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Allied Health Program Overview
The field of Healthcare is one of the largest growing sectors of today’s workforce, offering a wide variety of career opportunities. IAA offers accelerated certificate and registered apprenticeship programs to prepare students for immediate employment in the Healthcare and health information technology industry. Program offerings expand a variety of interests within Healthcare, including direct patient care, customer service, medical coding, and health information technology. Where appropriate, our programs offer industry-recognized credentials to maximize students’ occupational potential.

The Allied Health Certificate enables students to earn clock hours for occupational experience and continued skills development through apprenticeship.

ALLIED HEALTH CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE
Program Description
The Certified Medical Assistant Certificate prepares students to work closely with providers, assisting in clinic visits in addition to efficiently and safely aiding in patient visits in a clinical setting. Students receive a foundation in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology in order to develop effective communication skills for a career in Healthcare. Students also prepare for national certification offered through the National Healthcare Association (NHA).

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Course ID Course Name Clock Hours
AHS101MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY135
AHS102ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY135
AHS103PATHOPHYSIOLOGY135
AHS104INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE94
AHS105ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL94
AHS107FOUNDATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGY135
AHS108HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION94
AHS109HEALTHCARE CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS94
CMA101CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING158
CMA101LCLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING LAB70
CMA201CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING PRACTICUM150
Total Clock Hours1,294

CERTIFIED PHARMACY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE
Program Description
The Certified Pharmacy Technician Certificate prepares students to collect and prepare necessary information to fill prescriptions for patients and Healthcare professionals. Students receive a background in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology in order to communicate with Healthcare professionals and comprehend medical records. Students also prepare for national certification offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Course ID Course Name Clock Hours
AHS101MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY135
AHS102ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY135
AHS103PATHOPHYSIOLOGY135
AHS104INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE94
AHS105ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL94
AHS107FOUNDATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGY135
PT101PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICE AND PROCEDURES135
PT101LPHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICE AND PROCEDURES LAB70
PT102PHARMACY CALCULATIONS135
PT201PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICUM120
Total Clock Hours1,188

CERTIFIED PHLEBOTOMY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE
Program Description
The Certified Phlebotomy Technician Certificate Program prepares students to obtain blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture. Students are taught safe and efficient work practices in order to preserve the integrity of the blood specimen with respect to drawing, processing, and transporting specimens. Students also prepare to take their national certification exam to obtain an industry-recognized credential offered through the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Course ID Course Name Clock Hours
AHS101MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY135
AHS102ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY135
AHS103PATHOPHYSIOLOGY135
AHS104INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE94
AHS105ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL94
PLB101MEDICAL LABORATORY TESTING94
PLB101LMEDICAL LABORATORY TESTING LAB40
PLB102PHLEBOTOMY ESSENTIALS135
PLB102LPHLEBOTOMY ESSENTIALS LAB40
PLB202PHLEBOTOMY PRACTICUM150
Total Clock Hours1,052

CERTIFIED MEDICAL CODER CERTIFICATE
Program Description
The Certified Medical Coder Certificate prepares students to dissect medical records and assign numerical codes for procedures and diagnoses in order to ensure accuracy during the reimbursement process. Students receive a foundation in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology in order to acquire the necessary language skills needed to comprehend the medical record. Students also prepare to take their national certification exam.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Course ID Course Name Clock Hours
AHS101MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY135
AHS102ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY135
AHS103PATHOPHYSIOLOGY135
AHS104INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE94
AHS105ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL94
AHS106INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE94
AHS107FOUNDATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGY135
AHS108HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION94
CPC101MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING135
CPC101LMEDICAL CODING AND BILLING LAB40
CPC201MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING PRACTICUM270
Total Clock Hours1,361

HEALTHCARE REGISTRATION SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE
Program Description
The Healthcare Registration Specialist Certificate prepares students for customer service-focused careers in Healthcare, providing a foundation in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. Students gain integrated work experience by utilizing Healthcare information systems used by registrars in their sponsoring institution’s work environment to help bolster students’ communication skills and curriculum comprehension. Our program combines classroom instruction with integrated work experience in a Healthcare setting.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Course ID Course Name Clock Hours
AHS101MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY135
AHS102ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY135
AHS103PATHOPHYSIOLOGY135
AHS104INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE94
AHS105ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL94
AHS108HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION94
AHS109HEALTHCARE CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS94
RAS102HEALTHCARE COLLECTION SKILLS94
RAS103INTRO TO HEALTHCARE SOTFWARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS94
RAS201HEALTHCARE REGISTRATION AND ADMISSIONS PRACTICUM135
Total Clock Hours1,104

