Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist

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Administrative Support Technology
Medical Office Specialist (298-02)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)
AST 101

Keyboarding I

Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports and tabulation.

2  
AST 102

Keyboarding II

Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy.

3 AST 101
AST 107

Editing/Proofreading Skills

Develops skills essential to creating and editing business documents. Covers grammar, spelling, diction, punctuation, capitalization, and other usage problems. 

3  
HIM 150

Health Records Management

Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.

 

3  
HIM 113

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I

Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical terms; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part I of II. 

3 EDE10 and Program/Plan 152, 285, 221-286-01 or 298-02.
HIM 130

Healthcare Information Systems

Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the Healthcare environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future healthcare professionals.

3  
SDV 100

College Success Skills

Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation

1  
Eligible for HDM HIPAA Certification upon completion of HIM 130
FIRST YEAR SPRING  
AST 141

Word Processing I

Teaches creating and editing documents, including line and page layouts, columns, fonts, search/replace, cut/paste, spell/thesaurus, and advanced editing and formatting features of word processing software.

3 AST 101 or equivalent
Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Word Associate Certification upon completion of AST 141
AST 271

Medical Office Procedures

Covers medical office procedures, records management, preparation of medical reports, and other medical documents. 

3 AST 102 Co-requisite
HIM 114

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes II

Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II.

3 EDE 10
ITE 175

Email Essentials

Focuses on providing the student with a working knowledge of introductory email function. Includes the basic concepts of customizing email and using all the email capabilities for reading, creating, sending emails, managing calendar functions and managing contacts, tasks, and notes.

1  
Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook Associate Certification upon completion of ITE 175
HIM  226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation

Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient’s health records. 

2  
HIM 143

Managing Electronic Billing in a Medical Practice

Introduces principles of administrative practice management. Examines patient scheduling, records management, financial systems and other systems/procedures. Focuses on the development of organizations and decision making skills utilized by the practice manager.

3  
Eligible for National Health Career Association Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist Certification
SECOND YEAR FALL
ACC 115

Applied Accounting

Presents practical accounting procedures for retail stores, professional individuals in firms, and personal service occupations. Covers the accounting cycle, journals, ledgers, preparation of financial statements and payrolls, and checking account management

3  
AST  205

Business Communications

Teaches techniques of oral and written communications. Emphasizes writing and presenting business-related materials

3  
ENG 111

College Composition I

Introduces and prepares students to the critical processes and fundamentals of writing in academic and professional contexts. Teaches the use of print and digital technologies to promote inquiry. Requires the production of a variety of academic texts, totaling at least 4500 words (15 pages typed) of polished writing. This course requires proficiency in using word processing and learning management software. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.

3 Readiness for ENG 111
AST 243

Office Administration I

Develops an understanding of the administrative support role and the skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes the development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and job performance skills in a business office environment. 

3 AST 101, AST 141, and EDE 10 
    Humanities Elective 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
AST 244

Office Administration II

Enhances skills necessary to provide organizational and technical support in a contemporary office setting. Emphasizes administrative and supervisory role of the office professional. Includes travel and meeting planning, office budgeting and financial procedures, international issues, and career development. 

3 AST 243 or equivalent
AST 290

Coordinated Internship

Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial, or service firms coordinated by the college. 

3 Readiness for ENG 111

Eligible for ACT Career Readiness Certification while enrolled in AST 290

ITE  140

Spreadsheet for Business

Provides a working knowledge of a commercial spreadsheet package to include design and development of a variety of worksheets, preparing graphs, working with database queries, macro writing, menu techniques, and decision analysis tools.

3  
Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Excel Associate Certification upon completion of ITE 140
MTH 132

Business Math

Provides instruction, review, and drill in percentage, cash and trade discounts, mark-up, payroll, sales, property and other taxes, simple and compound interest, bank discounts, loans, investments, and annuities. This course is intended for occupational/technical programs.

 

3 See Table M for placement information
     Social Science or Humanities Elective 3  
Upon completion of AST-Medical Office Specialist degree course requirements, students are eligible for National Health Career Association Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Certification.
Total Program Credits 66  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options 

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

For Further Information, Contact:

Jane Jones, Dean of Business & Information Technology

jjones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057

Sabrina Ward

sward@mecc.edu 276-523-9060

Clinical Research Coordinator

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Career Studies (221-152-08)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
HIM 260

Pharmacology for Health Information Technology

Emphasizes general pharmacology for Health Information professionals; covers general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, and routine mathematical calculation needed to determine desired dosages.

