El Centro College - Course Descriptions for Medical Assisting
El Centro 2014 - 2015 Catalog

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HITT 1160 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1401 Health Care Date Content and Structure, ENGL 1301 Composition I and HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems concurrently.
Course Description: A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. (3 Ext.)


HITT 1161 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1441, HITT 2335, HITT 2246.
Course Description: A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Emphasis will be on ICD-9 and CPT clinical coding with related project to be completed. (6 Ext.)


HITT 1203 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Terminology II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1205.
Course Description: A continuation of word origin and structure. Includes prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations, and symbols, surgical procedures, medical specialties, and diagnostic procedures. (2 Lec.)


HITT 1205 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Terminology I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of word origin and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations and symbols, surgical procedures, medical specialties and diagnostic procedures. (2 Lec.)


HITT 1211 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Computers in Health Care
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to the concepts of computer technology related to health care and the tools and techniques for collecting, storing, and retrieving health care data. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 1249 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Pharmacology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407, SCIT 1408, HITT 1205, and HITT 1203.
Course Description: Overview of the basic concepts of the pharmacological treatment of various diseases affecting major body systems. (2 Lec.)


HITT 1253 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1401 Health Care Date Content and Structure, HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems, HITT 1160 Introductory Clinical and ENGL 1301 Composition I.
Course Description: Concepts of confidentiality, ethics, health care legislation, and regulations relating to the maintenance and use of health information. (2 Lec.)


HITT 1255 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Health Care Statistics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1401 Health Care Date Content and Structure, HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems, HITT 1160 Introductory Clinical, ENGL 1301 Composition I and MATH 1314 College Algebra.
Course Description: General principles of health care statistics with emphasis in hospital statistics. Skill development in computation and calculation of health data with overview of guidelines for Texas Department of Health Vital Statistics and studies. (2 Lec.)


HITT 1266 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Practicum (or Field Experience)-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (14 Ext.)


HITT 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Heath Data Content and Structure
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to systems and processes for collecting, maintaining, and disseminating primary and secondary health-related information including content of health record, documentation requirements, registries, indices, licensing, regulatory agencies, forms, and screens. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Medical Terminology I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Study of word origin and structure through the introduction of prefixes, suffixes, root words, plurals, abbreviations and symbols, surgical procedures, medical specialties, and diagnostic procedures. (3 Lec.)


HITT 1311 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Health Information Systems
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1409 and admission to the Medical Assisting Program at El Centro College.
Course Description: Introduction to health IT standards, health-related data structures, software applications and enterprise architecture in health care and public health. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 1342 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Ambulatory Coding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Fundamentals of ambulatory coding rules, conventions, and guidelines. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 1345 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Health Care Delivery Systems
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to organization, financing, and delivery of health care services, accreditation, licensure and regulatory agencies. (3 Lec.)


HITT 1401 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Health Data Content and Structure
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 Composition I.
Course Description: Introduction to systems and processes for collecting, maintaining and disseminating primary and secondary health related information. Instruction in delivery and organizational structure to include content of health record, documentation requirements, registries, indices, licensing, regulatory agencies, forms and screens. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 1441 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Coding and Classification Systems
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407, SCIT 1408, HITT 1205, and HITT 1203.
Course Description: Application of basic coding rules, principles, guidelines and conventions. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


HITT 2145 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Coding Certification Exam Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Review of coding competencies and skills in preparation for a coding certification exam. (1 Lec.)


HITT 2149 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

RHIT Competency Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Review Health Information Technology (HIT) competencies, skills, and knowledge. (1 Lec.)


HITT 2160 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Emphasis will be on management functions within the health care setting. Limited to the graduates only each year. (5 Ext.)


HITT 2231 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Terminology - Advanced
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This course is cross-listed as HITT 2331. The student may register for either HITT 2231 or HITT 2331 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec.)


HITT 2239 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Health Information Organization and Supervision
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Principles of organization and supervision of human, fiscal and capital resources. (2 Lec.)


HITT 2245 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Coding Certification Exam Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Review of coding competencies and skills in preparation for a coding certification exam. (2 Lec.)


HITT 2246 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Advanced Medical Coding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1441.
Course Description: ICD-9 and CPT coding rules, conventions, and guidelines in complex case studies. Investigation of government regulations and changes in health care reporting. (2 Lec.)


HITT 2260 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical-Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: All HITT courses.
Course Description: A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical site. Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences. Course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (6 Ext.)


HITT 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Terminology- Advanced
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
Course Description: The student will identify, spell, and pronounce advanced medical terms; use advanced medical terms in context; construct and analyze advanced medical terms; and use medical references as resource tools. This course is cross-listed as HITT 2231. The student may register for either HITT 2331 or HITT 2231 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)


HITT 2335 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Coding and Reimbursement Methodologies
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Development of advanced coding techniques with emphasis on case studies, health records, and federal regulations regarding perspective payment systems and methods of reimbursement. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 2340 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Advanced Medical Billing and Reimbursement
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skill development coding to prepare reimbursement forms in various health care settings for submission to payers. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HITT 2343 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HITT 1401 Health Care Date Content and Structure, HITT 1345 Health Care Delivery Systems, HITT 1160 Introductory Clinical, ENGL 1301 Composition I and MATH 1314 College Algebra.
Course Description: Study of the many facets of quality standards and methodologies in the health information management environment. Topics include licensing, accreditation, compilation and presentation of data in statistical formats, quality improvement functions, quality tools, utilization management, risk management and medical staff quality issues. (3 Lec.)


