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Allied Health (ALHT)

102/102L: Introduction to Phlebotomy. (4-3-3)
Instruction in proper collection, transportation, and handling of blood including blood collection equipment, venipuncture, and capillary collection. Instruction also includes collection and transportation of other body fluids. A laboratory component serves to reinforce and enhance the lecture. (This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment in lecture is limited to 30 students per course section.  Enrollment in the laboratory course is limited to 15 students per course section).

105: Medical Ethics and Law. (3-3-0)
Introduces students, in allied health fields, to potential legal and ethical issues which may be experienced in the healthcare environment. Students will discuss the legal system as it applies to the patient, healthcare provider, and medical institution; and review medical ethical and bioethical issues.

109: Health Care Systems and Safety. (2-1-1)
Health care delivery systems, cultural diversity, employment skills, workplace and general safety issues, emergency preparedness, infection control; OSHA, HIPAA, and current standards for BLS for healthcare providers.

112/112L: Basic ECG. (4-3-1)
Corequisite: ALHT 109, BLGY 110.
A course designed to provide students with skills related to arrhythmia recognition and monitoring. The laboratory is integrated with the lecture and will provide practicing interpretation with workbook ECGs, actual ECGs from hospital settings, and hands-on application of ECG and telemetry monitoring equipment

114: Introduction to Medical Coding. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: BLGY 110 or documented experience in healthcare.  
General broad instruction in the latest editions of ICD, CPT and HCPCS systems used in the coding of diagnoses and procedures in health care facilities. Emphasis is on the development of basic skills needed for accurate coding for medical billing purposes. (This course is designed for Medical Assistant students and students wanting general instruction in medical coding.)

115: Pharmacology for Allied Health Students. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: BLGY 120 or BLGY 224.
Pharmacology as it relates to current drug therapy. The major concepts include drug classification, mechanisms of action, therapeutic effects, clinical indication, methods of administration, adverse reactions, and drug interactions.

116:  Pharmaceutical Dosage Calculations and Measurements. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: Placement into MATH 098 or completion of MATH 097.
Proper calculation of medication dosages. The course includes mathematics review, metric system conversions, dosage measurement equipment, drug orders, drug labels, dosage of drugs, methods to calculate dosages, and IV equipment and drip rate calculations.

201: Medical Supplies and Patient Preparation. (4-3-3)
Prerequisite/Corequisite: ALHT 116.
Patient care, knowledge and skills utilized by the medical assistant in the clinical ambulatory care setting. Laboratory activities reinforce lecture. (Days only/spring semester only)

203:  Specialty Areas for Medical Assistants. (3-0-3) - Fall only
Prerequisite: Approval of the Medical Assistant Program Director
Clinical Specialty Ambulatory Care procedures, including, gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, psychiatry, rehabilitation, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, endocrinology, oncology, immunology, and allergy. (Days only/fall semester only.)

206: Pathophysiology. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: BLGY 120 or BLGY 224.
This course focuses on specific disease processes, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatments, prognoses, and prevention. An overview of the disease process, infectious diseases, neoplasms, and congenital diseases is also presented.

207: Advanced Medical Language. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: BLGY 110
Pronunciation, spelling, definition and abbreviations associated with advanced medical language.

209/209L: Laboratory Testing. (4-3-3)
Prerequisites: Permission of the department.
Principles and techniques of a variety of laboratory procedures commonly performed in the clinical setting. The course presents urinalysis, hematology, chemistry, immunology, microbiological testing and specimen collection, preparation and transportation. The course includes a laboratory component.

210: Medical Assistant Externship. (4 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: Approval of the Medical Assistant Program Director
The medical assistant student will practice in ambulatory care facility or other medical facility to gain work experience in the performance of medical assistant administrative and clinical duties. Minimum of 220 hours of practical experience is required. This class requires that a student be assigned Monday-Friday, day hours only.

211: Phlebotomy Hospital Clinicals. (7 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Phlebotomy clinical program.
Hands-on phlebotomy experience and classroom instruction in patient preparation, selection and preparation of puncture sites, collection of specimens, maintenance of equipment, effective communication and post-collection client care at a variety of clinical sites.

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