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AH - Allied Health

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: RD90 and WR90 (WR91 substitutes for both) or designated placement scores.

AH101 (3 credits)
Medical Assistant I: 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 Certificate program.

AH102 (3 credits)
Medical Assistant II: 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 Certificate program.

AH103 (3 credits)
Medical Assistant III: 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. Finally, students will learn about clinic management and human resources. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assistant Certificate program.

AH104 (3 credits)
Phlebotomy
Introduces students to the concept of phlebotomy, including, but not limited to venipuncture procedures, specimen processing, and safety and compliance considerations. Additionally, the course prepares students to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), Certification Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam. Successful completion of this course, along with 30 unaided, successful venipunctures and 10 capillary collections on live individuals, will make students eligible to sit for the NHA CPT credential. This credential allows students to work as a nationally certified phlebotomist for 3 years, before certification renewal is required. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant Certificate programs.

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: Acceptance into 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. Prerequisites: Admission to an Allied Health program. Recommended prerequisite AH100.

AH120 (4 credits)
Medical Administrative Assistant I
The first of two courses that prepare students for careers as medical administrative assistants. 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.

AH121 (4 credits)
Medical Administrative Assistant II
Builds upon the themes and skills introduced in Medical Administrative Assistant I. 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: Acceptance into the Medical Administrative Assistant program, and AH120.

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 Certificate program.

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. 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 program.

AH140 (4 credits)
Basic CPT Coding
Introduces students to the basic concepts and methodology associated with CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) 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 HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System) coding and the use of codes in reimbursement management will be introduced. Prerequisites: MTH20, RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

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. Prerequisites: MTH20, RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement scores.

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. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program.

AH170MAA (2 credits)
Medical Administrative Assistant Practicum
Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work each week in a host site as part of the patient care team and experience first-hand the various operations within primary, specialty and/or urgent care settings. Duties will be assigned according to students' skill level and the work needs of the host site. 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. Students will be expected to expand their skill set during the sequence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate program.

AH170MAP (4 credits)
Medical Assistant I Practicum
Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work each week in a host site as part of the patient care team and experience first-hand the various operations within primary, specialty and/or urgent care settings. Duties will be assigned according to students' skill level and the work needs of the host site. 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. Seminars are attended and moderated by an instructor, who uses the feedback gained to evaluate current practicum experiences and improve future practicum experiences. Students will be expected to expand their skill set during the sequence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Assistant Certificate program.

AH170PHL (2 credits)
Phlebotomy Practicum
Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work each week in a host site as part of the patient care team and experience first-hand the various operations within primary, specialty and/or urgent care settings. Duties will be assigned according to students' skill level and the work needs of the host site. 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. Students will be expected to expand their skill set during the sequence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Phlebotomy Career Pathway Certificate program.

AH171MAP (8 credits)
Medical Assistant Practicum II
Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work each week in a host site as part of the patient care team and experience first-hand the various operations within primary, specialty and/or urgent care settings. Duties will be assigned according to students' skill level and the work needs of the host site. 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. Seminars are attended and moderated by an instructor, who uses the feedback gained to evaluate current practicum experiences and improve future practicum experiences. Students will be expected to expand their skill set during the sequence. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Assistant Certificate program.