Course Descriptions

 

Foundation Courses
Medical Administration Courses
Emergency Department Courses
Laboratory Courses
Pharmacology Courses
Clinical Medicine Courses

Foundation Courses

There are several domains that can be considered universal to Allied Health education, regardless of the specific discipline that is being pursued. The foundation courses in Allied Health are designed to address these core components in the students education. These core or foundation courses have been selected, based either on the prevailing general knowledge and skills required to succeed across a variety of disciplines, or they have been selected to meet universal standards set by regulatory bodies for Allied Health disciplines.  Often these two sources are in agreement, simplifying the identification and application of foundation courses for Allied Health education.

AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare • 5 Cr.

An introduction to health care delivery systems, associated career opportunities, and related trends. Looks at the industry as a whole and the integration of services and professions. Students explore career choices including educational requirements, job outlooks, governing agencies, occupational requirements, pay ranges, professional requirements, and employer expectations. Previously HPRO 100. Either HPRO 100 or AHE 100 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHE 110 Medical Terminology • 5 Cr.

Provides a comprehensive foundation of basic medical terminology for use in health care careers. Includes Greek and Latin word roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations and symbols. Terminology emphasis on body structures, anatomical systems, pathologies, medical procedures, medical specialties, and common terms and abbreviations used in health care. Introduces concepts and application or reading, writing and interpreting common medical formats such as HPI and SOAP. Previously HPRO 120. Either HPRO 120 or AHE 110 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare • 2 Cr.

Provides basic training in CPR, First Aid, HIV/AIDS, and the prevention of workplace violence. Previously HPRO 105. Either HPRO 105 or AHE 120 may be taken for credit, but not both.


BIOL 108 Human Biology • 6 Cr.

Overview of human body functions, including an introduction to some anatomy and physiology, nutrition and exercise and modern medical advances. This course is intended for non-science majors. Course includes a laboratory. Fulfills laboratory science course requirement at BC. Recommended: High School Biology.

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AHE 130 Human Systems • 5 Cr.

Introductory course covering basic cellular, tissue, organ and system structure. Presents an overview of the structure and function of human systems. This course does not substitute for BIOL& 241 and/or BIOL& 242. Previously HPRO 125. Either HPRO 125 or AHE 130 may be taken for credit, but not both.

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BIOL&241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 6 Cr.

Introduces the structure and function of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with a C or better, or entry code.

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BIOL&242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II • 6 Cr.

Continues the study of tissues, organs, and systems of the human body. Both BIOL& 241 and BIOL& 242 are needed for a complete study of the anatomy and physiology of all human systems. Format includes laboratory work. Prerequisite: BIOL& 241 with a C or better, or entry code.


CMST 280 Intercultural Communication • 5 Cr.

Examines the effect of culture on the communication process. Students learn about the influence of culture on communication styles, language, and non-verbal communication. Students practice skills that contribute to intercultural competence.

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AHE 140 Professional Relationships in Healthcare • 5 Cr.

Includes interpersonal communication with patients, families, and co-workers. Developing communication skills, cultural competencies, and maintaining customer satisfaction in health care settings. Introduces HIPAA compliance in communication. Previously HPRO 130. Either HPRO 130 or AHE 140 may be taken for credit, but not both.

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BUS 120 Organizational Behavior • 5 Cr.

Explores the dynamics of human resources in a business organization. Students develop a positive attitude toward the human element in business. Specific topics include motivation, leadership, group dynamics, organization theory, participatory management, and communication.


HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare • 3 Cr.

Covers the social, emotional and physical components of wellness with a focus on personal assessment and tools to design a wellness plan for life. Students explore methods for promoting health in the healthcare setting.

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HLTH 250 Wellness • 5 Cr.

Approaches wellness from a holistic health perspective. Students learn to become informed consumers. Discussion topics include emotional and physical health and well-being, marriage and family, communicable and degenerative diseases, and drugs.

