Courses in Health Core

Medical Terminology

HC 1000     3.00 Credits
This course is an introduction to the language of medicine that is used in the health care profession. The student will learn to spell, pronounce, define, and interpret medical terminology related to body structure, disease, diagnosis, and treatment. (Prerequisites: None)

Advanced Medical Terminology

HC 1001     3.00 Credits
This course is the continuation of HC 1000. Review of medical terminology as it pertains to the body systems that were covered previously with emphasis on developing an understanding of the pathological terminology used in the language of medicine. Specialty areas within the allied health professional fields of respiratory therapy, physical therapy, pathology, radiology, anesthesia, pharmacology, and others will be introduced. (Prerequisite: HC 1000)

Healthcare Foundation: Introduction to Health Careers

HC 1500     1 - 3 Credits
This course will focus on the requirements needed by healthcare workers to effectively work in a variety of healthcare settings with a diverse population of clients. Students will explore workplace skills such as accountability and responsibility, standard of dress, workplace behavior, approaches to assist clients, and expectations of teams and team members. Also included is discussion about how healthcare workers can impact the quality of health care and balance their work and personal life to maintain personal wellness. In addition, students will examine the emotional, spiritual, and social needs of clients as well as the type of care needed by different populations. The course also provides a framework for healthcare workers to interact with diverse clients and staff. Included are belief systems, cultural practices, and respect and sensitivity to cultural, gender, and age issues. (Prerequisite: None)

Special Topics in Healthcare

HC 1510     1 - 3 Credits
Special Topics in Healthcare will help students understand how various healthcare trends, policies, and procedures impact providers, healthcare professionals, and patients. Students will explore a broad range of healthcare concepts through specific topics of relevance. The instructor has chosen subject matter that relates to today's healthcare trends in areas such as technology, government and institutional policies, education, and treatment practices. This course is a variable credit course to accommodate the credit needs of the student in various healthcare programs. (Prerequisite: None)

Health Care Core Foundations

HC 1525     1 - 4 Credits
This variable credit course will focus on the requirements needed by healthcare professionals to effectively work in a variety of healthcare settings and explore workplace skills such as accountability and responsibility, workplace behavior, approaches to assist clients, and expectations of teams and team members. This course provides a framework for healthcare workers to interact with diverse clients and staff, including belief systems, cultural practices, and respect and sensitivity to cultural, gender, and age issues. Identifying elements of communication and how those elements can develop into effective communication within the healthcare setting is a key focus, as well as learning when and how to utilize those skills in challenging situations. Health care ethics will be addressed and target ethical decision-making and personal and professional values. Legal issues in healthcare will round out the course, concentrating on healthcare laws and social media in healthcare. Healthcare safety and standards precautions will be incorporated, as well as personal wellness for the healthcare professional. This variable credit course was designed as a part of the Minnesota Health Care Core Curriculum. (Prerequisites: None)

Electronic Health Records

HC 1550     2.00 Credits
With the implementation of the electronic health record in today's healthcare environment, it's essential for students entering the healthcare field to understand this technology and how it relates to work in the industry. This course is designed as an introduction to the history of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and concepts behind the structure of electronic medical recording systems. Additionally, it will provide students the opportunity to use multiple functions of an educational electronic health record. (Prerequisites: None)

Anatomy & Physiology/Disease Conditions I

HC 1914     4.00 Credits
This course is designed to provide two approaches to assist the student in learning about the human body. The first is in developing a basic understanding of the normal structure and function of the human body and secondly to discuss disease processes that affect each body system. (Prerequisite: HC 1000)

ICD-9-CM Coding I

HC 1920     3.00 Credits
This course is the first in the introduction of the coding rules and conventions for coding diseases and procedures and in-depth study of ICD-9-CM. This system is used in all health care facilities for diagnosis and in hospitals for coding of procedures. (Prerequisite: None)

Anatomy & Physiology Disease Conditions II

HC 1924     4.00 Credits
This course is a continuation of HC 1914 Anatomy/Physiology/Disease Conditions I with emphasis on the pathophysiology of the human body. The student will apply previous knowledge in medical terminology and structure and function of the human body. This course prepares the student in understanding the abnormalities and diseases the affect the organs and organs systems. (Prerequisites: HC 1914, 1000)

ICD-9-CM Coding II

HC 1925     3.00 Credits
This course is a continuation of HC 1920. The course covers the ICD-9-CM diagnostic and procedural coding in depth for both inpatient and outpatient facilities. It compares the reimbursement systems and for both facilities and introduces the compliance plans for both facilities and is a continuation of the coding conventions for inpatient and outpatient settings. (Prerequisites: HC 1000, 1920)

CPT Coding I

HC 1928     3.00 Credits
This course is the introduction of CPT coding and provides and in-depth review of the coding and reimbursement system used in outpatient facilities and physician billing. The course reviews all CPT sections and sub-sections. The student will learn the importance of physician documentation and impact of CPT coding on reimbursement and for both the medical facility and the physician. The student will gain knowledge of medical procedures and services and the importance of understanding medical terminology. (Prerequisite: HC 1000)

ICD-9-CM Coding III - CPT Coding II

HC 1930     4.00 Credits
This course is a continuation of HC 1920, 1925, 1928 with an emphasis on coding ICD-9-CM and CPT for physician billing/outpatient facilities and in-patient discharges. It combines all previous coding experiences with regard to reimbursement and compliance for Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG's) and the Relative Based Resource Value Scale (RBRVS). The course provides for coding experience in mental health facilities (cross-walk with DSM-IV), long-term facilities, and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC's). (Prerequisites: HC 1000, 1001, 1914, 1920, 1925, 1928, 2930)

Trained Medication Aide

HC 1934     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course includes the study of legal requirements concerning drugs and drug administration. General information about medications, terminology related to medication administration and use of reference sources will be studied. Students will learn actions, usual dose, toxic symptoms and special considerations of a variety of drugs. Students will not administer medications but will learn basic guidelines for medication administration. (Prerequisites: None)

Introduction to Health Care/Health Information

HC 2930     4.00 Credits
This course reviews the evolution of health care and the health insurance industry. The course will introduce the types of healthcare facilities and discusses concepts of healthcare finance. The student will gain knowledge of the major types of healthcare insurance, medical record systems, confidentiality, and the legal aspects of medical records and health care. The course reviews medical documentation and the standardization of forms used in the health record and will review both manual and electronic medical records (EMR) and how each provides the documentation of care provided to patients. (Prerequisites: None)