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AHL 003 – Medical Front Desk Receptionist

Prepare for the role of medical office receptionist and learn communication skills and how to follow doctor directives. Topics include customer service, scheduling, medical records management, insurance, legal and ethical issues.

Course Objectives:
1. define the role of medical office receptionist;
2. perform procedures for setting-up a patient¿s chart and maintaining the record;
3. demonstrate through role playing how to greet patients, answer the phone, and schedule appoints;
4. gain a basic knowledge of major insurance payers, and
5. learn how to deal with patients in a professional and courteous manner.

AHL 012 – Understanding APC's (Ambulatory Payment Classification)

This course provides a basic understanding of APC's which are required for use by hospitals as of July 1, 2000. This system is also known as the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) requires a significant knowledge of HCPCS and ICD-9 coding. Learn about operational issues that will inpact the assignment of these codes. This is a basic course intended for those who have coding oversight responsibilities.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of basic knowledge of billing requirements of Evaluation and Management services,
2. demonstrate an understanding of the Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs).
3. recognize operational issues that will impact the assignment of APCs,
4. discuss issues that will significantly impact reimbursement under APSs, and
5. develop the ability to identify how to best and correctly bill for services documented.

AHL 013 – Introduction To Medical Billing

This course provides the fundamental knowledge of medical insurance billing. Topics include an overview of the following: claims preparation and submission, major insurance carriers, managed care, medical accounts receivable management and the use of information systems in the process.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and know where to use basic billing resources;
2. deal with patients in a professional and courteous manner;
3. gain a basic knowledge of major insurance payers and claims remittance;
4. learn and discuss how to organize the billing process;
5. follow-up on outstanding claims, and
6. understand and post Explanations Of Benefits (EOBs).

AHL 019 – Surgical Technology II

Obtain basic knowledge of identifying & handling surgical instrumentation & supplies. Learn the progression of surgical procedures and the duties of a surgical technologist. Reflect on experiences from Clinical I at hospital departments.

Course Objectives:
1. identify resources of information related to specific procedures in order to submit a term paper;
2. identify surgical instruments by type classification and functions;
3. describe techniques of passing and handling surgical instruments;
4. describe the progression of a surgical procedure and the importance of anticipation and efficiency;
5. discuss the phases of wound healing;
6. discuss the closure of a surgical wound including layers, drains and dressings;
7. identify surgical sutures and stapling devices;
8. demonstrate preparation and handling of suture materials and needles;
9. identify and discuss safety in the operating room as it pertains to fire and radiation;
10. identify stress factors and priorities related to emergency procedures;
11. discuss techniques, special instruments, supplies and equipment used for minimal access surgery;
12. describe types of lasers and their use during surgery;
13. describe hypothermia, thermaregulatory devices and techniques for maintaining a patient's temperature;
14. identify how other departments of the hospital affect the surgical patient and operating room team members;
15. describe the importance of communication in interdepartmental personnel relationships, and
16. submit a completed resume and cover letter.

AHL 025 – INTRO.TO SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY

Course Objectives:
1. identify the job of Surgical Technologist and the physical environment in which they work;
2. identify health care facilities, their management and financing;
3. define the surgical team;
4. define the legal, ethical and moral responsibilities of a surgical technologist;
5. discuss the principles of asepsis and disinfection and their in surgery including prepping and draping;
6. identify the need of the surgical patient and recognize patient emergencies;
7. discuss the principles of anesthesia including types, levels, and the equipment used in anesthesia,
8. demonstrate the principles of patient safety during transportation, transferring and positioning;
9. define the principles of hemostasis and blood replacement;
10. demonstrate the proper technique of taking a blood pressure; and
11. demonstrate the proper technique of taking a blood pressure

AHL 026 – Microbiology For Health Occupations

Develop a basic understanding of microbiology as it pertains to the health care field, including the science of microbiology and common tools used, basic concepts of microorganisms as they pertain to the human body, disease processes in humans and the human body's defenses. Conduct basic laboratory experiments related to microbiology.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the science of microbiology and its relevance to the health care profession,
2. identify the tools used in the science of microbiology,
3. discuss the theory of cell and their functions,
4. describe basic chemistry of organisms,
5. discuss the role of DNA of a cell,
6. describe human defenses against infectious disease and how major infectious diseases affect the human body,
7. perform preliminary identification of Gram-positive cocci (staph),
8. perform preliminary identification of Gram-negative bacilli (normal flora enteric organisms),
9. learn proper care and use of the microscope,
10. perform and read Gram stains, and
11. streak plates for isolation.

AHL 027 – Pharmacology For Surgical Technology

Obtain basic knowledge of proper identification, actions and safe handling of drugs used in the operating room. Topics include information about drugs used for pain and as anesthetic agents for the surgical patient, basic mathematical concepts related to dosage and drug calculation.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the metric system and convert measurements from the household system to the metric system,
2. correctly change percentages to does in milligrams,
3. monitor and add doses of medication routinely used in the operating room,
4. demonstrate use of the Physician's Desk Reference,
5. read drug container labels,
6. describe accurately how to mix medications and measure drugs,
7. describe how to safely transfer drugs from an unsterile field to a sterile field,
8. discuss the procedure of identify drugs on the sterile field,.
9. describe the actions and possible reactions of drugs commonly used in the operating room,
10. describe the significance of drug classifications,
11. identify drugs that are commonly used for pain and anesthetics, and
12. list uses and actions of drugs used in an emergency.

AHL 042 – Medical Terminology: A Word Association Approach

This course teaches medical terminology from an anatomical approach. Root terms are divided by each body system. The origin, a combined form, Spanish meaning of the root, and an example of non-medical everyday usage is provided for each root term. Word Associations are provided as a learning tool. Root terms are combined with prefixes and suffices as student's learning will culminate in the interpretation of several paragraphs of medical notes. Multiple graphics, study tips and unusual facts make for a most enjoyable course.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of common medical terms,
2. demonstrate an understanding of musculoskeletal terms,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the digestive system terms,
4. demonstrate an understanding of the circulatory system terms,
5. demonstrate an understanding of the respiratory system terms,
6. demonstrate an understanding of the genitourinary system terms,
7. demonstrate an understanding of the reproductive system terms,
8. demonstrate an understanding of the neurosensory root terms,
9. demonstrate an understanding of medical prefixes/suffixes, and
10. demonstrate an understanding of medical abbreviations.

AHL 045 – Central Service Technician - Classroom

Meet the requirements for Central Service Technician certification as stated by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materials Management (IAHCSMM) guidelines. Learn methods that prevent the spread of microorganisms, sterilization methods and equipment management.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and explain the technical functions of Central Service and the role and responsibilities of Central Service Technician;
2. discuss the growth of bacteria and destruction of microorganisms due to sterilization process;
3. describe standard precautions and significance in the control of infections;
4. identify chemical cleaning products and decontamination procedures used for surgical instruments in preparation for sterilization;
5. describe the type, function and parameters necessary for steam sterilization autoclaves;
6. discuss the method of management, distribution, and reordering of inventory control; and
7. describe the importance of professionalism and communication of interdepartmental personnel relationships.

