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Allied Health ProfessionalRequirements

Explore the classes that will teach you how to get a job in the medical field as an allied health professional, including:

  • Medical terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical assisting clinical skills
  • Phlebotomy
  • Customer service in healthcare
  • Medical office administration

Start your coursework by studying healthcare law and ethics, diseases, and pharmacology for medical assistants. From there, choose general electives and customize your allied health professional coursework that matches your career goal: 

  • Take a medical assisting lab class and a medical assisting clinical skills class to become a medical clinical assistant.
  • Learn phlebotomy to become a phlebotomist.
  • Study customer service in healthcare, medical practice management issues and medical office financial management to become a front office medical assistant. 

After that, you can choose electives depending on which of the three allied health professional jobs you’d like to pursue (medical clinical assistant, phlebotomy or front office medical assistant). The coursework for each associate in allied health degree program path culminates with an internship. Spend a semester applying all that you’ve learned in an actual medical office or hospital, with guidance from experienced instructors.

How to Apply to the Aims Allied Health Professional Associate Degree Program

  1. Complete the allied health professional prerequisite checklist to verify that your immunizations are up to date
  2. Be able to pass a background check - read and sign this list of disqualifying offenses
  3. Verify that you have a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR Certificate
  4. (Optional) Take the Medical Assisting Assessment at an Aims Testing Center
  5. Meet with the Medical Assisting Advisor, Stephany Wood at email or call (970) 378-3596

Important Challenge Exam Information for HPR 144 - Comprehensive Medical Terminology

For medical clinical assistant or medical front office students, a proficiency exam is required before registering for HPR 144, Comprehensive Medical Terminology. 

Learn more about the HPR 144 proficiency challenge exam and upcoming dates

Requirements for the First Day of Class - Clinical Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy

For Aims clinical medical assisting or phlebotomy students, on the first day of class, please bring the following:

Clinical Medical Assisting

  • Royal blue scrubs
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Wrist watch with a second hand
  • One box of non-latex gloves
  • Blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Textbook

Phlebotomy

  • Black scrubs
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Watch with a second hand
  • One box of non-latex gloves
  • Textbook
Row Groupings Major Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces student to the study and application medico-legal concepts in medical careers. This course seeks to establish a foundation for ethical behavior and decision making in health professions. Course is not repeatable for credit.

2
required

Covers basic knowledge of the deviations that occur in the human body with disease and injury. An integrated study of signs/symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Provides an overview of pharmacology language, abbreviations, systems of measurement and conversions. The Controlled Substances Act, prescriptions, forms of medications, patient care applications, drug classifications/interactions, and safety in drug therapy and patient care are presented. Information regarding the measurement of medications, dosage calculations, routes of administration, and commonly prescribed drugs in the medical office is provided. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total Major Requirement Credits 9
Row Groupings General Education Courses: Credits
required

Focuses on basic knowledge of body structures and function, and provides a foundation for understanding deviations from normal and disease conditions. This course is designed for individuals interested in health care and is directly applicable to the Practical Nursing Program, Paramedic Program and the Medical Office Technology program. It is recommended that ENG 1021 and MAT 1340 be completed prior to or be taken concurrently with this course. Course is not repeatable for credit.

4
required

Focuses on the scientific study of behavior including motivation, emotion, physiological psychology, stress and coping, research methods, consciousness, sensation, perception, learning, and memory. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Examines human development from conception through death, emphasizing physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial factors. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers material designed for career and technical students who need to study particular mathematical topics. Topics include measurement, algebra, geometry, statistics, and graphs. These are presented at an introductory level and the emphasis is on applications. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Covers the fundamentals of financial mathematics. Topics include pricing, taxes, insurance, interest, annuities, amortization, and investments. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
Total General Education Credits 16
Row Groupings Select a minimum of 35 credits from the following: 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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

3
required

Introduces basic, routine laboratory skills and techniques for collection, handling, and examination of laboratory specimens often encountered in the ambulatory care setting. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Corequisites
MAP 2040
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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Corequisites
MAP 2080
4
required

Provides the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program, working under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location and with the direct guidance of the instructor. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor is required

5.5
0 to 12
required

Covers the duties associated with the practice of venipuncture, capillary puncture, and special collection procedures. This course provides experience with quality control, infection control, safety procedures, as well as laboratory computer systems. Successful completion of this course, with an adequate number of blood draws, will constitute eligibility for application for a National Phlebotomy Registry Examination. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor is required

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. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor is required

0 to 12
required

Introduces the administrative duties specifically used in medical offices. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Corequisites
MAP 1020
4
required

Covers the practical uses of accounts and records with emphasis on accounting principles and analysis for use in a medical office. This course introduces outpatient coding with an ultimate goal to present a clear picture of medical procedures and services performed, such as Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes, correlating the diagnosis, symptom, complaint or condition, and International Classifications of Diseases (ICD) codes, thus establishing the medical necessity required for third-party reimbursement. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Corequisites
MAP 1010
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. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor is required

0 to 12
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. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor is required

4
required

Prepares the student to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, communication skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety and emergency care issues are covered. Includes knowledge and/or principles of asepsis, OSHA and HIPAA regulations. Ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity and principles of mental health will be addressed, as well as patient/resident rights. Permission of instructor is required. Course is not repeatable for credit.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

Course Corequisites
NUA 1070
4
required

Applies knowledge and skill gained in NUA 101 to patient care. Permission of instructor is required. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

Course Corequisites
NUA 1001
0.25 to 6
required

Reviews the job skills needed for the sterile processing technician. Includes the fundamentals of the central services department, instrument processing and important regulatory protocols. Includes a comprehensive review of medical terminology, anatomy and microbiology. Infection prevention and important environmental control and safety factors are included. The importance of professionalism, clinical advancement and workplace communication is presented. . Sterile Instrument Processing majors only. Course is not repeatable for credit.https://www.aims.edu/departments/cashiers-office/tuition-feesDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Corequisites
SPI 1001
4
required

Reviews hands on knowledge and job skills needed by the sterile processing technician. Includes a comprehensive review of surgical instrumentation, including instrument categories, design and construction, assembly, care and maintenance. Tools and equipment utilized for instrument processing is presented. Instrument decontamination, cleaning, processing and various methods of sterilization is discussed. . Sterile Instrument Processing majors only. Course is not repeatable for credit.https://www.aims.edu/departments/cashiers-office/tuition-feesDifferential tuition rates apply

Course Corequisites
SPI 1000
4
required

Complete 400 hours of clinical internship in the sterile processing department. Sterile Instrument Processing majors only. Course is repeatable with a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Course Prerequisites

SPI 1000 and SPI 1001 with grades of "C" or better

0 to 12
Total Elective Credits 35
Total Credits for Allied Health Professional A.A.S. degree 60