3
HIT 193

Studies in Investigational Product and Device Regulation

Online Emphasis on Monitoring and auditing process, IRB management of trials, data management

3
AST 193

Studies in Excel for Health Professionals

Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering. 

3
HIT 229

Performance Improvement and Data Usage 

Explores the history and development of the performance improvement process. Addresses licensure/accreditation, utilization management, risk management, process management, and the medical staff credentialing and privileging. Covers clinical communication and health information exchange. Covers approaches to assess patient safety, implementing quality management and reporting using electronic system.

3
FIRST YEAR SPRING
HIM 150

Health Records Management

Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.

3
HIT 298

Seminar & Project

The course will be prep for Certified Health Data Analyst domain descriptions: Domain 1 – Foundational Knowledge of Analytics in Healthcare, Domain 2  – Business Needs Assessment, Domain 3 – Data Acquisition, Domain 4 – Data Analysis, Domain 5 – Data Interpretation and Reporting, & Domain 6 – Data Governance.

3
HIT 195

Topics in Good Clinical Practice and Regulatory Compliance

Online. Applies Good Clinical Practice Protocols. Responsibility to the Code of Federal Regulations and where to obtain information and guidance. 

3
HIT 299

Supervised Study: Clinical Research Coordinator Concepts

Emphasis on: Ethical and participant Safety Considerations and Study and Sight Management. Case reporting protocol; Research ethics/unanticipated problems involving risks; Monitoring, audits and inspections.

3
Total Program Credits 24

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

This career studies certificate is designed for students who have existing training and/or experience in a healthcare field and/or medical coding. Students should consult with an advisor for details.

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Nora Blankenbecler, HIM Program Director

nblankenbecler@mecc.edu 276-523-9054

Deborah Clarkston

dclarkston@mecc.edu 276-523-9011

Jane Jones,  Dean of Business & Information Technology

jones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057

 

DENTAL ASSISTANT (120)

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Certificate (120)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
SUMMER SEMESTER

Course #    Course Title Credit Pre-Requisite Courses (if applicable)
SDV 101 Orientation to Careers in Health Sciences      1  
DNA 103 Introduction to Oral Health 1  
DNA 109 Practical Infection Control 3  
DNA 120 Community Health 1  
DNA 108 Dental Science  3  
HLT 100 First Aid & CPR 3  
Students earn AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR certification, AHA Heartsaver OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen certification, and AHA Heartsaver First Aid certification
FALL SEMESTER
DNA 113 Chairside Assisting I 3 DNA 103, 108, 109, 120
DNA 114 Chairside Assisting II 4 DNA 103, 108, 109, 113, 120
DNA 110 Dental Materials 3 DNA 103, 108, 109, 120
DNA 190 Coordinated Internship 5 DNA 103, 108, 109, 120
DNA 135 Dental Radiation Safety 2 DNA 103, 108, 109, 120
Students eligible for Dental Assisting National Board/CDA (Radiation and Infection Control)
SPRING SEMESTER
DNA 130 Dental Office Management 2 DNA 103, 108, 109, 110, 113, 114, 120, 135, 190
DNA 140 Externship 5 DNA 103, 108, 109, 110, 113, 114, 120, 135, 190
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
SDV 107 Career Exploration 3  

Students eligible to take the Work Ethic Proficiency Certification Exam

Students eligible for Dental Assisting National Board/CDA (Chairside Assisting)

Total Program Credits                                                                                                                                                                                                               
45  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

MECC’s dental assistant program is applying for CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) accreditation.  Curricular revisions are pending.  Please see Dr. Bowen, Program Director, for more information.

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Dr. Emily Bowen, Dental Assistant Program Director
EBowen@mecc.edu 276.523.9008
Sarah Clarkston, Health Sciences Advisor
sclarkston@mecc.edu 276.523.9010
Wes Mullins, Dean of Health Sciences
jmullins@mecc.edu 276.523.9017

 

Health Information Management

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Health Information Management (152)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

  Course #  Course Title Credit Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)
AST 193

 Studies in Excel for Healthcare Professionals

Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering. 

