Allied Health Careers

AHC 10101 Introduction to Allied Health Professions

This is a one-hour credit course designed to introduce students to the allied health profession career choices available on campus. Guest speakers—off campus individuals and/or Rio faculty—will present information needed to make an informed career choice in the allied health field. One hour lecture. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring)

AHC 10202 Standards of Patient Care

This course is designed to provide the general standards of patient care in the clinical practice. Routine and emergency care standards are examined and, the role that the allied health professional plays in patient education is discussed. Two hours lecture. Prerequisite: Student with declared major in Allied Health or Medical Office Assistant. RAD students will have to take RAD 28801 Selected Topics for Patient Care Competencies Skills. Course fee required. (Fall,Spring)

AHC 10301 Computers and Allied Health Professions

Content of the course includes computer processes, basic computer applications, and the use of computer for clinical applications. Emphasis is placed on gaining practical experience with the use of software. One hour class each week. Prerequisite: Student with declared major in Allied Health. (Fall, Spring)

AHC 10302 Electronic Health Records

This course will give the students exposure to and hands-on experience with electronic documentation of health records. Students will chart clerical skills, clinical skills, and patient care in an EHR (electronic health record) system. One hour lecture, two hours lab. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring)

AHC 10401 Sectional Anatomy

This course introduces the human anatomy structures and locations as seen in CT, MRI, and Ultrasound. Course fee required. Prerequisite: BIO 10104 & BIO 10204 with a grade of “C” or higher. (Fall)

AHC 10403 EKG Technician

This course is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac cycle and the electrical system of the heart. The student will learn how to calculate heart rate, identify normal sinus rhythms, and arrhythmias. The student will also learn about the 3, 5, and 12 lead EKG. Additionally, the student will learn how to prepare the patient, apply electrodes, and respond to signs and symptoms of cardiopulmonary compromise. HIPAA regulations and the obtainment of vital signs will be introduced. Course fee required. (On demand)

AHC 10501 Healthcare Compliance & Ethics

This course will give the student thorough instruction in various aspects of healthcare compliance, such as false claim laws, governmental and third-party payer guidelines, state and federal regulations, HIPAA, HITECH, Anti-Kickback, and Stark Law. (Fall)

AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I

In this course the students are taught the procedure for analyzing and forming medical terms. This includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots to describe the anatomical structures and the physiology of the body. Two hours lecture. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring)

AHC 14302 Medical Terminology II

This course is a continuation of AHC 13302 Medical Terminology I. Included in this course is the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots as they apply to the anatomical structures and physiology of the different systems of the human body, as well as the diseases, medical processes, and procedures related to these systems. Prerequisite: AHC 13302 with a grade of “C” or higher. Two hours lecture. Course fee required.

Offered Fall, Spring for 2 Semester hours.

AHC 20303 ICD Coding

This course offers the student an overview of the widely used classification system (International Classification of Diseases) for medical coding, classifying, and identifying patient diseases and procedures in the United States. Medical coding systems transform verbal medical descriptions of patient diseases and procedures into numbers that are communicated electronically. The student will use the most current version of ICD coding that serves all healthcare stakeholders including physicians, hospitals, long-term care and outpatient facilities. Special emphasis is on abstracting ICD codes from source documents. Prerequisites: PHT 12103 and PHT 12203 Applied Science for HRC I & II, AHC 13302 and AHC 14302 Medical Terminology I & II. Course fee required. (Fall)

AHC 21203 CPT Coding

This course offers the student an overview of a coding system developed by the American Medical Association (AMA) to convert widely accepted, uniform descriptions of medical, surgical, and diagnostic services rendered by health care providers into five-digit numeric codes. These codes enable health care providers to communicate both effectively and efficiently with third-party payers about the procedures and services provided to patients. Prerequisites: AHC 20303 ICD Coding, PHT 12103 and PHT 12203 Applied Science for HRC I & II, AHC 13302 and AHC 14302 Medical Terminology I & II. Three hours lecture. (Spring)

AHC 22203 Healthcare Reimbursement

This course will give the student thorough instruction in all aspects of medical insurance, including plan options, payer requirements, state and federal regulations, abstracting of source documents, accurate completion of claims, and coding diagnoses and procedures/services. Prerequisites: AHC 20303 ICD Coding, PHT 12103 and PHT 12203 Applied Science for HRC I & II, AHC 13302 and AHC 14302 Medical Terminology I & II. Three hours lecture. (Fall)

AHC 22403 Pharmacology and the Human Body

This course provides a knowledge base in basic concepts of pharmacology and drugs relevant to radiography and sonography practices. The administration of diagnostic contrast agents and intravenous medications related to radiologic and diagnostic medical sonography procedures are covered in this course. In addition, this course establishes a knowledge base of the human body systems. Prerequisites: BIO 10104 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology I. Three hours lecture. Course fee required.

Offered Spring for 3 Semester hours.

 

AHC 28801-03 Selected Topics in Allied Health Professions

This course is designed to be a study of topics not included in regular allied health course offerings. The format of this course may be independent, directed study or a scheduled class. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Course fee may be required. (On Demand)

AHC 29901-03 Directed Studies in Allied Health Careers

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in any of the allied health areas. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, the completion of at least one semester of courses in an allied health area, and permission of the instructor and the program director. Course fee may be required. (On Demand)

AHC 49901-03 Directed Studies in Allied Health Careers

Independent study and/or research under the supervision of an instructor in any of the allied health areas. May include directed research and readings, formal in-depth study of a topic of special interest to the student, individual projects, special educational experiences, or a practicum in which theories and their practical applications are brought together in a single educational experience. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, the completion of at least a two-year degree in an allied health area, permission of the instructor and program director. Course fee may be required. (On Demand)