Allied Health

ALTH 1101 – Introduction to Allied Health

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Allied Health Program | Corequisite: MAST 1115

Introductory level course that includes the basic information all health care workers need to work in any department of the health care environment. It will include an orientation to the health care delivery system including history and definition. This course will cover different allied health care occupations and the multi–disciplinary skills needed for success in the health care environment. This course will also include orientation into OSHA measures and guidelines, infection control and measurement of vital signs.

ALTH 1105 – Success for Allied Health Professionals

2 credits

Special emphasis centers on teaching allied health students the basic skills needed in order to be successful within the allied health curricula. These basic skills include self-responsibility, time management, study skills, test taking skills, how to search databases for term papers, use of APA formatting for term and process papers, use of Blackboard supplemental sites, professional behavior and communication issues.

ALTH 1110 – Basic Principles of Nutrition

2 credits

Basic principles of nutrition in health and disease are introduced to enable the student to acquire a foundation upon which to build the integrated nutrition information offered within later health related courses.

ALTH 1121 – Introduction to Pharmacy Technician

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Pharmacy Technician program

This is an introductory course designed to introduce students to the scope of pharmacy practice including the history of medicine, ethical and legal aspects of drug dispensing, the role of pharmacy technicians, pharmacy terminology and dosage calculations.

ALTH 1122 – Pharmacy Technician II

2 credits | Prerequisite: ALTH 1121

This course continues emphasis on the foundation material needed for the scope of pharmacy practice including drug testing and the approval process, pharmokinetics and issues related to drug actions and responses. This foundation information is then further applied to the treatment of specific diseases and conditions. Theory and technique required by the pharmacy technician to perform skills in an intermediate and advanced level. Procedure skills required in hospital and retail pharmacy are discussed with the management of pharmacy operations. These skills include financial management, health insurance and computer applications in drug-use control. Emphasis will be placed on safety within the workplace including handling of infectious and hazardous waste. A review for the Pharmacy Technician certification will be included.

ALTH 1125 – Pharmacy Practicum

1 credit | Prerequisite: ALTH 1121 | Corequisite: ALTH 1122

The Pharmacy Externship Program is a period of directed practice which consists of practical pharmacy technician skills in a pharmacy facility. The student would use the skills and theory behind the skills to perform and/or observe in a pharmacy setting.

ALTH 1160 – Electronic Health Records

2 credits

This course is designed to be an interactive, competency-based approach to learning electronic health records. The student will develop skills used in electronic health records through the introduction of theory as well as the application of medical electronic health records through the use of Medcin Software. It includes using the computer to: 1) navigate the medical health record, 2) record various patient health information such as history and findings, 3) order diagnostic tests and writing prescriptions, 4) use EHR to calculate correct E&M code, 5) use ICD-9CM codes to justify billing and orders based on diagnosis, 6) graph lab results, and 7) use EHR to improve patient care. In addition, the student will be introduced to resume preparation using word processing as well as the resume cover letter and interview preparation and skills.

ALTH 1199 – Seminar

1–6 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.

ALTH 2201 – Phlebotomy Technology

3 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Pharmacy Technician program

This course is designed to further enhance the student’s knowledge of the clinical methods and the practice of phlebotomy. The course includes lecture, discussion, simulations and practice in laboratory settings with emphasis on capillary blood specimens, venipuncture, pediatric, geriatric, arterial, intravenous and special collection procedures, specimen documentation, specimen handling and transportation.

ALTH 2225 – Phlebotomy Practicum

1 credit | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Pharmacy Technician program | Corequisite: ALTH 2201

The Phlebotomist Externship Program is a period of directed practice that consists of practical phlebotomy in a CLIA regulated, accredited laboratory facility. The student would need to attain a minimum performance of 100 successful venipunctures, 25 successful skin punctures and orientation in a full service laboratory.

ALTH 2230 – Medical Billing & Coding III and Capstone

2 credits | Prerequisite: Acceptance into Billing & Coding Specialist program | Corequisite: MAST 2219 (2nd term)

This course continues emphasis on CPT and ICD-9 coding skills, office and insurance collection strategies and introduces hospital billing concepts.

ALTH 2250 – Advanced Medical Terminology & Transcription

2 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 1115 and MAST 2212 | Corequisite: ALTH 2260

This course is designed for the student in allied health technology at the advanced level. Emphasis is placed on a system of word analysis by building and extending the medical vocabulary and expanding medical transcription skills of the advanced student. Learning activities, including medical transcribing utilizing the computer, will focus on medical reports and dictation that develops a workable knowledge of advanced medical terminology and medical transcription. This course follows CAAHEP/AAMA accreditation standards in place for medical assistants.

ALTH 2260 – Medical Transcription Capstone

2 credits | Prerequisites: MAST 1115 and ALTH 2250

This course is an advanced, final semester course in the Medical Transcription certificate program. This course includes preparation for certification examination and a comprehensive review of the medical transcription curriculum. This review emphasizes accuracy, correct techniques for formatting, producing and using appropriate medical documents and speed for timely completion of medical documents. Medical specialty dictation, recorded in various ethnic accents and from actual medical cases incorporating real-life situations (i.e. background noise and other) will be utilized to simulate dictation situations where critical-thinking must be used in decision making activities for accurate, in-depth proofreading and editing of patient medical documentation. Students will be required to participate in a mock certification examination at the end of this course.