Corporate and Continuing Education

Healthcare (Non-Credit)

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Prepare for a career in the fastest growing positions in the healthcare industry. Explore healthcare career readiness and continuing education opportunities at Central Piedmont. These programs include relevant course, certification, and exam prep offerings.

Corporate and Continuing Education courses at Central Piedmont are not offered for college credit and are designed as a fast track to provide education, training, and marketable upskilling to gain employment in in-demand healthcare fields. 

If you are looking to earn college credit toward an associate degree, certificate, diploma, or to transfer to another institution, explore our degree programs.

Explore Careers

To learn more about careers in healthcare, visit Career Fields.

To take the online assessment, visit Career Coach.

Explore Courses 

The following career readiness and continuing education programs include online and in-person courses at Central Piedmont. Corporate and Continuing Education courses at Central Piedmont are not offered for college credit, but in many cases continuing education units (CEUs) are awarded. 

Continuing education offerings can change. If a program or course you are interested in is not currently offered, contact Customer Service at 704.330.4223.

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Allied Health

  • Assisted Living Activity Director Training

    This course is designed to provide basic training to individuals seeking to become an activity director in an assisted living (adult care home) or family care home setting. Activity directors for adult care homes are required by the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) to complete a minimum of 60 hours in an approved activity director course, such as this one.   

    • time commitment: 60 hours of online class with a 60 hours pf practicum
    • requirements: 
      • must be 18 years of age or older, in good health, and Tuberculosis (TB) free
      • have a high school diploma or GED
      • complete a state-approved activity course within 9 months
        • If you have a degree in recreational administration or a related field, you meet this requirement.

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  • EKG Technician

    Learn cardiac terminology and understand the structure, anatomy, and physiology of the heart. Gain a basic understanding of the electrical conduction system and how it affects heart function. Learn why the EKG is done as well as common arrhythmias, and demonstrate patient prep and proper placement of EKG leads. You will be able to properly and safely operate the equipment, run a 12-lead EKG accurately and prepare it for reading. 

    • average earning potential: $34,100
    • time commitment: hybrid (online and in-person), 16 weeks
    • outcome: certificate of completion

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  • Medical Billing and Coding Certificate

    While each of the following courses may stand alone for Continuing Education (CEU) completion certificates, all are required in the following sequence to earn the Medical Billing and Coding Certificate. 

    • average earning potential: $45,240
    • time commitment: 1 year
    • outcome: completion certificate, national certification

    Medical Keyboarding

    This is a basic keyboarding course designed for individuals entering a healthcare field. Prerequisites: none.

    Exploring Medical Language

    This is a medical terminology course that includes the basics of anatomy and physiology, disease process, and pharmacology. Prerequisites: none.

    Medical Reimbursement Specialist

    Learn the basic ICD-10-CM and CPT coding skills. Gain knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, insurance terminology, and billing and reimbursement skills. Prerequisites: must complete Exploring Medical Languages and Medical Keyboarding, or their course equivalents. 

    Advanced Coding 

    This course is a continuation of basic and intermediate coding. It will provide in-depth coverage of ICD-10-CM and CPT coding. Prerequisites: must pass the Medical Reimbursement Specialist course first. 

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  • Nurse Aid

    The nurse aide program prepares you to work under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals in performing nursing care and services for individuals of all ages. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be required to complete a skills/competency evaluation and will be able to register for the North Carolina competency exam.

    • time commitment: in-person, 16-18 weeks

      • We also offer a summer option with a shorter time commitment. 
    • outcome: eligible to sit for state certification

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    Learn More about our Nurse Aid Program

    Visit Accelerated Career Training for more information on our Nurse Aid non-credit, continuing education program. 

    Nurse Aid is also offered as a for-college-credit program. Visit the Nurse Aid for-college-credit program.

  • Phlebotomy

    This course prepares you with the knowledge and skills to become a certified phlebotomist, a medical professional who collects blood from patients for various laboratory tests and procedures. The course consists of a 7-week classroom phase and, with successful completion, a 7-week clinical experience. Students who complete both phases successfully are eligible to seek national certification. Phlebotomy training and certification enables individuals to seek employment in hospital labs, physician practices, and private independent laboratories, with full-time or part-time employment. 

    • time commitment: in-person, 16 weeks 
    • outcome: eligible to sit for national certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

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Community Health Worker

  • Community Health Worker Certification

    The Community Health Worker course leads to a state certification providing individuals with the knowledge, tools, and resources to become Community Health Workers (CHW) in various settings, including health departments, hospitals, and faith-based organizations. Instructions are designed to cover core competencies essential to working as a certified CHW, including communication, capacity-building, service coordination, interpersonal advocacy, outreach, and personal/ professional skills.

    • average earning potential: $36,850
    • time commitment: online, 16 weeks
    • prerequisites: none
    • outcome: state certification upon receiving an 80 percent or better on the final

    Optional Add-On Courses:

    Mental Health

    • time commitment: online, 8 weeks
    • prerequisites: Community Health Worker

    Substance Abuse

    • time commitment: online, 8 weeks
    • prerequisites:
      • Community Health Worker
      • Mental Health

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  • Mental Health First Aid Certification

    • time commitment: online, 2 hours of pre-work and two 4-hour days
    • prerequisites: none
    • outcome: national certification

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Message Therapy

  • Courses and Certification

    This program is being developed for spring 2022 — check back soon.

    • average earning potential: $42,750
    • time commitment: 36 weeks
    • outcome: eligible for state certification

On-Demand Online Courses

Fully online, instructor-led continuing education courses are available with flexible start dates through our Ed2Go online partner. Call 704.330.4223 to set up training for a date that works best for you, or to learn about specialized courses that we will set up by request.