Health - HLTH

HLTH F100 Medical Terminology

3 Credits


Study of medical terminology including analysis and origin of word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Understanding the word components, students will be able to build, spell and define medical words. Content will be presented by body systems focusing on terms for anatomy, diagnostic, laboratory and medical specialties. Includes use of medical dictionary, word pronunciation and abbreviations. Designed for health care professionals. (3+0)

HLTH F105 Introduction to Health Careers

2 Credits


Introduction to health careers and the psychology of patient care. Roles and responsibilities of different members/functional units of the health care team; information on related job and educational opportunities; needs and roles of health providers in rural and urban Alaska settings. Prerequisites: High school graduation or GED or permission of program coordinator. (2+0)

HLTH F106 Human Behavior in Health Care (s)

3 Credits


Discussion of general concepts in human behavior and the specialized psychological issues when dealing with patients and loved ones in health care settings. Students perform self-evaluation and survey other cultures to allow examination of perceptions, individual biases, beliefs and their impacts on behavior. (3+0)

HLTH F107 Nurse Aide Training

9 Credits


Teaches basic nursing skills necessary to assist the nurse and be an efficient health care team member. Presents positive communication skills while providing care of residents' physical and emotional needs in a variety of health care settings. Content satisfies the theory and clinical skills needed to take the State of Alaska exam to become a Certified Nurse Aide. Prerequisites: High school graduation or GED; Accuplacer reading score of 65 or permission of instructor. Student must be in good physical condition and have the following immunizations: Chickenpox, Hepatitis B series, two MMRs, a PPD two-step testing process within previous 12 months of the clinical component of class. (5+8)

HLTH F110 Professional Skills for the Workplace

2 Credits


Presents skills to ensure success for the professional secretary, receptionist, medical worker and others. Includes interview skills, business manners, customer service and dressing for success. (2+0)

HLTH F111 Personal Care Attendant Training

4 Credits


Designed to train personal care attendants in basic care necessary to assist nurses and to be efficient health care team members. Course qualifies students for state certificate of completion as personal care attendants. Eighty-eight (88) hours of class, lab and clinical practice is included. Requires criminal background check. Prerequisites: Documentation of the following vaccines: Hepatitis B series, two MMRs, two chickenpox and a two-step PPD, or proof of immunity to MMR, Chickenpox, Hepatitis and a two-step PPD, high school graduation or GED or Accuplacer reading comprehension score of 65 or above, or permission of instructor. Students must be in good physical condition. Co-requisites: Health care provider CPR and First Aid card. (2.5+3)

HLTH F113 Personal Care Attendant to Nursing Assistant Bridge

5 Credits
Offered as Demand Warrants

Trains personal care attendants to become Certified Nurse Assistants. Students build upon basic PCA skills and experience. Provides the additional classroom, laboratory and clinical hours necessary to sit for the state Certified Nurse Assistant exam. Prerequisites: High school graduation or GED; a 10th grade reading level by exam; HLTH F111 or on the job agency training plus two years experience and instructor approval. Students must be in good physical condition, have current immunizations, and health care provider CPR card. (3+4)

HLTH F114 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

4 Credits


Provides a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Recommended for individuals interested in health careers or students desiring an introduction to anatomy and physiology prior to taking in-depth course work in this field. Recommended: HLTH F100; high school biology and chemistry. (4+0)

HLTH F116 Mathematics in Health Care

3 Credits


Practical application of mathematics in health care, including arithmetic review, percentages, interest, ratio, proportion, dimensional analysis, metric system, medication calculation, graphs, charts and measurement instruments. Prerequisites: DEVM F050 or placement in DEVM F060 or higher. (3+0)

HLTH F118 Medical Law and Ethics

2 Credits


In-depth coverage of legal and ethical issues encountered in health care settings. Students will gain a practical knowledge of legal and ethical principles and application of these principles in health care settings. (2+0)

