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Course Descriptions

AH-101, Medical Terminology
This introduction to the language of medicine uses an anatomy systems approach. You'll learn how to construct medical terms by a review of word parts; you'll also develop a practical medical vocabulary based on body systems. Correct word pronunciation, as well as major anatomical structures, organs, and extremities, will be reviewed. Textbook(s) required. 24 hrs.
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AH-110, Medical Billing Theory for Patient Accounts
Note: This course is best taken with AH-111.
Quickly master the basics of the insurance billing process. Learn the forms and information to be maintained, how to submit insurance claims following third-party reimbursement regulations, and important tips for Medicare and private carriers. Textbook(s) required. 22 hrs.
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AH-111, Accounting Principles for Patient Accounts
Note: This course is best taken with AH-110
Practice basic accounting concepts for medical and/or hospital facilities. Learn how to record charges for medical services, post transactions and payments, and manage accounts receivables from patients’ and insurance companies. Textbook(s) required. 22 hrs.
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AH-112, Pharmacy Technician Fundamentals and Test Preparation Techniques
Prerequisite: high school diploma/GED.
As a technician, you will receive written prescriptions or requests for refills and electronic prescriptions from the health care facility. Working alongside the pharmacist, you may retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medications. Once the prescription is prepared, you will price and file it, prepare insurance claims, and stock and check inventory. Hospital technicians have varying responsibilities. They read patients' charts, then prepare and deliver medications to patients upon approval of the pharmacist. Technicians often assemble a 24-hour supply of medications for patients, packaging and labeling each dose. Textbook(s) required. 30 hrs.
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AH-113, Law, Ethics and Liability for the Pharmacy Technician
This course covers pharmacy technicians' legal and ethical responsibilities. Issues include but are not limited to criminal law in regard to illegal distribution of medications, altering a patient’s prescribed medication, falsifying patients’ medical records, and committing insurance fraud. Civil lawsuits can result if a prescription is filled incorrectly without intention to harm, or an incorrect dosage is entered into either the patient’s medical record or the pharmacy’s computerized system. The need for liability insurance for pharmacy technicians will be discussed, as well as the established code of ethics for pharmacy technicians through the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPC). 12 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-114, Fundamentals of Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, and Worker’s Compensation and No-fault Billing
(formerly AH-208 & AH-862)
This course covers the legal and ethical responsibilities of the pharmacy technician. Issues include but are limited to criminal law in regard to illegal distribution of medications, altering a patient’s prescribed medication, falsifying patients’ medical records, and committing insurance fraud. Civil lawsuits can follow if a prescription is filled incorrectly but without intention to harm, or an incorrect dosage is entered into the patient’s medical record or the pharmacist’s computerized system. The need for liability insurance for pharmacy technicians, as well as the established code of ethics for pharmacy technicians under the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPC), will be discussed. Textbook(s) required. 22 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-115, Customer Service Skills for Health Care Personnel – open to all students
Every health care employee who comes in contact with a patient, family member, physician, or medical, administrative and ancillary personnel will create an impression – favorable or unfavorable. Everything should be done to make sure that first and subsequent impressions are positive. This course is designed to increase the effectiveness of health care employees’ communication skills and promote a high level of professionalism. The seven principles of effective customer service, how to make a good first impression, how to diffuse a volatile situation, developing customer trust through empathy, and the importance of active listening and cultural sensitivity are among the course topics. 8 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-116, Fundamentals of Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Care, and Workers' Compensation and No-fault Billing
(formerly AH-208 & AH-862)
This informational course offers an introduction to both Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs. Learn eligibility requirements, program benefits and guidelines regarding claims processing, in addition to crosswalk stipulations. Class will go over reimbursement regulations, utilization review, and appeals process levels as well as the varying types of managed care insurance plans, such as HMOs, PPOs, POS, and others. The course will also cover most current Workers’ Compensation and No-Fault forms, rules and regulations. Textbook(s) required. 22 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-122, Anatomy and Physiology with Pathology
(formerly AH-102)
This course is an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. Instruction is based on a systems approach, with a review of each anatomical site and accompanying medical terminology. Also introduced are the pathological diagnoses of diseases based on various examinations of organs and tissues as well as surgical procedures and common disorders in relation to body systems. Textbook required. 24 hrs.
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AH-200,Coding, ICD-9-CM
