter <797 > in parenteral compounding. The successful classroom and laboratory course completion will improve participants proficiency, and can enhance their job application and advancement opportunities. The compounding course material can assist in the preparation for the Sterile Compounding Certification Examination sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). All pharmacy technicians and qualified applicants are welcomed.

Time to Complete: 4-11 weeks (80 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: Must hold valid Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Pharmacy Technician Certification; HS Diploma/GED. Strong math and reading skills are required.
Cost: $2,100

Pharmacy Technician with Specialty Certification in Compounding

In Demand Occupation

This 380-hour competency based course will provide instruction via classroom and clinical laboratory skills sets to prepare the student to enter the workforce as a certified pharmacy technician with the additional specialty certification in sterile compounding. The course includes study of sterile products, hand washing, pharmaceutical calculations, references, parenteral compounding, and the proper use of equipment in the preparation of sterile products. The mastery of these skills is required to ensure patient safety, and maintain product consistency. The content of this course examines the current standards and best practice from USP-NF Chapter <795> and USP-NF Chapter <797 > in parenteral compounding. Hands-on training in sterile and non- sterile preparations, a major responsibility of the pharmacy technician and healthcare providers in hospitals, long-term care, and other healthcare facilities is integrated into classroom instruction. The combination of lecture and laboratory skills prepare the student using a hands-on industry approach as well as prepare the student to take the certification examinations. Students will take the PTCB examinations for both certifications upon successful completion of each course. The examination fees are included in the tuition. Strong math skills are required. All students are required to take the TABE test prior to being accepted into this program. Basic skills course in MEDICAL MATH is available for an additional fee (See OL 432 Medical Math). Textbooks are available FOR LOAN from course instructors or at the Bookstore Paramus Campus for purchase. Prerequisite: Proof of HS diploma or GED is required at registration.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (380 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: HS Diploma/GED. Strong math and reading skills are required.
Cost: $5,600

Phlebotomy Technician

This 80-hour course introduces the methods and techniques of phlebotomy by providing skills necessary to perform venipuncture, and capillary (finger) sticks for drawing and processing blood samples within a healthcare facility or laboratory setting. The course includes a review of anatomy and physiology of the hematopoietic system and common blood diseases, associated medical terminology; bloodborne pathogen education; laboratory clinical practice skills.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (80 hours)
Prerequisites: HS Diploma or equivalent -TABE Testing 10.0 in Reading and Math
Cost: $1.365

Healthcare Dietary Aide Program

The dietary aide works with multiple healthcare team members to provide quality food and nutrition services to their clients. Job duties include delivering food to residents or patient rooms, preparing and serving snacks, and taking inventory of food and kitchen supplies. The dietary aide in a healthcare environment has the added responsibility of being mindful of the unique needs of the clients they serve. Education in safe food preparation through the SafeServ certification course is a mandatory requirement in this program. Additional certifications include American Heart Association Blood Borne Pathogens and Adult Heartsaver CPR.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (120 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: High School Diploma or Equivalent
Cost: $3,250

Central Sterile Supply

In Demand Occupation

This 460-hour course provides students with theoretical and practical skills required to decontaminate, sterilize, prepare, assemble, and dispense surgical and procedural instruments. Technicians are hired by acute care facilities, ambulatory care, and dental facilities responsible for the performance of sterile surgical procedures. Upon completion of the 60-hour theory portion of the program, students will continue their studies by working in the clinical setting for a required 400-hour clinical (non-paid) internship.

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (60 classroom hours and 400 internship hours)
Prerequisites:  High School diploma or equivalent
Cost: $2,525

Certified Home Health Aide

In Demand Occupation
Under Three Months

Certified Home Health Aides (HHA) are in demand in the workforce due to the increasing need to provide care for patients in the home. This care has shown to decrease hospital stay and to permit the patient to be cared for in a familiar, comfortable environment. This 76-hour course is approved by the NJ State Board of Nursing and follows an outlined curriculum set by this credentialing agency. The course provides skills training specific to home and hospice patient populations and requires 60 hours of classroom and 16 hours of clinical laboratory instruction. Students will learn to care for ill and disabled individuals confined to their home or as a private care assistant in a nursing home environment. Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate is eligible to apply for registration and certification from the NJ State Board of Nursing.

Time to Complete: 4-11 weeks (76 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: High School diploma or equivalent
Cost: $775

Veterinary Assistant

Approved through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), this newly expanded program provides nationally recognized credentials Approved Veterinary Assistant, (AVA). It is offered in collaboration with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (RBVH). Areas Of Study: Office procedures and client relations, pharmacy, preventative healthcare, behavior and restraint, animal nursing, laboratory procedures, surgical and recovery room assistance, radiology, and emergency response. 254 hours (87 classroom, 63 online,104 clinical). Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam (exam fee is $100). Students who achieve the AVA credential are eligible to receive two college credits toward the Veterinary Technician Program (AVMA approved) at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ Students can also receive 5 college credits towards the on-line Veterinary Technology Program at Cedar Valley College (AVMA Accredited).

Time to Complete: 3-5 months (255 classroom hours)
Prerequisites: High School diploma or equivalent
Cost: $3,749

Contact us with questions about our Health Professions Programs: ssloan@bergen.edu