We received this terrific thank you letter from MVRBC for our 2013 Summer Blood Drive. Our group provided 16 donations that will provide at least 48 products for patients in need. Great work everyone, and especially Margaret. – MC
Hamilton Technical College will be offering Continuing Education to prepare for the Certified Professional Coder Exam through the AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders)
START DATE: August 8, 2013
COMPLETION DATE: November 21, 2013
Payment arrangements and schedules are made with HTC Student Financial Services. Payment may be made by check to Hamilton Technical College, by Credit Card or Debit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover)
- 16 weeks/4months/5hours per week totaling 80 hours of instruction; classes are Thursday evenings from 5 to 10pm
- Textbook and workbook are provided
- Certified Professional Coder Exam included (two attempts) (testing is held at Hamilton Technical College twice a year or you may test through the AAPC)
What you will need to supply?
- ICD –9 and CPT Books, and HCPCS Manual (current volumes of each)
- Membership in the AAPC is required to take the certification exam
- Written proof of active AAPC membership by week 6 of class to be eligible to take the CPC exam (without written proof to your instructor by week 6 the testing fee will be forfeited; if fee is forfeited, student will then need to reschedule the exam and pay the required exam fee)
A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for successfully completing the course (requires completing all coursework with a 70% or higher cumulative average).
The AAPC considers attending all 80 hours of the course to be equivalent to one year of experience.
Hamilton Tech Electronics Class visits the Putnam
The first semester Electronics class visited the Putnam Museum last Thursday to see the digital projection system that was installed to replace the IMAX 70 mm file system. The Putnam Theatre is now a National Geographic Giant Screen theatre. All of the sound and projection equipment was explained to the students including how the video is loaded into the system and how the projector operates. The group was then invited to see the short feature film “Space Junk 3D” so we could see the equipment in operation. Wow!! If you have not been to the Putnam and seen the new National Geographic theatre you should make it a point to go. It is awesome!! We also want to send out a big thank you to the very kind staff at the Putnam. MC
Hey guys, remember Alumni Monday?? It’s back and this week’s Alumni Monday spotlight is Raymond Benge.
Raymond received his bachelors degree from us and has been working at Harrington Signal for the last 15 years. He has worked his way up to the position of Senior Manufacturing Engineer.
Harrington Signal is a Moline, IL based company that specializes in Fire Alarm equipment manufacturing, distributing, and electronic contract manufacturing.
On his employment, Raymond says, “I enjoy what I do.”
Do you enjoy what you do? Tell us about it by joining the Alumni Association today. And while you are at it, don’t forget to like our facebook page as well. Keep your eyes out for more Alumni Monday posts in the future.
Hamilton Tech is developing continuing education to meet the needs of industry. The idea began with a request from Harsco Metal & Minerals to develop a short course on electricity. The first basic electricity course will be taught in the first four weeks of June. Other continuing education opportunities will be available in the areas of industrial Applications, Professional Communications and Computer Fundamentals. For more information or to schedule a class contact Laura Kilmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hamilton Tech is also offering continuing education courses for Medical Assistants to prepare them for the National Certified Medical Assistant Exam. The Medical/Insurance Coding Specialist area is also offering a special short course to prepare billers and coders for the Certified Professional Coder Exam. Contact Greta Bierman at 563-386-3570 ext. 11 for more information. Submitted by MS
Electronics Technology Classes tour Clear Channel Studio
On Tuesday, May 14th, Bob’s and Craig’s class went on a field trip to Clear Channel Communications Studios in Davenport. Clear Channel Stations include WLLR 103.7, Q 106.5, Kiss 101.3, Mix 96, WOC 1420, and Fox Sports 1230. The Chief Engineer, Kevin Allensworth, explained that the signals originating at the different studios are sent to the various transmitter towers in this area through Studio-Transmitter Links (STL). Kevin began the tour at the main equipment room where he explained the functions of all of the rack mounted equipment. Next we were led to the automation room where there were many banks of computers used for signal control, processing, storage and monitoring. Kevin explained that the automation was a key feature of any modern radio station. Our next stop was at the KUUL FM studio where we were allowed to watch Jim O’Hara do a live show! Finally we were led outside to look at the STL tower. Kevin pointed out the various types of antennas and other equipment that are mounted on this tower. We are fortunate to have such a community oriented broadcaster such as Clear Channel in the QC area and I would like to thank Kevin Allensworth and Jim O’Hara for giving us insight about what it takes to transmit a radio signal.