3  
ENG 111

College Composition I

Introduces and prepares students to the critical processes and fundamentals of writing in academic and professional contexts. Teaches the use of print and digital technologies to promote inquiry. Requires the production of a variety of academic texts, totaling at least 4500 words (15 pages typed) of polished writing. This course requires proficiency in using word processing and learning management software. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.

 

3 Readiness for ENG 111. 
HIT 130

Introduction to Computer Systems for Health Information Technology

Introduces students to computers in health care. Provides a basic overview of computer architecture, common software applications and their use in health care, electronic data management, adoption of the electronic health record (EHR), and privacy and security. 

3  
HIM 113

Medical Terminology & Disease Processes I

Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical terms; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part I of II. 

3 EDE10 and Program/Plan 152, 285, 221-286-01 or 298-02.
NAS 171

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Presents the human organ systems and their functions as they relate to allied health science. Part I of II. This course applies to career/technical education (CTE) programs. BIO 141/142 and BIO 231/232 serve both transfer and CTE programs.

4 Must be Admitted to Plan 181, 152 or 285.
SDV 101

College Success Skills

Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation. 

1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ITE 119

Information Literacy

Presents the information literacy core competencies focusing on the use of information technology skills. Skills and knowledge will be developed in database searching, computer applications, information security and privacy, and intellectual property issues. This course applies to career/technical education (CTE) programs. ITE 152 serves both transfer and CTE programs.

3  
HIM 114

Terminology & Disease Processes II

Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II. 

3 EDE 10
HIM 150

Health Records Management

Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.

3  
HIM 265

Facility Based Coding

Students will learn to accurately assign CPT, ICD-9 Level 1, 2 and 3, in addition to HCPCS codes for inpatient, outpatient facility, and ambulatory surgical centers according to guidelines and rules set forth by the cooperating parties. Students will apply the theory and regulations concerning prospective payment systems (in and out of the facility setting) APC and DRG assignment.

3  
HIM 253

Health Records Coding

Examines the development of coding classification systems. Introduces ICD-9-CM coding classification system, its format and conventions. Stresses basic coding steps and guidelines according to body systems. Provides actual coding exercises in relation to each system covered.

4  

ELIGIBLE FOR CAREER READINESS CERTIFICATIONS WHILE ENROLLED IN SDV 106

SECOND YEAR FALL
HIM 149

Introduction to Medical Practice Management

Introduces principles of administrative practice management. Examines patient scheduling, records management, financial systems and other systems/procedures. Focuses on the development of organizations and decision making skills utilized by the practice manager. 

2  
HIM 151

Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management

Introduces major reimbursement systems in the United States. Focuses on prospective payment systems, managed care, and documentation necessary for appropriate reimbursement. Emphasizes management of practice to avoid fraud. 

2  
HIM 249

Supervision & Management Practices 

Introduces supervision and management principles with emphasis on the application of these principles in the health information setting.

3  
HIM 254

Advanced Coding & Reimbursement

Focuses on the applications and evaluation of advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual healthcare data; while examining the components of DRGs, APCs and APGs and other prospective payment in the healthcare environment. Utilizes current coding standards in identifying payment methodologies, revenue cycle management and reimbursement.

4 HIM 253
  ELIGIBLE FOR AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL CODING CERTIFICATION (AAPC) CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL CODER (CPC)
 
HIM 251

Clinical Practice I

Prepares the Health Information Technology Student to perform all functions commonly allocated to health record services. Gives practice in various settings under the supervision of a clinical practice supervisor. Part I of II.

 

3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
HIM 226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation

Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient’s health records. 

2  
HIM 229

Performance Improvement in Healthcare

Focuses on concepts of facility wide performance improvement, resource management and risk management. Applies tools for data collection and analysis. 

2  
HIM 233

Electronic Health Records Management

Studies new trends in management and processing of health information with emphasis on the electronic health record (EHR). Covers the definition, benefits, standards, functionality, confidentiality and security, and impact of the EHR in the healthcare environment. Explores implementation of the EHR including infrastructure required, project management techniques, information technology systems, workflow processes and redesign in various health care settings. Discusses legal issues created by implementation of the EHR.

