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Allied Health Courses

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

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.

Prerequisite:  AH 139.  A capstone course to prepare students for the Certified Coding Associate exam.

 AH 170             MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ............................................................................................................................... 1

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 172     MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY II     (2 credits)
Prerequisite: AH 171. Medical terminology related to pathology, diagnostic, surgical, clinical and laboratory procedures, and common abbreviations and acronyms for each body system.

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 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 267     HUMAN DISEASES & SURG PROCEDURES     (2 credits)
Comprehensive study of disease processes (causes, symptoms, and treatments), organized by body systems.  Study of surgical techniques, instruments, and operative procedures.

Prerequisite: Admission to the medical transcription program. Emphasis on development of accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcription of letters, chart notes, history and physical examination reports, consultations, emergency room reports, and discharge summaries. Grammar and punctuation review.

Prerequisite: AH 268. Emphasis on development of accuracy, speed, and medical knowledge for transcription of consultations, history and physicals, operative procedures, diagnostic procedures, cardiac catheterizations in specialties of cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, and pathology.

Transcription of surgical dictation; eg. chart notes, operative reports, consultations, etc.

AH 271             MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION CAPSTONE......................................................................................................... 4

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 282     MEDICAL LAW & ETHICS     (2 credits)
The study of the legal aspects of health information.  Introduction to the legal system and legal terminology.  Medical records as legal documents.  Emphasis on confidentiality, release of medical information, consents, federal and state law will be explored.  Includes information and training in HIPAA.

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.