MDCA 1154 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Medical Assisting Credentialing Exam Review. (1 Lec.)


MDCA 1205 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Medical Law and Ethics
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: GED or High School Diploma and admission to program.
Course Description: Instruction in principles, procedures, and regulations involving legal and ethical relationships among physicians, patients, and medical assistants in ambulatory care settings. Includes current ethical issues and risk management as they relate to the practice of medicine and fiduciary responsibilities. Special emphasis is place on culture, diversity, trends and career explorations. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1213 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. Includes structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1313. The student may register for either MDCA 1213 or MDCA 1313 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Human Disease/Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, SCIT 1408 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, HITT 1205 Medical Terminology and HITT 2231 Medical Terminology - Advanced.
Course Description: A study of anatomy and physiology with emphasis on human pathophysiology, including etiology, prognosis, medical treatment, signs, and symptoms of common diseases of all body systems. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1202. The student may register for either MDCA 1302 or MDCA 1202 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC

Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: GED or High School Diploma and admission to program.
Course Description: A study and practical application of a medical vocabulary system. Includes structure, recognition, analysis, definition, spelling, pronunciation, and combination of medical terms from prefixes, suffixes, roots, and combining forms. This course is cross-listed as MDCA 1213. The student may register for either MDCA 1313 or MDCA 1213 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)


MDCA 1352 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1409 and admission to the Medical Assisting Program at El Centro College.
Course Description: Procedures depicted in the Current Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). Includes blood collection, specimen handling, basic urinalysis, identification of normal ranges, quality assurance, and quality control. May include electrocardiography. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1409 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Emphasis on normal human anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and systems with overview of common pathophysiology. (4 Lec.)


MDCA 1417 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Procedures in a Clinical Setting
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1409 and admission to the Medical Assisting Program at El Centro College.
Course Description: Emphasis on patient assessment, examination, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, office clinical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for the medical office. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


MDCA 1421 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, MVC

Administrative Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1201.
Course Description: A course in medical office procedures which may include appointment scheduling, medical records creation and maintenance, phone communications, transcriptions, coding, billing, collecting, third party reimbursement, credit arrangements, and use of computer in the medical office. (4 Lec.)


MDCA 1443 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC, MVC

Medical Insurance
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasizes accurate ICD-9 and CPT coding of office procedures for payment/ reimbursement by patient or third party and prevention of insurance fraud. Additional topics may include managed care or medical economics. (4 Lec.)


MDCA 2361 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Clinical - Medical/Clinical Assistant
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission into the El Centro College Medical Assisting Program, MDCA 1313, MDCA 1201, MDCA 1205, MDCA 1443, MDCA 1421, MDCA 1247, MRMT 1211, MRMT 1192, MDCA 1216, MDCA 1217, MDCA 1251, ENGL 1301, SPCH 1311.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (10 Ext.)


MRMT 1192 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at MVC

Special Topics in Medical Transcription
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1201, and program admission or instructor approval.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lab.)


MRMT 1211 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Computers in Health Care
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Typing speed of 30 wpm.
Course Description: Introduction to the concepts of computer technology related to health care and the tools and techniques for collecting, storing and retrieving health care data. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MRMT 1292 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in Medical Transcription
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MRMT 1307, Intermediate Medical Transcription.
Course Description: Application of learned transcription fundamentals and utilization of references in the production of intermediate level reports of physician dictation with development of speed and accuracy. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)


MRMT 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Transcription Fundamentals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to Medical Transcription or Medical Assistant program or instructor approval.
Course Description: Fundamentals of medical transcription with hands-on experience in transcribing physician dictation including basic reports such as history and physicals, discharge summaries, consultations, operative reports, and other medical reports. Utilizes transcribing and information processing equipment compatible with industry standards. Designed to develop speed and accuracy. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MRMT 1382 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Cooperative Education - Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in SCIT 1407 and HITT 2331. Completion or concurrent enrollment in MRMT 2433.
Course Description: Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component. (1 Lec., 16 Ext.)


MRMT 1407 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Transcription I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Medical Transcription Program or instructor approval.
Course Description: Fundamentals of medical transcription with hands-on experience in transcribing physician dictation including basic reports such as history and physicals, discharge summaries, consultations, operative reports, and other medical reports. Utilizes transcribing and information processing equipment compatible with industry standards. Designed to develop speed and accuracy. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


MRMT 2433 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Transcription II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MRMT 1407.
Course Description: Production of advanced reports of physician dictation with increasing speed and accuracy including history and physicals, consultations, discharge summaries, operative reports, and other medical reports. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.