Richland College - Course Descriptions for Medical Front Office

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Course Descriptions for Medical Front Office

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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 Richland 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 Richland 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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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 Richland 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 Richland 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 Richland 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 Richland 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 Richland 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.)


HPRS 1202 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC

Wellness and Health Promotion
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) met in Reading and Writing.
Course Description: This course provides an overview of wellness theory and its application throughout the lifespan with a focus on attitude development, impact of cultural beliefs, and communication of wellness. (2 Lec.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


HPRS 1203 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

End of Life Issues
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The course facilitates discussion of grief, loss, and end of life issues. Prepares caregivers to function in setting where communication skills are utilized to provide psychosocial support to persons and their families. This course is also intended to help the student understand the nature of death and dying as well as enable the student to come to grips with one’s own personal feelings about death. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


HPRS 1204 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC, NLC

Basic Health Profession Skills
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) met in Reading and Writing.
Course Description: This course includes a study of the concepts that serve as the foundation for health profession courses, including client care and safety issues, basic client monitoring, and health documentation methods. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


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

Essentials of Medical Law/Ethics for Health Professionals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to the relationship between legal aspects and ethics in health care with emphasis on responsibilities of health care professionals. (2 Lec.)


HPRS 1206 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Essentials of Medical Terminology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of common medical terminology, word origin, structure, and application. (2 Lec.)


HPRS 1271 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Basic Health Profession Skills II
This is a Local Need Course.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204.
Course Description: This course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills relevant to the professional development of the student. Lecture and simulated laboratory experience prepares the student to perform patient care utilizing critical thinking and advance clinical skills. Competency must be demonstrated on effective level of practice and knowledge. Skills achieved include EKG, phlebotomy, finger sticking, physical assessment, IV's. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)


HPRS 1291 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in Health Professions and Related Sciences, Other
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204.
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 builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills. Lecture and simulated laboratory experience prepares the student to perform patient care utilizing critical thinking and advanced clinical skills. Competency must be demonstrated on effective level of practice and knowledge. Skills achieved include EKG, finger sticking, physical assessment, IV's. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec, 4 Lab.)


HPRS 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Introduction to Pharmacology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, and routes of administration. Does not include dosage calculations. (3 Lec.)


HPRS 2201 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC

Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 and/or approval of the HOCC Coordinator.
Course Description: This course includes the study of pathology and general health management of diseases and injuries across the life span. Topics include etiology, symptoms, and the physical and psychological reactions to diseases and injuries. (2 Lec.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


HPRS 2210 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC

Basic Health Profession Skills II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: HPRS 1204 with a grade of “C” or better.
Course Description: This course builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills relevant to the professional development of the student. Lecture and simulated laboratory experiences prepare the student to perform patient care utilizing critical thinking and advanced clinical skills. (1 Lec., 3 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


HPRS 2231 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC

General Health Professions Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) met in Reading and Writing.
Course Description: This course will cover the exploration and application of management concepts necessary for effective health profession operations. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


HPRS 2300 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC

Pharmacology for Health Professions
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401 or MDCA 1409 and/or approval of the HOCC Coordinator.
Course Description: This course includes a study of drug classifications, actions, therapeutic uses, adverse effects, routes of administration, and calculation of dosages. (3 Lec.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on June 9, 2014. (Original) | (Changes)


MDCA 1154 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at ECC

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


MDCA 1201 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Human Disease/Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
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. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1202 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Human Disease/Pathophysiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1201.
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 1302. The student may register for either MDCA 1202 or MDCA 1302 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec.)


MDCA 1205 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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 Richland 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 1216 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Procedures in a Clinical Setting
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313, MDCA 1205 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasis on patient-centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, minor surgical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for the medical office. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1217 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Procedures in a Clinical Setting
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1216, MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasis on patient-centered assessment, examination, intervention, and treatment as directed by physician. Includes vital signs, collection and documentation of patient information, asepsis, minor surgical procedures, and other treatments as appropriate for the medical office. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1247 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Pharmacology and Administration of Medications
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Instruction in concepts and application of pharmacological principles. Focuses on drug classifications, principles and procedures of medication administration, mathematical systems and conversions, calculation of drug problems, and medico-legal responsibilities of the medical assistant. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


MDCA 1251 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Assistant Laboratory Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313 and MDCA 1201.
Course Description: Emphasis on common laboratory procedures performed in the physician's office or clinical setting. Includes blood collection, specimen handling, basic urinalysis, identification of normal ranges, and electrocardiography. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
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.)


