This course introduces students to various aspects of the health care field. Students will explore a variety of health-related disciplines, create an academic and career plan for their chosen profession, and develop a health care e-portfolio. Students will study health implications for several cultural groups, including belief systems, communication styles and the role of the family. Professional behavior and essential qualities for health care professionals will also be addressed.
Allied Health Courses
AH 101 - Introduction to the Health Care Professions
AH 103 - Medical Terminology
The course introduces students to the language of medicine according to body systems. Students define, build and analyze terms as well as develop a vocabulary of combining forms, prefixes and suffixes. They develop the ability to pronounce and spell terms correctly and to use them in an appropriate context. Students learn medical terms (and their abbreviations where appropriate) for organs, diseases, symptoms, and for diagnostic, treatment and surgical procedures.
AH 112 - Medical Administrative Procedures
This course introduces students to the front office administrative skills performed in a health care facility. Students will use critical thinking skills to apply their knowledge in the performance of records management, telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, written communication and financial administration. In addition, students will establish a patient database and perform financial transactions both manually and electronically. Confidentiality, security and compliance requirements regarding HIPAA will also be addressed.
AH 113 - Exam Room Procedures I
This course introduces students to the theory, practice and techniques basic to the clinical aspects of working in a medical office. Students use critical thinking skills to incorporate cognitive knowledge in the performance of psychomotor and affective learning domains during the practice of: infection control, medical and surgical asepsis, obtaining vitals, patient histories, medical records documentation, patient preparation, and assisting the physician in general and specialty examinations.
AH 115 - Exam Room Procedures II
This course is designed to introduce students to advanced clinical assisting skills. Clinical topics addressed include; pharmacology; drug administration; dosage calculations; electrocardiography; spirometry; and performing diagnostic eye and ear procedures. Laboratory topics include lab safety, quality control, collecting and processing specimens, performing selective tests, and screening test results.
AH 113 with a grade of "C" or better, which may be taken concurrently
AH 116 - Interpersonal and Professional Skills in the Health Care Setting
This course introduces students to communication theories, modes of communication and factors that influence communication when interacting with patients, coworkers and other health care personnel. Therapeutic techniques, such as active listening and conflict resolution, as well as core professional attributes and values will be discussed through the use of case studies and role playing. The legal and ethical components associated with interpersonal communication in the health care setting will also be addressed. Strategies for job search and retention in the health care environment as well as for professional and personal growth will be explored.
AH 118 - Professional Skills/Employment Seminar
This course consists of professional skills development sessions that focus on preparation for a credentialing examination and career planning through various classroom activities. Students prepare for entry-level employment in a health care facility with resume writing and interviewing skills activities. In addition, they complete certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider CPR and First Aid certification.
- Prepare a professional cover letter and resume for entry-level employment in a health care setting.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and effective presentation of qualifications during an interview process.
- Successfully complete American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Health Care Provider CPR and first aid certification.
- Demonstrate preparedness for a national medical assisting credentialing exam.
AH 120 - Reimbursement Methodologies in Health Care
This course addresses health care plans and providers and how they impact financial management, decision making and the information requirements of the health care system. Reimbursement methodologies for both inpatient and ambulatory care delivery systems will be covered.
AH 121 - Medical Assisting Practicum
This course requires a supervised directed clinical practice in a physician's office or other approved ambulatory care facility. The practicum allows the student to demonstrate critical thinking skills by incorporating cognitive knowledge in the performance of psychomotor and affective domain skills in the administrative, clinical and laboratory areas of a health care facility. Prerequisites: AH 113, AH 115 and AH 118, all with a grade of C or better.
Additional Course Fee: $85
AH 190 - Human Disease and Treatment
This course addresses disease processes and the general classification of the causes of disease, as well as the common signs and symptoms of diseases, the body systems affected by disease, the diagnostic measures and the types of treatments available.
AH 201 - Basic ICD and CPT Coding
Students will be introduced to and learn to utilize not only the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system used for reimbursement, but the detailed, comprehensive diagnostic coding system, International Classification of Diseases (ICD) coding. Students will engage in hands-on practice.
AH 204 - Medical Law and Ethics
Legal theories and responsibilities related to confidentiality, negligence and fraud affecting health care practitioners will be addressed. Ethical issues will be explored within the context of current laws and cases which structure medical practice for both the inpatient and outpatient environments.
AH 220 - Information Management Systems in Health Care
In this course, students learn to use current software to input patient data and to bill patients, file insurance claims, record data, print reports and schedule appointments. They apply their knowledge by performing a series of tasks using sample source documents. Students are given a ten-day medical office simulation requiring them to use critical thinking and problem solving skills to complete billing and accounting assignments that are reflective of the types of activities encountered in a medical practice.
CIS 103 with a grade of "C" or better.
AH 222 - Health Care Policy and Administration
In this course, students will analyze various health care policies and discuss the impact each policy has had on identified stakeholders. Students will also analyze policies in relation to their role as health service managers. By understanding the process through which policies are developed, including the economic, political and legal factors, students will learn how to influence policy as a health service manager.
AH 224 - Current Issues and Trends in Health Care
This course explores significant trends in health care and the major political, social and economic problems affecting the United States' health care system and its stakeholders. Topics such as access to health care, health disparities and health-related social injustices will be studied in depth. Issues of quality, coordination, and cost of health care will also be analyzed.
AH 260 - Supervisory Management in Health Care
This course introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of a medical office manager. Students learn about organizational structures within health care facilities and management responsibilities including recruiting, training, decision-making, evaluating and planning. Leadership, employee morale and the dynamics of change are also addressed.