Program Length: 20 months (may be completed in as little as 15 months)
The Medical Specialties program helps prepare students for an entry-level career in the medical field with courses for medical assisting, phlebotomy, nurse assisting, and pharmacy technology. Graduates will also gain practical skills in medical billing, medical coding, and laboratory technology. With your degree in Medical Specialties, you could start a new career as a medical assistant, pharmacy technician, certified nursing assistant, home-health aide, or as a medical biller/coder. As part of the program’s objectives, you’ll also prepare for possible certification or licensing in a wide range of medical professions; however, you should be aware that certifications and/or licensing may require additional time, cost, and examination.
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This course introduces the elements of several popular computer software programs in word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation design, Emphasis will be placed on the basic fundamentals of document creation, saving, and printing along with the more advanced concepts of presentation design.
Nursing Assisting Theory
Teaches basic nursing care for patients who are hospitalized or in extended-care facilities.
Nurse Assisting Practice
This class continues the instruction of Nurse Assisting Theory, including care of the daily activities of the long-term care resident, skills for assisting the resident including feeding, toileting,exercise techniques and psycho-social issues.
Computerized Medical Administration
Provides the student with the training required to keep consistent with computer software that is used in the billing areas of the medical and dental fields. Real life activities and simulations reinforce basic billing skills. Conflict management and billing collection are taught. This course uses a medical office simulation to introduce the student to the everyday functioning of a medical office.
Psychology of Motivation
Students review skills necessary to be successful in college, including: note-taking, study skills, writing, finding and using information on the Internet, and reading/understanding college-level text. Students are exposed to basic motivation theories, values clarification, and philosophic principles.
This course focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in both verbal and nonverbal areas. Emphasis is placed on debate, panel discussions, committee work, conflict resolution, interviews, and editorial writing.
The student performs a 160-hour externship at an approved location and is supervised on a weekly basis both by the on-site professional(s) assigned to the student and by the instructor from the College. During the externship, the student gains proficiency to an employee-acceptable level in the specific program he or she is studying. All hours are volunteered and no remuneration is allowed. (Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of all core courses or with consent of the dean)
This course covers the history of the United States from the American Revolution to the present. Emphasis is on the economic, political, and social development of our country.
Medical Laboratory Procedures
Introduces the fundamental knowledge of hematology and complete hematology tests, including WBC and RBC, differential counts, blood smears and staining techniques, hemoglobin, hematocrit, blood typing, blood glucose, sedimentation rates, and mono reagent testing.
Medical Laboratory Processes
Provides the student with an opportunity to practice his or her clinical testing knowledge. Complete urinalysis (physical, chemical, and microscopic) and reagent testing, including pregnancy and rapid strep testing, are taught. Students will observe these skills in actual clinical laboratory conditions.
Covers how to draw blood using vacutainer, butterfly, and syringe methods. Students will learn the correct vacutainer tube to use for different hematological procedures. IV therapeutics are part of this course. Students will observe these skills in actual medical facility conditions.
Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics
Introduces terminology that is specific to the medical profession. Course enables students to translate prefixes, suffixes, and root words from their Greek and Latin word parts. Elements will be able to be combined into medical terms. Course also covers medical laws, ethics, and bioethics.
Medical Aseptic Procedures
Teaches aseptic technique, including proper hand washing. Disinfection and sterilization is taught, along with universal (standard) precautions and infection control as specified by OSHA.
Covers electrocardiography, standardization of the ECG, identifying artifacts, recognition of arrhythmia, and 12-lead ECG. The student may certify as an ECG technician after satisfactorily passing this class.
Medical Clinical Procedures
Focuses on clinical and microbiological testing. Microscope use is taught, along with specimen collection and cultures and sensitivities. Gramstaining procedures are also taught.
Vital Signs and Emergencies
Presents the proper way of taking patients' vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, temperature, height, and weight). Growth charting for children is also covered. CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Community First Aid and Safety are taught and certified through the American Heart Association.
Introduces the fundamentals of bookkeeping procedures. Covers payroll, spreadsheets, ledgers, and transactions documents. Management and filing specific to the medical office will also be included.
Medical Records and Communication
Prepares the student to work with the medical community and patients using interpersonal communication, developing both written and verbal skills. Introduces the student to work performed in medical administration. Medical records including POMR and SOAP are covered as well as telephone techniques, appointment scheduling, mail handling and medical reception skills.
Anatomy and Physiology
Covers the anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body including but not limited to the integumentary system, the muscle and skeletal systems, the nervous system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, and the endocrine system. Course includes basic organization and general plan of the body including cells, membranes, and tissues.
Professional Medical Coding
Covers the study of insurance using computer coding software. Includes speed and accuracy of coding using ICD-9, CPT-4, and HCPCS rules. Pre-tests are included in this course to better prepare students for certification.
Covers medical insurance and insurance filing. Students learn to properly fill out insurance forms and understand electronic claim submission. Students also learn about different health insurance programs, government programs, and managed-care programs.
Introduction to Logic
This course focuses on the techniques for determining the validity of arguments and analyzing problems in the world. Topics include a discussion of informal fallacies, Aristotelian logic, and symbolic logic.
Covers fundamental information on drug administration. Administration of drugs, including injectable (subcutaneous, intradermal, and intramuscular) methods are taught. Properly withdrawing medication, calculation of dosages, syringe calibrations, and different injection sites are also taught in the course.
Principles of Pharmacy Technology
Teaches basics of being a pharmacy technician. History, laws and ethics, packaging and dispensing medications, medication preparation, pharmaceutical calculations and communications are part of this course.
Pharmacy Technology Applications
Studies the therapeutic applications of drugs, biopharmaceutics, different characteristics and actions of drugs, administration of drugs, and drug distribution.
This course addresses employment search and acquisition skills. Topics include matching qualifications with job requirements, resume preparation, and job applications. Also includes cover letters, follow-up letters, resignation letters, and recommendation letters. Classroom activities include discussion of basic interviewer questions and interviewing techniques.
Includes study of equipment operations, radiation physics, technical aspects of radiography, production of radiation, imaging equipment, film exposure, and file processing.
Study of radiation protection, patient-care management, positioning of bones for both upper and lower extremities and chest. Exposure factors, charts, and medical law and ethics also are studied.
Advanced Limited Radiography I
Completes the study of x-ray physics and includes the production of X-rays. Covers responsible use of radiation protection measures for patients and personnel, including the effects of radiation and the bioeffects of radiation exposure. Radiation-protection laboratory experiments focus on dose reduction to patients and methods of reducing the dose to personnel.
Advanced Limited Radiography II
Includes advanced torso-skeletal anatomy and positioning. Course also covers the radiographic films, processing of the films, and critiquing films for troubleshooting. The student attends 10 hours of general radiation laboratory.
Total Courses: 30Total Credits: 102
- Total tuition & fees: $42,430
- Books: included in tuition
- Room & board fees do not apply.
- Graduates on-time completion rate: 31%
- Job placement rate for graduates: 65%
- Median Title IV debt: $25,348
- Median non-Title IV debt: $2,044
- Median loan debt: $27,993
- Total tuition & fees: $42,430
- Books: included in tuition
- Room & board fees do not apply.
- Graduates on-time completion rate: 25%
- Job placement rate for graduates: 74%
- Median Title IV debt: $24,801
- Median non-Title IV debt: $978
- Median loan debt: $26,345
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This degree program is designed to prepare graduates for employment/occupations in areas such as:
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