AHL 046 – Central Service Technician - Clinical I

First in a four-part series that provides a hands-on learning experience in an actual work site of a hospital central service department. A preceptor assigned by the hospital will provide daily supervision while a college faculty member will provide weekly evaluation/counseling. Register for a block of four clinical courses to equal 400 hours.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the role of the central service department in relationship to the hospital mission and to other hospital departments;
2. demonstrate attire appropriate to the assigned task;
3. demonstrate the processes of cleaning, assembly and testing of patient care equipment;
4. demonstrate the operation of a washer/sterilizer and/or ultra sonic machine;
5. demonstrate the general cleaning process for instruments, utensils, syringes and needles; and
6. demonstrate verbal and non-verbal behaviors appropriate to the role of a central service technician.

AHL 047 – Central Service Technician - Clinical II

Second in a four-part series that provides a hands-on learning experience in an actual work site of a hospital central service department. A preceptor assigned by the hospital will provide daily supervision while a college faculty member will provide weekly evaluation/counseling. Register for a block of four clinical courses to equal 400 hours.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the chain of command in a central service department and appropriate means of offering suggestions and criticism;
2. demonstrate appropriate procedures for wrapping techniques;
3. demonstrate the process of labeling and determining expiration dates;
4. demonstrate folding techniques and inspection of linen products; and
5. demonstrate verbal and non-verbal behaviors appropriate to the role of a central service technician.

AHL 048 – Central Service Technician - Clinical III

Third in a four-part series that provides a hands-on learning experience in an actual work site of a hospital central service department. A preceptor assigned by the hospital will provide daily supervision while a college faculty member will provide weekly evaluation/counseling. Register for a block of four clinical courses to equal 400 hours.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss effective means of promoting inter-departmental communication;
2. demonstrate assembly, inspection and identification of instrument procedure trays;
3. demonstrate the process of loading and unloading, operating, record keeping and biological testing of sterilizing machinery and equipment; and
4. demonstrate verbal and nonverbal behaviors appropriate to the role of a central service technician.

AHL 049 – Central Service Technician - Clinical IV

Fourth in a four-part series that provides a hands-on learning experience in an actual work site of a hospital central service department. A preceptor assigned by the hospital will provide daily supervision while a college faculty member will provide weekly evaluation/counseling. Register for a block of four clinical courses to equal 400 hours.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the rewards and hazards of working as a central service technician;
2. demonstrate the process involved in: rotation of supplies, inventory and restocking of carts/shelves, checking for outdated items, cleaning of storage shelves
3. calculate supply and demand needs in order to assess specific department Par levels;
4. use preference cards to prepare supplies for specific surgical cases; and
5. demonstrate verbal and nonverbal behaviors appropriate to the role of a central service technician.

AHL 066 – Diabetes

This course is designed to provide the student with an update on the daily care of person with diabetes. Topics to be covered include: early detection of diabetes, prevention of diabetes, risk factors, and managing the disease on a regular basis.

Course Objectives:
1. determine how to detect diabetes in its early stages;
2. discuss how to prevent diabetes through exercise and diet;
3. define risk factors by age, race, or eating habits, and
4. define how to manage diabetes on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

AHL 080 – Dental Assisting Anatomy and Terminology

This 12-hour course is designed for dental assistants who have not had formal basic dental assisting training and need to take the Oral Radiography Techniques course. The State of Maryland now requires the student to have detailed knowledge of dental anatomy and terminology prior to the x-ray course. An anatomy/terminology pre-test is available to challenge, in lieu of taking the anatomy/terminology course.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to identify anatomical landmarks of the face and head,
2. demonstrate the ability to identify hard and soft oral cavity tissue,
3. demonstrate the use of the universal numbering system of the oral cavity, and
4. define medical terms related to the oral cavity.

AHL 638 – Nursing Assistant Clinical

Master the knowledge and skills learned during the theory skills laboratory in a clinical patient care setting under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. Preparation for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) for the Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) is included. Topics include application of health care and disease theory in a clinical setting; providing a safe clinical environment; performance and delivery of patient care skills; individualized patient care and observation, recording and reporting skills. Maryland Board of Nursing approved. Proof of a current negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray reading is required before admission to clinical. To receive an award of completion, students must successfully complete both Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical. Perfect attendance is mandatory for all classes and clinical.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate competence in the performance of delegated nursing functions;
2. demonstrate competence in the performance of selected nursing care skills;
3. demonstrate an understanding of infection control techniques and provide a safe environment for clients, care-givers, and others;
4. demonstrate the ability to use effective communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace;
5. demonstrate the ability to individualize healthcare to meet the needs of a client; and
6. demonstrate the ability to apply observational, recording, and reporting skills in a clinical environment.

AHL 639 – Nursing Assistant Theory

Learn to perform nursing functions with clients of any age and with various levels of physical, sensory, cognitive and emotional ability under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. Preparation for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) for the Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) is included. Topics include the role of a nursing assistant in acute and long-term care, the theory of health and disease across the lifespan, client care skills and medical terminology. Maryland Board of Nursing approved. To receive an award of completion, students must successfully complete both Nursing Assistant Theory and Clinical. Perfect attendance is mandatory for all classes and clinical. Proof of a current negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray reading is required before admission to clinical.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of a nursing assistant¿s role in a healthcare environment;
2. demonstrate the ability to observe professional standards of conduct in the performance of nursing functions;
3. demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal issues affecting the role of a nursing assistant;
4. demonstrate competence in infection control techniques and providing a safe environment for clients, care-givers, and others;
5. demonstrate the ability to meet the individual healthcare needs of a client; and
6. demonstrate the ability to perform nursing care tasks in a laboratory setting.

AHL 663 – DENTAL ASSISTING CLINICAL

Course Objectives:
1. assist dental staff in routine office procedures;
2. prepare treatment rooms for routine procedures;
3. seat and prepare patients for dental treatment;
4. dismiss patients and perform infection control procedures in the treatment room in accordance with dental office routine and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) regulations;
5. perform sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization procedures in accordance with dental office routine; and
6. assist the dentist and perform chair-side procedures to include tissue retraction and high volume evacuation.

AHL 664 – Phlebotomy Refresher

Designed for those who have taken a structured phlebotomy course, but have never worked in the field, or for certified phlebotomists who have not worked in the field for six or more months. This course is a condensed version of IV Therapy Technician Training which prepares students for the national certification examination and clinical placements.

Course Objectives:
1. identify structures and functions of the cardiovascular system;
2. explain the importance of federal regulations governing the field of phlebotomy;
3. demonstrate proper techniques for universal precautions as prescribed by OSHA guidelines;
4. identify important laws that affect the field of phlebotomy;
5. demonstrate proper blood collection techniques;
6. demonstrate proper technique for finger sticks, urine collection, and throat cultures; and
7. discuss the important of communication and professionalism in the health care field.

AHL 672 – Sleep Technologist Clinical

Supplement the learning provided in the Sleep Technologist Course by applying skills obtained in the classroom in a real clinic/patient setting. Activities include performing a variety of sleep diagnostic studies such as sleep apnea monitoring, multiple sleep latency tests, and overnight seizure monitoring and neonatal screens; becoming acquainted with a variety of recording systems including Sensor Medics and Healthdyne computerized equipment and an introduction to treatment modalities such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize general sleep disorders to include sleep apnea, insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnias, and narcolepsy;
2. identify indicator(s) for sleep disorder testing;
3. demonstrate the ability to attach monitoring devices to patients;
4. verify the integrity of recording devices and equipment calibration;
5. record overnight sleep studies to include O2 application and CPAP/BiLevel titrations; and
6. record Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT).