POFI 1100 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Computer Fundamentals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Keyboarding proficiency.
Course Description: An introduction to various computer applications using a specific business or office-related software. Projects emphasize the concurrent development of office skills and computer knowledge. This course is cross-listed as POFI 1200. The student may register for either POFI 1100 or POFI 1200 but may receive credit for only one of the two. This course may be repeated for credit. (1 Lec.)


POFI 1104 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, NLC, RLC

Computer Fundamentals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Computer application specific software. Emphasizes the concurrent development of office skills and computer knowledge. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec.)


POFI 1200 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Computer Fundamentals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Keyboarding proficiency.
Course Description: An introduction to various computer applications using a specific business or office-related software. Projects emphasize the concurrent development of office skills and computer knowledge. This course is cross-listed as POFI 1100. The student may register for either POFI 1200 or POFI 1100 but may receive credit for only one of the two. This course may be repeated for credit. (2 Lec.)


POFI 1204 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, RLC

Computer Fundamentals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Computer application specific software. Emphasizes the concurrent development of office skills and computer knowledge. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFI 1240 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Computer Applications II (Short Course)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Continued study of current computer terminology and technology. Advanced skill development in computer hardware, software applications, and procedures. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec.)


POFI 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Computer Applications I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Keyboarding Proficiency.
Course Description: Overview of computer office applications including current terminology and technology. Introduction to computer hardware, software applications, and procedures. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 1341 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Computer Applications II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer Applications I or equivalent.
Course Description: Continued study of current computer terminology and technology. Advanced skill development in computer hardware, software applications, and procedures. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 1345 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Integrated Software Applications II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Continued study of computer applications from business productivity software suites. Instruction in embedding data and linking and combining documents using word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and/or presentation media software. This course may be repeated for credit. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFI 1349 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Spreadsheets
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills.
Course Description: Skill development in concepts, procedures, and application of spreadsheets for business. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 1441 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC

Computer Applications II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: POFI 1301
Course Description: Continued study of current computer terminology and technology. Advanced skill development in computer hardware, software applications, and procedures. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Word Processing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic Keyboarding Skills.
Course Description: Word processing software focusing on business applications. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Desktop Publishing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Keyboarding Skills.
Course Description: In-depth coverage of desktop publishing terminology, text editing, and use of design principles. Emphasis on layout techniques, graphics, multiple page displays, and business applications. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 2340 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, NLC

Advanced Word Processing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: POFI 2301.
Course Description: Advanced word processing techniques using merging, macros, graphics, and desktop publishing. Includes extensive formatting for technical documents. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFI 2440 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Advanced Word Processing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: POFI 1301.
Course Description: Advanced word processing techniques using merging, macros, graphics, and desktop publishing. Includes extensive formatting for technical documents. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


POFI 2450 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

Databases
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills.
Course Description: In-depth instruction of database theory and the practical applications of a database. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


POFM 1191 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The simulation provides the students with the opportunity to analyze situations unique to a medical office setting, make decisions related to those situations, as well as experience the daily duties and responsibilities associated with an entry-level medical front office position. The simulation requires students to perform a series of tasks using Medisoft, a practice management software. Each task is an application of the knowledge required in the medical office. Topics include patient records, patient transactions, appointments, and reports. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lab.)


POFM 1280 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Cooperative Education-Medical Administrative/ Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 10 Ext.)


POFM 1300 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Basic Medical Coding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
Course Description: Presentation and application of basic coding rules, principles, guidelines, and conventions utilizing various coding systems. (3 Lec.)