3 HIT 130 or HIM 130
HIM 260

Pharmacology for Health Information Technology 

Emphasizes general pharmacology for Health Information professionals; covers general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, and routine mathematical calculation needed to determine desired dosages.

3  
ELIGIBLE FOR AMERICAN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (AHIMA) CERTIFIED CODING
ASSOCIATE (CCA) 
HIM 290

Coordinated Internship

The Coordinated Internship is designed to provide the HIM student with an opportunity to experience a supervised internship in Health Information Management with selected Health Information Management related functions coordinated by the student, Program Director and the internship host for a minimum of 40 hour. The 40 hour internship meets the CAHIIM requirement for Professional Practice Experience for Internship. The purpose of the internship is to provide a real world HIM experience for the student not currently working in the HIM field. Should the student work in HIM, the internship cannot be completed in your current job role. Accommodations must be provided in another job function(s). For example, if you are currently working in Patient Registration, your internship must be an area such as cancer registry or release of information or a combination of roles and/or functions. The HIM 290 Coordinated Internship also consist RHIT Domain I-VI Case Studies and RHIT Test Prep. In addition, there are 3 modules of resume building, cover letter and interviewing exercises to assist the student in obtaining an entry level position in Health Information Management.

2  
MTH 155

Statistical Reasoning

Presents elementary statistical methods and concepts including visual data presentation, descriptive statistics, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and linear regression. Emphasis is placed on the development of statistical thinking, simulation, and the use of statistical software. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course. 

3 See Table M for placement information
   

Social Science Elective

   
Total Program Credits 68  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.
 

For Further Information, Contact:

Nora Blankenbecler, HIM Program Director

nblankenbecler@mecc.edu

276-523-9054

Jane Jones,  Dean of Business & Information Technology

jjones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057

 

 

The Health Information Management accreditor of Mountain Empire Community College is the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). The College’s accreditation for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Management has been reaffirmed through 2027.

Health Information Technology Analyst

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Health Information Technology Analyst – (221-152-02)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL


Course #  Course Title Credit
ITD 136

Database Management Software

Covers an introduction to relational database theory and how to administer and query databases using multiple commercial database systems

3
HIT 132

Health IT Infrastructure Development

Introduces the various systems life cycles. Covers processes in the design of electronic health information systems, operational management, and medico legal issues facing health care. 

3
AST 193

Studies in Excel For Healthcare Professionals

Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering. 

3
ITP 170

Project Management

Introduces the concepts of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute, the accreditation body for project management.

3
FIRST YEAR SPRING
HIT 235

Emerging Technologies in Health IT

Provides an overview of various emerging technologies. Explores how health care technologies are used to treat patients, promote safety, and improve patient care. Discusses legal issues created by implementation of the electronic health record.

3
ITD 256

Advanced Database Management

Focuses in-depth instruction in the handling of critical tasks of planning and implementing large databases. Includes an introduction to concepts of advanced data warehousing and database configuration.

3
HIT 230

Computer Applications in Healthcare

Covers systems planning, acquisition, implementation, technology support, strategic planning and governance; as well as threats to security of health information. Covers the value and organization of health care information systems (IS) and the role of the Information Technology (IT) Department.

3
ITD 298

Seminar & Project

The course will be prep for Certified Health Data Analyst domain descriptions: Domain 1 – Foundational Knowledge of Analytics in Healthcare, Domain 2  – Business Needs Assessment, Domain 3 – Data Acquisition, Domain 4 – Data Analysis, Domain 5 – Data Interpretation and Reporting, & Domain 6 – Data Governance.

3
Total Program Credits 24

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Nora Blankenbecler, HIM Program Director

nblankenbecler@mecc.edu 276-523-9054

Jane Jones, Dean of Business & Information Technology

jones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057

Medical Office Coding and Procedures

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Medical Office Coding & Procedures (285)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)
AST 101

Keyboarding I

Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports and tabulation.

2  
AST 102

Keyboarding II

Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy. 

3 AST 101
ENG 111

College Composition I

Introduces and prepares students to the critical processes and fundamentals of writing in academic and professional contexts. Teaches the use of print and digital technologies to promote inquiry. Requires the production of a variety of academic texts, totaling at least 4500 words (15 pages typed) of polished writing. This course requires proficiency in using word processing and learning management software. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.

3 Readiness for ENG 111
HIM 113

Medical Terminology & Disease Processes I

Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical terms; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part I of II. 

