Associate of Science in Health Care Administration

healthcare associates flyer photoThe Associate of Science in Health Care Administration degree program provides students with the foundational skills required for health care administration using up-to-date information and technology.  Students will gain experience using the practice management software, Medisoft, to learn how to manage patient billing, apply ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS codes, and use an electronic health records software to learn how to manage patient health records.

After students complete the core courses, they can focus on professional tracks in the fields of billing and coding, pharmacy technician, and surgical instrument processing to further develop their skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance.

Stackable education allows students to apply certificate credits earned into our Health Care Administration degree.

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Upon completion of this degree program, students are expected to able to:

Recognize and discuss best practices for transitioning from a paper based record to an electronic health record.

Enter and update demographical and clinical health information into an electronic health record (EHR).

Enter and update physician order entry screens and electronic prescribing.

Exchange and accept electronic health information from downstream systems.

Understand the importance of HIPAA.

Process insurance claims

Enter charges and payments from patients

Create and print patient statements

Schedule patient appointments

File claims for Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, and CHAMP VA

Recognize and apply medical terminology

Identify and describe the structures and roles of each body system and common surgical procedures related to each

List requirements of medical record documentation

Assign ICD-10, CPT and PCS codes

Follow procedures for compliant billing

Demonstrate how to provide competent, compassionate care to patients within acceptable legal and ethical boundaries

Explain the sterile packaging, process, storage and transportation considerations

Use standard pharmacy reference sources

Identify common causes of medication errors and ways to avoid them

Categorize prescription drugs according to the part of the body where they exhibit activity

Describe routes of medication administration

Carry out dosage calculations

Completion: Students must successfully complete 60 semester credit hours to earn an Associate of Science in Health Care Administration Degree.

Healthcare Administration Associate Degree Program – Courses Include

Core Courses

Medical Terminology I

Medical Terminology II

Medical Office Procedures

Medical Law and Ethics

Administrative Support

Professional Concentrations

Medical Records, Billing & Coding

Computerized Medical Billing

Medical Coding

Health Insurance Processing

Electronic Health Records I

Electronic Health Records II

Computing Fundamentals

Healthcare IT

Pharmacy Practice

Introduction to Pharmacy Practices

Pharmacology I

Pharmacology II

Pharmacy Math and Dosage Calculations

Pharmacy Practices and Employment

Central Service

Introduction to Central Service

Microbiology and Infection Prevention

Cleaning, Decontamination, Disinfection

Surgical Instruments

Packaging, Processing, Sterilization

Inventory Management, QA, and Safety

General Education

Business Communications I

Business Communications II

Introduction to Psychology

American Government

Business Mathematics

Electives

Business Software Applications I

Business Software Applications II

Business Software Applications III

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