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Online Healthcare Management Course Curriculum

Office management requires well-developed social and organizational skills. But managing a medical office comes with the added need for specialized expertise and know-how. From the basics of medical terminology to elective courses in anatomy and physiology, medical coding, and health records management, our Online Healthcare Management Course Curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for success in the field.

Required course

H03 - Medical Terminology  

This course will familiarize you with medical terminology and the structure of the human body. Lessons are organized based on the systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, cardiovascular, blood and lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. The special senses, oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, and mental health are also discussed.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the basic principles of medical word building and describe the organization of the human body.
  • Define and apply medical terminology associated with the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems.
  • Describe and apply medical terminology associated with the digestive, cardiovascular, blood, and lymphatic systems.
  • Describe the structure, components, and pathology of the respiratory and nervous systems.
  • Explain the structure, components, and pathology of the urinary and endocrine systems as well as the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of these systems.
  • Examine the structure, components, and pathology of the eyes and ears of the human body.
  • Describe the structure, components, and pathology of the male and female reproductive systems and the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of these systems.
  • Describe the basic diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and imaging techniques associated with oncology, radiology, and nuclear medicine, and the symptoms, contributing factors, and diagnosis and treatment procedures for mental disorders.

Credit Hours: 3

Course electives

H01 - Medical Office Management I  

This course will provide you with an introduction to the administrative activities of a private medical practice, hospital office, or clinic department. You'll learn how to schedule appointments, follow OSHA standards and universal precautions, differentiate between government and commercial health insurance programs, maintain patient records, ensure HIPAA compliance, perform billing and coding duties, and follow typical office management procedures.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Examine the history of modern medicine and the profession of medical assisting, including educational opportunities, accrediting agencies, and administrative and clinical competencies related to medical assistants.
  • Describe the role of the medical office professional with regard to legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment.
  • Analyze, build, spell, pronounce, and define medical words and terminology associated with body structure and organizational systems.
  • Describe effective communication techniques and standard safety precautions to follow within the medical office.
  • Describe the typical duties required of medical office personnel, including patient greeting/reception, scheduling, drafting correspondence, and using office equipment, supplies, and computers.
  • Manage and update patient medical records and perform billing, collections, and financial management duties within the medical office.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of government and commercial health insurance plans and outline diagnostic and procedural code assignment and claims processing procedures.
  • Identify and discuss office and personnel management duties required of medical office managers.

Credit Hours: 3

H02 - Medical Office Management II  

This course will provide you with an introduction to the clinical competencies required of medical assistants in various healthcare settings. You'll learn about infection control, vital signs, physical examinations, medical specialties, life span specialties, minor surgery, and medical emergencies. They will also learn about the clinical laboratory, microbiology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, hematology, pulmonary function, physical therapy and rehabilitation, pharmacology, patient education and nutrition, mental health, and career opportunities.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify standard precautions and conditions for infections and the normal values and ranges for various vital signs.
  • Describe the proper methods and techniques used to assist physicians with physical examinations and the conditions commonly encountered with medical specialties and life span specialties.
  • Identify surgical procedures and medical emergencies that occur in medical offices, and explain the medical assistant's role in both surgical and emergency preparation.
  • Describe the medical assistant's role in laboratory test preparation, microorganism testing, urinalysis, blood specimen collection, and blood chemistry testing.
  • Identify the preparation procedures and basic positions for X-rays and the function, operation, and maintenance procedures of an electrocardiograph machine.
  • Identify various pulmonary function tests, physical therapy modalities, and rehabilitation procedures for which a medical assistant may prepare a patient.
  • Calculate medication dosages using mathematical conversions, and describe the procedures for administering oral and parenteral medications.
  • Identify teaching strategies for patient education and nutritional guidance, diagnostic categories and therapies for mental disorders, and professional skills and career opportunities for medical assistants.

Credit Hours: 3

H04 - Anatomy and Physiology I  

The anatomy and physiology of the human body is presented as an integrated science. Each major body system is described and analyzed to illustrate normal function as well as pathology. Topics include basic biochemical elements, skin, bone, muscles, the nervous system, the senses, and the endocrine system.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Analyze the basics characteristics and functions of the human anatomy and physiology.
  • Categorize the characteristics and functions performed by the muscular, integumentary, and nervous systems.
  • Prepare a report of a medical disorder using the mentioned software program.

Credit Hours: 3

H05 - Anatomy and Physiology II  

This course will build on the knowledge you gained in Anatomy and Physiology I. After completing this course successfully, you'll have a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. The course emphasizes critical information and explains difficult concepts in the assigned material.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify the characteristics and functions of the organs in various body systems.
  • Prepare a report of a medical disorder using the mentioned software program.
  • Prepare a lab assignment using the recorded screen captures for this assignment.

Credit Hours: 3

H06 - Health Records Management  

This course introduces most of the records used in a medical office and health information management. You'll see examples of these records, study their contents, and learn how these records are used, shared, and stored by health information management professionals. You'll also learn about the relationships among these records and medical care, legal, insurance or billing concerns, and the fundamentals of health information systems.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Describe health information management (HIM) and the role of HIM professionals.
  • Describe the different types of filing methods used in the healthcare setting.
  • Explain the development and purpose of health record systems. 
  • Describe the purpose, contents, and components of the health record.
  • Describe administrative and managerial support systems in relation to medical records processing.
  • Explain the concept of information systems and the electronic health record.
  • Discuss regulatory requirements for health record documentation and rationale for HIPAA privacy and security concepts.
  • Discuss other functions of health information management related to secondary health records, registries, and indexes.

Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Healthcare Management program is designed to prepare you to begin a career in healthcare management by equipping you with general healthcare office management skills along with core knowledge needed to succeed in the medical field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Healthcare Management program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  1. Apply proper medical terminology when describing the structure and systems of the human body.
  2. Categorize characteristics and functions performed by various bodily systems.
  3. Describe health information management (HIM) and the role of HIM professionals.
  4. Explain the steps of accurate code assignment in hospital outpatient clinics, inpatient clinics, and physician office settings.
  5. Differentiate among various types of healthcare coverage.
  6. Create and maintain a safe working environment.
  7. Explain the history and significance of HIPAA.

Pursue a successful health services career

With our Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, you will graduate with the knowledge and practical skills you need to pursue a successful career in medical administration and management. We’ll also provide you with exclusive access to our Career Tools, which includes one-on-one guidance for the interview process and tips for writing a more effective resume. Additional professional development resources, such as tips for using social media and technology in your job search, are also available through The Ashworth College Central Network.

Manage your healthcare career

The Undergraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management is more than just a semester toward the next degree level, it's your launch pad for career growth. Make every lesson count by taking advantage of the career services provided by the Ashworth College Central Network. From the moment you enroll, you gain access to a complete toolkit of resume and letter templates so you can pitch your new job skills before your coursework is done. After you graduate, feel free to revisit your account any time. Learn more on the Career Services page.

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