Program Length: 36 months (may be completed in as little as 30 months)
Designed to provide healthcare practitioners and others with the skills and competencies to function as supervisors and managers in healthcare settings or in a business environment requiring management skills. This program is designed to help the professional meet increasing responsibilities. The curriculum provides a working foundation in management and interpersonal skills, while at the same time introducing the student to the healthcare delivery system and to business challenges with varied issues. Graduates are not only better prepared to assume increased management responsibilities, but to do so with a better understanding of the complex system in which they work. Students are prepared to work in entry-level management and accounting positions in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and related businesses.
Students earning an emphasis in gerontology often work with clients and patients one-on-one. Gerontology professionals work in a variety of fields that address the health, nutritional, financial, and social needs of the senior population.
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Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of accounting, including the theory of debit and credit and the accounting cycle. Includes beginning steps in analysis of accounting transactions and their relationships to the basic accounting equation in preparation for more complex problem analysis in advanced accounting. Covers accounts receivable, accounts payable, special journals, cash receipts and payments, and banking procedures, as well as the accrual basis of accounting and the preparation of the worksheet and financial statements.
Accounting Principles I
A continuation of ACC101 with special emphasis on accounts receivable and uncollectible accounts, promissory notes, merchandise inventory, and tangible and intangible assets. Emphasizes the theory of internal control using the voucher system. Corporate topics include capital stock transactions, dividends, treasury stocks, and earnings per share, long-term liabilities, and shortterm investments. (Prerequisite: ACC101, or with consent of the dean)
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.
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.
Basic course in microeconomic concepts. Topics include recession and depression, the circular flow of production and consumption, the role of the market in the economy, wage and price movements, and other key points.
include inflation, the cause and effects of interest rates, the dollar and the foreign trade deficit, productivity growth rate, and the federal budget deficit.
This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.
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.
Introduction to Gerontology
This course focuses on the processes of aging and the way aging is defined chronologically, functionally, biologically, sociologically, and psychologically. A full range of gerontology concepts are introduced including the demographics of an aging population, the consequences of physical and cognitive aging, the promotion of health as a means to improve quality of life, the role of sexuality and intimacy in old age, the challenges of informal care giving, the selection of appropriate long-term care facilities, and end-of-life issues.
This course focuses the social aspects of aging including changes in family dynamics, the social environment, health, economics, retirement, and elderly care issues. The major theories of aging and how they are influenced by the social and the political context are presented. Other topics include the life course transitions that occur as people move into and out of various roles associated with the family and the workplace. The demographics of an aging population tempered with an understanding of how old age is defined and end-of-life issues are also examined.
The Aging Body
This course emphasizes the normal and pathological changes associated with aging in the elderly and understanding the difference between the two. Emphasis is placed on the effects of aging on the body systems including the usculoskeletal, skin, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, nervous, sensory, immune, and reproductive systems. Disorders associated with each system (including diabetes, cancer, dementia/Alzheimer’s) are presented in context of the aging body. The nutritional and medication considerations associated with these disorders are also covered.
Enhancing the Life of the Older Adult
This course explores the promotion of healthy aging. The student will be able to distinguish the physical versus the emotional aspects of aging. An emphasis on health education as a means to enhance the life of the elderly is emphasized. Topics include health behavior selections, clinical preventative services, and the positive impact of exercise, nutritional habits, and weight management. In addition, health promotion considerations provided by alternative medicines, social support, and community health programs are examined.
Long-Term Care Options for an Aging Population
This course examines the full continuum of longterm care and society’s response to the needs and the demands of the aging baby boomer demographic. The full spectrum of long-term care options are covered including housing, home care, retirement homes, assisted living, Medicare, Medicaid, social security, and long-term care insurance. Long-term are quality, associated ethical issues, government regulations/responsibilities and technology impacts are also examined. The course concludes with a look at how current trends of long-term care may impact the future care of an aging population.
This course consists of 20 hours of classroom experience and 80 hours of on-site clinical experience. The first portion of this course reviews the care of the elderly from a health care professional’s perspective and prepares the students for their on-site experience in a gerontology setting. The 80 hours of on-site experience exposes the student to all the departments in order to gain an understanding of the full continuum of gerontology from a health care professional’s perspective. The externship will be supervised on a weekly basis by the on-site professional(s) assigned to the student and by their instructor. Throughout their externship students will periodically meet as a group in a classroom environment to discuss experiences and lessons learned.
Healthcare Financial Administration
This course is designed to build upon the concepts introduced in basic accounting courses and develops proficiency in applying administrative financial techniques in healthcare decision-making. (Prerequisite: ACC213, or with consent of the dean)
Long-Term Care Administration
Application of health administration core curriculum to specific practice issues in the longterm care setting. Setting specific organization structures, relationships with healthcare providers, services offered, financial management issues, and regulatory issues are investigated. (Prerequisites: HCA300 and HCA440 or permission 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.
U.S. History Since the Civil War
This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.
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.
An introduction to the basic principles of management as it applies to formal organizations. Students are introduced to the importance of effective management within organizations. The traditional management framework is used to provide essential skills in planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling.
Deals with the legal problems confronting businesses such as court procedures, contracts, property law, fair credit reporting, the Privacy Act, business relationships, and supervision.
Human Resource Management
Studies the application of psychology to the problems of personnel management. The student is expected to grasp a working knowledge of the basic operative functions of procuring, developing, maintaining and utilizing a labor force sufficient to meet the minimum entry-level requirements of employment in personnel work.
Designed to improve skills in numbers and algebraic expressions, solving equations, graphing, sets, exponents, radicals, inequalities, formulas, and applications.
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.
This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.
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.
This course teaches the student essential concepts of pharmacy and pharmaceutical terminology. The student learns the pharmacy rules of the state and how they impact the role of the pharmacy technician, regulatory standards in pharmacy practice, ethical considerations for the pharmacy technician, infection control and prevention in the pharmacy, and the various categories of nonprescription products and over-the-counter drugs and counseling related to those items.
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.
This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.
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.
Sociology of Aging
This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.
Explores practical skills in statistics. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, and proportions, This course teaches an interdisciplinary approach that provides the regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice. (Prerequisite: MAT220)
Total Courses: 49Total Credits: 181.5
Available at the following locations:
Colorado Locations: Denver
- Total tuition & fees: $74,790
- Books: included in tuition
- Room & board fees do not apply.
- Graduates on-time completion rate: 69%
- Job placement rate for graduates: 84%
- Median Title IV debt: $41,903
- Median non-Title IV debt: $4,318
- Median loan debt: $47,345
- Total tuition & fees: $74,790
- Books: included in tuition
- Room & board fees do not apply.
- Graduates on-time completion rate: 91%
- Job placement rate for graduates: N/A
- Median Title IV debt: $22,847
- Median non-Title IV debt: $587
- Median loan debt: $28,987
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This degree program is designed to prepare graduates for employment/occupations in areas such as:
Medical and Health Services Managers (11-9111.00)