Courses – School of Allied Health

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AHM300 Healthcare Systems and Policy – 4.5 Credit Hours
The aim of this survey course in health policy is to enable students to think systematically about the determinants of health, the problems of the healthcare system and the various strategies for addressing these matters. Our discussions will touch on some broad topics, including our expectations of medical care and the appropriate role for government in the healthcare system. The course emphasizes contemporary topics that are important in the health policy debates of virtually all industrialized nations and provides cross-national comparisons of these healthcare systems. At the end of the course students will be able to describe the health care systems of most industrialized nations and compare and contrast these systems with the current health care system in the United States.

AHM310 Healthcare Information Systems Management – 4.5 Credit Hours
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the ability to define operational and strategic objectives for health services management information systems and to guide the design of systems to meet those objectives. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the conceptualization of variables to be included in such systems; the design of systems (including an understanding of the hardware, software and communication links); and the proper interpretation and utilization of processed information for program management purposes. Software for employee management will be addressed; and software for clinical data collection, storage and patient management (including the maintenance of confidentiality) will also be addressed.

AHM320 Legal/Ethical/Social Issues in Healthcare – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.

AHM330 Healthcare Management – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course focuses on planning, organizing, decision-making, staffing, leading or directing, communication and motivating health care personnel. Evolving trends in management, classic management theories, budget preparation and justification, training design and labor union contracts are explored.

AHM340 Principles of Healthcare Marketing – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course involves analysis, evaluation, and implementation of marketing strategies within health care and managed-care environments. Designed to develop skills in segmenting customer and medical markets, brand products and services, enhance a communication strategy to the consumer, and develop pricing approaches. Methods and models of marketing fundamentals will be introduced.

AHM350 Quality Management in Healthcare – 4.5 Credit Hours
Quality management is a complex process, especially in healthcare. Managers in today’s environment need more than just an understanding of the historical concepts of quality. They need to understand how to achieve quality within the structure and relationships of the complex system of a healthcare organization.

AHM400 Healthcare Finance – 4.5 Credit Hours
Applications of modern hospital and healthcare organization financial management and decision-making are explored to prepare students for executive roles in healthcare settings. Financial management techniques used in budget preparation, investment alternatives, financial forecasting, and capital structures are presented with a focus on healthcare organizations.

AHM410 Health Education and Promotion – 4.5 Credit Hours
This class provides the best overall introduction to the growing profession of Health Promotion and Education by covering the roles and responsibilities of health educators, the settings where health educators are employed, and the ethics of the profession. In addition to covering the history of health, health care, and health education, the book provides a preview of what the future may hold for health promotion and education professionals.

AHM420 Healthcare Research – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course focuses on reading and conducting research in health and human performance. Research approaches and procedures will be explored. Examples of various research methods and techniques will be discussed.

AHM430 Case and Outcomes Management – 4.5 Credit Hours
This Allied Health Management course focuses on case and outcomes management application to clinical practice. The case management and outcomes management processes, barriers, utilization review, legal and financial aspects of each and evidence-based healthcare will be explored.

AHM440 Allied Health Capstone Project – 4.5 Credit Hours
This capstone project is undertaken by Allied Health Management students when they have completed the core courses in the program provides an opportunity for the student to complete the outcomes management project proposal. Students will also design and participate in a collaborative service learning experience in a community, ambulatory, home or health care setting. Students will complete the portfolio of their work from core courses and revise as needed to create an impressive final portfolio that can be used.

AP101 Anatomy and Physiology – 4.5 credits
This course is a study of the structure and function of several systems of the human body, including the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, the lymphatic and immune systems. In addition, structural units, fluids and electrolytes, acid-base balance, as well as blood and circulation are discussed.

AP105 Anatomy and Physiology – 4.5 credits
This course is a study of the structure and function of several systems of the human body. Topics covered include the respiratory system, the nervous system, the urinary system, the female and male reproductive systems, human development and genetics, the digestive system, concepts of metabolic function and nutrition, the endocrine system and special sense.

MA100 Medical Terminology – 4.5 Credit Hours
Introduction in building and utilizing a medical vocabulary through the use of prefixes, suffixes, word roots and combining forms/vowels. Emphasis is on correct spelling, pronunciation and the correct definitions of many medical terms. This course will cover 5 body systems including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and blood system.

MA110 Anatomy and Physiology – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is a study of several systems of the human body. Beginning with the organization of the body, and then moving to the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. The course is designed to enable the student to understand the health problems of the patients as they relate to the various systems.

