Wayne Community College is offering several short-term training courses to prepare students for health care careers.

Registration is now open for classes being offered in May and continuing during the summer months, officials said.

The medical billing and coding certificate program, composed of two online courses, will be offered May 16 until Aug. 14. The introductory program leads to a certificate from WCC and the opportunity to seek certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders.

The first part introduces medical terminology and anatomy and physiology. It also teaches fundamentals of medical coding, billing and insurance. The second part covers health insurance and selecting appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes as well as legal, moral and ethical issues.

The basic Activity Director course will be offered from May 20 through July 29. The 90 hours of training required by the N.C. Division of Facility Services features classroom instruction and covers documentation, including assessment and care planning processes, and clinical experience in an approved skilled nursing facility.

EKG Monitor Technician, a prerequisite for EKG technical certification offered by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians, is scheduled for May 16 through Aug. 13. The format will be lecture and simulations practice to prepare students for proficiency in reading EKGs and interpreting cardiac heart rhythms.

Among the other courses offered through the WCC workforce continuing education program are health unit coordinator, nurse aide, phlebotomy technician, medication aide and pharmacy technician. For information on programs and courses, visit the website at www.waynecc.edu/continuing-ed/ or contact allied health director Elizabeth Curry at 919-739-6929 or eacurry@waynecc.edu.