Allied Health Courses
AH 101 Introduction to the Health Care Professions
This course introduces students to various aspects of the health care field. Students will explore a variety of health-related disciplines, learn associated entry-level skills, and compare the educational and credentialing requirements, as well as job opportunities of various careers within health care. Students will be introduced medical terminology, patient safety, and clinical skills. Professional behavior, effective communication, and time management skills related to health care will also be examined, with an emphasis on ethics and cultural competence.
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 administrative procedures performed in a health care facility. Appointment scheduling, medical records management, telephone management, billing and collection procedures, banking services, and accounting and bookkeeping procedures will be addressed.
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.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirement.
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 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.
Prerequisites: AH 103 and BIOL 108 or BIOL 109 all with a grade of "C" or better. .
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.
Prerequisites: AH 103 with a grade of "C" or better, AH 120 with a grade of "C" or better, BIOL 108 with a grade of "C" or better or BIOL 109 and 110 both with a grade of "C" or better and AH 190 with a grade of "C" or better.
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.
Prerequisite: ENGL 101.
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.
Prerequisites: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.
Prerequisites: AH 120 and AH 204 with a grade "C" or better; MATH 118 with a grade "C" or better or placement into MATH 161.
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 and issues affecting the United States health care consumer. Topics such as health literacy, access to healthcare, health disparities and health-related social injustices will be studied in depth. Technological, legislative and financial issues will also be analyzed.
Prerequisites: AH 204 with a grade "C" or better; MATH 118 with a grade "C" or better or placement into MATH 161.
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.
Prerequisite: AH 204.
Unless otherwise noted, all college level courses require English 101 placement.