MA115 Anatomy and Physiology – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is a study of several systems of the human body. Beginning with the lymphatic and immune systems, the respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems, will be covered. Nutrition and metabolism, fluids and electrolytes, acid-base balance, and growth and development will also be discussed. The course is designed to enable the student to understand the health problems of the patients as they relate to the various systems.

MA120 Medical Law and Ethics – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course addresses medical ethics and laws that pertain to the medical field. The course is designed to enable the student to understand medical practice acts, confidentiality, legal responsibilities of the health professional, liability and the civic duties of the health professional.

MA150 Basic Insurance – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to teach the student how to complete forms for various types of medical health insurance. The course will familiarize the student with the history of health insurance in America, the importance of accurate completion of claims, and the terminology that is common to all insurance carriers. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; MA110 Anatomy and Physiology or AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; MA115 Anatomy and Physiology or AP105 Anatomy and Physiology.

MA160 Medical Keyboarding/Transcription – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to prepare the student to format and key specialized medical documents. History and Physicals, Discharge Summaries, Operative Reports, Chart Notes, and short scientific articles are examples of the documents students will learn to produce. Prerequisite: MA100 Medical Terminology

MA180 Medical Office Administration – 4.5 Credit Hours
Medical Office Administration – This course provides students with a basic understanding of their duties and responsibilities in the administrative front office. It develops skills in communication, instruction, filing, financial administration, duties as a receptionist, processing of mail, care of the facilities and medical equipment. It also includes developing a professional image, good interpersonal relationships with other office personnel and the right attitude for the professional medical office.

MA190 Medical Office Communications – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course presents methods in both written and oral communications as they relate to the medical office. The course emphasizes writing and revising effective business correspondence, speaking effectively, and developing useful organizational skills for written and oral business presentations. Prerequisite: MA100 Medical Terminology

MA212 Coding & Billing – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course introduces students to the health profession with specific emphasis in Medical Coding and Billing. Students will learn fundamental skills while developing an understanding of the importance of each role within various healthcare settings. Advanced theory and practices of commercial medical insurance, insurance terminology, CPT and ICD-10 coding systems, billing and collections will be discussed. Government programs, federal regulations and the impact of HIPAA regulations will be explored. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; MA110 Anatomy and Physiology or AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; MA115 Anatomy and Physiology or AP105 Anatomy and Physiology.

MA213 Medical Office Assistant Certification Preparation – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive approach to reviewing the key competencies of a medical assisting program to prepare the student to take the American Medical Technologist’s CMAS certification exam. The course will include basic theory review, self evaluation and answers and rationales. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; MA110 Anatomy and Physiology or AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; MA115 Anatomy and Physiology or AP105 Anatomy and Physiology.

MA230 Electronic Medical Records Management – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of medical records management. This course introduces the student to the basics of medical records management and provides an opportunity to put administrative skills learned in previous coursework into practice in a simulated medical setting using electronic health care records (EHR). It also allows the student to learn about EHR management practices and a variety of software programs and used in this process. Students are exposed to the medical billing process, including the flow of information from preregistering patients through collecting on overdue accounts, information technology in medical offices, and HIPAA. Types of electronic management systems will be explored along with their impact on various areas of the healthcare system. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; MA110 Anatomy and Physiology or AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; MA115 Anatomy and Physiology or AP105 Anatomy
and Physiology.

MA298 Externship – 4.5 Credit Hours
Students will be assigned to a physician’s office, clinic or other healthcare setting where they will utilize the essential skills they have developed throughout their program. This experience is designed to provide students with actual on-the-job learning activities in the medical back office environment under the direct supervision of local healthcare professionals. Prerequisite: Must have a 2.0 cGPA in all completed core courses.

MA299 Medical Assistant Externship – 4.5 Credit Hours
Students will be assigned to a physician’s office, clinic or other healthcare setting where they will utilize the essential skills they have developed throughout their program. This experience is designed to provide students with actual on-the-job learning activities in the medical back office environment under the direct supervision of local healthcare professionals. Prerequisite(s): Must have a 2.0 cGPA in all completed core courses.

MAA250 Pathophysiology – 4.5 Credit Hours
Pathophysiology is a study of how normal physiology processes are altered by disease. This course will include causes of disease, neoplasms, congenital diseases, urinary system diseases, reproductive system diseases, digestive system diseases, respiratory system diseases, circulatory system diseases, nervous system diseases, endocrine system diseases, musculoskeletal disease, skin, eye, ear and childhood diseases, pain management and holistic health. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; MA110 Anatomy and Physiology or AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; MA115 Anatomy and Physiology or AP105 Anatomy and Physiology.