POFM 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, RLC

Medical Software Applications
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding and computer skills.
Course Description: Medical software applications for the management and operation of health care information systems. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFM 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Office Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding skills.
Course Description: Introduction to basic medical office skills including telephone techniques, filing and indexing, mail handling, appointment scheduling, travel arrangements, correspondence, and business transactions. Emphasis on human relations and customer service skills. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFM 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

Medical Administrative Support
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Instruction in medical office procedures including appointment scheduling, medical records creation and maintenance, telephone communications, coding, billing, collecting, and third party reimbursement. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFM 1327 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Medical Insurance
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MDCA 1313.
Course Description: Survey of medical insurance including the life cycle of various claim forms, terminology, litigation, patient relations, and ethical issues. (3 Lec.)


POFM 1370 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Medical Records Management
This is a Local Need Course Number.
Course Description: The course is designed to provide a practical bridge to span the gap between how medical records have been kept for the past centuries and how they are kept in today's electronic world. The practical, hands-on experience uses a popular electronic health records software that is used by a wide range of medical specialties and health-care professionals. Topics include electronic patient charts; office visits; clinical tools, such as creating a patient instruction sheet; electronic templates; and electronic bulletin boards and messages. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFM 2313 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Medical Transcription II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: MRMT 1307 Medical Transcription Fundamentals.
Course Description: Skill development in the production of medical reports including history and physicals, consultations, discharge summaries, operative reports, and other medical reports. Emphasis on speed and accuracy. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1127 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Keyboarding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skill development in keyboarding techniques. Emphasis on the development of acceptable speed and accuracy. (2 Lab.)


POFT 1192 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, 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. (1 Lec.)


POFT 1193 (1 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation which are relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lab.)


POFT 1207 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Proofreading and Editing
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Instruction in proofreading and editing skills necessary to assure accuracy in business documents. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


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

Special Topics in Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
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 Lec.)


POFT 1293 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation which are relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Business English
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to a practical application of basic language usage skills with emphasis on fundamentals of writing and editing for business. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Administrative Office Procedures I
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding skills.
Course Description: Study of current office procedures, duties, and responsibilities applicable to an office environment. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Professional Workforce Preparation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Preparation for career success including ethics, interpersonal relations, professional attire, and advancement. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1319 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Records and Information Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to basic records information management filing systems including manual and electronic filing. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Business Math
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Fundamentals of business mathematics including analytical and critical thinking skills. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1325 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Business Math Using Technology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skill development in business math problem-solving using electronic technology. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1328 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Business Presentations
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic Computer Skills.
Course Description: Skill development in planning and conducting business presentations including communication and media skills. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFT 1329 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Beginning Keyboarding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Skill development keyboarding techniques. Emphasis on development of acceptable speed and accuracy levels and formatting basic documents. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFT 1349 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, EFC

Administrative Office Procedures II
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: POFT 1309.
Course Description: In-depth coverage of office procedures with emphasis on decision-making, goal setting, management theories, and critical thinking. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1380 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 20 Ext.)


POFT 1381 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, EFC

Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 20 Ext.)


POFT 1382 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, RLC

Cooperative Education - General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
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. 15 Ext.)


POFT 1383 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Cooperative Education - General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 20 Ext.)


POFT 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation which are relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1393 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
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 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 1493 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current event, 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 Lec., 4 Lab.)


POFT 2203 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, ECC

Speed and Accuracy Building
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Basic keyboarding skills.
Course Description: Review, correct, and improve keyboarding techniques for the purpose of increasing speed and improving accuracy. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (1 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, ECC, NLC, RLC

Intermediate Keyboarding
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Beginning Keyboarding.
Course Description: A continuation of keyboarding skills emphasizing acceptable speed and accuracy levels and formatting documents. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


POFT 2312 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Business Correspondence and Communication
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Business English.
Course Description: Development of writing and presentation skills to produce effective business communications. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC, ECC

Administrative Systems
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Computer application software proficiency and basic office procedures competency.
Course Description: Advanced concepts of project management and office procedures integrating software applications. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


POFT 2380 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, RLC

Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 20 Ext.)


POFT 2381 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Cooperative Education-Administrative Assistant/Secretarial Science, General
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 20 Ext.)


POFT 2382 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, RLC

Cooperative Education-General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 15 Ext.)


POFT 2383 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Cooperative Education-General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
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., 20 Ext.)


POFT 2388 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by Richland College.
Offered at BHC

Internship-General Office/Clerical and Typing Services
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (1 Lec., 15 Ext.)



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.


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