HLTH F122 First Aid and CPR

1 Credits


Provides instruction on emergency first aid theory and techniques. Students acquire knowledge and skills necessary for dealing with emergencies in a medical/dental office and other clinical settings. Includes First Aid Certification and health care provider (adult, child and infant) CPR Certification. (0.5+1)

HLTH F130 Medical Office Technology

3 Credits
Offered Spring

Introduces current and potential health care workers to computers in the medical office. Will study medical office management software and electronic health record systems. Includes discussion of computer hardware and software, working with operating systems, keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation creation and formatting, and database concepts. (3+0)

HLTH F132 Administrative Procedures I

2 Credits


Administrative responsibilities performed by medical/dental assistants and other health care providers in outpatient facilities. Includes duties of the office assistant, receptionist or secretary. Focus on reception, telephone procedures, public relations and professionalism. Prerequisites: High school graduation or GED or permission of instructor. (2+0)

HLTH F135 ICD-9 Coding

3 Credits


In-depth study of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), designed for classification of patient morbidity and mortality information for statistical purposes and for the indexing of health records for the health care profession. Prerequisites: HLTH F112 OR both HLTH F100 and HLTH F114. (3+0)

HLTH F142 Clinical Procedures I

4 Credits


Introduction to the theoretical basis and performance competencies for the clinical duties performed by medical assistants in outpatient facilities. Includes care of patients in the examining room, use and care of medical instruments and supplies, assisting physicians with clinical procedures, administering medications and introduction to clinical laboratory procedures. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; HLTH F116; HLTH F122 or current First Aid and CPR. Documentation of positive antibody titer for hepatitis B; current immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, varicella and tetanus; negative TB test within the past year and departmental approval. (3+2)

HLTH F203 Science of Nutrition

3 Credits


Introduction to the principles of nutrition and its relationship to the life cycle. Focus on the importance nutrition plays in personal health and how to objectively evaluate nutritional intake using scientifically sound resources. (3+0)

HLTH F207 Medication Aide Course

6 Credits


Basic pharmacology and medication administration for certified nurse aides and personal care attendants. Includes drug delivery routes, classifications, effects and side effects. Communication principles, ethics, nursing process, and body structure and function will be reviewed. This course prepares the CNA to assist the RN or LPN to pass medications in health care settings as approved by the Alaska Board of Nursing and to sit for the National Council State Board of Nursing Medication Aide Certification Exam. The CNA student is not required to sit for the NCSBN MA Examination to pass the course. It will prepare the PCA to assist in the delivery of medications in ALH and private homes. Prerequisites: Current license as a CNA or PCA by the State of Alaska, have at least one full year of experience as a CNA/PCA, supply three letters of reference from healthcare professionals, Accuplacer math score of 48 or higher, be 18 years of age or older, be immunized as required by the training site/facility. (4+4)

HLTH F208 Human Diseases

3 Credits
Offered Fall and Spring

Introduction to the study of human diseases. Pathogenesis, etiology and predisposing factors will be examined. The most common diseases and disorders of each body system are presented along with a review of the pertinent anatomy and physiology. Includes the effects of aging on the system and the relationship of aging to disease. Prerequisites: HLTH F100 with a C- or higher or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HLTH F234 Administrative Procedures II

4 Credits


Office management and financial procedures used in medical offices. Includes medical financial recordkeeping systems and computerized office management systems. Includes ICD-9, CPT coding system, patient insurance billing/reimbursement procedures, the demonstration of computational skills in accounts payable/accounts receivable, and office management in the health care setting. Prerequisites: CIOS F150; HLTH F100; HLTH F132; test scores sufficient for placement in ENGL F111X; or permission of instructor. (3+2)

HLTH F235 Medical Coding

4 Credits


The current procedural terminology (CPT) and the international classification of diseases (ICD) systems used in the medical setting. Examines the medical and legal uses of the CPT and ICT code systems in inpatient and outpatient medical settings, urgent care settings, billing departments and ancillary medical professions. Prepares students to take national certification exams. Recommended: HLTH F100; HLTH F132; HLTH F208; HLTH F234. (4+0)