ONCOLOGY DATA MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE
Program Description
ODM Specialists are responsible for supporting the health networks, hospitals, clinical trial/pharmaceutical companies and physician groups to manage the cancer registry, support the cancer program, perform clinical data abstraction and maintain the accuracy of the cancer registry database. Students receive a foundation in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology in order to acquire the necessary language skills needed to comprehend the medical record, and learn clinical data abstraction, patient follow-up, statistical analysis and reporting, and database management. Students also prepare to take their national certification exam.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Course ID Course Name Clock Hours
AHS101MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY135
AHS102ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY135
AHS103PATHOPHYSIOLOGY135
AHS104INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE94
AHS107FOUNDATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGY135
CRT101CANCER REGISTRY STRUCTURE AND MANAGEMENT135
CRT102CANCER DISEASE, CODING AND STAGING94
CRT103CANCER REGISTRY OPERATIONS94
CRT104ONCOLOGY TREATMENT AND CODING94
CRT105ABSTRACTING METHODS94
CRT106FOLLOW-UP, DATA QUALITY AND UTILIZATION94
Total Clock Hours1,239

ALLIED HEALTH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
CERTIFICATE COURSES
AHS101 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (135 Clock Hours)
Medical Terminology presents medical word-building principles that will enable students to learn medical terminology with the aim of effectively communicating with other members of the Healthcare team and understanding patient orders. Anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms are introduced. A solid foundation for specific terms used in reference to body systems is provided.

AHS102 –ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (135 Clock Hours)
Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the human body as a living, functioning organism. Emphasis is placed on how tissues, organs, and body systems work together to carry out complex activities (maintaining body temperature, regulating blood pressure, responding to stress).

AHS103 – PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (135 Clock Hours)
Pathophysiology condenses and simplifies current medical information on common clinical disorders into a practical and handbook-like tool. It includes comprehensive information about hundreds of diseases.

AHS104 – INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE (94 Clock Hours)
Introduction to Healthcare introduces the student to the Healthcare setting and familiarizes them with standards necessary to navigate working with patients and dealing with their confidential information. A brief history of Healthcare in America is discussed and topics including the evolution of insurance, medical coding, organizational culture, and customer service are examined.

AHS105 – ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL (94 Clock Hours)
Essential Communication for the Healthcare Professional will explore effective communication skills employed when dealing with coworkers and a variety of patient situations. Self-awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences will also be addressed.

AHS106 – INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (94 Clock Hours)
Medical Laboratory Science focuses on identification of diagnostic and laboratory tests used in Healthcare and clinical laboratory settings. Principles of diagnosis procedures including physical measurements, electro diagnostics, endoscopy, medical imaging, anatomic pathology, and clinical pathology are dissected in detail. Also exposes student to pertinent terminology.

AHS107 – FOUNDATIONS OF PHARMACOLOGY (135 Clock Hours)
Foundations of Pharmacology provides a framework of knowledge about drug names, interactions, and clinical applications. Emphasis is placed on therapeutic drug actions and the rationale for using drugs to treat disease. Drug categories are explained and trade name drugs and their generic partners are discussed in detail.

AHS108 – HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTATION (94 Clock Hours)
Healthcare Documentation will help decipher the language of physicians. Emphasis is placed on the history and physical and other segments of physician documentation. Key words and phrases are clearly defined which helps to interpret medical records.

AHS109 – HEALTHCARE CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS (94 Clock Hours)
The Healthcare Customer Service Skills course is designed to teach and improve customer service skills and the professionalism of the student. The course teaches customer relations and customer service skills that are applicable to the Healthcare environment, as well as being transferable to any profession in which the student interacts with patients, customers or clients. Included in the topics of the course are the subjects of communication, customer service, handling complaints and customer relations.

CMA101 - CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING (158 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH CMA 101L, CMA201)
The Clinical Medical Assisting course gives an in-depth explanation of essential medical assisting concepts. Understanding is reinforced with practice exercises. Students are introduced to best practices in infection control; taking a temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure; and procedures used in medical specialties. The class offers comprehensive instruction on material in order for students to effectively master the basics of medical assisting.