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NUTR 100 Survey of Nutrition • 5 Cr.

A scientific view of human nutrition. Topics include digestion, absorption and nutrient requirements for healthy living, use of food additives, food fads and diets, food safety and world hunger.

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NUTR&101 Nutrition • 5 Cr.

Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or CHEM& 121, or concurrent enrollment in BIOL& 160. Previously NUTR 130. Either NUTR 130 or NUTR& 101 may be taken for credit, but not both.


IT 101 Introduction to Information Technology • 5 Cr.

Presents a general overview of information technology. Topics include how computers work, different types of computers, input and data storage devices, operating systems, data communications, systems analysis and design, and ethics. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better.

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CS 101 Technology and Computer Science • 5 Cr.

Introduces concepts of computer science through development of fluency in modern technology, while offering students an opportunity to increase skills in a variety of information systems. Computer lab work includes operation of computers on networks, programming fundamentals, logical reasoning, web searching, multimedia applications, basic spreadsheets, and database manipulation. Prerequisite: MATH 098 or higher.

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BTS 161 Business Software Essentials • 5 Cr.

Introduces personal computer and business software in a Windows based environment. Includes file management strategies, personal computing tools, internet navigation, effective business document design, spreadsheet analysis and design and a survey of fundamental software used in a typical business environment. Projects include design and creation of a file management plan, and fundamental interactive spreadsheets. Recommended: BTS 101 or 104 or equivalent keyboarding experience.

Medical Administration Courses

The administration courses are designed to provide a basic understanding of medical office skills and procedures. Additional focused training is also offered for health unit coordination (HUC) and medical billing & coding specialties.

AHEA 100 Medical Law and Ethics • 3 Cr.

Introductory course in the "practical" application of law and ethics as related to medical issues healthcare employees face on a daily basis. Topics include federal and state legislation, legal liability, HIPAA, confidentiality and release of information, scheduled drugs and DEA regulations, standard-of-care, and an exploration of the legal issues related to ethical considerations of conception, quality-of-life, hospice care, and advance directives. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Completion of AHE 100 and AHE 110 with a C or better, or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 131. Either HPRO 131 or AHEA 100 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEA 102 Introduction to Medical Administration • 5 Cr.

This course introduces students to basic medical office procedures, including patient scheduling, written and oral communication, telecommunications, medical records management, and daily financial practices. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Completion of AHE 100, AHE 110, and BTS 161 with a C or better or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 135. Either HPRO 135 or AHEA 102 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEA 104 Introduction to Billing and Coding • 5 Cr.

Introduces Medical Billing & Coding procedures including insurance coverage, terminology, payment systems, legal and ethical issues, healthcare compliance, and collections, and common coding systems such as ICD and CPT. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, HLTH 145 and BTS 161 with a C or better at BC; or permission of instructor.

AHEA 106 Medical Computer Systems • 5 Cr.

Medical computer applications familiarizes students with electronic health record and financial record software used in the medical office and/or hospital settings. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, HLTH 145 and BTS 161 with a C or better at BC; or permission of instructor.

AHEA 110 Health Unit Coordinator I • 5 Cr.

First in a series of courses that focus on the skills needed to become a Health Unit Coordinator. Includes certification requirements, basic data entry, proper workplace behavior, and basic office procedures. Application of these skills will be done in a lab setting. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, and 140; HLTH 145; AHEA 100, 102, 104, and 106 with a C or better at BC; or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 174. Either HPRO 174 or AHEA 110 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEA 112 Health Unit Coordinator II • 5 Cr.

The second in a series of courses focusing on skills needed to become a Health Unit Coordinator. Students learn the procedures and skills required for this position in a simulated healthcare environment. Prerequisite: Completion of AHEA 110 with a C or better or permission of the instructor. Previously HPRO 175. Either HPRO 175 or AHEA 112 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEA 118 Health Unit Coordinator Practicum • 5 Cr.