AHL 673 – Sleep Technologist Training

Sleep Technologist Training This course will train the student to perform a variety of sleep diagnostic studies such as sleep apnea monitoring, multiple sleep latency tests, overnight seizure monitoring and neonatal screens. The student will be acquainted with a variety of recording systems including, Sensor Medics and Healthdyne computerized equipment. The student will be introduced to treatment modalities such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure. In addition to classroom lectures, clinical demonstrations in a hospital sleep center are included. This is an on-line course. Students must have access to a computer, printer and Internet service.

Course Objectives:
1. recognize general sleep disorders to include sleep apnea, insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnias, and narcolepsy;
2. identify indicator(s) for sleep disorder testing;
3. demonstrate the ability to attach monitoring devices to patients;
4. verify the integrity of recording devices and equipment calibration;
5. record overnight sleep studies to include O2 application and CPAP/BiLevel titrations; and
6. record Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT).

AHL 674 – Venipuncture and Specimen Collection Clinical

Apply the skills obtained in the classroom to a clinical or a patient care setting. Supplement the training received in the Venipuncture and Specimen Collection Techniques course. Student knowledge and skills in performing venipuncture will be assessed by a clinical preceptor. Successful completion of this course leads to preparation for the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification exam.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of aseptic techniques;
2. describe the role and responsibility of a health care worker in a health care setting;
3. demonstrate an understanding of venipuncture and specimen collection techniques;
4. perform venipuncture and specimen collection;
5. demonstrate lab safety and quality assurance when processing specimens;
6. prepare blood specimens for lab analysis;
7. prepare urine and stool specimens for lab analysis;
8. prepare throat and urine cultures for bacteriology studies;
9. properly operate laboratory instruments;
10. demonstrate proper patient safety; and
11. demonstrate a readiness to take the national certification exam.

AHL 677 – Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Anatomy and Physiology focuses on the structure and function of the human body. In this course, you'll gain an understanding of basic chemistry, the human cell, and the anatomy of the body's organ systems and the jobs that they do. You'll also learn how our organ systems work together to allow us to process sensations, think, communicate, grow, move, reproduce, and stay alive. In addition, we'll talk about different disorders, recent advances in medicine, and ways to take care of our bodies.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the importance of chemical reactions and the organization and properties of living organisms;
2. describe the role that genes play in the determination of our physical and mental characteristics;
3. examine the complexity and multiple functions of the skeletal system;
4. discuss how our bodies fight disease; and
5. explain the important roles of the integumentary and urinary systems.

AHL 700 – SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY III

Course Objectives:
1. critique aspects of one's own clinical experience,
2. examine interactions between members of the surgical team,
3. describe the role of professionalism and team work in the surgical environment, and
4. describe and discuss commonly performed surgical procedures, and
5. identify appropriate specialty surgical instruments.

AHL 702 – Neuromuscular Systems and Polysomnography

Learn neuromuscular anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology as it relates to sleep disorders and polysomnography. Introduction to the EEG, EMG and EOG is also covered. Permission to register required by coordinator.

Course Objectives:
1. identify anatomical structures of the nervous muscular systems,
2. explain the physiology for the structures identified in the nervous and muscular systems,
3. explain how the nervous and muscular systems interact in relation to sleep and sleep disorders,
4. define the basic components of electricity and conduction of electricity,
5. explain how the electrical impulses relate to the functioning of the nervous and muscular systems,
6. explain how electrical impulses are depicted during sleep studies, and
7. develop the ability to successfully read electrical graphing of nervous and muscular system activity during a sleep study.

AHL 703 – Cardiopulmonary Systems and Polysomnography

Learn cardiopulmonary anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as it relates to sleep disorders and polysomnography. Application of EKG will be introduced. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all courses in Module I and II in Sleep Technology Program. Permission to register must be given by coordinator.

Course Objectives:
1. identify anatomical structures of the cardiac and respiratory systems,
2. explain the physiology for the structures identified in the cardiac and repiratory systems,
3. explain how the cardiac and respiratory systems interact in relation to sleep and sleep disorders,
4. explain the pathophysiology of sleep disorders in relation to the cardiac and respiratory systems, and
5. demonstrate recognition of the basoc EKG dysrhythmias and arrhythmias on polysomnographs.

AHL 704 – Ophthalmic Medical Assistant-Clinical

Complete the coursework necessary to become a certified Ophthalmic Medical Assistant through this 99-hour clinical placement. Apply material learned in the classroom/lecture portion of this program including the operation of the front desk and back office duties related to the ophthalmic medical practice.

Course Objectives:
1. develop correct infection control procedures;
2. demonstrate appropriate interactions with patients when identifying basic structures for the eye, skull, and when performing patient education on common eye diseases, and the symptoms and treatments;
3. demonstrate an understanding of appropriate interactions with patients when identifying common medical treatments for each disease studied;
4. demonstrate professional behavior;
5. recognize the proper use of equipment in the ophthalmic office; and
6. apply appropriate eye examination skills and basic patient intake skills.

AHL 705 – Medical Billing and Patient Accounting

Gain an introduction to a medical administrative software package. Learn to input patient information, schedule appointments, handle billing, produce lists and reports, and handle insurance claims both on forms and electronically.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate proper use of the computer for patient billing,
2. manage data with a computerized system,
3. use and enter patient information,
4. list new patients and handle transactions,
5. develop the ability to produce reports,
6. develop the ability to print statements and insurance forms, and
7. process data at the end of the month.

AHL 706 – Basic Medical Coding

Become familiar with the numeric classification of disease and trauma, emphasizing the relationship between ICD-9 and CPT codes. Topics include introduction to coding and codebook terminology, conventions and abbreviations, main terms and definitions of terms and conditions, combination codes, reading and coding case histories, checking existing codes for accuracy, CPT coding and using ICD and CPT coding together to file a HCFA 1500 form.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the purpose and importance of coding diagnoses,
2. use diagnostic code books,
3. classify the meaning of abbreviations and symbols in the code books,
4. define diagnostic code terminology,
5. explain the purpose of diagnosis related groups,
6. explain how payment is made based on diagnosis related groups,
7. perform ICD-9 coding accurately, and
8. perform CPT coding accurately.

AHL 707 – Fundamentals for the Medical Office

Learn the theory and principles of the health care delivery system, the health insurance industry and the medical practice. Areas of specialization are reviewed, and trends in the health care delivery system are discussed with emphasis on their impact on the medical office assistant.

Course Objectives:
1. define abbreviations as they appear on a patient record,
2. abstract information necessary to complete insurance forms from patient records and billing statements,
3. locate errors on insurance claim forms,
4. complete insurance claims forms according to insurance regulations,
5. define medical assisting and explain its relationship to other health professions,
6. demonstrate an understanding of medical law and ethics as they pertain to the medical office,
7. prepare legally correct medicolegal forms and letters,
8. demonstrate an understanding of the transformation an individual undergoes when becoming a patient,
9. recognize Federal compliance issues as they pertain to the medical office, and
10. demonstrate an understanding of managed care as it pertains to the medical office.