3 EDE10 and Program/Plan 152, 285, 221-286-01 or 298-02
HIM 130

Healthcare Information Systems

Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the Healthcare environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future healthcare professionals.

3  
HIM 150

Health Records Management

Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.

3  
SDV 101

College Success Skills

Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation. 

1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ITE 175

Email Essentials

Focuses on providing the student with a working knowledge of introductory email function. Includes the basic concepts of customizing email and using all the email capabilities for reading, creating, sending emails, managing calendar functions and managing contacts, tasks, and notes.

1  
AST 141

Word Processing I

Teaches creating and editing documents, including line and page layouts, columns, fonts, search/replace, cut/paste, spell/thesaurus, and advanced editing and formatting features of word processing software. 

3 AST 101 or equivalent
Eligible for Microsoft Office Word Core Certification upon completion of AST 141
HIM 226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation

Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient’s health records.

2  
HIM 114

Medical Terminology & Disease Processes II

Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II. 

3 EDE 10
HIM 253

Health Records Coding

Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II. 

4  
HIM 265

Facility Based Medical Coding

Students will learn to accurately assign CPT, ICD-9 Level 1, 2 and 3, in addition to HCPCS codes for inpatient, outpatient facility, and ambulatory surgical centers according to guidelines and rules set forth by the cooperating parties. Students will apply the theory and regulations concerning prospective payment systems (in and out of the facility setting) APC and DRG assignment.

3  
SECOND YEAR FALL
HIM 149

Introduction to Medical Practice Management 

Introduces principles of administrative practice management. Examines patient scheduling, records management, financial systems and other systems/procedures. Focuses on the development of organizations and decision making skills utilized by the practice manager. 

2  
HIM 151

Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice

Introduces major reimbursement systems in the United States. Focuses on prospective payment systems, managed care, and documentation necessary for appropriate reimbursement. Emphasizes management of practice to avoid fraud. 

2  
HIM 254

Advanced Coding & Reimbursement

Focuses on the applications and evaluation of advanced coding skills through practical exercises using actual healthcare data; while examining the components of DRGs, APCs and APGs and other prospective payment in the healthcare environment. Utilizes current coding standards in identifying payment methodologies, revenue cycle management and reimbursement.

4 HIM 253
Eligible for CPC (Certified Professional Coder), CCA (Certified Coding Associate), and CBCS (Certified Billing and Coding Specialist) Exams upon completion of HIM 253 and HIM 254.
MTH 132

Business Math

Provides instruction, review, and drill in percentage, cash and trade discounts, mark-up, payroll, sales, property and other taxes, simple and compound interest, bank discounts, loans, investments, and annuities. This course is intended for occupational/technical programs.

3 See Table M for placement information
NAS 171

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Presents the human organ systems and their functions as they relate to allied health science. Part I of II. This course applies to career/technical education (CTE) programs. BIO 141/142 and BIO 231/232 serve both transfer and CTE programs.

4 Must be Admitted to Plan 181, 152 or 285.
    Social Science or Humanities Elective 3  
Total Program Credits 52  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Sabrina Ward

sward@mecc.edu 276-523-9060

Nora Blankenbecler

nblankenbecler@mecc.edu 276-523-9054

Jane Jones, Dean of Business & Information Technology

jjones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057

 

Medical Receptionist

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Career Studies (221-286-01)

FIRST YEAR FALL

Course #

Course Title

Credit

Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)

AST

101

Keyboarding I 

Teaches the alpha/numeric keyboard with emphasis on correct techniques, speed, and accuracy. Teaches formatting of basic personal and business correspondence, reports and tabulation. 

2

 

AST

102

Keyboarding II

Develops keyboarding and document production skills with emphasis on preparation of specialized business documents. Continues skill-building for speed and accuracy. 

3

AST 101

AST

107

Editing/Proofreading

Develops skills essential to creating and editing business documents. Covers grammar, spelling, diction, punctuation, capitalization, and other usage problems. 

3

 

ITE

175

Email Essentials

Focuses on providing the student with a working knowledge of the introductory email function. Includes the basic concepts of customizing email and using all the email capabilities for reading, creating, sending emails, managing calendar functions, and managing contacts, tasks, and notes.