CMA101L – CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING LAB (70 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH CMA 101)
The Clinical Medical Assisting Lab offers in-depth explanations of essential medical assisting concepts in a laboratory environment.

CMA201 – CLINICAL MEDICAL ASSISTING PRACTICUM (150 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN CMA 101, CMA 101L)
The Clinical Medical Assisting Practicum course allows students time to practice medical assisting with actual patients. They have the opportunity to shadow medical assistants at the sponsoring institution and engage in discussion about various medical assisting scenarios. Medical assisting educators will meet with the students to ensure that students perform procedures safely and accurately.

CPC101 – MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING (135 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN CPC101L)
Medical Coding and Billing gives in-depth explanations of essential coding concepts. Understanding is reinforced with practice exercises. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) as well as the diagnosis coding system (ICD-9) are covered in detail. This comprehensive material allows you to effectively master the basics of medical coding.

CPC101L – MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING LAB (40 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN CPC101)
Medical Coding and Billing Lab gives in-depth explanations of essential coding concepts in a simulated environment. Examples of office visit documentation, surgical notes, as well as other subsection services are provided.

CPC201 – MEDICAL CODING AND BILLING PRACTICUM (270 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN CPC101, CPC101L)
The Medical Coding and Billing Practicum allows students time to practice coding on real notes. Students will have access to test systems of computer applications used by medical coders. They have the opportunity to shadow coders at the sponsoring institution and engage in discussions about various coding scenarios. Coding educators will meet with the students to ensure coding accuracy.

PLB101 - MEDICAL LABORATORY TESTING (94 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH PLB102, PLB202)
Medical Laboratory Testing focuses on identification of diagnostic and laboratory tests used in Healthcare and clinical laboratory settings. Emphasis is placed on blood, urine analysis, and other body fluids.

PLB101L - MEDICAL LABORATORY TESTING LAB (40 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN PLB101)
Medical Laboratory Testing Lab focuses on identification of diagnostic and laboratory tests used in Healthcare and clinical laboratory settings and is completed in a laboratory setting.

PLB102 - PHLEBOTOMY ESSENTIALS (135 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH PLB101, PLB202)
Phlebotomy Essentials will teach the basic and subsequently the advanced techniques to safely and correctly practice phlebotomy. Accurate and practical information and instruction in phlebotomy procedures and techniques are provided, in addition to a comprehensive background in phlebotomy therapy and principles.

PLB102L - PHLEBOTOMY ESSENTIALS LAB (40 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN PLB102)
Phlebotomy Essentials Lab will teach the basic and subsequently the advanced techniques to safely and correctly practice phlebotomy in a laboratory setting.

PLB202 – PHLEBOTOMY PRACTICUM (150 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH PLB101, PLB102)
In the Phlebotomy Practicum, students will learn how to use appropriate blood collection equipment. They will practice competent use of equipment on training arms with progression to human arms when deemed appropriate by instructor. Students will also practice appropriate patient interaction skills with their peers and participate in self-assessment and peer-assessment exercises. Students will receive instruction on proper handling and processing of patient orders utilizing test systems of sponsoring institutions. Students will rotate through clinic sites. After a period of observation and acclimation, students will begin to assume the role of phlebotomist, performing all competencies under the guidance of assigned mentors.

PT101 – PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICE AND PROCEDURES (135 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH PT102, PT201)
The Pharmacy Technician Practice and Procedures course gives students an in-depth explanation of essential pharmacy technician concepts. Students learn the basics by reinforcing instruction with practical applications of the roles and procedures of pharmacy technicians. They have the opportunity to shadow pharmacy technicians at the sponsoring institutions and engage in discussions about various scenarios students will face as pharmacy technicians. Educators will meet with students to ensure tasks are completed accurately.

PT101L – PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICE AND PROCEDURES LAB (70 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT OR CREDIT IN PT101)
The Pharmacy Technician Practice and Procedures Lab offers in-depth explanations of the role and duty of a pharmacy technician in a laboratory environment.

PT102 – PHARMACY CALCULATIONS (135 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH PT101, PT101L, PT201)
The Pharmacy Calculations course allows students to demonstrate the ability to perform pharmaceutical calculations required for the usual dosage determinations and solution preparation. Students receive instruction on basic computations, use of measuring tools, dosage computations, compounding calculations and solution preparation. Subject areas explored include ratio and proportion, dilution and concentration, milliequivalents, units, and intravenous flow rates.