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As of January 1, 2013 CMS is requiring physicians using HER, and are participants in the Meaningful Use Incentive Program, to have Medical Assistants be certified to enter labs, x-rays, and e-scribing (Please
see the CMS ruling as published in the Federal Register ).
To meet this regulation, Hamilton Tech is offering a Medical Assistant Refresher Course which prepares
Medical Assistants for the National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA) exam through the National
Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) which is accredited through the National Commission for
Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
This course is being offered in 6 modules which can be taken as a whole course or as individual modules
depending on what individual Medical Assistants need to satisfy the Minimum Critical Skill Competency
Requirements necessary to sit for the NCCT Medical Assistant Certification Exam. (Medical Assistants
who have not certified in 10 years.)
The first module will begin on April 15, 2013.
The Modules will be as follows:
A. Anatomy/Physiology and Medical Terminology (6 hours)
a. Body Systems and Functions
b. Body Positioning for Examination
c. Foundation of word-structure (word roots, prefixes, suffixes)
d. Standard Abbreviations and Symbols
B. Medical Office Management (6 hours)
a. Oral Communication Skills
b. General Office Procedures
c. Medical Record Keeping
d. Medical Law
C. Medical Procedures (1) (6 hours)
a. Clinical Skills
i. Hand Washing
ii. Vital Signs
b. Aseptic Technique
iii. Wrapping Instruments
iv. Operative Autoclave
v. Don Sterile Gloves
i. Discuss Basic Hematology
ii. Identify Tubes and Additives
iii. Name and Locate 3 Most Frequently Used Veins
iv. Patient Education
v. Bloodborne Pathogens
D. Medical Procedures (2) (6hours)
i. Dermal Puncture
ii. Tying a Tourniquet
iii. Syringe, Butterfly and Vacutainer Draws
b. Diagnostic Testing
i. Cardiovascular System
ii. Basic Understanding of ECG’s
iii. Perform 12 Lead ECG
v. Pregnancy Test
vi. Finger Stick Glucose Testing
vii. Strep Test
E. Pharmacology (1) (6 hours)
a. Drug Calculations
i. Use Formula Method to Calculate Dose
b. Pharmacology Abbreviations
c. Medical Administration
i. Medication Names
ii. Routes Administered
iii. Side Effects
F. Pharmacology (2) (6 hours)
a. Medical Administration
i. Drug Classifications
ii. Needle Size Per Injection Site
i. Demonstrate: Interdermal, Sub Cutaneous and Intramuscular Sticks
ii. Identify Injection Sites
Modules will be held from 2pm-5pm on the following dates:
April 15, 16 – Module C
April 17, 18 – Module D
April 22, 23 – Module E
April 29, 30 – Module F
May 6, 7 – Module C
May 8, 9 – Module D
May 13, 14 – Module E
May 15, 16 – Module F
May 20, 21 – Module A
May 29, 30 – Module B
June 3, 4 – Module C
June 5, 6 – Module D
June 10,11 – Module E
June 12, 13 – Module F
June 17, 18 – Module A
June 19, 20 – Module B
June 24, 25 – Module C
June 26, 27 – Module D
July 8,9 – Module E
July 10,11 – Module F
July 15,16 – Module A
July 17,18 – Module B
July 22, 23 – Module C
July 24, 25 – Module D
July 29,30 – Module E
Customizable training options are available.
If registering for all 6 modules the cost is $550.00 and an additional $25 book charge.
If registering for individual modules as qualifiers, the following charges apply to each module:
A. Anatomy/Physiology, Medical Terminology ($75.00)
B. Medical Office Management ($75.00)
C. Medical Procedures (1) ($100.00)
D. Medical Procedures (2) ($100.00)
E. Pharmacology (1) ($100.00)
F. Pharmacology (2) ($100.00)
Payment is expected prior on the first day of the module. You may pay by check made out to Hamilton
Technical College or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).
The next scheduled dates for the NCMA exams taking place at Hamilton Technical
June 8, 2013
July 20, 2013
September 14, 2013
A $25 sitting fee is payable to Hamilton Tech on the day of the exam to be eligible to sit (Check and Cash are accepted):
The preparation modules are offered as continuing education and professional development only.