MAA260 Pharmacology – 4.5 credit hours
The student will discuss the various types of drugs and become familiar with the forms by which medications are administered. The student will learn to identify the most common medications by classification and the body system that they are most commonly used for. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; MA110 Anatomy and Physiology or AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; MA115 Anatomy and Physiology or AP105 Anatomy and Physiology.

MAA270 Clinical – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to instruct Medical Assisting students in routine procedures for the physical exam. Proficiency will be developed in taking vital signs, including blood pressure readings, temperature, pulse and respiration. Students will learn and practice draping for physical exams, aseptic techniques, measurements and taking the medical history. Universal precautions will be practiced at all times. This course is also designed to instruct Medical Assisting students in assisting with minor surgical procedures, performing EKGs, administration of injections using subcutaneous, intradermal, intramuscular, and z-tract techniques. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation certification will be provided. Office emergencies will be discussed. Students will perform procedures according to Procedure Competency assigned by Instructor. Prerequisite(s): Must have a 2.0 cGPA
in all completed core courses.

MAA280 Laboratory – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to provide advanced skills for the medical assistant. Lecture and laboratory class will acquaint the student with various pathological agents, which cause disease in humans. Diagnostic testing will include culturing and staining for identification, blood testing for antigens, antibodies and glucose, staining of white blood cells for differentiation counts, performance of hematocrit and hemoglobin lab tests. Urine will be tested and stained for microscopic sediments. The instructor will assign each student a pathogenic agent to prepare a report for the class. Prerequisite(s): Must have a 2.0 cGPA in all completed core courses.

MBC125 – Medical Insurance & Billing Procedures – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to teach the student how to complete forms for various types of medical health insurance, insurance claim guidelines, and adjudication of claims. The course will familiarize the student with the importance of accurate completion of claims and the terminology that is common to all insurance carriers. Prerequisite(s): MA100 Medical Terminology; AP101 Anatomy and Physiology; AP105 Anatomy and Physiology

MBC150 – Medical Billing and Coding I – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of medical coding. It details how to operate today’s common coding systems, including International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes and Clinical Modification (CM) codes.

MBC170 – Medical Billing and Coding II – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course provides instruction in the fundamentals of medical coding. It details how to operate today’s common coding systems, including Current Procedural Terminology, International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Clinical Modification (CM,) and official coding guidelines. Prerequisite(s): MBC150 Medical Billing & Coding I.

MBC200 – Medical Billing and Coding III – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course includes material covering Evaluation and Management of Services and Anatomical Coding and Procedural Coding. This course builds upon the Fundamentals of Coding and presents abstract situations to which the student can apply their knowledge. This course requires the student to assign ICD diagnosis codes as well as CPT codes. Prerequisite(s): MBC150 Medical Billing & Coding I and MBC170 Medical Billing & Coding II.

MBC250 – Medical Billing & Coding IV – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course covers the codes required to bill insurance companies for services. The material covered is Evaluation and Management of Services, Anatomical Coding and Procedural Coding. This course builds upon the Fundamentals of Coding and presents abstract situations to which the student can apply their knowledge. Prerequisite(s): MBC150 Medical Billing & Coding I, MBC170 Medical Billing & Coding II, and MBC200 Medical Billing & Coding III.

MBC290 – Capstone – 4.5 Credit Hours
This course provides a review of medical coding processes and procedures, including practice test activities and simulated certification examinations. Students are presented with coding case practices and are expected to apply their knowledge of procedural and anatomical coding in an abstract manner. This course will review anatomical terminology and reimbursement issues. It will also review Current Procedural Terminology, International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Clinical Modification (CM), ICD Official Coding Guidelines and CMS Healthcare Common Procedural Coding system. Prerequisite(s): MBC150 Medical Billing & Coding I, MBC170 Medical Billing & Coding II, MBC200 Medical Billing & Coding III, and MBC250 Medical Billing & Coding IV.

MBC299 – Externship – 2.5 Credit Hours
Students will be assigned to a healthcare setting where they will utilize the essential skills they have developed throughout their program. This experience is designed to provide students with actual on-the-job learning activities in the medical billing and coding environment under the direct supervision of local healthcare professionals. Prerequisite: Must have a 2.0 GPA in all completed core courses.

MOA299 Externship – 4.5 Credit Hours
Students will be assigned to a physician’s office, clinic or other healthcare setting where they will utilize the essential skills they have developed throughout their program. This experience is designed to provide students with actual on-the-job learning activities in the medical front office environment under the direct supervision of local healthcare professionals. Prerequisite: Must have a 2.0 cGPA in all completed core courses.

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