Several Wayne Community College courses that prepare students for careers in health care will begin this month.

The Medical Billing and Coding Certificate Program is composed of two semester-long online courses. It is an introductory program that leads to a certificate from the college and the opportunity to seek certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Part I introduces medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. It also teaches the fundamentals of medical coding, billing, and insurance. Part II covers health insurance and selecting appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes, as well as legal, moral and ethical issues.

Both courses are offered each semester. This spring they will run Jan. 8 through April 30. Cost for each is $180.

An Activity Director course that provides the qualifications necessary to work in a health care related setting will be taught. It is the basic training required by the N.C. Division of Facility Services, including 70 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of clinical experience in an approved skilled nursing facility. The course will be taught 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 28-April 8. Cost is $180.

Health Unit Coordinator is an online course that prepares students for an entry-level position as a hospital unit secretary. Medical terminology will be stressed and communication, records, reports, physician orders, labs, radiology orders and appointments, medical charts and data entry, as well as basic medical law and ethics, will be presented. It will be held Jan. 8-April 30. Cost is $180.

Also held will be Nurse Aide Refreshers that provide reviews for nurse aides whose registry listings have expired. The Nurse Aide 1 refresher course is scheduled for 5:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 24-March 21 and costs $125. For information on the Nurse Aide II refresher, contact the college.

A course will be offered for nurse aides who wish to become medication aides. It prepares them to take the competency exam and demonstrate skills necessary to qualify for listing on the North Carolina Medication Aide Registry. It is set for 1-5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27. Cost is $70.

Also provided in the spring semester will be ServSafe Food Safety training. It provides food service managers with the knowledge to help keep food establishments safe. It prepares students to take the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam, which is also offered at the college. Contact the college for more information on the course and the exam.

All of the courses are taught by the college’s Workforce Continuing Education Division. For more information and to register, contact Elizabeth Curry at 919-739-6929 or