Prerequisite: AH-101, AH-102or AH-122, AH-110, AH-111, or field experience. ICD-9 codes are required by insurance carriers for an accurate record of medical and clinical services rendered for both documentation and billing purposes. Learn the international classification of diseases (ICD) coding basics, which are made up of descriptions of diagnoses based on body systems and are recorded by physicians and other health care providers in the patient’s medical record/electronic health record – EHR. Together with CPT-4 codes, insurers interpret ICD-9 codes in order to pay insurance claims. Prescribed guidelines for accuracy and maximum revenue reimbursement will also be covered. Textbook(s) required. 24 hrs.
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AH-201, Medical Manager I
Prerequisite: Basic typing skills, intermediate computer skills; AH-205
Using Medical Manager, one of the leading medical software programs, you will practice the essentials of computerized medical billing by inputting extensive patient and dependent demographics, insurance information, ICD-9 and CPT-4 codes, insurance prioritization, account editing and charge entry exercises. Learn how to reconcile accounts and generate daily close ledger sheets for a fictitious multi-physician medical office. Textbook required. 24 hrs.
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AH-202, Coding, CPT-4
Prerequisite: AH-101, or field experience
CPT-4 codes are required by insurance carriers for an accurate record of medical and clinical services rendered. Learn current procedural terminology (CPT) coding basics and descriptions of procedures/services rendered for physicians as well as other medical professionals. Together with ICD-9 codes, insurers interpret CPT-4 codes in order to pay insurance claims. Prescribed guidelines for accuracy and maximum revenue reimbursement will also be covered. Textbook(s) required. 24 hrs.
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AH-211 Coding, ICD-10 CM/PC Boot Camp
Prerequisites: students must have already taken AH-101, AH-102, AH-110, AH-111, AH-200-ICD-9 coding and AH-202 CPT-4 coding or at least one year of field experience in 1CD-9 coding. No student will be allowed in class unless the above prerequisites have been met.
This is a necessary update, because ICD-10 will be instituted throughout all health care facilities as of October 1, 2014. This course is for the student and/or health care employee with knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT-4 coding, learned as part of an educational program or on-the-job training. Sessions will introduce the fundamentals of ICD-10 coding as well as identify the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10. You will learn changes in coding policy, assign ICD-10 codes to diagnosis and use crosswalk tables to assist in diagnostic code conversion. Textbook(s) required. 18 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-212, Coding ICD-10
Prerequisite: AH-101, AH-102, AH-110, AH-111, or field experience.
As of October 1, 2014, ICD-10 coding will replace ICD-9 coding as an upgraded diagnostic coding system to be used by all health care providers.
This ICD-10 course is a necessary starter class for medical personnel who assign diagnostic codes for medical billing and charting purposes. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) arranges diseases and injuries into coded groups. Together with CPT-4 codes, insurance companies interpret ICD-10 codes to pay claims and record statistics. Textbook(s) required. 24 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-611, Certified Procedural Coder (CPC) Exam Preparation
Prerequisite: AH-200, AH-202 and/or one year field experience
Enroll today if you want to pass the CPC certification exam and get national recognition as a certified procedural coder. Topics include an intensive review of how and when to use specific CPT and HCPCS codes, coding scenarios, sample test questions, problem solving and analysis of codes as well as test taking strategies. Course is taught by a certified procedural coder. Upon completion, you can register to take the CPC exam. 10 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-621, Certified Procedural Specialist (CCS) Exam Preparation
Prerequisite: AH-200, AH-202 and/or one year field experience
Enroll today for the knowledge necessary to pass the CCS certification exam and obtain national recognition as a certified coding specialist. Referencing your acquired knowing of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and ICD-9 coding, this test preparation class will provide an intensive review of how and when to use specific ICD-9 codes and ambulatory CPT-4 codes, as well as a review of different coding scenarios, which mirror those given on the CCS examination. Time-management techniques and test-taking strategies will also be covered. 10 hrs.
Not offered this semester

AH-856, Electrocardiogram (EKG)
Review the basics of heart electrophysiology. Learn to set up an EKG machine, prepare patient for testing and perform a 12-lead EKG, recognizing limb reversals, correcting exterior interference, and correctly identifying bipolar, unipolar leads. Pre-cordial leads will also be covered. Textbook(s) required. 24 hrs.
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AH-958, Pharmacology, Theory & Calculations
Medical personnel need to understand basic pharmacology and mathematical calculations to work effectively in a health care setting. Topics covered in this introductory course include interpreting patients' written prescriptions, routes of administration, dictations of medications, generic and brand-name drugs, medical pharmaceutical abbreviations, and basic mathematics pertinent to pharmaceutical calculations. This course is also recommended for students who wish to become pharmacy technicians but need a review of mathematical concepts in order to pass the entrance examination. Textbook(s) required. 24 hrs.
Not offered this semester
 

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