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What Is a Technical School?

Did you graduate high school, or are you an adult learner looking to change careers? You have options. Only some people find attending a traditional 4-year college right for them. If you want to start working within months rather than years, want to learn a vocation, or have other responsibilities requiring a balanced educational experience, consider attending a technical school. So, what is a technical school?

What Is a Technical School?

A technical school, also known as a vocational or trade school, offers a specific curriculum for students to prepare for entry-level positions in healthcare, business, information technology, trades, and other vocational roles. Courses focus on the knowledge and experience needed to start working after graduation without needing electives or general education classes.

How Long are Technical School Programs?

Most technical school programs can be completed in less than a year, although some more advanced programs take up to 2 years. It is much faster than most traditional 4-year colleges.

What are Some Programs That Hunter Business School Offers?

Hunter Business School offers healthcare, technology and business-related programs that can be completed in less than one year of attending full-time. Some of these programs include:

Medical Assistant

A 7 ½ month Medical Assistant program focused on entry-level medical assisting roles at doctor’s offices, clinics, and hospitals. The courses include learning to assist doctors, pharmacology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, medical administrative skills, phlebotomy, EKG administration, and computerized billing. Hands-on training is offered by working with actual patients to perform clinical, laboratory, and medical office procedures and this program includes an externship in the field.

Online Medical Billing Specialist

A 3-month online Medical Billing Specialist program focused on training topics including billing and coding, accounts receivable, insurance billing, patient statements, encounter forms, appointment scheduling, procedure history, payment posting, diagnostic history, and referring doctor information. Students gain knowledge of the 11 body systems and coding in ICD-10, CPT-4, and HCPCS. Courses focus on medical terminology, medical coding and reimbursement, and computerized medical practice management.

Practical Nursing

An 11-month Practical Nursing program that prepares students for fundamental nursing skills over three consecutive semesters. This program prepares graduates for the NCLEX-PN exam to become licensed practical nurses. Courses review foundational nursing, body structures and functions, pharmacology, adult health nursing, human growth and development, mental health nursing, childbearing, family and pediatric nursing, and community health nursing. Students get hands-on training working with actual patients under the strict supervision of RNs and doctors.

Online Medical Office Administration with Billing and Coding

This 5-month online Medical Office Administration program focuses on computerized accounting, business office administration, and medical and hospital billing. Students receive in-depth training in computer data entry, patient files, filing systems and records, insurance claim filing, and billing and coding. Students gain knowledge of the 11 body systems and coding in ICD-10, CPT-4, and HCPCS.  Further courses review HIPAA and OSHA guidelines and procedures.

Hybrid Radiologic Technology

A 16-month hybrid Radiologic Technology program offers virtual lectures, in-school classes, and clinical hours in the field that offer hands-on training with actual patients in real-world scenarios. The curriculum integrates patient care, radiation protection, image analysis, and pathology into X-ray training. Courses include an introduction to radiography, radiographic procedures, radiographic physics and principles, anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, patient care, principles of exposure, ethics and legal implications, radiation biology, pathology, cross-sectional anatomy, radiographic image analysis, and principles and fundamentals of mammography and CT.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

A 23-month hybrid Diagnostic Medical Sonography program that offers online classes, in-school classes, and a clinical externship. Coursework is provided in abdominal sonography, OB/GYN sonography, sonography of superficial structures (e.g., thyroid, breast, testicular), vascular sonography, pediatric sonography, and cardiac sonography (echocardiography).

Computer Technician Networking Specialist 

A 7 ½ month Computer Technician Networking Specialist program that prepares graduates for entry-level positions in computers, repair, and networking. Students build their own computers and learn how to configure, manage, upgrade, and troubleshoot common network devices. Classes include Introduction to electronics, digital technology, network cabling, fundamentals of computer technology, network fundamentals, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux networking, and networking infrastructure.

Hybrid Web Application Design and Development

A 7 ½ month hybrid Web Application Design and Development program offering online classes and an externship. Courses start with web design using HTML and CSS, programming with JavaScript and jQuery, and mobile and web app development. Additional courses focus on programming with Python, PHP programming with MySQL, e-commerce and CMS, web services with Node.js, XML, and JSON, and the fundamentals of digital security and software development life cycle methodology.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know what a technical school is, it is time to learn about Hutner Business School. We pride ourselves in offering a high-quality education, and preparing you for a career that best suits your abilities, interests, and ambitions. So, take the first step toward a rewarding career, and Hunter Business School will be with you every step of the way.

Want to Learn More?

Thousands of companies, businesses, facilities, and offices have hired Hunter Business School graduates since its inception. For more than 50 years, we have been training students, applying our experience and expertise in helping match thousands of graduates to employment in the fields of study for which they came to school. 

Contact us today to learn more about vocational programs in Nassau and Suffolk County.