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Allied Health (ALHT)

Introduction to Phlebotomy. (4-3-3)
Instruction in proper collection, transportation, and handling of blood including blood collection equipment, venipuncture, and capillary collection. Instruction also includes collection and transportation of other body fluids. A laboratory component serves to reinforce and enhance the lecture
Medical Ethics and Law. (3-3-0)
Introduces students, in allied health fields, to potential legal and ethical issues which may be experienced in the health care environment. Students will discuss the legal system as it applies to the patient, health care provider, and medical institution; and review medical ethical and bioethical issues.
Health Care Systems and Safety. (2-1-1)
Health care delivery systems, cultural diversity, health care careers, employment skills, patient and personal safety issues, infection control; OSHA, HIPAA, and current standards for BLS for health care providers.
Basic EKG. (4-3-1)
Corequisite: ALHT 109, ZLGY 110.
A course designed to provide students with skills related to arrhythmia recognition and monitoring. The laboratory is integrated with the lecture and will provide practice with workbook EKGs, actual EKGs from hospital settings, and hands-on application of EKG monitoring equipment.
Introduction to Medical Coding. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: ZLGY 110 and permission of the Division.
ICD-9-CM and CPT systems used in the coding of diagnoses and procedures in health care facilities. Emphasis is on the development of basic skills needed for accurate coding for medical billing purposes. (Medical Office Specialist majors must take this class concurrently with MOS 110.)
Pharmacology for Allied Health Students. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: ZLGY 120 or ZLGY 124.
Pharmacology as it relates to current drug therapy. The major concepts include drug classification, mechanisms of action, therapeutic effects, clinical indication, methods of administration, adverse reactions, and drug interactions.
Pharmaceutical Dosage Calculations and Measurements. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: Placement into MATH 098 or completion of MATH 097.
Proper calculation of medication dosages. The course includes mathematics review, metric system conversions, dosage measurement equipment, drug orders, drug labels, dosage of drugs, methods to calculate dosages, and IV solutions.
Medical Supplies and Patient Preparation. (4-3-3)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Assistant clinical program. Must be taken concurrently with MOS 206L and ALHT 209.
Patient care, knowledge and skills utilized by the medical assistant in the clinical setting. Laboratory activities reinforce lecture. (Days only/fall semester only)
Specialty Areas for Medical Assistants. (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: ALHT 201.
Advanced concepts of clinical procedures, including diet/nutrition, working in gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, psychiatry, rehabilitation, cardiology, pulmonology, gastroenterology, urology, dermatology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, endrocrinology, oncology, immunology, and allergy.
EKG/Telemetry Practicum. (2 hrs. credit )
Corequisite: ALHT 112 and instructor permission.
Hands-on practice of the skills acquired in ALHT 112. The clinical experience is focused on performing a variety of non-invasive cardiology tests, EKG interpretation, and arrhythmia recognition. Minimum 90 hours of practical experience.
Pathophysiology. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: ZLGY 120 or ZLGY 124.
Specific disease processes, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatments, prognoses, and prevention. An overview of the disease process, infectious diseases, neoplasms, and congenital diseases are also presented.
Advanced Medical Language. (3-3-0)
Prerequisite: ZLGY 110 and ZLGY 120 or ZLGY 124.
This course is designed to prepare students to pronounce, spell, define and recall abbreviations associated with advanced medical language.
Laboratory Testing. (4-3-3)
Prerequisites: Permission of the department.
Principles and techniques of a variety of laboratory procedures commonly performed in the clinical setting. The course presents urinalysis, hematology, chemistry, immunology, microbiological testing and specimen collection, preparation and transportation. The course includes a laboratory component.
Medical Assistant Externship. (4 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: Co-requisite: ALHT 203; completion of ALHT 201, ALHT 209, and MOS 206L the semester immediately prior.
The medical assistant student will practice in a doctor’s office or other medical facility to gain work experience in the performance of medical assistant administrative and medical duties. Minimum of 200 hours of practical experience. This class requires that a student be assigned Monday-Friday, day hours only. Spring.
Phlebotomy Hospital Clinicals. (7 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Phlebotomy clinical program.
Hands-on phlebotomy experience and classroom instruction in patient preparation, selection and preparation of puncture sites, collection of specimens, maintenance of equipment, and post-collection client care at a variety of clinical sites.
Introduction to Blood Banking (2-1-2)
Instruction in the selection and collection of blood from donors, agencies that regulate blood collection and the function and use of blood components.

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