AH - Allied Health

AH100 Introduction to Healthcare Careers

1 credit (2 lec/lab hrs/wk) This course is designed to give students an opportunity to research career path options and learn about a variety of careers in healthcare.  Students will learn the educational requirements and physical and professional demands of the various careers through research and from the perspective of practicing professionals.

 AH111 Medical Terminology I

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) This course provides the student with the basic knowledge of building medical terms with root words, suffixes, and prefixes. Also provides medical terminology related to the body as a whole; the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune, respiratory, and digestive systems. Must be taken in sequence.

AH112 Medical Terminology II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) Medical Terminology II is a continuation of Medical Terminology I; to include terminology and abbreviations related to the urinary, nervous integuementary, endocrine, and reproductive systems as well as special senses, diagnostic procedures, and pharmacology. Each system outline will include functions and components, suffixes, prefixes, anatomic reference points, and terminology (diagnostic, symptomatic, and operative) pertinent to that system. Must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: AH111 with a 'C' or better.

AH121 Body Structure and Functions I

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) This course is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. It is designed for medical office students, pharmacy technicians, and other students who desire a broad review of body systems. Normal structure and functions of the human body systems, characteristics of the cell as the basis of life and organization of tissues and organs will be covered.

AH122 Body Structure and Functions II

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) This course is an introduction to human anatomy and physiology. It is designed for medical office students, pharmacy technicians, and other students who desire a broad review of body systems. Normal structure and functions of the human body systems, characteristics of the cell as the basis of life and organization of tissues and organs will be covered. Prerequisite: AH121 with a 'C' or better.

AH131 Clinical Procedures I

4 credits (3 lec, 2 lec/lab hrs/wk) This course is to provide clinical orientation, initial instruction, and basic skills for a medical/clerical assistant. It will provide in-depth simulation of office nurses’ duties. This will prepare the medical office assistant to substitute for the physician's nurse, without major changes in office routine for the safety, security, and comfort of the patient, physician, and the medical assistant. Must be taken in sequence.  Prerequisites: AH111 and AH121 and AH121 with a 'C' or better.  Concurrent: HE0525.

AH132 Clinical Procedures II

4 credits (3 lec, 2 lec/lab hrs/wk) This course provides theoretical knowledge, skills, and practical experience which enables the student to attain and maintain safe, intelligent, and quality patient care under supervision of licensed personnel. Emphasis on medical and surgical asepsis in preparation for office surgery is stressed. Primarily for students already employed in the health care field.  Prerequisite: AH131 with a 'C' or better.

AH150 Medical Office Coding

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) Medical Office Coding provides the student with a basic knowledge of the fundamental coding systems used between the medical community and insurance carriers, private, and government. Includes coding health-related conditions and diseases, descriptive terms and abbreviations for reporting medical services and procedures performed by physicians, and other coding systems.  Prerequisite: AH111 with a 'C' or better.

AH151 Reimbursement Management

3 credits (3 lec hrs/wk) This course teaches students medical insurance terminology and provides familiarity with various types of insurance programs. Content covers insurance claim processing with an introduction to forms, assignment and coordination of benefits, credit, and collection procedures with federal and Oregon laws, credit applications, basic billing cycles, and an introduction to coding.  Prerequisite: AH111 with a 'C' or better.

AH152 Medical Law and Ethics

2 credits (2 lec hrs/wk) Medical Law and Ethics is a survey of the manner in which the law and codes of ethics affect the practice of health occupations paraprofessionals. An introduction to the concepts of litigation, consent, introduction to law, ethics and bioethics, genetic engineering, sterilization, abortion, and death and dying.

AH2280 Cooperative Work Experience

1-8 credits (3-24 lab hrs/wk) This course provides the student with an opportunity to gain on-the-job experience in coordinator approved business situations that closely parallel the field of study. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

AH2522 Personal Care Aide

3 credits  (2 lec, 2 lec/lab hrs/wk)  This course prepares students for an entry-level position as a personal care aide in residential community and in-home care settings. Students will learn to assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility.  They will demonstrate all essential skills related to the job or a PCA.  They will have the ability to value the importance of the Personal Care Aides role as a team member of a client/patient and family.



*Identifies professional-technical alpha prefixes currently used at Southwestern.



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