1

 

Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook Associate Certification

HIM

150

Health Records Management

Presents documentation format and content of the medical record relevant to the coding function. Introduces application of standard techniques for filing, maintenance, and acquisition of health information. Examines the processes of collecting, computing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to health care services. Includes legal and regulatory guidelines for the control and use of health information data.

3

 

HIM

113

Medical Terminology & Disease Process I

Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical terms; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part I of II. 

3

EDE10 and Program/Plan 152, 285, 221-286-01 or 298-02.

HIM

130

Healthcare Information Systems

Teaches basic concepts of microcomputer software (to include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, and database applications. Focuses on microcomputer applications and information systems in the Healthcare environment. Provides a working introduction to electronic health information systems for allied health, teaching students how the adoption of electronic health records affects them as future healthcare professionals.

3

 

Eligible for HDM HIPAA Certification

Total Program Credits

18

 

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Jane Jones, Dean of Business & Information Technology
jjones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057
Sabrina Ward
sward@mecc.edu 276-523-9060

 

Medical Records Technician

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Career Studies (221-285-73)

FIRST YEAR SPRING

Course #

Course Title

Credit

Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)

AST

141

Word Processing I

Teaches creating and editing documents, including line and page layouts, columns, fonts, search/replace, cut/paste, spell/thesaurus, and advanced editing and formatting features of word processing software. 

3

AST 101 or equivalent

Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Word Associate Certification upon completion of AST 141

AST

271

Medical Office Procedures

Covers medical office procedures, records management, preparation of medical reports, and other medical documents. 

3

AST 102 Co-requisite

HIM

114

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes II

Continues the study of prefixes, suffixes, stem words, and technical term; puts emphasis on the causes and treatment of selected disease processes. Part II of II.

3

EDE 10

ITE

175

Email Essentials

Focuses on providing the student with a working knowledge of introductory email function. Includes the basic concepts of customizing email and using all the email capabilities for reading, creating, sending emails, managing calendar functions and managing contacts, tasks, and notes.

1

 

Eligible for Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook Associate Certification upon completion of ITE 175

HIM 226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documentation

Presents the legal requirements associated with health record documentation. Emphasizes the policies and procedures concerning the protection of the confidentiality of patient’s health records. 

2

 

HIM 143

Managing Electronics Billing in a Medical Practice

Introduces principles of administrative practice management. Examines patient scheduling, records management, financial systems and other systems/procedures. Focuses on the development of organizations and decision making skills utilized by the practice manager. 

3

 

SDV 100

College Success Skills

Assists students in transition to colleges. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. May include English and Math placement testing. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation. 

1

 

Eligible for National Healthcare Association Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist Certification

Total Program Credits

16

 

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Jane Jones, Dean of Business & Information Technology

jjones@mecc.edu 276-523-9057

Sabrina Ward

sward@mecc.edu 276-523-9060

Pharmacy Technician

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Career Studies (221-190-07)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST SEMESTER

Course # Course Credits Prerequisite Courses (if applicable)
SDV 101

Orientation to Careers in Health Sciences

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college and to the discipline in which they are enrolled. Covers topics such as services at the college including the learning resources center; counseling, and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas which are applicable to their particular discipline. This course is specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in Health Sciences. 

1

 
HIM 111

Medical Terminology I

Introduces the student to the language used in the health record. Includes a system-by-system review of anatomical disease, and operative terms, abbreviations, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and pharmacology terms. Part I of II. 

3 EDE 10
HLT 121

Substance Abuse: Prevention and Treatment

Explores the use and abuse of drugs in contemporary society with emphasis upon sociological, physiological, and psychological effects of drugs.

3 EDE 10
HLT 145

Ethics for Health Care Personnel

Focuses on ethical concepts of health care. Emphasizes confidentiality, maintaining patient records, personal appearance, professionalism with patients/clients, associates, and an awareness of health care facilities.

2 EDE 10
HLT 105

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Provides training in coordinated mouth-to-mouth artificial ventilation and chest compression, choking, life-threatening emergencies, and sudden illness. Equivalent to EMS 100.

1  
SDV 107

Career Education

Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choice. 

3 EDE 10

Student receives AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR certification

Eligible to take the Work Ethic Proficiency Certification Exam

SECOND SEMESTER
HIM 112

Medical Terminology II

Continues with focus on the language used in the health record. Includes a system-by-system review of anatomic disease, and operative terms, abbreviations, radiography procedures, laboratory tests, and pharmacology terms. Part II of II.