AHL 708 – Medical Terminology

Develop an active medical vocabulary that will enhance career opportunities in the medical support field. Designed for individuals pursuing a career as a medical office administrative assistant. Includes medical terminology communication skills in the areas of listening, reading, speaking, and spelling; specialized terminology related to the body systems; and medical descriptions of measurement, colors, and positions.

Course Objectives:
1. interpret the meanings of medical terms through root, prefix, suffix, and whole numbers;
2. interpret the meanings of medical terms through listening;
3. develop the ability to pronounce medical terms based on phonetic respelling;
4. construct medical terms by combining word elements;
5. utilize medical terms in the appropriate context; and
6. recall specific medical terms based upon definition.

AHL 713 – Polysomnographic Clinical

Practice the clinical skills learned in the Polysomnographic Program as you work at a licensed sleep lab under the supervision of a certified technician. During this clinical, students work directly with patients, equipment related to sleep studies and learn to document medical data during the sleep studies.

Course Objectives:
1. perform full-body polysomnographic hookup utilizing the 10-20 system for the EEG placement;
2. demonstrate proper instrumentation of the electrical and therapeutic equipment;
3. develop the ability to produce legible, technically accurate documentation;
4. distinguish between different stages of sleep on the polysomnograph;
5. recognize and distinguish between different respiratory events and titrate PAP therapy accordingly;
6. distinguish between the different recording parameters for ANPSG¿s Split Studies, Titrations, MSLT, and MWT test;
7. discuss different scoring rules and recording parameters for pediatrics and adults;
8. discuss principles of laboratory safety, infection control, and confidentiality;
9. interpret data from the polysomnograph, hypnogram, and patient chart; and
10. demonstrate appropriate interaction with patients and exhibit professional behavior.

AHL 714 – Nursing Support Technician Clincial

This course is the last course in the Nursing Support Technician (NST) program. The student applies his/her learning from NST I, NST II, Venipuncture, EKG and IV Therapy in a clinical setting. Students gain experience in the hospital setting performing a variety of skills learned in the classroom and laboratory setting. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete classroom and lab prior to attending clinical.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate proper clinical skills in Venipuncture and IVs;
2. set up and take EKGs;
3. demonstrate proper clinical skills in wound care, NG tubes, catheters, trach care and other advanced nursing assistant skills;
4. explain the proper procedure of these clinical skills;
5. demonstrate universal precautions and infection control procedures;
6. demonstrate proper documentation of patient care;
7. perform duties within HIPAA regulations; and
8. develop the ability to consistently demonstrate respect for patients, their families, and co-workers.

AHL 718 – CCS-P Certification Review

This course is designed to present to the student a review of the medical coding system guidelines; diagnostic, procedural, and reimbursement information; and test-taking skills to help students prepare to successfully pass the Certified Coding Specialist - Physician-based exam. Topics to be covered include an overview of guidelines and conventions; review of ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases) diagnosis codes; review of CPT codes (Current Procedural Terminology); review of HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System); and overview of reimbursement methodologies. Prerequisite: Knowledge of coding and medical reimbursement.

Course Objectives:
1. cite guidelines and regulations governing coding systems;
2. demonstrate proficiency in coding systems and clinical vocabularies;
3. demonstrate an understanding of disease/diagnosis to include sepsis, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, injuries, adverse effects, complications, and neoplasms;
4. demonstrate an understanding of procedure codes to include cardiac catheterizations, vascular access devices, spinal injections, and endoscopies;
5. understand and apply E&M service codes; and
6. identify reimbursement systems for outpatient and ambulatory settings.

AHL 719 – HIPAA Training Online

Participate in an overview of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Title II Administrative Simplification (HIPAA-AS). Topics include privacy, confidentiality, security, patient rights, covered entities, business associates, protected health information (PHI), and penalties. This class is entirely online.

Course Objectives:
1. apply HIPAA regulations to daily activities,
2. implement HIPAA regulations in offices/companies,
3. identify areas that need to become compliant, and
4. apply accepted procedures regarding when and how to share protected health information.

AHL 721 – Introduction to Laboratory Techniques

Learn about laboratory procedures and how to perform CLIA-waived tests. This course may articulate into the Medical Laboratory Technologist credit program.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and explain ethical safety and legal issues related to laboratory testing,
2. demonstrate proper laboratory procedures for CLIA-Waived Testing, and
3. identify normal and abnormal values for laboratory assays.

AHL 722 – Living Real Lives

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to provide services and assistance for people with disabilities. The student will learn techniques for focusing on strengths and abilities rather than the negative to assist persons with disabilities to achieve goals. Topics to be covered include disability as a natural characteristic, techniques for focusing on strengths and abilities, letting go of the negative, and achieving goals for people with disabilities.

Course Objectives:
1. define disability as a natural characteristic,
2. apply techniques learned for focusing on strengths and abilities, and
3. discuss how to implement letting go of the negative.

AHL 725 – Surgical Technology in Practice for AAD-ST

Review surgical anatomy and pathology and basic, intermediate, and advanced surgical procedures as outlined in the Association of Surgical Technology's Core Curriculum. Designed for the practicing surgical technologist in the Accelerated Alternate Delivery Distance Learning Surgical Technology Program (AAD-ST). Students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the integration of their work experience with this course and Surgical Technology Theory for AAD-ST through the submission of skill evaluations from their peers and supervisors. Topics to be covered include review of anatomy of the major organ systems and related pathologies that require surgical procedures, supplies and instrumentation for the procedure, steps in the procedure and the surgical technologist's duties during the procedure. Pre-requisite: Must be admitted into the Accelerated Alternate Delivery Surgical Technology Program.

Course Objectives:
1. describe and discuss commonly performed surgical procedures,
2. identify appropriate specialty surgical instruments,
3. discuss pathologic conditions related to the procedure being performed,
4. evaluate the role of the surgical technologist in various procedures and how one's own preparation can affect the surgical team and patient care,
5. identify anatomical structures within the major regions of the human body,
6. demonstrate the application of critical thinking skills to the topics covered in this course and in Surgical Technology Theory of AAD-ST.

AHL 726 – Surgical Technology Theory for AAD-ST

Consider how your own bias and stereotypes prevent organizational effectiveness. Examine potential barriers and focus on improving communication and respect in the workplace. Topics include key aspects/dimensions of diversity, behaviors associated with communication barriers, advantages of commonalities and uniqueness, and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the duties of the surgical technologist and the physical environment in which they work;
2. identify health care facilities, their management and financing;
3. define the surgical team;
4. define the legal, ethical and moral responsibilities of a surgical technologist;
5. discuss the principles of asepsis and disinfection and their importance in surgery;
6. identify the needs of the surgical patient and recognize patient emergencies;
7. discuss the history of surgical technology and the organizations related to profession;
8. discuss the role and responsibilities of the surgical technologist during the pre-, intra-, and postoperative phases of the operating room cycle; and
9. define the principles of hemostasis and blood replacement.