Capstone course of the Health Unit Coordinator program allows students an opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom. Students perform functions required in a nursing unit and are monitored and supervised by an experienced Health Unit Coordinator. Prerequisite: Completion of AHEA 110 and AHEA 112 with a C or better at BC, and permission of the instructor. Previously HPRO 176. Either HPRO 176 or AHEA 118 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEA 120 Intermediate Medical Coding • 5 Cr.

Students gain an intermediate knowledge and application of medical coding including ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT, HCPCS, and hospital coding systems. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of 3, with a C or better. Successful completion of AHEA 104 and AHEA 106 with a C or better at BC, or permission of instructor.

AHEA 122 Intermediate Medical Billing • 5 Cr.

Students gain an intermediate knowledge of medical billing and reimbursement procedures including insurance coverage, terminology, payment systems, legal and ethical issues, healthcare compliance, and collections. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completionr 093, with a C or better. Successful completion of AHEA 104 and AHEA 106 with a C or better at BC, or permission of instructor.

AHEA 124 Advanced Medical Billing and Coding • 5 Cr.

This course expands on intermediate medical billing & coding procedures by providing the knowledge and skills to assess, evaluate, and trouble shoot these systems. This course will also include some industry certification preparation. Prerequisite: Successful completion of both AHEA 120 and AHEA 122 with a C or better at BC, or permission of the instructor.

Emergency Department Courses

The Emergency department courses focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully participate as a multifunctional member of the emergency department team, with a focus on technical skills required at the bed side.

AHEE 120 Emergency Department Skills • 3 Cr.

First course of a series of corequisite courses that addresses general patient assessment skills required of Emergency Department Technicians. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better; and successful completion of AHEL 110 and AHEP 100 with a C or better at BC, or permission of instructor.

AHEE 122 Emergency Department Diagnostics • 3 Cr.

Second course of a series of corequisite courses that addresses general patient diagnostic skills required of Emergency Department Technicians. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better; and successful completion of AHEL 110 and AHEP 100 with a C or better at BC, or permission of instructor.

AHEE 124 Emergency Department Procedures • 3 Cr.

Third course of a series of corequisite courses that addresses general patient procedural skills required of Emergency Department Technicians. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHEL 110, AHEP 100, with a C or better at BC or permission of instructor.

AHEE 128 Emergency Department Practicum • 5 Cr.

Provides clinical practice in a hospital emergency room as an Emergency Department Technician. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AHEE 120, AHEE 122, and AHEE 124 with a C or better at BC, and permission of the instructor. No more than one quarter between completion of AHEE 120, 122, 124 and enrollment in AHEE 128. Previously HPRO 181. Either HPRO 181 or AHEE 128 may be taken for credit, not both.

Laboratory Courses

Laboratory courses often cross into several disciplines, providing the basic blood collection and processing knowledge and skills for multiple areas. The laboratory courses further develop these skills in the discipline specific areas for phlebotomy and clinical laboratory.

AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy • 5 Cr.

Covers basic responsibilities and skills for phlebotomy. Includes venipuncture techniques and safety with laboratory equipment. Suitable for individuals with limited health care experience interested in venipuncture. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 and HLTH 145 with a C or better at BC, or instructor permission. Recommended: First 2 of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations. Previously HPRO 141. Either HPRO 141 or AHEL 110 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEL 112 Advanced Phlebotomy • 5 Cr.

Expands on the basic responsibilities and skills for the laboratory phlebotomist. This course is for students pursuing phlebotomy specific credentialing, by providing refinement of and advanced techniques for phlebotomy. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AHEL 110 with a C or better at BC or permission of the instructor. No more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 110 and enrollment in AHEL 112. Recommended: Completion of 2 of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations.

AHEL 118 Phlebotomy Practicum • 5 Cr.

