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Health-Related Course Information

We offer Health-Related courses designed to meet the workforce-training needs of the community at large. All classes offered are non-college credit courses. In addition to our standard schedule, courses can be customized to meet the needs of health-care facilities and businesses throughout Brevard County. Contact us for more information on a customized class.

Explore the courses highlighted in the table below then use the "View Courses & Register" box on this page to sign up.

Course Information

Health-Related Online Continuing Education/Non-Credit

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Eastern Florida State College, in partnership with ed2go, offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand health-related occupations. Both short term six-week classes as well as longer six-month certification programs are available.
Our programs are designed by a team of professionals from each respective field, providing you with effective web-based learning programs. Instructors/mentors are actively involved in your online learning experience, responding to any questions or concerns, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.

Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (Short Term)
These highly interactive non-credit courses are taken entirely on the Internet, lasting six weeks (with a two-week grace period at the end). They are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office at any time of the day or night. Classes start every month. New classes are added often and start at $130.
Many courses are offered in Healthcare and Medical areas.
All of our courses include expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient and geared just for you.

Longer Term Career Training
Six-month Certification Programs & Classes
Eastern Florida also offers longer term, open enrollment online courses in partnership with ed2go (formerly Gatlin Education Services) that provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.
These self-paced Certificate of Completion programs are designed with a team of professionals to provide the most effective web-based learning experience possible. Programs can be completed in approximately six months. Each program includes everything needed to succeed (books, lessons, quizzes and assignments). Grades are a combination of computer-graded tests and the instructor’s evaluation of the students' work. You will love the quality as well as the convenience of anytime, anywhere learning! Classes start every month.

Here are just some of the courses available:

  • Medical Coding & Billing
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacy Technician

CBCS Medical Billing & Coding

CBCS Medical Billing and Coding is an ideal course for students new to this important position in the healthcare field. If you're seeking entry into the healthcare industry, this comprehensive course will provide you with all the information you need to earn a certification in medical billing and coding. Aside from medical facilities, medical coding jobs are available with health insurance companies, pharmacies, medical suppliers, consulting firms, and medical billing companies.

During this course, you will learn the foundations of a medical vocabulary to help you better understand the contents of a patient's medical record, as well as notes from practicing physicians. In addition, you'll learn current medical coding standards, so you can be successful within the industry.

You will be prepared to sit for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) exam offered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). This course includes a voucher that covers the exam fee.

Contact Hours: 340

Pharmacy Technician

Prerequisites: You should be proficient in keyboarding (approximately 35 words per minute), have a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word is recommended), have an understanding of high school level math, and have a command of English grammar and punctuation.

In order to sit for the national certification exam, candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent; therefore, it's recommended you have this before enrolling for this program.

If you're interested in becoming a pharmacy technician, this program is for you! No health care or medical office work experience is required.

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care to patients. The Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training Program was developed in response to a rising need for trained technicians to work in hospital or retail pharmacies. The pharmacy technician profession has become indispensable to the health care field. With this growing opportunity, however, has also come increased responsibility, and this increased responsibility has made certification an important issue for many industry employers and some state legislatures. Some states now require all individuals who work as pharmacy technicians to become nationally certified.

In all parts of the country, pharmacy technicians must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and must be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications, but they don't need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as a pharmacist; however, all of their work must be checked by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to a patient.

This program will prepare you for entry-level pharmacy technician positions by teaching you medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and pharmaceutical calculations. The Pharmacy Technician Program will give you hands-on practice in retail pharmacy procedures through an online lab module. You'll learn what information is necessary to process prescriptions and physician orders and apply that knowledge to fill mock prescriptions. The curriculum also includes the ethics of pharmacy practice and education about prescription medications, patient care and interaction, and charges and reimbursement.

You'll learn everything you need to know to pass the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The registration fee for this exam has been included with this program. However, you'll need to make sure that the Pharmacy Technician Program will meet your state's requirements. To check, visit your state's Board of Pharmacy site for more information. You can access this information directly from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) website. Click on the "Who We Serve" link, then the "States" link for information. You can also call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.

As a part of the Pharmacy Technician Online Certification Training Program, students are required to complete a Virtual Externship. They also have an option to perform hands-on clinical rotations (also called an externship). Clinical rotations are based on individual state board requirements. Learn more about externships by accessing the course information!

Please note: To participate in an externship, students must not have a criminal record. Background checks will be conducted prior to a student's admittance into an externship program. Walgreens is not currently able to place externship students in Florida because they are piloting their own POWER project for the state, but externships may be available with other participating organizations.

This program is entirely online and completed at your own pace. When you register, you receive twelve months to complete the program. Only individuals who successfully complete the course will receive a voucher for the certification exam or be able to apply for externships. 

As a pharmacy technician, you can expect to make an average yearly income of $28,370 in the Central Florida area.

Contact Hours: 400

Kaley Bierman
Continuing Education Coordinator
1519 Clearlake Road, Building 25
Cocoa, FL 32922-6597

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