Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration

healthcare associates flyer photoThe Associate of Science in Healthcare Administration degree program provides students with the foundational skills required for healthcare 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 in several healthcare occupations is projected to grow between 12 – 29% between 2016 to 2026. There is expected to be an increase of 29% in the need for Medical Office Assistants which is much faster than the average for other occupations. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians and Medical Records and Health Information Technicians is expected to be faster than the average for other 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. (Source:https://www.bls.gov/ooh/)

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

  • Name the parts of the various body systems and discuss the function of each
  • Accurately and professionally perform the duties of a medical office professional
  • Explain federal and state laws and regulations that affect the health care industry

Depending on the professional concentration and elective courses chosen, students are expected to be able to:
Professional Concentration: Medical Records, Billing and Coding

  • Look up and apply ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS codes
  • Use a patient billing software to manage billing and collections
  • Process insurance claims
  • Use an Electronic Health Record (EHR) program to manage patient health records

Professional Concentration: Pharmacy Practice

  • Identify the knowledge, skills, and job responsibilities of a pharmacy technician
  • List the uses and side effects of medications
  • Use standard pharmacy reference sources
  • Identify the top 200 drugs
  • Carry out dosage calculations
  • Identify the information contained on medication orders, prescriptions, and drug labels

Professional Concentration: Central Service

  • List the steps to clean, disinfect, sterilize, and package surgical instruments and equipment to prepare for use
  • Identify how instruments, equipment, and utensils are transported to prepare for cleaning and reprocessing
  • List systems used to track inventory of reusable and disposable supplies, equipment, and instruments for distribution

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

Healthcare Administration Associate Degree Program – Courses Include

Core Courses

Medical Terminology I

Medical Terminology II

Medical Office Procedures

Business Software Applications for the Medical Office

Business Office Administration Skills

Professional Concentrations

Medical Records, Billing & Coding

Computerized Medical Billing

Medical Coding

Health Insurance Processing

Introduction to Medical Billing and Coding

Electronic Health Records

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

Introduction to Computer Technologies

Business Communications I

Introduction to Psychology

American Government

Business Mathematics

Electives

Business Software Applications I

Business Software Applications II

Business Software Applications III

Business Professionalism

Medical Transcription I

Medical Transcription Lab

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