Provides practical experience in the role of the phlebotomy technician. Prerequisite: Completion of both AHEL 110 and AHEL 112 at BC with a C or better and permission of instructor, with no more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 112 and enrollment in AHEL 118. Previously HPRO 144. Either HPRO 144 or AHEL 118 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEL 120 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory • 5 Cr.

First in a series designed to prepare students to work in a clinical laboratory setting. Provides overview of clinical laboratory work including organizational structures; regulatory standards; quality assurance practices; and basic clinical laboratory procedures. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL& 101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, 140; HLTH 145; and AHEL 110 with a C or better at BC, or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 146. Either HPRO 146 or AHEL 120 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEL 122 Advanced Clinical Laboratory • 5 Cr.

Second course in a series designed to prepare students to work in a clinical laboratory setting. Provides expanded laboratory focused work including regulatory standards; quality assurance practices; and advanced clinical laboratory procedures. Prerequisite: Completion of AHEL 120 with a C or better at BC or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 147. Either HPRO 147 or AHEL 122 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEL 128 Clinical Laboratory Practicum • 5 Cr.

Final course in a series designed to prepare students to work in a clinical laboratory setting. Provides experiential application of knowledge and skills gained through prior course work in a professional practicum. Prerequisite: Completion of AHEL 120 and AHEL 122 with a C or better at BC AND permission of instructor. No more than one quarter between completion of AHEL 122 and enrollment in AHEL 128.

Pharmacology Courses

Several disciplines require basic knowledge of pharmaceutic principles in order to successfully interact as a member of the healthcare team.

AHEP 100 Introduction to Pharmacology • 3 Cr.

Introduction to the study of drugs. How drugs affect the body and how the body affects drugs. Includes controlled and uncontrolled drug classification, generic and brand name medications, and the government agency that monitors the production and usage of drugs. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHE 100, 110, 120, 130, 140; HLTH 145 with a C or better at BC or permission of instructor. Previously HPRO 134. Either HPRO 134 or AHEP 100 may be taken for credit, but not both.

AHEP 101 Medical Administration and Calculation • 3 Cr.

This course introduces the practical application of administering medications to patients. The course covers both enteral and parenteral administration of medications including topical, oral, rectal, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intradermal, and intravascular. Prerequisite: Successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment in AHEP 100, or permission of the instructor.

Clinical Medicine Courses

Clinical medicine courses are focused toward the Medical Assisting program (MA-C) and the knowledge and skills needed for the clinical side of this profession.

BIOL 125 Survey of Human Diseases • 5 Cr.

Examines the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common and/or emerging human diseases.

AHEM 120 Clinical Medicine • 3 Cr.

This is the first in a cohort of courses focused on Medical Assistant skills. The course covers the basic knowledge and skills to assist with rooming patients in the clinical setting, including History & Physical, Vital Signs and patient preparation for the provider consult. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment into ENGL&101, or completion of ENGL 092 or 093 with a C or better. Successful completion of AHEL 110, 120; AHEP 100, 101 with a C or better at BC or permission of instructor.

AHEM 122 Clinical Procedures • 3 Cr.

This is the second in a series of courses covering Medical Assistant skills. The focus is on clinical procedures, preparation and set up, sterile fields, instrument handing and sterilizing, procedure follow up and education. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AHEM 120 or permission of instructor.

AHEM 124 Diagnostic Medicine • 3 Cr.

This is the third in a series of courses on Medical Assistant skills. The focus is on diagnostic testing in the clinical setting including CLIA-waived Point-of-care testing, ECG, Spirometry. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in AHEM 120 or permission of instructor.

AHEM 128 Medical Assistant Practicum • 5 Cr.

Provides knowledge and skill practice in a clinical medical environment room as a student Medical Assistant. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AHEM 120, 122, 124 with a C or better at BC, and permission of the instructor. No more than one quarter between completion of AHEM 120, 122, 124 and enrollment in this course.

 

Last Updated April 27, 2016