HLTH F236 Outpatient Health Care Reimbursement

3 Credits


Outpatient reimbursement issues including documentation, insurance carriers, schedules and payment profiles. Collection strategies and legal issues, and the importance of educating the patient to the financial policies of the practice. Prerequisites: HLTH F132; concurrent HLTH F234; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HLTH F237 Inpatient Health Care Reimbursement

3 Credits


Rules and regulations governing the reimbursement of inpatient and hospital coding. Includes HIPAA regulations, Medicare, Medicaid, third party billing, and the legal and ethical guidelines of inpatient billing. Prerequisites: HLTH F132; HLTH F135; HLTH F234; or permission of instructor. (3+0)

HLTH F244 Clinical Procedures II

4 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Theoretical basis and performance competencies for the clinical duties performed by medical assistants in outpatient facilities. Includes urinalysis, electrocardiograph, subcutaneous and intramuscular injections, routine laboratory procedures, venipuncture, emergencies and assisting with specialty examinations. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; HLTH F114 or BIOL F100X; HLTH F116; HLTH F142; HLTH F122 or current First Aid and CPR. Documentation of positive antibody titer for hepatitis B, current immunizations for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, varicella and tetanus; negative TB test within the past year and departmental approval. (3+2)

HLTH F247 Introduction to Pharmacology

2 Credits


Introduction to the use of therapeutic medications in medical settings. Includes classifications of drugs, clinical use and adverse effects of the 50 most commonly prescribed medications. Prerequisites: HLTH F100; HLTH F114 or BIOL F100X. (2+0)

HLTH F255 Phlebotomy Principles, Methods and Externship

5 Credits


This comprehensive lecture, lab, and externship course is designed to provide information covering phlebotomy technique, anatomy and physiology as it pertains to venipuncture, and lab testing. Quality control, quality assurance, universal precautions, and OSHA regulations will be reviewed. Specimen collection and proper specimen handling is an essential segment of successfully completing this course. This course includes 100 hours of practical experience. Upon completion, the student will have satisfied the educational requirements for national phlebotomy certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Special fees apply. Prerequisites: HLTH F122 or current First Aid and CPR cards; Accuplacer reading comprehension score of 65 or above; and DEVM F060. Documentation of positive antibody titer for hepatitis B, current immunizations or titers to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, flu shot and two step PPD with the past year. Other specific immunizations as required by the externship sites. (2+1+7)

HLTH F261 Medical/Dental Office Reception Practicum

2 Credits
Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides the student with 80 hours of practicum work in a medical or dental office, with additional time required for meeting with the campus practicum coordinator. Students will be expected to perform any and all duties of a receptionist in a medical/dental care setting. Satisfies practicum experience requirement for Medical/Dental Reception certificate. May be used to partially satisfy practicum experience requirement of Medical Assistant AAS degree certificate. Prerequisites: HLTH F122; HLTH F132; HLTH F234; enrollment by special permission only. (0+0+6)

HLTH F267 Medical Assisting Practicum Completion

2-4 Credits


Provides 100 hours of practicum work in the back office of a medical clinic for medical assisting students. Additional contact time required for meeting with the campus practicum coordinator. HLTH F267 combined with HLTH F261 provides experience equivalent to that in HLTH F268, and satisfies the practicum requirement for the medical assistant certificate and AAS. Prerequisites: HLTH F122; HLTH F132; HLTH F234; HLTH F142; HLTH F244; enrollment by special permission only. (0+0+8)

HLTH F268 Medical Assisting Practicum

4 Credits


Provides the student with 180 hours of hands-on practicum work in a medical office, with additional time required for meeting with the campus practicum, coordinator. This is the last course in the Medical Assistant AAS degree and certificate program for students who have not taken any specialized certificates during their course of study. Students will be expected to perform any and all duties of a medical assistant in a health care setting. The combination of HLTH F261 and HLTH F267 may be substituted for HLTH F268 to satisfy the degree requirements. Prerequisites: HLTH F122, HLTH F132, HLTH F142, HLTH F234, HLTH F244; enrollment by special permission only. (0+0+12)