Credit Courses

2015-2016 Catalog (Courses updated for 2016-2017)

Health & Medical



HLT* E103 Investigations in Allied Health

This course is designed to assist traditional and non-traditional first-year college students to meet the expectations of a curriculum and a career in health-related fields. The student will become familiar with the rigors of higher education and the specific skills needed to maximize the student?s opportunity for academic and clinical success. The course will include a comprehensive overview of the duties and responsibilities associated with clinical competency. Interdisciplinary learning strategies, correlating clinical and didactic education, life management skills, work ethics, and critical thinking skills necessary for all health providers will be emphasized.

Prerequisites or Parallel: ENG* E101
  • Credits: 3

MED* E111 Administrative Medical Assisting

This course is an overview of the profession of medical assisting and its role in providing quality health care. The theory, practice and techniques of fundamental medical office management including administrative functions, office responsibilities, medical records management, electronic health records and professional communications will be emphasized.

Prerequisite: ENG* E101 eligible
  • Credits: 3

MED* E113 Healthcare Insurance

This course presents an overview of healthcare insurance and is designed to introduce the student to the basics of healthcare insurance theories and practices. Course material and discussions will focus on the different types of insurance and health care plans. Government programs, federal and state regulations and the impact of HIPAA regulations will be explored. The practices of the commercial insurance companies, insurance terminology, referrals and prior authorizations will be discussed. Manual and electronic recordkeeping and billing practices will be compared through the use of healthcare claims processing and medical office accounting practices.
Prerequisites: MED* E125, CSA 105
Parallel: MED* E111, MED* E115
  • Credits: 2

MED* E115 Medical Coding & Billing

An introduction to practices surrounding medical insurance claims, insurance terminology, CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9 coding systems, introduction to ICD-10, billing and collections. Government programs, federal regulations and the impact of HIPAA regulations will be explored as they relate to coding and collections. Manual CMS 1500 forms and electronic 837 forms will be completed with the use of Medisoft Medical Billing Software.
Prerequisite: MED* E125
Parallel: MED* E113
  • Credits: 2

MED* E125 Medical Terminology

This course will cover the basic structure, spelling, definition, and pronunciation of medical and pathological terms including all organ systems, diseases and diagnosis, and frequently used medical abbreviations. The basic structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, and roots are presented. The body systems, anatomy and physiology are used in an organizational pattern to present these terms. The meaning, spelling, and pronunciation of medical terms are stressed. Analysis of case studies and medical records reinforces concepts learned.
  • Credits: 3

MED* E133 Clinical Medical Assisting

This course will provide Health Careers students with knowledge of the complex legal/ethical issues raised by contemporary medical practice. A sound foundation in ethical theory and medical law is provided, with emphasis on practical importance. Relationships between health professionals and their clients, peers, and societal institutions are explored. Formerly listed as MED 106, not open to students who have successfully completed MED 106.
Prerequisites: MED* E125, CSA* E105, ENG* E101 eligible
  • Credits: 4

MED* E170 Law and Ethics for Health Professionals

This course will provide Health Careers students with knowledge of the complex legal/ethical issues raised by contemporary medical practice. A sound foundation in ethical theory and medical law is provided, with emphasis on practical importance. Relationships between health professionals and their clients, peers, and societal institutions are explored. Formerly listed as MED 106, not open to students who have successfully completed MED 106.
Prerequisites: ENG* E101, BIO* E105
  • Credits: 3

MED* E216 Electronic Medical Records Management

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basics of electronic medical records management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This course provides the student with the opportunity to put administrative skills learned in previous coursework into practice in a simulated medical setting using electronic health care records (EHR) and allows the student to learn about EHR management practices. The course provides experience with actual office practice duties including payments, claims, patient entries, patient billing statements, production of health care claims and management of electronic health care records using Medisoft?, Springcharts , Greeenway Prime Suite and Practice Partner billing and accounting software programs. We will cover the medical billing process, including the flow of information from preregistering patients through recording office visit transaction to collecting on overdue accounts, the role of information technology in medical offices, and discusses the HIPAA Security Rule and the HIPAA Transaction and Code Sets Rule as they relate to insurance claims. Types of electronic management systems will be explored along with their impact on various areas of the Healthcare system.
Prerequisites: MED* 125, CSA* E105
  • Credits: 3

MED* E245 Clinical Laboratory Procedures

This course provides an introduction to clinical laboratory procedures and equipment. The course focuses on medical and surgical asepsis, sterilization techniques, basic diagnostic ambulatory tests, evaluations, treatments and nutrition. Theory and practice of the clinical skills used by medical assistants to perform various diagnostic tests including specimen collection, hematology, blood chemistry, routine urinalysis, and electrocardiograms are emphasized. Students are required to purchase a lab coat or scrubs to be worn in class. A physical examination and proof of immunization is also required.
Prerequisites: MED* E125, BIO* E105
Parallel: MED* E133
  • Credits: 4

MED* E250 Principles of Pharmacology

This course provides an overview of current and commonly used practices, procedures, medications, and supplements. Topics include legal and ethical implications, terminology, and documentation, practices governing the use, dispensing, administration, and storage of pharmaceuticals. Medication preparation, dosage calculation, and administration skills are developed. Patient education regarding safe administration, side effects, and interactions is emphasized. Presentation is organized according to drug classification and body systems.

Prerequisites: MED* E125, BIO* E105 or Higher, ENG* E101, and MAT* E104 or Higher
Parallel: MED* E250L
  • Credits: 3

MED* E250L Principles of Pharmacology Lab

This course provides an overview of current and commonly used practices, procedures, medications, and supplements. Topics include legal and ethical implications, terminology, and documentation, practices governing the use, dispensing, administration, and storage of pharmaceuticals. Medication preparation, dosage calculation, and administration skills are developed. Patient education regarding safe administration, side effects, and interactions is emphasized. Presentation is organized according to drug classification and body systems.

Prerequisites: MED* E125, BIO* E105 or Higher, ENG* E101, and MAT* E104 or Highe
  • Credits: 1

MED* E281 Medical Assisting Externship

Preparation and work experience in an ambulatory medical setting under the supervision of the facility staff and College instructor. Students complete 10 hours of simulated training on campus in preparation for a 160 hour experience at an assigned site. The 160 hours is divided equally between the administrative and clinical areas to permit the student to be involved in the total environment of the medical facility. The experience allows the student to apply knowledge from the classroom and college medical laboratory environment to the ambulatory healthcare environment. On campus student conferences allow sharing of externship experiences and preparation for the National Certification examination.
Prerequisites: Completion of all MED* courses and approval of coordinator.
  • Credits: 4

OTA* E111 Foundations of Occupational Therapy

An introduction to the profession of occupational therapy including its history and philosophical base. Students will develop basic vocabulary, professional skills and attitudes essential to the profession.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
  • Credits: 3

OTA* E113 Task Analysis

A basic laboratory course in task analysis as it applied to understanding human occupation. Students will explore performance components, environmental adaptations and modifications according to individual needs. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Prerequisite or Parallel: OTA* E111
  • Credits: 1

OTA* E115 Occupational Therapy Assistant I

An overview of the disabilities and diseases that affect children and the study of occupational therapy theory and practice as it relates to these conditions. 3 hours lecture and 3 hours laboratory. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Prerequisite or Parallel: OTA* E111
  • Credits: 4

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