3 EDE 10
HLT 261

Basic Pharmacy I

Explores the basics of general pharmacy, reading prescriptions, symbols, packages, pharmacy calculations. Teaches measuring compounds of drugs, dosage forms, drug laws, and drug classifications. Part I of II.

3 EDE 10 and MDE 10
HLT 262

Basic Pharmacy II

Explores the basics of general pharmacy, reading prescriptions, symbols, packages, pharmacy calculations. Teaches measuring compounds of drugs, dosage forms, drug laws, and drug classifications. Part II of II.

3 HLT 261
HLT 263

Basic Pharmacy I Lab

Provides practical experience to supplement instruction in HLT 261HLT 262. Should be taken concurrently with HLT 261HLT 262, in appropriate curricula, as identified by the college. Part I of II.

1 Co-Req HLT 261
HLT 190

Coordinated Internship: Pharmacy Technician

Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.

3 HLT 261
HLT 250

General Pharmacology

Emphasizes general pharmacology for the health related professions covering general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agent within each class, and routine mathematical calculations needed to determine desired dosages.

3  
Eligible to take the National PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board) Exam
Total Program Credits 29    

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available.  Please see an advisor for more information. 

 

For Further Information, Contact:

Dora Buchanan, Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator

djbuchanan@mecc.edu 276-523-9016

Sarah Clarkston, Health Sciences Advisor

sclarkston@mecc.edu 276-523-9010

Wes Mullins, Dean of Health Sciences

jmullins@mecc.edu 276-523-9017

 

Sports Medicine Assistant

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Sports Medicine Assistant (221-197-01)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FALL SEMESTER

Course # Course Title Credits Prerequisite
SDV 101-2

Orientation to Careers in Health Sciences

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college and to the discipline in which they are enrolled. Covers topics such as services at the college including the learning resources center; counseling, and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas which are applicable to their particular discipline. This course is specifically for students who wish to pursue a career in Health Sciences. 

 

SAF 130

Safety – OSHA 10 (Healthcare Track)

Presents an introduction to occupational health and safety and its application in the workplace. Emphasizes safety standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), its rules and regulations (OSHA 10).

1  
HLT 145

Ethics for Health Care Personnel

Focuses on ethical concepts of health care. Emphasizes confidentiality, maintaining patient records, personal appearance, professionalism with patients/clients, associates, and an awareness of health care facilities.

2 EDE 10
HLT 130

Nutrition & Diet Therapy

Studies nutrients, sources, functions, and requirements with an introduction to diet therapy. This course applies to career/technical education (CTE) programs. HLT 230 serves both transfer and CTE programs. 

2 EDE 10
HLT 100

First Aid & CPR

Focuses on the principles and techniques of safety, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

3  
Students earn AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Certification, AHA Heartsaver OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Certification, OSHA 10 Safety Certification, and AHA Heartsaver First Aid Certification

SPRING SEMESTER    
HLT 141

Introduction to Medical Terminology

Focuses on medical terminology for students preparing for careers in the health professions. This course applies to career/technical education (CTE) programs. HLT 143 serves both transfer and CTE programs.

1 EDE 10
HLT 125

Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise Science

Presents basic principles of human anatomy and physiology including the body structure, systems and functions. The course provides a foundation to build and apply concepts in the study of Exercise Science, Group Fitness, Personal Training, and related fitness studies. 

3 Readiness for ENG 111
HLT 156

Health Care for Athletic Injuries

Teaches prevention and care of athletic injuries, recognition and management of head and spinal injuries, fractures, strains, sprains, as well as cardiac emergencies. Discusses taping, protective equipment, and medical referral.

3 EDE 10
    Approved Elective 3  
Total Program Credits   19  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

Course substitutions may be available. Please see an advisor for more information.

For Further Information, Contact:

Wes Mullins, Dean of Health Sciences
jmullins@mecc.edu 276-523-9017
Amanda Robbins, RN, Sports Medicine Assistant Program Coordinator
arobbins@mecc.edu 276-523-9020
Sarah Clarkston, Health Sciences Advisor
sclarkston@mecc.edu 276-523-9010