2002-2003 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs

This is an addendum to the 2002-2003 UAF General Catalog.

  • A new certificate in health care reimbursement was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2002 meeting. This certificate will be effective for the fall 2002 school year. This document includes the specifics of that new certificate.
  • Also see the original Allied Health program description.

Allied Health

College of Rural Alaska
Tanana Valley Campus
(907) 474-7400


Minimum Requirements for Certificate: 31 credits

The certificates and degrees in Allied Health provide students with the knowledge and technical skills for employment in health care. In the Fairbanks area, the job market is especially favorable for medical and dental assistants. The certificates are designed to permit early employment options while completing the final portion of an A.A.S. degree.

Certificates offered include dental assistant, health care reimbursement, medical/dental reception, and phlebotomy. A.A.S. degrees offered include dental assistant and medical assistant. A one-semester, non-transcripted nurse aide course sequence is also offered.

The health care reimbursement certificate prepares students for employment and improves the skills for those currently employed in the medical field. Medical billers and coders are employed in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities as part of the health care team. Students are instructed in analyzing medical records and the assigning of codes for indexing diagnoses and procedures to provide information for reimbursement purposes. The successful completion of this certificate also prepares the student for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding exam, a national certification.

The medical assistant A.A.S. degree incorporates the medical/dental reception certificate and prepares students for employment in ambulatory care settings. Students receive education in the theory and skills for both office work and clinical care. The UAF medical assistant A.A.S.degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), on recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).

The dental assistant certificate and A.A.S. degree program prepare students for employment in the dental field. This program has a modular format, which allows entry into the job market while completing the final portion of the program.

A student who earns the certificate in phlebotomy will satisfy the training requirement to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP) national certification examination for phlebotomy technician.

Undergraduate Program


Health Care Reimbursement -- Certificate

  1. Complete the certificate requirements.
  2. Complete the following:*
    CIOS 150 -- Computer Business Applications (3 credits)
    CIOS 260 -- Business Communications (3 credits)
    HLTH 110 -- Professional Skills for the Workplace (2 credits)
    HLTH 114 -- Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
    HLTH 132 -- Administrative Procedures I (2 credits)
    HLTH 204 -- Medical Terminology (3 credits)
    HLTH 208 -- Human Diseases (3 credits)
    HLTH 234 -- Administrative Procedures II (4 credits)
    HLTH 235 -- Medical Office Coding (4 credits)
    HLTH 236 -- Insurance Reimbursement for the Medical Office (3 credits)
  3. Minimum credits required (31 credits)

* Student must earn a C grade or better.