Medical Occupational Training prepares individuals for full-time, unsubsidized employment and provides students with specific skills to increase their employability. Many of the programs can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis, but classes are offered during daytime only.
Interested students will be required to verify previous college coursework completed with an average of "C+" or above, or take a reading assessment test. Select programs require submission of PA Criminal History Report Information, a completed physical form and/or proof of valid health insurance.
Funding for these training programs may be available to individuals meeting the requirements established by the Berks County Employment and Training Office, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation or through Berks County CareerLink.
Additionally, prospective students may apply for financial aid.
Medical Occupational Programs
Medical Insurance & Billing Specialist
This program focuses on developing the administrative skills necessary to be a successful Medical Insurance and Billing Specialist. This fast growing field offers employment opportunities in doctors' offices, insurance companies, hospitals, and home-based businesses. Three years of business or administrative experience is required for this course of study. Students complete a 150-hour internship. This program is 639 hours and has a tuition cost of $6,800.
This program prepares students to function in a variety of entry-level capacities in hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices. Students will develop skills in medical terminology, computerized medical office procedures, medical office procedures and other front office duties. In addition, students will learn back office skills including administering injections and immunizations, dispensing medications, drawing blood, performing EKGs and CPR. Students complete a 150-hour internship. This program is 650 hours and has a tuition cost of $6,855.
This program prepares individuals for employment as a receptionist in a medical office or other health care setting. Students will learn keyboarding and medical office procedures including: answering the telephone, scheduling patients, maintaining files, and directing visitors. Instruction will also prepare the individual for related clerical duties using medical terminology in hospitals, clinics, or lab facilities. Students complete a 150-hour internship. This program is 654 hours and has a tuition cost of $6,975.
This program is designed to help students with basic clerical skills advance their skill set to work as a Medical Secretary. Completing this course will prepare the student for administrative duties such as transcription, patient scheduling and insurance and billing. Students complete a 150-hour internship. This program is 657 hours and has a cost of $7,080.
CNA, Nurse Aide*
This program prepares students for employment in a long-term care facility. During this program, the student will be presented with both theory and practical information regarding patient care. This course meets the requirements of the State of Pennsylvania. Students completing the program are eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania State Competency Exam. This program has a 128-hour option and a 165-hour option based on the student's literacy level. Tuitions costs are $1,350 for 128 hours and $1,700 for 165 hours.
Diagnostic Technician with Phlebotomy*
This program will prepare individuals to collect blood from adult patients and perform EKGs. The initial component of training will consist of basic medical courses and a word processing course. The last six weeks of this program will include 210 hours of intensive clinical training. This program is 408 hours and has a tuition cost of $5,390.
This full-time program will prepare individuals for employment in a dental office. Students will receive theory and practical application regarding chair-side assisting. Students will also learn basic laboratory procedures and prepare to take the state certification exam in radiology. In addition to classroom instruction, there will be a 130-hour internship in a dental office. This program is 620 hours and has a tuition cost of $5,865.
This program will provide the student with the basic, entry-level knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing a career in a veterinary hospital as an assistant. This training is technically challenging. The program includes classroom and animal restraint competencies that must be successfully demonstrated prior to clinical placement for hands-on experience in local veterinary hospitals. Mastering medical terminology and basic technical veterinary skills are an integral part of the training. This program is 160 hours and has a tuition cost of $1,600.
*Proof of personal medical insurance required.
All Occupational Training courses offered require an administrative fee of $20. Tuition does not include the cost of books. Some programs have prerequisites that involve fees that will be incurred by the student (i.e. physical, criminal history report). Financial Aid opportunities may be available based on your individual situation.