AHL 727 – Microbiology for AAD-ST

Learn the Surgical Technology Program (AAD-ST) with the basic concept of microbiology as it pertains to the health care field including the science of microbiology and common tools used as well as the basic concept of microorganisms as it pertains to the human body. The basic concept of disease processes in humans and the human body's defenses will be presented. Designed for the practicing surgical technologist in the Accelerated Alternate Delivery Distance.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the science of microbiology and its relevance to the health care profession,
2. identify the tools used in the science of microbiology,
3. discuss the theory of cells and their functions,
4. describe basic chemistry of organisms,
5. discuss the role of DNA of a cell,
6. describe human defenses against infectious disease and how major infectious diseases affect the human body,
7. discuss preliminary identification of Gram-positive cocci (staph),
8. discuss preliminary identification of Gram-negative bacilli (normal flora enteric organisms), and
9. describe the proper care and use of the microscope.

AHL 728 – Pharmacology for AAD-ST

Become familiar with the basic knowledge of proper identification, actions and safe handling of drugs used in the operating room. Topics to be covered include drugs used for pain and as anesthetic agents for the surgical patient, basic mathematical concepts related to dosage and drug calculation. Designed for the practicing surgical technologist in Accelerated Alternate Delivery Distance Learning.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the metric system and convert measurements from the household system to the metric system,
2. correctly change percentages to doses in milligrams,
3. monitor and add doses of medication routinely used in the operating room,
4. read drug container labels,
5. describe accurately how to mix medications and measure drugs,
6. describe how to safely transfer drugs from an unsterile field to a sterile field,
7. discuss the procedure of identifying drugs on the sterile field,
8. describe the actions and possible reactions of drugs commonly used in the operating room,
9. describe the significance of drug classifications,
10. identify drugs that are commonly used for pain and anesthetics, and
11. list uses and actions of drugs used in an emergency.

AHL 729 – Surgical Technology Capstone for AAD-ST

This course is designed to provide the practicing surgical technologist in the Accelerated Alternate Delivery Distance Learning Surgical Technology Series (AAD-ST) with additional tools to assist them in their preparation for the National Certification Exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Topics to be covered include clinical preceptorship, professional continuing education, developments in the profession, and review of assessment examination results. Prerequisite: Completion of all previous modules of the AAD Surgical Technology Series.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate appropriate constructive feedback techniques and become comfortable articulating it to others,
2. describe the benefits of professional memberships and certification,
3. explain the benefits of professional continuing education,
4. discuss current developments in the profession and the importance of active participation in the issues,
5. describe the role of a clinical preceptor,
6. identify and discuss positive preceptor attributes,
7. interpret performance on the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting's self assessment examination,
8. implement a plan of action to review problematic areas of performance on the self assessment examination, and
9. identify traditional and nontraditional employment opportunities for the Surgical Technologist.

AHL 730 – Direct Support for Professionals

This course is designed to enable the student who works as a direct support professional for individuals with disabilities to learn how to bring new energy and focus working with clients. Topics to be covered include roots and background of working with individuals with disabilities, the history of how people with disabilities have been treated in the community, and ways to rekindle passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Course Objectives:
1. implement strategies for bringing energy and focus for direct support professionals,
2. discuss the history of how persons with disabilities have been treated within the community, and
3. apply techniques learned for rekindling passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

AHL 732 – Polysomnographic Technology BRPT Board Exam Preparation for CAAHEP Graduates

Prepare for success on the national registry exam in Polysomnographic Technology (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists). Learn content tailored towards the five content domains on the exam and develop general test-taking skills. This course is for graduates of a CAAHEP approved program in polysomnographic technology and requires permission of the program director to enroll.

Course Objectives:
1. analyze pre-procedure information and interpret information from the clinical chart;
2. identify electrode placements sites for a full-body polysomnographic hookup utilizing the 10-20 system for the EEG placement;
3. demonstrate proper instrumentation of the electrical and therapeutic equipment;
4. distinguish between different stages of sleep on the polysomnograph;
5. recognize and distinguish between different respiratory events and describe how to titrate PAP therapy accordingly;
6. distinguish among the different recording parameters for ANPSGs, Split Studies, Titrations, MSLT and MWT tests;
7. recognize artifact on the polysomnograph and describe troubleshooting techniques;
8. discuss different scoring rules and recording parameters for pediatrics and adults;
9. discuss principles of laboratory safety, infection control, and confidentiality;
10. interpret data from the polysomnograph, hypnogram, and patient chart;
11. describe techniques for improving patient comfort and compliance with education; and
12. identify standards for protecting confidential health information and good clinical practices.

AHL 733 – Polysomnographic Technology BRPT Board Exam Preparation for Sleep Technicians

Prepare for success on the national registry exam in Polysomnographic Technology (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists). Learn content tailored towards the five content domains on the exam and will develop general test-taking skills. This course is for board-eligible PSG technicians who were trained on the job and have had no formal education in polysomnography.

Course Objectives:
1. analyze pre-procedure information and interpret information from the clinical chart;
2. identify electrode placements sites for a full-body polysomnographic hookup utilizing the 10-20 system for the EEG placement;
3. demonstrate proper instrumentation of the electrical and therapeutic equipment;
4. distinguish among different stages of sleep on the polysomnograph;
5. recognize and distinguish between different respiratory events and describe how to titrate PAP therapy accordingly;
6. distinguish between the different recording parameters for ANPSGs, Split Studies, Titrations, MSLT and MWT tests;
7. recognize artifact on the polysomnograph and describe troubleshooting techniques;
8. discuss different scoring rules and recording parameters for pediatrics and adults;
9. discuss principles of laboratory safety, infection control, and confidentiality;
10. interpret data from the polysomnograph, hypnogram, and patient chart;
11. describe techniques for improving patient comfort and compliance with education; and
12. identify standards for protecting confidential health information and good clinical practices.

AHL 735 – Disability Awareness: Breaking Barriers

This course is designed to enable the student who is a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) care provider to learn about the variety of barriers that people with disabilities encounter. Topics to be covered include various disabilities and how they affect the individual, accommodation issues, communication related disabilities, and how to become an advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss various disabilities and how they affect the individual,
2. explain accommodations issues surrounding individuals with disabilities,
3. discuss communication related disabilities, and
4. implement steps to becoming an advocate for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

AHL 736 – Effective Communication

This course is designed to enable the student who is a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) care provider to learn the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace. Topics to be covered include personal communication styles, interpersonal skills in the workplace, roadblocks to effective communication, and good listening skills.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the importance of communication and interpersonal skills in the workplace,
2. list roadblocks to effective communication and how to overcome them,
3. explain how good listening skills can build better relationships with others, and
4. describe personal communication style responses to challenging situations.

AHL 737 – Fluid Technique Massage for Massage Therapist

This course is designed to enable the student who is a massage therapist to learn strokes, protocol and application of fluid technique to reduce edema, bruises, and eliminate toxins. Topics to be covered include fluid technique, strokes, application of fluid technique, decreasing or eradicating arthritic pain, anatomy and physiology of fluid facilitation, and the physical principles that influence movement of fluid. Prerequisite: Must be a licensed Massage Therapist or body worker.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the proper use of fluid technique for different groups;
2. explain and demonstrate protocol and application of fluid technique to reduce edema, bruises, and eliminate toxins;
3. explain how to decrease or eradicate arthritic pain, prevent development of arthritis, and increase joint mobility;
4. demonstrate and explain how to speed up lymph flow or redirect it, and decrease blood pressure;
5. explain anatomy and physiology of fluid facilitation; and
6. explain and identify neurological, and physical principles that influence movement of fluid.

