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Allied Health Courses

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AH 110     BASIC PATIENT CARE    (2 credits)
Covers the skills and knowledge required to provide basic care to patients. The course is designed to prepare pre-nursing students to challenge the CNA Certification Exam as part of the entrance requirement to the Dakota Nursing Program. 

AH 130     PATHOLOGY FOR ALLIED HEALTH     (3 credits)
Introduction to medical and pathological conditions commonly encountered by allied health practitioners.

AH 134     MEDICAL DISORDERS     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: AH 171. This course provides the student with a basic understanding of human disease and appropriate interventions. Content includes statistics, risk factors, signs and symptoms, diagnostic studies, and treatments specific to each disease/disorder.

AH 138     MEDICAL CODING I     (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIOL 115 and AH 170 or AH 171. Introduces the student to the basic coding principles of the CPT and ICD-9 CM coding systems. The format of each system, coding rules, and coding selection are studied. Application of correct coding standards and principles for coding of physician services, diagnoses, and procedures are presented.

AH 139     MEDICAL CODING II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: AH 138. A continued study of the CPT and ICD-9-CM coding systems, with focus on coding actual cases. Other topics include legislation affecting coding/reimbursement, documentation requirements, and ethical coding principles.

AH 140     CODING CERTIFICATION PREPARATION     (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  AH 139.  A capstone course to prepare students for the Certified Coding Associate exam.
 

AH 170     Medical Terminology     (1 credit)
A basic medical terminology course which will enable students to spell basic anatomical terminology and recognize, pronounce, and define common Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, word roots and combining forms for each body system, along with the abbreviations commonly used in the body system.

AH 171     MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I     (3 credits)
Study of prefixes, suffixes, and root words of medical terms and their meaning, spelling, and pronunciation.  Emphasis on building a working medical vocabulary based on body systems.

AH 220     FUND OF MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION     (3 credits)
Basic theory of medical documents is covered.  This includes formatting, spelling, number expression, punctuation, English grammar, and proofreading.  Introduction to applied transcription.

AH 222     MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION I     (3 credits)
Prerequisites: AH 134, AH 171, and PHRM 137. This course is an introduction to basic medical transcription through the process of transcribing medical dictation and completing related assignments. Transcription skills emphasizing correct use of grammar, punctuation and spelling are studied. Basic transcription practices that includes a variety of dictated medical reports is also included. An emphasis on AAMT (American Association or Medical Transcription) style and format is included. The student will gain exposure to the following specialties by transcribed reports and assignments: dermatology, urology, gastroenterology, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurology, psychiatry, pathology, and radiology. 

AH 223     MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: AH 222. Medical Transcription II is a continuation of the skills taught in Medical Transcription I. This course will emphasize accuracy as well as continued application of medical terminology, medical disorders, human structure and function, pharmacology, English and grammar skills, and AHDI rules of style. Course fee required. 

AH 231     HEALTHCARE LAW & ETHICS     (1 credit)
This course will cover laws pertaining to health care (confidentiality, patient rights, HIPAA regulations) as well as common ethical problems that are encountered and how these problems are handled. 

AH 260     KINESIOLOGY I     (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIOL 220 & BIOL 221.  In-depth study of the musculoskeletal system.  Biomechanics of normal and abnormal movement are presented.

AH 260L     KINESIOLOG I LAB     (1 credits)
Corequisite: AH 260.  Basic assessment techniques of the body are learned.  Including, but not limited to, manual muscle testing, goniometry, reflexes, dermatomes and myotomes. 

AH 261     KINESIOLOGY II     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: AH 260.  Kinesiology II builds off the basic information learned about body function in Kinesiology I.

AH 261L     KINESIOLOGY II LAB     (1 credits)
Corequisite: AH 261.  Basic evaluative techniques of the body are learned.  Including, but not limited to, manual muscle testing, goniometry, reflexes, dermatones, and myotomes.  This course would reinforce the concepts learned in the Kinesiology II lecture for PTA students.     

AH 266     LABORATORY PROCEDURES     (2 credits)
A comprehensive study of laboratory tests and procedures by body system; radiology procedures; pathology procedures.

AH 271             MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION CAPSTONE     (4 credits)
This course introduces editing and voice recognition as well as training for the RMT national certification examination through AHDI. Upon completion of this course, the student will take the RMT exam and will be credentialed before gaining employment.

AH 281     MEDICAL INSURANCE/BILLING     (3 credits)
Prerequisite: AH 138.  An introduction to the major nationwide medical insurance programs, diagnostic and procedural coding systems, and the filing of claim forms.

AH 287     COMPUTER APPS IN HEALTH CARE     (2 credits)
This course introduces and includes definitions, electronic data collection, storage, electronic health records, personal health records.  The class instructs students on how to implement, manage and secure computer-based patient record systems.  National health information initiatives and regional health information organizations will be discussed.  Specialized HIM software will be used.
 

AH 299     SPECIAL TOPICS     (1-3 credits)
This course is designed to meet student needs or interests and is offered to utilize particular faculty resources . Topics will be selected on interest and relevancy to students' needs.