PT201 – PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PRACTICUM (120 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH PT101, PT101L, PT102)
The Pharmacy Technician Practicum course offers students the opportunity to practice their pharmacy technician skills with actual patients. It allows students to shadow real pharmacy technicians at the sponsoring institution and engage in discussion about various pharmaceutical related scenarios. Pharmacy technician educators will meet with the students to ensure that students adhere properly to procedures and exercise safety.

RAS102 – HEALTHCARE COLLECTION SKILLS (94 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH RAS103, RAS201)
The Healthcare Collections Skills course introduces the student to the concepts of how Healthcare is financed in the United States, including third party payor and self-pay. The application of these concepts is studied from an operational level perspective. The course also focuses on the importance of reimbursement and collection for a Healthcare organization and prepares students to effectively and comfortably collect copays and payments from patients, as well as assisting patients in entering into acceptable payment arrangements.

RAS103 – INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE SOFTWARE INFORMATION SYSTEMS (94 Clock Hours)
(CORESQUITE WITH RAS102, RAS201)
The Introduction to Healthcare Information Systems course presents concepts related to electronic medical records (EMR), billing and registration systems and electronic scheduling. Concepts introduced include components of health information systems, databases, computer security, protected health information, HIPAA, interfaces, and electronic eligibility verification.

RAS201 – HEALTHCARE REGISTRATION AND ADMISSIONS PRACTICUM (135 Clock Hours)
(COREQUISITE WITH RAS102, RAS103)
The Healthcare Registration and Admissions Practicum is a capstone course that will allow students to begin to integrate their previous learning into professional registrar competencies. The course emphasizes the application of academic learning to a real-world Healthcare environment. Students will learn to use computer applications used by registrars in the sponsoring institution’s work environment. Students will also expand their understanding of registrar responsibilities by learning how to address more complex issues.

Students will have the opportunity to shadow registrars at the sponsoring institution and engage in discussions about various registration scenarios. Sponsoring employers’ supervisors and/or educators will meet with the students to ensure that students are integrating the employer’s workflows and practices.
EXTERNSHIP COURSES
ARA110-INTRODUCTION TO REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP (75 Clock Hours)
Introduction to Registered Apprenticeship prepares the student for working effectively with mentors and introduces the student to strategies they can employ to obtain the greatest learning benefit from the apprenticeship program. Students practice translating academic theories and principles to action to enable them to develop career skills and abilities through carefully planned and supervised programs.

ARA210-REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP I (225 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITE: ARA110)
Registered Apprenticeship I is designed to prepare the student for the chosen career area. This course enables the student to further develop technical skills in a workplace environment and experience how technical tasks relate specifically with theoretical knowledge and interpretation.

ARA220-REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP II (225 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITES: ARA110, ARA210)
Registered Apprenticeship II builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in Apprenticeship I. Students learned the interrelationship between theoretical knowledge and workplace skills, and will build proficiency in their occupational skills, as well as begin to utilize the process of self-evaluation.

ARA230-REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP III (225 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITES: ARA110, ARA210, ARA220)
Registered Apprenticeship III is the culmination of the student’s integration of theoretical knowledge and interpretation with carefully-mentored workplace experiences. Students will complete the process of becoming proficient in their occupational skills and be able to analyze and report areas of improvement to better meet business needs.

ARA310-REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP IV (225 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITES: ARA110, ARA210, ARA220, ARA230)
Registered Apprenticeship IV is the beginning transition between guided mentorship and occupational independence. Students will continue to develop proficiency in their occupational skills with further reduction in mentoring, develop plans to meet longer-term occupational goals, and increase quality and quantity of work output.

ARA320-REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP V (225 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITES: ARA110, ARA210, ARA220, ARA230, ARA310)
Registered Apprenticeship V continues the transition toward independence and proficiency in the workplace. Students perform occupational duties under minimal mentorship, proactively seeking assistance and further competency development regularly to reach metrics and goals. Students will begin to develop long-term goals for professional development.

ARA330-REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIP VI (225 Clock Hours)
(PREREQUISITES: ARA110, ARA210, ARA220, ARA230, ARA310, ARA320)
Registered Apprenticeship VI is the final phase in the transition from apprentice to fully-titled professional. Students will demonstrate competency in all apprenticeship metrics on a consistent basis and proactively seek assistance as needed to perform their occupational role with excellence. Students will actively develop plans to meet long-term professional goals.

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