AHL 738 – Orthopedic Massage Lower Body: Contemporary Clinician

This course is designed to enable the student who is a massage therapist to learn the process of rehabilitation. Topics include orthopedic assessment techniques to reveal signs of most common musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, plan of intervention development, hands-on practice, cautions, contraindication, and referrals. Pre-requisite: Must be a licensed therapist.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the most common musculoskeletal conditions and their anatomy and physiology,
2. demonstrate and explain concepts of stretching and strengthening to restore mobility and proper functioning,
3. explain and demonstrate referral procedures for specific professional diagnostic,
4. demonstrate palpation and orthopedic assessment to reveal signs of the most common musculoskeletal conditions,
5. explain the physiology and health conditions related to the massage treatment, and
6. explain the plan of intervention development and quick adaptation of the approach to changes in the body.

AHL 739 – CCS-P Certification Review

Review the medical coding system guidelines; diagnostic, procedural, and reimbursement information; and test-taking skills to help prepare to successfully pass the Certified Coding Specialist Physician-based exam. Prerequisite: Knowledge of coding and medical reimbursement.

Course Objectives:
1. cite guidelines and regulations governing coding systems;
2. demonstrate proficiency in coding systems and clinical vocabularies;
3. demonstrate an understanding of disease/diagnosis, including sepsis, pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, injuries, adverse effects, complications, and neoplasm;
4. demonstrate an understanding of procedure codes, including cardiac catheterizations, vascular access devices, spinal injections, and endoscopies;
5. demonstrate an understanding of and apply E&M service codes;
6. identify reimbursement systems for outpatient and ambulatory settings; and
7. demonstrate readiness to sit for the certification exam.

AHL 740 – Creating Job Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

This course is designed to enable the student who is a Developmental Disabilities employment specialist to learn techniques for helping persons with developmental disabilities to find meaningful jobs that match their talents and goals. Topics to be covered include building and maintaining a network of employer contacts, techniques for informational interviews, developing task lists, matching job seeker profiles, and negotiating with employers.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to build and maintain a network of employer contacts,
2. conduct informational interviews with companies to match clients,
3. develop specific task lists,
4. combine job seeker profiles with company profiles, and
5. demonstrate an understanding of how to negotiate with employers to ensure quality workplace supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

AHL 741 – Medical Coding for Non-Coders

Gain a fundamental knowledge of the basics of ICD-9, CPT Coding and HCPCS. Learn to understand the link between outpatient medical coding and reimbursement. Textbooks included. Prerequisite: Knowledge of Medical Terminology.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the importance of coding;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the difference between outpatient and inpatient coding;
3. choose the appropriate coding methodology for physicians¿ offices, emergency departments, acute care hospitals, ambulatory clinics and other healthcare settings;
4. explain the legal and ethical issues of privacy and security as they relate to medical coding;
5. identify the basic parts of a simple outpatient medical record;
6. recognize the difference between the UB-04 and the CMS-1500 medical insurance forms;
7. understand the difference between the ICD-9-CM, CPT-4 and HCPCS codebooks and when to use them in coding different types of medical records;
8. understand the application of official coding guidelines and conventions to code selection;
9. demonstrate the ability to accurately code basic medical diagnoses using ICD-9-CM; and
10. demonstrate the ability to accurately code basic medical procedures using CPT-4 and HCPCS.

AHL 742 – Medical Billing and Patient Accounting

Learn to input patient information, schedule appointments, handle billing, produce lists and reports, and handle insurance claims both on forms and electronically through an introduction to a medical administrative software package. Topics include computers and the medical assistant, data management, report production, insurance forms, billing operations.

Course Objectives:
1. use the computer for patient billing,
2. manage data with a computerized system,
3. develop the ability to enter and use patient information,
4. develop the ability to add new patients and handle transactions,
5. process reports,
6. prepare printed statements and insurance forms, and
7. process data at the end of the month.

AHL 743 – Bodywork for the Dying

Learn various ways to work with the dying client. Great variety of disease processes, spiritual aspects, and physical manifestations of end-stage dying and how to determine the best approaches to comfort and symptom relief in these clients.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate various techniques of working with the dying,
2. explain a range of disease processes,
3. explain the physical manifestations of end-stage dying, and
4. demonstrate and explain the best approaches to comfort and symptom relief for the dying.

AHL 746 – Ohashiatsu Beginning I

Learn the concept of Ki, Yin and Yang, and the 12 meridians. Learn to perceive the flow of energy in the body and observe its manifestations in the meridians, tsubos, physical movement and personal habits.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the concepts of Ki,
2. demonstrate beginning Ohashiatsu techniques in supine and prone positions,
3. describe and explain the twelve traditional meridians,
4. demonstrate and explain the five Principles of Ohashiatsu, and
5. explain the concept of Yin and Yang.

AHL 747 – HIV/AIDS Prevention for In-Treatment Injection Drug Users: Extra Steps

Obtain the knowledge that will provide an innovative harm reduction approach in order to achieve better prevention outcomes for current and recovering injection drug users in Maryland.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of needle cleaning techniques,
2. identify how to decrease the impact of barriers to implementing protective measures,
3. demonstrate the ability to accurately perceive drug and sex-related risk assessments,
4. identify how and when to give constructive feedback to clients, and
5. demonstrate knowledge of the Extra Steps Intervention.

AHL 748 – Understanding Social Security Benefits

Learn the eligibility requirements for Social Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Designed for the social worker to learn about the health care programs that accompany each benefit. Topics include entitlement to Social Security Disability, the Social Security

Course Objectives:
1. cite who is entitled to Social Security Disability,
2. cite how disability is defined by the Social Security Administration,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the appeals process,
4. manage the representative payee provisions of Social Security, and
5. discuss the return to work incentives of Social Security.

AHL 749 – Positive Behavior Support

This course is designed to enable the student who is a behavioral health service employee to learn the skills required to better understand positive behavior supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. Topics to be covered include positive behavior supports, the role of effective and appropriate supports, quality of life issues, and functional assessments.

Course Objectives:
1. define positive behavior supports,
2. implement effective supports for individuals with disabilities,
3. discuss quality of life issues, and
4. perform functional assessments.

AHL 750 – Using Art in the Therapeutic Setting

Learn how to use art therapy as a therapeutic approach to diagnosis and treatment for mental illness, particularly in the aging population. Designed for the student who is a social worker, topics to be covered include sociology of the aging and its effects, using art therapy to relieve anxiety and depression, utilizing art therapy with low functioning adults, the latest research on how art therapy is used to assist dementia and alzheimer's patients.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the sociology of aging and its effects on individuals,
2. discuss how art therapy can be used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and
3. discuss the latest data and research on how art therapy is used to help the aging and clients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

AHL 751 – The Physiology of Substance Abuse

Designed for the social worker. Learn why people abuse drugs and the physiology of each class of substance. Topics include the 3 spheres of health, the 5 C's of Adolescence, the neurobiology of addiction, and how abusing substances damages organ systems. Screening, diagnosing and intervening substances abuse cases will also be covered.

Course Objectives:
1. define the three spheres of health;
2. define the five main characteristics of adolescence;
3. list and define the classes of substances of abuse and their physiology;
4. explain the neurobiology of addiction;
5. explain how abusing substances damages organ systems; and
6. develop the ability to screen, diagnose, and intervene in substance abuse cases.