Completing any or all of the modules will not earn you course credit toward a diploma or degree
program at Hamilton Technical College. None of the modules are within the scope of accreditation
with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
If you have any questions, please contact Greta Bierman at 563-386-3570 (office) or 309-427-0397 (cell)
On Thursday, March 14th, several Electronics Technology classes went on a field trip to Great River Brewery which is a microbrewery located in downtown Davenport. Upon arrival we were greeted by Graham Jared who is the Electrical guru that installed the automated canning line. Graham is also currently a student at Hamilton Tech. As we entered the main brewing room we were introduced to Scott Lehnert who is the head brewer and co-owner. Scott and Graham explained the brewing process beginning with the mill that grinds the hops which are sent to the “mash tun” tank via cable vey which is essentially an auger system. The “mash tun” enters the copper “Hot liquor Tank” which is steam heated. After mixing, the beer is brewed to extract sugars and then it is pumped into the kettle to boil and achieve the desired flavors. Cold water is added and the mixture is pumped to the fermentation tanks where yeast is introduced. The fermentation process takes 7 days. Next is the filtration process to remove sediments and then the final brewing step is to add carbonation at the Tax Determination Tank.
The next stop on our tour was at the automated canning line. GRB uses a canning line which is manufactured by Wild Goose Engineering wildgoosecanning.com . Aluminum cans are placed on the shaker table which moves the cans onto a conveyer. The cans are sent to a twist rinse which sanitizes the can and then a carbon dioxide purge is performed. The cans run through an automated fill cycle and then on to the lid dispenser and then into the seamer which seals the can. GRB has a unique method of labeling their cans utilizing a heat shrinkable sleeving material. The outside of the cans are cleaned and dried to prevent the labeling sleeve from sticking to the can. The bander cuts the sleeves to length and then slides the label onto the can. The tamper tamps the sleeve down on the can for proper position.
The cans then travel to the heat shrink tunnel where heating elements and fans are used to shrink the label onto the can. This entire automated process utilizes a Fesco PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) along with proximity sensors, Variable Frequency Drives for motor speed control, pneumatics and a wide variety of industrial components. Our last stop on the tour was at the bar to sample some of the fine products that GRB produces. Among some of the more popular beers are Roller Dam Red, Pale Ale, 483, Farmer Brown and Hopapotamus. A non alcoholic option is River Rat Root Beer.
Thank you Scott Lehnert and Graham Jared and everyone at GRB for this wonderful field trip. For more info about Great River Brewery visit greatriverbrewery.com or visit GRB to taste for yourself.
Now here is your chance to share your story and have a chance to win a brand new iPad mini!
What do you have to do?
- Make a short (90 seconds or less) video of yourself, showing what you have done post-Hamilton ending with the line “Yeah That’s Me!”
- Upload the video onto YouTube and email email@example.com the URL or drop off a copy of the video to Greta Bierman, Alumni Coordinator by April 30th.
- Tell your friends and family to like the Hamilton Tech and Hamilton Tech Alumni facebook page so that they can vote for your video
- Get the most likes and win an iPad Mini!
Keep an eye out on our Facebook pages for more announcements about the contest!
Entries may be submitted:
Via YouTube will be eligible for consideration. To sign up for an account on YouTube, please visit http://www.youtube.com/create_account .
or by dropping off a hard copy (Flash Drive or DVD) to Greta Bierman
Video entries must not exceed 90 seconds in length.
The contestant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date he/she enters the contest.
Video submissions must be original and unpublished work by the contestant and not infringe on any copyright laws.
Each entrant must fill out the Entry Form.
Video submissions may not contain any offensive or inappropriate content, and must comply with YouTube’s general terms and conditions.
The submission portion of the contest will end on 30 April 2013 at 11:55 p.m. (CST). Entries submitted after this time or modified past the end of the contest will not be eligible.
Employees of Hamilton Technical College and their employees are not eligible to win contest
Voting will begin 1 May 2013 and last untill 31 May 2013 at 11:55pm (CST) and take place on www.facebook.com/hamiltontech
The winner will be the video with the most likes by the end of the voting period.
Winner will receive an iPad mini
The results will be announced in June 2013.
By submitting a video submission to the competition, the entrant accepts the full terms and conditions of the contest. By submitting a video, the entrant grants Hamilton Technical College (HTC) full permission to freely use said video as appropriate, cross-posting on other YouTube channels, HTC websites and by HTC partners, or any other use. Hamilton Technical College will have the right to freely use the video material. These terms and conditions are subject to change.
For further information, please email Greta at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the URL of your video submission and your YouTube profile name in your email.