Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)

Certified Nurse Aides play a vital role in healthcare delivery by providing routine patient care. Working under the supervision of a nurse, CNAs report vital patient information including temperatures, pulses, and blood pressures. CNAs have direct patient contact assisting with daily activities, such as, bathing, walking, and eating. The Certified Nurse Aide training program consists of lectures, skills development, and clinical training. Learn the proper way to perform nurse aide procedures essential to meet the needs of patients under your care. This program is approved by the State Department of Public Health. This program is eligible for WIA funding -contact CT Works early to inquire.

*Note: Convicted felons may have difficulty finding employment in the healthcare industry. Students with a criminal background may not be allowed to enter a clinical training facility.

1) High-school diploma or GED.
2) English language competency. ESL students must be tested prior to registration. Call our office at 860-343-5716 for details.
3) Health Form and Proof of PPD test for Tuberculosis is required before the first class. A seasonal flu vaccine is required for all students participating in clinical training during fall and spring semesters.  CNA’s must be in good health and able to lift 50 pounds.
4) No long or artificial nails

1) Navy blue nursing uniform or scrubs and white shoes.
2) A watch with a sweep second hand.
3) Gait Belt – available in the College Bookstore

To register please return the Continuing Education Registration Form, the CNA Application, and the CNA Health Form with payment to the Continuing Education Office. Click the links below to obtain the required forms. This program is eligible for WIA funding – contact CT Works at 203.238.3688

Human Services Assistant

Human Service workers support individuals with disabilities in leading self-directed lives.  Develop skills, values, and knowledge to effectively assist those who utilize social services.  Basic knowledge about certain populations and problems encountered in human service work, ethical guidelines, and essential helping skills are covered.  Learn how to interact with other members of a multi-disciplinary team, including professionals with advanced degrees.  Health and safety in the residential-care environment is taught, including an introduction to medication administration.  Certification in medication administration is not part of the course.  Upon completion, students will be prepared for entry-level positions as Residential Living Assistants, Direct Behavioral Support staff, and mentors. . Prerequisite: High-school diploma or GED. This program is eligible for WIA funding – contact CT Works at 203.238.3688

Medical Billing and Coding

The Medical Billing & Coding Certificate Program is designed for those who want to begin medical billing and coding careers or prepare for a nationally-recognized certification exam. The training in this program will also provide you with the necessary skills required by employers seeking a Medical Billing or Medical Coder Specialist.  Medical billers are responsible for submitting claims to insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid, and in some instances, patients themselves on behalf of their employers or clients. Professional medical coders transform verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric codes. The coding of health-related data permits access to medical records by diagnoses and procedures for use in clinical care, research, and education. Students who successfully complete this program will be qualified to sit for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) – Certified Professional Coder Exam (CPC) or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  For more information on the national certification exams or student membership with the AAPC or AHIMA, please visit either: www.aapc.com or www.ahima.org.  This program is eligible for WIA funding – contact CT Works at 203.238.3688 early to inquire.

The following courses are required to earn this certificate:

  1. Computer Fundamentals
  2. Computers in the Medical Office
  3. Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders
  4. Medical Insurance
  5. Medical Coding

Computer in the Medical Office

Students will learn to gather information and enter transactions on the current version of Medisoft Patient Billing software. Using current, realistic medical office cases, students build transferrable computerized medical billing and scheduling skills.  Students are encouraged to purchase a 2 GB flash drive to save their classroom assignments.

Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders

Prepare to code accurately and effectively with detailed knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy. Medical language is very logical and organized according to body systems, anatomy, physiology, and disease processes. Students will be introduced to the systems of the body and terminology related to each system. Common medical abbreviations of tests, diseases and procedures will be introduced. Students will learn about the structure of medical words, including prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, and how to decipher medical words. This course will also help you understand the vastly increased anatomy necessary for accurate coding, including the locations of hundreds of arteries, muscles, nerves, and other anatomy.

Medical Insurance

This course introduces students to the ever-changing environment of medical health insurance and claims processing, insurance terminology, types of insurance, and the eligibility and benefit structure of the insurance plan. Topics discussed will include the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, TRICARE, and Workers’ Compensation. Students will learn to generate and manage billing claim forms for the medical office and other organizations. Students will be prepared to analyze and accurately decipher complicated medical claims and oversee the entire billing and reimbursement process. If you’re currently employed in medical administration or looking to enter the field, you’ll benefit from this training in medical billing.

Medical Coding

This course will introduce students to the challenging and rewarding field of Diagnostic and Procedural Medical Coding. Conventions, guidelines, and the application of ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Disease, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification), CPT®-4 (Current Procedural Terminology 4th Revision), and HCPCS Level II will be covered in great detail. ICD-10-CM will be introduced. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and Medicare compliance issues will also be discussed.  Students will gain an appreciation of the relationship between accurate coding and financial reimbursement. A textbook bundle is required for this course and can be purchased for approximately $550 through our college bookstore. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology and Anatomy for Coders and Medical Insurance

Online Courses

Healthcare Online Courses

MxCC’s Continuing Education Division offers a variety of online healthcare programs and courses, including:

Nursing Continuing Education Units (CEU): Several certificates, including gerontology and complementary health and healing  are available. Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC, is accredited as a provider on continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Courses are acceptable for continuing education contact hours in all states.