AHL 752 – HIV/AIDS Prevention for In-Treatment Injection Drug Users: Extra Steps

This course is designed to enable the student who is a health care worker to increase his/her knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in protection against risky activities, and decrease the impact of personal, interpersonal, cultural, and community barriers in implementing protective measures. This training will provide an innovative harm reduction approach that will achieve better prevention outcomes for current and recovering intravenous drug users in Maryland. Topics to be covered include needle cleaning techniques, decreasing barriers to implementing protective measures, constructive feedback, and highlights of local services that can help patients after drug treatment.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the effects of the HIV virus,
2. list the agencies that assist with education and training,
3. demonstrate knowledge of needle cleaning techniques,
4. identify how to decrease the impact of barriers to implementing protective measures,
5. demonstrate the ability to accurately interpret drug and sex-related risk assessments,
6. identify how and when to give constructive feedback to clients, and
7. demonstrate knowledge of the Extra Steps Intervention.

AHL 753 – MD/ORTHODONTIC/EXPANDED/FUNCT

Learn the concepts related to the duties for orthodontic dental auxiliaries, anatomy, ethics, terminology, patient and record management, chairside procedures, principles of sanitation, sterilization, and disinfection, and orthodontic materials and procedures. Certification is provided by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Course Objectives:
1. identify parts of the anatomy related to performing orthodontic expanded functions;
2. demonstrate an understanding of chair side dental procedures as approved by the MBDE;
3. demonstrate the principles of sanitization, sterilization, and disinfection during chair side procedures;
4. practice professional patient management;
5. demonstrate the ability to prepare and manipulate orthodontic materials and lab procedures;
6. recognize terminology associated with orthodontic expanded functions;
7. demonstrate the ability to maintain accurate orthodontic records; and
8. demonstrate an understanding of an ethical code of conduct.

AHL 754 – Maryland General Expanded Functions

Learn expanded dental assisting functions that will prepare students for the Maryland State Expanded Functions Examination. You must be currently working in a dental office AND your dentist must be willing to sign off on your skills. Learn removing excess cement, drying root canals, preparing and removing temporary coverings, etching teeth, removing sutures, placing and removing retraction cord, fluoride treatment, opposing arch impressions, fabricating mouth guards, rubber dam placement, replacing periodontal dressing, and placing matrix bands. Certification is provided by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB).

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to prepare and manipulate chair side materials;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the removal of excess cement, drying root canals, etching teeth and removing sutures;
3. identify and demonstrate fabricating matrix bands, mouth guards, rubber dam placements and periodontal dressing;
4. demonstrate preparing and removing temporary coverings;
5. demonstrate how to remove retraction cord, fluoride treatment and opposing arch impressions;
6. demonstrate the ability to perform board approved expanded functions with accuracy and skill;
7. demonstrate an understanding of and compliance with the Dental Practice Act; and
8. demonstrate an understanding of infection control for all Intraoral procedures.

AHL 756 – CLINICAL SLEEP MEDICINE

This course is designed to enable the student who is a nurse/physician and/or other clincial practitioner to learn about the clinical aspects of sleep medicine. Topics to be covered include the classification, epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of sleep disorders, with an emphasis on clinical manifestation and response to neurological, pulmonary, and other sleep-related conditions.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the instruments used clinically to evaluate excessive daytime sleepiness and other correlates of sleep disorders;
2. identify the impact of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation on individual health and cost to society;
3. identify treatments for sleep disorders, including sleep hygiene, PAP therapy, surgery, and other modalities;
4. describe how HST (Home Sleep Testing) devices can be used to screen for sleep disordered breathing;
5. identify principals of patient education and support in adjusting to treatments for sleep disordered breathing;
6. describe clinical decision-making pathways in determining need for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders; and
7. identify and apply clinical practice parameters proscribed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

AHL 758 – USING/ART/THERAPUETIC/SETTING

This course is designed to enable the student who is a social worker to learn to use art therapy as a therapeutic approach to diagnosis and treatment for mental illness, particularly in the aging population. Topics to be covered include sociology of the aging, using art therapy to relieve anxiety and depression and utilizing art therapy with low functioning adults. The latest research on how art therapy is used to assist dementia and Alzheimer's patients.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the sociology of aging and its effects on individuals,
2. discuss how art therapy can be used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression,
3. explain how to utilize art therapy with low functioning adults, and
4. discuss the latest data and research on how art therapy is used to help the aging and clients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

AHL 759 – Creating Accessible Housing

This course will enable the student who is a direct support professional to learn about housing resources and the availabilty of affordable and accessible housing in the region.

Course Objectives:
1. implement resources learned for using the housing development process,
2. discuss financial resources for making housing affordable,
3. implement opportunities for advocacy, and
4. discuss tenant based rental support programs.

AHL 760 – Better Body Mechanics

Learn various ways of optimal body mechanics. The course will allow the student to determine the best approaches to provide comfort, prevent injuries and improve the quality of massage. Superior body mechanics, lengthening tight muscles, strengthening weak muscles, and steps to make the work more enjoyable will also be covered.

Course Objectives:
1. identify shortened muscles which lead to poor body mechanics and potential pain or injury,
2. demonstrate therapeutic techniques to create openness and length in tight muscles,
3. identify weak muscles which contribute to poor body mechanics and potential pain or injury,
4. demonstrate therapeutic techniques to strengthen weak muscles and bring balance to the body, and
5. demonstrate a short daily routine of therapeutic exercises.

AHL 761 – Massage for Athletes and Everyone Else

Learn a variety of sport massage techniques including neuromuscular techniques that stimulate, relax, or balance muscle tonus, instantly eliminate spasms and cramps. Also covered are pre-, post-, inter- event massage, heat and cold application as it relates to sports.

Course Objectives:
1. explain and demonstrate neuromuscular techniques that stimulate, relax, or balance muscle tonus;
2. explain anatomy and physiology related to massage techniques;
3. explain and demonstrate neuromuscular techniques used to eliminate spasms and cramps;
4. explain how to use pre-post and inter-event massage to improve athletic performance; and
5. explain and demonstrate how to use heat and cold application during sports.

AHL 762 – Orthopedic Massage Lower Body: Contemporary Clincian

Learn the process of rehabilitation and orthopedic assessment techniques to reveal signs of most common musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, plan of intervention development and hands-on practice, cautions and contraindication and referrals.

Course Objectives:
1. explain most common musculoskeletal conditions and their anatomy and physiology,
2. demonstrate and explain concepts of stretching and strengthening to restore mobility and proper functioning,
3. explain and demonstrate referral procedures for specific professional diagnostic,
4. demonstrate palpation and orthopedic assessment to reveal signs of the most common musculoskeletal conditions,
5. explain the physiology and health conditions related to the massage treatment, and
6. explain plan of intervention development and quick adaptation of the approach to changes in the body.

AHL 763 – ORTHOPEDIC/MASSAGE/UPPER/BODY

Learn the process of rehabilitation and matching the physiology of injury with massage treatment in the neck, torso, shoulders and arms. Also covered are combined approach to alleviate muscle tension, repetitive strain injuries, postural imbalances, nerve impeachment syndromes, assessment and application of the treatment protocols.

