AH100 3 credits
Medical Terminology: Introduction
Provides a basic understanding of medical terminology using a word-building approach based on the systems of the human body. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation.
Prerequisites: RD30 or RD90 and WR30 or WR90, or designated placement test scores.
AH101 3 credits
Medical Assistant: Administrative
Covers a variety of front office topics for medical assistants including communication skills and office professionalism, teamwork and critical thinking skills, work ethics and time management, and diversity and cultural sensitivity. Also includes an overview of medical assisting, recordkeeping, documentation through EPIC (electronic health records software), and clinic management. Students will be responsible for knowing about medical law, patients' rights, HIPAA, and bioethics as related to medical assisting and medical clinics. Billing and coding, how to schedule patients, and triage for patient check in are also included, as well as basic medical terminology in Spanish. The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) certification standards are integrated throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assistant program. Offered fall and spring terms.
AH102 3 credits
Medical Assistant: Clinical
Covers back office topics for medical assisting such as how to communicate effectively with patients including active listening and dealing with difficult patients, and how a patient's brain reacts to illness and how that influences communication. Appropriate personal protective equipment and infection control, including the infection cycle of bacteria and viruses, is also included. Several specific infectious diseases will be discussed. Students will learn how to collect a patient's history, check patients into a clinic, and prepare them for their appointments or procedures. Instruction on patient care, taking vitals, treatment and diagnosis assistance, and giving medication will be addressed, as well as how to perform specific screening tests. There will be a review of the EHR and EPIC computer programs, and emergency plans with OSHA, MSDS and safety in the clinic.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assistant program. Offered fall term.
AH103 3 credits
Medical Assistant: Specialty
Covers specialty clinic front and back office topics for medical assisting including how to effectively communicate with geriatric and young children in the medical setting. Students will learn about the challenges involved in working with patients with varying brain capacity and function and how to best communicate treatment to them. Nutrition and its effects on patients' brains will be discussed as well as how to integrate it into a treatment plan. This class also focuses on teaching students about the many types of specialty clinics and how they differ from each other in treatment and diagnosis. Students will also learn how to perform specialty clinical lab techniques as well as various WAIVE testing. Also introduced are 12-lead electrocardiography training and x-ray imaging as well as surgical set up and sterilization techniques.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assistant program. Offered winter term.
AH104 3 credits
Prepares students to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Phlebotomy certification examination. The examination requires 40 hours of classroom training in anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, specimen collection, specimen processing and handling, and laboratory operations (e.g., safety, quality control, etc.), and 100 clock hours of clinical training and orientation in an accredited laboratory with a minimum performance of 100 successful unaided blood collections (venipunctures and skin punctures). This course, taken with AH170, prepares students to take the exam.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant programs. Offered fall, winter and summer terms.
AH105 2 credits
Communication and Professional Behavior
Prepares students for practicum experiences and employment in the healthcare industry by understanding and practicing communication skills (oral and written), workplace ethics, and professional behavior.
Prerequisite: Admission to any allied health certificate program.
AH110 3 credits
Medical Terminology: Clinical
Continues the study of medical terminology and medical records analysis. Focuses on the clinical aspects of terminology including pharmacology, medical specialties, medical records, diagnostic and treatment procedures, and laboratory testing.
Prerequisite: AH100 recommended.
AH120 4 credits
Medical Administrative Assistant I
The first of two courses that prepare students for careers as medical administrative assistants. It introduces the concepts and skills related to patient and facility scheduling, patient intake, office logistics, privacy, and basic workplace safety.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Administrative Assistant program. Offered fall term.
AH121 4 credits
Medical Administrative Assistant II
Builds upon the themes and skills introduced in AH120. It focuses on the integration of the skills for the medical office setting and covers more in-depth issues in patient privacy, patient rights and responsibilities, and safety in the workplace.
Prerequisite: AH120. Offered winter term.
AH123 2 credits
Legal and Ethical Issues for Medical Personnel
Exposes students to a variety of legal and ethical dilemmas, helping students become more prudent and confident medical assistants or medical administrative assistants. Classroom content includes the legal system, the legal rights that define relationships between individuals, quality assurance, office protocols and patient records, and legal issues that affect employment.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Administrative Assistant or Medical Assistant program. Offered winter term.
AH130 4 credits
Concepts in Medical Insurance and Billing
Explores the fundamentals of health insurance, reimbursement processes and methodologies, billing cycles, payment systems, fee schedules, charge master, and internal audit processes. It includes an introduction to how health information technology is used in medical offices. Students will learn how to apply this information to enter patient charges and payments.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into any allied health cohort program. Offered winter term.
AH140 4 credits
Basic CPT Coding
Introduces students to the basic concepts and methodology associated with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding including terminology, formatting, basic guidelines, and surgical package concepts. CPT is a set of codes and descriptions developed by the American Medical Association to standardize the identification of services commonly provided by physicians. Additionally, the role of CPT in Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding and the use of codes in reimbursement management will be introduced.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Coding Specialist program. Offered spring term.
AH141 4 credits
Basic Coding in ICD-10-CM
Accurately identifies the reason for the physician service and supports the medical necessity of services rendered. This course earmarks the various tables and volumes used, indicates the usage of ICD codes for statistical and tracking purposes, and identifies the unique skill sets specific to the professional coding setting. Emphasis is placed on the principles of coding and classification systems used in the assignment of valid diagnostic and/or procedural codes.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Coding Specialist program. Offered spring term.
AH165 2 credits
Introduction to Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians
Introduces the world of pharmacology as relevant to pharmacy technicians, including, medication preparations and dosages, patient conditions related to medications and the effects medications have on the patient’s body. It also addresses the pharmacological issues of special populations such as pediatrics, neonatal, and geriatrics.
Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115, MTH20, and RD30 or RD90, or designated placement test scores. Offered winter term.
Medical Assistant Practicum and Seminar
Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work an average of 12 hours per week in a host site as part of the patient care team and experience first-hand the various operations within a primary, specialty and/or urgent care settings. Students will participate in three seminars during the term – an orientation seminar to discuss expectations for the term; a mid-term seminar to discuss current activities and exchange details on experiences; and a concluding seminar to reflect on work experiences.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Medical Assistant competitive-entry cohort and successful completion of all first term courses, including AH102. Offered winter and spring terms.