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Career and Technical Programs

AH22 (3 credits)
Healthcare Calculations

Teaches the calculations involved in the preparation and administration of pharmacological products. Topics include converting measurements, dosage calculations, dilutions, concentrations, dimensional analysis, flow duration, volume per hour, drip rates, and TPN milliliter-equivalents. Prerequisite: MTH20 or designated placement score.

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

AH101 (3 credits)
Medical Assistant I: Administrative

Covers a variety of topics including the role and scope of the medical assistant in a clinical front office environment. This includes an overview of recordkeeping, documentation and Electronic Health Records software. Students will be responsible for knowing billing and coding, how to schedule patients, and screening for patient check in are also included. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assistant Certificate program.

AH102 (4 credits)
Medical Assistant II: Clinical

Covers clinical topics for medical assisting including how to communicate effectively with patients using active listening, the appropriate use of personal protective equipment and infection control, including the infection cycle of bacteria and viruses, and OSHA policies and procedures. Students will learn how to collect a patient’s history, prepare them for their appointments, provide instruction on patient care, take vital sign measurements, and assist provider with patient care. Calculating, administering, and recording medication will be addressed and students will learn specimen collection and processing procedures for clinical laboratory improvement amendments (CLIA) and other laboratory tests. Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Assistant Certificate program.

AH103 (4 credits)
Medical Assistant III: Specialty

Prepares students for medical assisting in specialty clinics. Students will learn how to perform specialty techniques and recognize the differences in treatment and diagnosis based on area of specialty. Students will demonstrate communication techniques that promote equity and diversity in each specialty area. Additionally, students will learn about clinical management and human resources in healthcare. 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 2 years, before certification renewal is required. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Phlebotomy or Medical Assistant Certificate programs.

AH105 (3 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, and AH100.

AH120 (4 credits)
Medical Office 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 Office Assistant program. Co-requisite: AH120L

AH120L (2 credits)
Medical Office Assistant I Lab

Introduces students to entry-level concepts and functionality of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems. Classroom content includes instruction on navigating systems, the importance of accurate data, how to enter date into systems, documentation and data maintenance. Explores issues of privacy, government regulation, legal aspects of the technology. Students will participate in simulated exercises using a student EHR system to gain efficiency and familiarity. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Office Assistant program, CIS120.

AH121 (4 credits)
Medical Office 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 office processes, patient privacy, patient rights and responsibilities, and safety in the workplace. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Office 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 Office Assistant, Medical Assistant, or Pharmacy Technician Certificate programs.

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.

AH150 (2 credits)
Introduction to Practicum and Seminar

Provides students an extensive overview of the practicum experience and prepares students for the challenges of their role in the healthcare industry. Content includes program policies and procedures (safety, HIPAA, student conduct and competency documentation), phases of student development, role of the student intern, and expectations for communication and workplace behavior. In preparation for clinical placement students will identify technical and soft skills required for the position they are in training for. Prerequisite: Acceptance into any Allied Health certificate program.

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.

AH170MOA (3 credits)
Medical Office Assistant Practicum

Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work each week in a host site as part of the administrative healthcare 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 Office 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.

AH170PRX (3 credits)
Pharmacy Technician Practicum

Provides hands-on clinical experience. Students work in a host site as part of the pharmacy team and experience first-hand the various operations within different pharmacy 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. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program.

AH171MAP (8 credits)
Medical 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. 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.

AH202 (2 credits)
Infection Control for the Healthcare Professional

Designed to prepare students for the following sections: patient and healthcare worker education, standard/ universal precautions and prevention of disease transmission, prevention of cross contamination, maintaining aseptic conditions, performing sterilization procedures, environmental asepsis, and occupational safety. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program.

PRX101 (4 credits)
Pharmacy Technician I

Introduces the basic concepts of the practice of pharmacy and the pharmacy technician’s role, including the history of pharmacy, the types of pharmacy settings, the language of pharmacy and drug classifications, the types and use of technology in the pharmacy setting, and basic concepts of health insurance billing as they relate to the pharmacy technician’s role. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program.

PRX102 (4 credits)
Pharmacy Technician II

Builds on material learned in Pharmacy Technician I. Focus is on the pharmacy technician’s role in purchasing and inventory control, the behaviors expected of a professional pharmacy technician, the process of preparing, labeling, packaging, storing, and distributing medication, and the purpose, reason, and process for compounded and sterile medications. Prerequisite: PRX101.