The 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.
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
Medical Terminology I
Medical Terminology II
Medical Office Procedures
Medical Law and Ethics
Medical Records, Billing & Coding
Computerized Medical Billing
Health Insurance Processing
Electronic Health Records I
Electronic Health Records II
Introduction to Pharmacy Practices
Pharmacy Math and Dosage Calculations
Pharmacy Practices and Employment
Introduction to Central Service
Microbiology and Infection Prevention
Cleaning, Decontamination, Disinfection
Packaging, Processing, Sterilization
Inventory Management, QA, and Safety
Business Communications I
Business Communications II
Introduction to Psychology
Business Software Applications I
Business Software Applications II
Business Software Applications III