Alternative Medicine: Courses and programs in several topics are offered, including an Introduction to Natural Health and Healing and a Certificate in Bioenergy and Spiritual Healing.

Ancillary/Career Exploration: Courses include Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and CAREER EXPLORATION in Medical Coding, Administrative Medical Assistant, Physical Therapy, Medical Transcription, Pharmacy Technician, Optical Assistant, and Dental Office.

To get to our Online Instruction Center go to: www.ed2go.com/mxcc

MxCC partners with EducationToGo, one of the foremost online course providers in the world to offer over 500 courses every month. All courses are instructor-facilitated and taught by many nationally-known authors and professionals. Courses typically run for 6 weeks with a 2-week grace period at the end (approximately 2 months) and are available 24/7 once the course starts.

• Basic requirements for these online courses include (1) fairly modern computer, (2) Windows, (3) Internet access with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and (4) Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (free downloads if not on computer). Most computer courses also require the specific version of any software that is listed under “Requirements” in the online course description. Example: For Word 2007, you need that software or Microsoft Office 2007. *Note: Mac users – check to see if the course is compatible before signing up. Generally, this only applies to computer courses.

Getting Started – 3 Easy Steps!

Visit our Online Instruction Center at www.ed2go.com/mxcc.
1. Choose your course. On the left side, click on a general “Heading” for a list or in the Search field at the top, enter a keyword like “Quickbooks” or “Math.” Once you find a course, click on its course title for more information – the Syllabus (course outline), Instructor Bio, Requirements (software, etc.), and Student Reviews. READ THE “REQUIREMENTS.” Check computer compatibility.
2. Once you’ve chosen a course, click your chosen “Start Date” and follow the step-by-step directions. Create your account OR sign in as a returning student. On the Payment page, click “Purchase Later.” This will take you to a page of payment options. We can accept your payment by phone, mail, fax, or walk-in. Your payment must be received before your course starts.
3. When your course starts, return to our Online Instruction Center and click the “My Classroom” link at the top of the page. To begin your studies, simply log in with your selected username and password.

Questions about programs or courses? Please email us at: mx-cehelp@mxcc.commnet.edu

Personal Trainer Certificate Program

Whether you are planning a career move or for your own personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. In the current marketplace, there is high demand for personal trainers. If you are interested in pursuing a career in fitness, a personal-training education can be an excellent addition to your resume. This challenging course is taught over an 8-week period for better retention and skill competency. The National Exam is held on the 9th week. This 62-hour program includes 16 hours of lecture/presentations, 16 hours of hands-on practical training to prepare you to actually work with clients, and a 30-hour internship. Topics include anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, health screening, and more. You will be required to complete a separate class in CPR/AED. For more information call WITS (World Instructor Training Schools) at 1-888-330-9487. This program is eligible for WIA funding – contact CT Works at 203-238-3688.

Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

This program is offered in Partnership with the Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates. Do you love working with animals? Are you looking for employment in the animal-care industry? The Veterinary Assistant training program is a great way to begin your career in the animal field. The Introduction to Veterinary Assisting course provides students with the opportunity to determine if this is the right career path for them. Following the Introduction course, this program dives deeper into the animal-care field focusing on the care of small animals, large animals, and exotic pets in the veterinary profession. This 20-week program, consisting of Veterinary Assisting I and II courses, involves 4 hours of weekly lectures and 4 hours of weekly clinical experience where students will complete basic tasks and specialized procedures done in the veterinary hospital. Click this link to view our primary clinical training site, Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center. This program follows the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) Guidelines for Veterinary Assistant Programs and can be stepping stone to a Veterinary Technician Certification Program or an entry-level position at a veterinary facility.

Introduction to Veterinary Assisting – Understand the role of the Veterinary Assistant as a member of the animal health care team. Get a behind the scenes tour of a veterinary hospital and learn the basics of animal behavior and restraint.

Veterinary Assistant I  – Students will learn to work safely with small animals during routine care and demonstrate professionalism during interactions with pet owners. Restraints, physical care, and nursing procedures will be taught in lecture.  During clinical labs students will participate in the daily activities of a busy animal hospital and learn clinical skills including taking vital signs and weights, trimming nails, administering medications and reconstituting vaccines. Radiology techniques and pharmacy procedures will be covered.  Textbooks are required for this course and can be purchased for approximately $100 through our college bookstore.  Please bring the CRN and course title to the college bookstore when purchasing. Prerequisites: 1) Introduction to Veterinary Assisting Course (This requirement may be waived with written recommendation from Veterinary Employer or High-School Animal Science Teacher), 2) English language competency, and 3) grey scrub top and pants. 4) Must be physically fit, capable of kneeling to work with larger dogs, and able to lift 50 pounds.  5) Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

Payment Plan Available Call 860-343-5865 for more information

Veterinary Assistant II – The role of the Veterinary Assistant during specialized procedures, including laboratory and surgery will be covered.  Students will expand their knowledge to include veterinary care of large animals and exotic pets.  During clinical sessions students will dive deeper into the daily activities of a busy animal hospital and travel to large animal care sites. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a Certificate in Veterinary Assisting.  Prerequisite:  Veterinary Assisting I.