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  • Curriculum: Online

    Core

    CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (5 Credits)

    Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (5 Credits)

    This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA (5 Credits)

    This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS (5 Credits)

    Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    Major

    HS 100: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE (5 Credits)

    In this required introductory course, students will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. Students will create a personal education plan, choosing appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals. 

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 101: MEDICAL LAW AND BIOETHICS (5 Credits)

    This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 111: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 140: PHARMACOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course is a systematic study of basic pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication documentation procedures.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 150 or MM 212

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 200: DISEASES OF THE HUMAN BODY (5 Credits)

    Studies include the most common diseases of bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also study alternative treatments and pain management.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 210: MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 220: MEDICAL CODING AND INSURANCE (5 Credits)

    Using various coding methodologies, students learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims. Students also become acquainted with various types of health insurance and insurance terminology.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 250: ONLINE PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTH CARE (1 Credits)

    This course will focus on the aspects of professionalism that a health care professional needs in order to successfully work in a medical office setting, including communication skills, personal appearance, and interpersonal interactions. The course will prepare students for the clinical experience.

    Prerequisites Required:

    SC 131 | Corequisite: MA 265

     

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 265: ONLINE CLINICAL COMPETENCIES I (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the educational theory of procedures commonly performed in a health care setting, with special attention to understanding how aseptic technique, documentation, and safety apply to each skill.

    Prerequisites Required:

    SC 131

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 275: ONLINE CLINICAL COMPETENCIES II (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting, with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety.
     

    Prerequisites Required:

    MA 250 and MA 265

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 280: ONLINE CLINICAL COMPETENCIES III (1 Credits)

    This course will focus on the performance of clinical skills in an approved medical facility or educational medical lab, as appropriate. Students will complete a minimum of 50 hours and all required competency skills.

    Prerequisites Required:

    MA 275 and permission from the Clinical Placement Team

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    SC 121: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (5 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    SC 131: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (5 Credits)

    In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.

    Prerequisites Required: SC 121

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 295: ONLINE MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP AND EVALUATION (5 Credits)

    Successful completion of this course will require 160 hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies, including a practice credentialing exam, at the end of the course. 

    Prerequisites Required: MA 280 and permission of the Clinical Placement Team.

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    Open Elective

    OPEN ELECTIVES (15 Credits)

    Total Open Elective Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    Core

    100/200 LEVEL: COMMUNICATION COURSE (5  Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    100/200 LEVEL: MATHEMATICS COURSE (5 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    200 LEVEL: COMMUNICATION COURSE (5 Credits)

    Total Core Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

    Major

    HS 101: MEDICAL LAW AND BIOETHICS (5 Credits)

    This course emphasizes the basic principles and applications of law, ethics, and bioethics as they relate to the medical arena. It covers legal terms, consent, contracts, physician/patient relationships, professional liability, and various medical issues. Through lectures, class discussions, case studies, and library research, students acquire knowledge of the importance of their professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 111: MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course provides a logical understanding of the language of medicine. Basic prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and rules for taking a singular term and making it plural are studied, along with word analysis, word building, spelling, and pronunciation. These principles are applied to the study of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscle/joints, blood and lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular. Each body system is reviewed with anatomy and physiology; diagnostic, lab, and surgical procedures; and pharmacology for interest and knowledge.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 140: PHARMACOLOGY (5 Credits)

    This course is a systematic study of basic pharmacology principles with emphasis on the skills and information needed to succeed in a working environment. Topics covered include drug classes, dosage calculations and measurement conversions, drug administration routes, and proper medication documentation procedures.

    Prerequisites Required: MM 150 or MM 212

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 200: DISEASES OF THE HUMAN BODY (5 Credits)

    Studies include the most common diseases of bodily systems, including disease etiology, symptoms, diagnostic tests, therapeutic methods, and disease prognosis. Students also study alternative treatments and pain management.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 210: MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGEMENT (5 Credits)

    The course explores procedural guidelines for accomplishing various administrative tasks in the health care setting. Topics include management of patient information, operational functions, and general workplace competencies of health care employees.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 220: MEDICAL CODING AND INSURANCE (5 Credits)

    Using various coding methodologies, students learn basic coding principles used in filing insurance claims. Students also become acquainted with various types of health insurance and insurance terminology.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 275: PROFESSIONALISM IN HEALTH CARE (2 Credits)

    This course introduces students to professionalism in the medical setting. Emphasis is placed upon communication, appearance, diversity, emergency preparedness, and preparation of the professional portfolio. Students prepare a portfolio that contains job search documents.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 260: CLINICAL COMPETENCIES I (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to understanding how aseptic technique, documentation, and safety apply to each skill. Specific competencies will include: health history, vital signs, specialty exams, sterilization, minor surgical procedures, surgical asepsis, growth charts, and electrocardiograms (EKGs).

    Prerequisites Required: SC 131

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 270: CLINICAL COMPETENCIES II (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to procedures commonly performed in a health care setting with special attention to aseptic technique, documentation, and safety. Specific competencies will include: specimen processing, methods of quality control, capillary and venipuncture, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-waived testing, microbiology and immunology procedures, urinalysis, and administering medications.

    Prerequisites Required: MA 260

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    SC 121: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (5 Credits)

    In this course, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the various body systems, structures, cells, and tissues and the principles of homeostasis. Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the human body. This course includes a lab component.

    Prerequisites Required: None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    SC 131: HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (5 Credits)

    In this course, which is a continuation of SC 121: Human Anatomy and Physiology I, students are taught the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include, but not limited to, the cardiopulmonary, immune, gastrointestinal, urinary, and reproductive systems. These systems will be covered on a cellular, tissue, organ, and system level.

    Prerequisites Required: SC 121

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    MA 290: MEDICAL ASSISTING EXTERNSHIP AND EVALUATION (5 Credits)

    Successful completion of this course will require 160 nonpaid hours of clinical and administrative experience at an approved health care setting. Students will be evaluated on the performance of expected competencies, including a certification exam, by the end of this course.

    Prerequisites Required: HS 101, HS 210, HS 220, MA 270, and last term

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    HS 100: INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH SCIENCE (5 Credits)

    In this required introductory course, students will identify current issues in health science and how they relate to chosen health science professions. Educational and credentialing requirements will be defined for health science occupations. Students will create a personal education plan, choosing appropriate electives and identifying specific career options based on personal goals and research of the profession. Professional traits and skills for success in the field will be explored as well as discussion of roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals. 

    Prerequisites Required: None

    CS 121: PATHWAYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS (5 Credits)

    Designed to facilitate personal and professional success, this course introduces students to the purposes and processes of university education. An emphasis is placed on study, communication, and thinking skills that support academic achievement. Students also examine the relationship between learning and motivation. (Onsite only)

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Major Credits: 62
    Total Program Credits: 92

    Elective

    OPEN ELECTIVES (15 Credits)

    Total Elective Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 92

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    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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