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IU Northwest adult-ed program offers insurance billing, pharmacy tech and nursing assistant classes this summer

It may be summer break, but the adult-education program at Indiana University Northwest continues to provide exciting learning opportunities for people who would like to expand their employment options or gain new skills. In June, the program will offer courses on Health Insurance Billing and Pharmacy Tech Training, and on June 30 it will begin the first of several Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes. Formal enrollment at IU Northwest is not required for these classes. For more information, contact program manager Linda Szalmasagi at (219) 980-6806.

In the Health Insurance Billing course, which meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 9 until July 16, students will learn how to successfully file the HCFA-1500 form for major

nationwide insurance programs. They will also learn about national diagnostic and procedural coding systems and how to simplify the process of filing commercial claim forms. Class participants will also study the following topics: Legal Considerations, Life Cycle of an Insurance Claim, Terminology Common to all Programs, The Standard Data Set, The Basic

Insurance Claim, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and Champus/Champva.

Students are encouraged to take the adult-ed programís medical terminology and coding overview classes prior to enrolling in this insurance course, but this is not required. Classes begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. Tuition is $289 for students who have taken the coding class and have their textbook from that course, or $379 for those who do not have the coding textbook. These fees include the cost of an additional workbook needed for the class.

The Pharmacy Tech Training course, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 10 until August 5, has been approved by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy and meets the requirements for employment in the state. The class helps prepare students for an optional independent national certification test. Course content includes pharmacy terminology, control substances, quality assurance, retail and hospital pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy, basic IV overview and demonstration, Total Parental Nutrition, mathematical computations as they apply to the pharmacy, special problems, and sterile technique.

Pharmacy Tech Training classes run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuition is $900, including the book.

The CNA course offers 105 hours of training, in compliance with the Indiana State Department of Health. This includes 30 to 32 hours of classroom instruction and 75 to 80 hours of clinical experience, which comes during a period of three weeks in a licensed nursing facility in Northwest Indiana. Successful completion of both classroom and clinical portions leads to registration for the State Certified Nursing Assistant Test. The $70 test fee is not included in the tuition cost.

Course content includes an overview of the aging process, residents' rights, verbal and non-verbal communication, safety and first aid, basic nursing and personal care procedures, and basic restorative services. A physical and TB test are required. Students may secure these on their own or utilize provided services for $15 and $10, respectively. Uniforms are required for clinical training, and white scrubs can be purchased at uniform stores and department stores.

Three-week class sessions begin on June 30, July 21, August 11, and September 2, and run approximately from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Participants must be able to read and write English and add and subtract. Tuition is $700, not including the cost of the TB test, physical exam, state test, and uniform purchases. Additional CNA classes are scheduled for the Fall 2008 semester.

For more information, contact program manager Linda Szalmasagi at (219) 980-6806, or email her at Interested participants for any of these programs may visit the Web at They may also pick up additional information at the IU Northwest Adult Education Office, located on the university campus at 300 Sycamore Hall on the south side of 35th Avenue between Adams and Jefferson Streets.



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