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Allied Health ProfessionalCertificates

Earning a certificate is an affordable way to gain skills so you can quickly enter the workforce. Aims offers certificate programs for three allied health professional career paths.

Medical Assistant, Front Office Certificate

Gain the skills to become a medical administrative assistant. Learn medical business-related tasks including insurance billing and coding, electronic health records (EHR), medical office financial management and patient scheduling.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces students to customer service theory and techniques specifically in the healthcare arena. This course will discuss therapeutic communication, conflict resolution and negotiation, as well as employee/employer relations. Exploration of diverse populations and cultural sensitivity will be addressed. Two credits.

2
required

Introduces the administrative duties specifically used in medical offices. Four credits.

Course Corequisites
MAP 120
4
required

Covers the practical uses of accounts and records with emphasis on accounting principles and analysis for use in a medical office. Introduces outpatient coding with an ultimate goal to present a clear picture of medical procedures and services performed (CPT codes), correlating the diagnosis, symptom, complaint or condition (ICD codes), thus establishing the medical necessity required for third-party reimbursement. Four credits.

Course Corequisites
MAP 110
4
required

Provides supervised placement in contracted facility for guided experience in the psychomotor, cognitive and affective learning domains acquired in an educational program. Positions are non-paid. Zero to 12 credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

0 to 12
* * Students must complete 3 credits of MOT 181
required

Focuses on bringing acquired knowledge to issues faced specifically by medical practice managers and is the culmination of knowledge the student has learned in the program. Includes management priorities, principles of practice management, financial, clinical, personnel, and service, financial management control, information management systems, marketing, managed care contracting and negotiations, basic business policies of medical office compliance, coding and documentation. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

4
Total Credits for Medical Assistant Front Office Certificate 17

Medical Clinical Assistant Certificate

Gain the skills to become a medical clinical assistant. Learn to perform blood draws, injections, EKGs and urinalysis, electronic medical records (EHR) and get practice in providing direct patient care.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces students to customer service theory and techniques specifically in the healthcare arena. This course will discuss therapeutic communication, conflict resolution and negotiation, as well as employee/employer relations. Exploration of diverse populations and cultural sensitivity will be addressed. Two credits.

2
required

Provides an in-depth study of the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining common prefixes, roots and suffixes. This course includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, and psychiatry as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures, and imaging, and provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces the student to basic routine laboratory skills and techniques for collection, handling, and examination of laboratory specimens often encountered in the ambulatory care setting. Four credits.

Course Corequisites
MAP 140
4
required

Provides hands on experience with clinical skills required in medical offices. Delivers theory and skills presentations allowing for students to properly demonstrate techniques for a variety of medical needs. Four credits.

Course Corequisites
MAP 280
4
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program. Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Positions are non-paid. Zero to twelve credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

5.5
0 to 12
Total Credits for Medical Clinical Assistant Certificate 18.5

Phlebotomy Certificate

Gain the skills to become a phlebotomist at a hospital, clinic, lab or medical practice. Study and practice venipuncture, capillary puncture and special collection procedures, and learn quality control, infection prevention and laboratory computer systems.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Teaches the duties associated with the practice of venipuncture, capillary puncture, and special collection procedures. Students will have experience with quality control, infection control and safety procedures as well as laboratory computer systems. Students successfully completing this course may apply for a National Phlebotomy Registry Examination. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

4
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program.  Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location with the guidance of the instructor. Zero to twelve credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

0 to 12
HPR 180 Credits  Students must take 4 credits of HPR 180 (Phlebotomy Internship)
Total Credits for Certificate 8