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Medical Specialties


Associate of Occupational Studies

Program Length: 20 months (may be completed in as little as 15 months)

Degree Overview

medical specialties degree

Medical Specialties

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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Course Descriptions

CourseCourse NameCredits

APP 101 Computer Fundamentals 3.5
CNA 112 Nurse Assisting Practice 3.0
CNA/MNA 111 Nursing Assisting Theory 3.0
COM 102 Computerized Medical Administration 3.0
COM 103 Computerized Pharmacy Systems and Databases 3.0
CSS 101 Psychology of Motivation 4.0
CSS 299 Professional Development 4.0
ENG 223 Communication Arts 4.0
EXT 101 Externship 5.0
HIS 220 American Civilization 4.0
LBT 205 Medical Laboratory Procedures 3.0
LBT 280 Medical Laboratory Processes 3.0
LBT 285 Phlebotomy/IV Therapy 3.0
MED 100 Medical Terminology, Law, and Ethics 4.0
MED 102 Medical Aseptic Procedures 3.0
MED 103 Cardiopulmonary/ECG 3.0
MED 104 Medical Clinical Procedures 3.0
MED 106 Vital Signs and Emergencies 3.0
MED 108 Medical Billing 3.0
MED 109 Medical Records and Communication 3.0
MED 201 Anatomy and Physiology 4.0
MED 210 Professional Medical Coding 3.0
MED 211 Insurance Specialist 3.0
PHI 221 Introduction to Logic 4.0
PHR 107 Drug Administration 3.0
PHR 200 Pharmacy Essentials 3.0
PHR 208 Principles of Pharmacy Technology 4.0
PHR 209 Pharmacy Technology Applications 3.0
RAD 113 Limited Radiology 3.5
RAD 114 Practical Radiology 3.0

Course Description

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Computer Fundamentals

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.

Credits: 3.5

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.

Credits: 3.0

Nursing Assisting Theory

Teaches basic nursing care for patients who are hospitalized or in extended-care facilities.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 3.0

Computerized Pharmacy Systems and Databases

This course provides students with the training required to keep consistent with computer software used in the pharmacy. Topics include prescription documentation, prescription processing, and the use of computer software in inventory management. Upon completion students will be able to perform real life activities via simulations exhibiting basic skills in using pharmacy computer software.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Development

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.

Credits: 4.0

Communication Arts

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.

Credits: 4.0

Externship

The student performs a 150-160-hour externship (depending on state requirements) 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)

Credits: 5.0

American Civilization

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.

Credits: 4.0

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.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 3.0

Phlebotomy/IV Therapy

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.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 4.0

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.

Credits: 3.0

Cardiopulmonary/ECG

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.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Clinical Procedures

Focuses on clinical and microbiological testing. Microscope use is taught, along with specimen collection and cultures and sensitivities. Gram-staining procedures are also taught.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 3.0

Medical Billing

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.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 3.0

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. Upon completion students will be able to explain the basic organization and general plan of the body including cells, membranes, and tissues.

Credits: 4.0

Professional Medical Coding

Covers the study of insurance using computer coding software. Includes speed and accuracy of coding. Pre-tests are included in this course to better prepare students for certification.

Credits: 3.0

Insurance Specialist

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.

Credits: 3.0

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.

Credits: 4.0

Drug Administration

Covers fundamental information on drug administration. Topics include administration of drugs, including injectable (subcutaneous, intradermal, and intramuscular) methods, and different injection sites. Upon completion students will be able to properly withdraw medication, calculate dosages, and calibrate syringes.

Credits: 3.0

Pharmacy Essentials

This course covers the essential concepts of pharmacy and pharmaceutical terminology. Topics include pharmacy rules of the state and how they impact the role of the pharmacy technician, regulatory standards in pharmacy practice, and ethical considerations for the pharmacy technician. Upon completions students will be able to identify the various categories of non-prescription products and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and perform counseling related to those items.

Credits: 3.0

Principles of Pharmacy Technology

This course covers the basics of being a pharmacy technician in the community and hospital pharmacy. Topics include routes and forms of administration and pharmaceutical calculations. Upon completion students will be able to prepare, package, and dispense medications.

Credits: 4.0

Pharmacy Technology Applications

This course covers the therapeutic applications of drugs and common adverse drug reactions. Topics include biopharmaceutics, different characteristics and actions of drugs, and infection control. Upon completion students will be able to perform sterile preparations and compounding.

Credits: 3.0

Limited Radiology

Includes study of equipment operations, radiation physics, technical aspects of radiography, production of radiation, imaging equipment, film exposure, and file processing.

Credits: 3.5

Practical Radiology

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.

Credits: 3.0

Total Courses: 30Total Credits: 101

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