Course Objectives:
1. explain most common musculoskeletal conditions and their anatomy and physiology,
2. demonstrate and explain assessment and application of the treatment protocols,
3. explain the process of rehabilitation and match the physiology of the injury to the massage treatment,
4. explain and demonstrate referral procedures for specific professional diagnostic,
5. demonstrate and explain cautions and contraindication, and
6. explain postural imbalances and nerve impeachment syndromes.

AHL 764 – SomaCentric Dialoguing

Learn step-by step concepts and techniques on how to get beyond communication barriers and more effectively understand clients and get clients to inhabit their bodies. The course will allow the student to learn how individuals process and communicate information, language blend, how to identify each client's unique language blend, and improve rapport by focusing dialogue in a more effective manner. Expressing particular body needs, discussion around unresolved health problems, learn life lessons and regain their health will also be covered.

Course Objectives:
1. explain and demonstrate effective communication and barriers to effective communication,
2. demonstrate and explain body awareness,
3. demonstrate and explain unique language blend and how to improve rapport, and
4. explain techniques used to regain health and recognize health problems.

AHL 765 – Treating Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Learn various ways to provide massage techniques for shoulder injuries. The course will allow the student to determine the best orthopedic approach in treating frozen shoulder syndrome. Topics to be covered include orthopedic assessment, process of rehabilitation, review of the anatomy, physiology, therapeutic exercises, recovery, prevention, contraindication and referrals will also be covered.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate hands-on orthopedic assessment and application of techniques to reveal and treat most common musculoskeletal conditions and injuries of the shoulder,
2. explain the process of rehabilitation ,
3. explain and identify the anatomy, physiology and techniques,
4. demonstrate and explain appropriate therapeutic exercise for complete recovery and prevention of recurrence pathological conditions and injuries to the leg,
5. explain plan of intervention development and hands on practice, and
6. identify cautions, contraindication, and referrals.

AHL 766 – TREATING LOWER LEG AND ANKLE

Learn various ways to provide massage techniques to address foot and leg problems. The course will allow the student to determine the best orthopedic approach in treating plantar, fasciitis, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, and bursitis. Topics to be covered include kinesiology, common disorders, protocols, therapeutic exercises, prevention, recovery, orthopedic assessment, process of rehabilitation, review of the anatomy, contraindication and referrals for shoulder injuries.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate hands-on orthopedic assessment and application of techniques to reveal and treat most common disorders of the lower leg and ankle;
2. explain the process of rehabilitation;
3. explain and identify the anatomy, physiology and techniques;
4. demonstrate and explain appropriate therapeutic exercise for complete recovery and prevention of recurrence pathological conditions and injuries to the leg and ankle;
5. explain plan of intervention development and hands on practice;
6. identify cautions, contraindication and referrals; and
7. explain the best orthopedic approach in treating plantar, fasciitis, tendinitis, and tenosynovitis, and bursitis.

AHL 767 – Direct Muscle Release Technique DMRT: The Neck and Shoulders

Learn muscular restriction and range of motion. Direct Muscle Release Technique allows therapist to quickly determine which muscle(s) are actually limiting motion and offers a fast and painless way to release them. Also covered are fundamentals musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics. This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain biomechanical definitions in terms useful to the techniques to be learned,
2. demonstrate using muscle actions to evaluate out individual muscle stretches,
3. explain and identify specific muscles needing release by using gentle passive range of motion tests, and
4. demonstrate fast and gentle ways of releasing restrictive muscles.

AHL 768 – IMPROVE YOUR BODY MECHANICS

Learn how the Feldenkrais Method can help develop greater self awareness, improve body mechanics, create more ease throughout a work day, reduce the risk of injury, discomfort, range of motion, flexibility, balance, muscular restriction and range of motion. This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain how to improve one's self-awareness for better body mechanics and self care,
2. demonstrate and explain how to address the pelvis as a core power in application of massage and daily functioning,
3. explain strategies to reduce trauma to massage therapists of carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder & pelvic girdle strain,
4. explain the power of listening and how to pay attention to organization to better facilitate communication with clients, and
5. explain true organic learning as it relates to taking care of oneself.

AHL 769 – Seated Thai Massage

Learn to make your chair massage sessions more effective and less tiring through the improved body mechanics and the use of Thai Massage. This course adapts unique Thai techniques to the modern massage chair for a unique massage that relieves stress and tension while protecting the therapist from overusing the hands. Also covered are fundamentals of Thai techniques, body mechanics and massage protocols. This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate traditional Thai Seated Massage and how it can be adapted to the modern massage chair,
2. explain and demonstrate basic Thai techniques,
3. explain and identify three important factors in practicing excellent body mechanics in seated massage,
4. demonstrate healthy body mechanics, and
5. explain protocol of Thai Seated Massage.

AHL 770 – Polysomnographic Clinical II

Gain further exposure to the field of Sleep Medicine as you work at an accredited sleep lab under the supervision of a certified technologist. During this "clinical", students work directly with patients, equipment and data related to sleep studies and with medical records. Clinical placement is in part based on the results of a criminal background check that is paid for by students.

AHL 771 – INTRODUCTION/TRAGER/APPROACH

This course is designed to enable the student who is a massage therapist to learn the process of combining bodywork and movement reeducation. Topics to be covered include a process of communication a quality of free, effortless movement through gently elongating, rocking, and supporting the body to facilitate deep relaxation; increasing physical mobility; and promoting the body's optimal performance. Prerequisite: Must be licensed massage therapists, body-worker and/or other health care providers.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate Trager principles of sensing weight, elongation, and gentle movement in freeing and opening the body in both self-care exercise and tablework;
2. demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of the Trager way of inquiry and ease of body as it relates to life and work;
3. explain the unique contribution of Milton Trager M.D. to movement re-education and bodywork; and
4. demonstrate two techniques of movement awareness and the principles that "less is more" in self-care exercise and bodywork.

AHL 772 – MASSAGE/THERAPY/EXAM/REVIEW

Learn how to prepare for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork as well as the Maryland State Jurisprudence Exam for Massage Therapy. This two-day class will review key topics covered on the exam to assist applicants in focusing their study and preparation in order to be successful. This course also provides an overview of the steps in the process of becoming both nationally certified and state licensed. Major Exam content areas will be included: Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Client Assessment, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Application, Professional Standards, Ethics, Business and Legal Practices.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the requirements to properly prepare for the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork) Exam application,
2. explain the testing process and how to prepare for the exam,
3. identify the major content areas of the NCBTMB Exam, and
4. demonstrate readiness to sit for the exam.

AHL 773 – Introduction to ICD-10-CM

Gain an introduction to the latest revisions of ICD-10-CM. It is a practical overview of ICD-10-CM with its related rules and guidelines. We will address planning and implementation of ICD-10-CM and the differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM. This course is designed for people who already use ICD-9-CM in their current jobs.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10,
2. demonstrate ICD-10-CM grouping of codes,
3. apply increased specificity,
4. articulate expanded descriptions and general structure and characteristics of ICD-10-CM, and
5. apply new guidelines to correctly code ICD-10-CM codes.

AHL 774 – Study Skills for Success in Health Care Training

Learn how to learn along with other strategies (using your textbook, notetaking, study skills, stress and time management, goals setting and developing support systems) to help you be successful in your health care training program. Knowledge and skills are easily transferrable to other learning arenas.

Course Objectives:
1. identify which "intelligences" (from multiple intelligences) are one's strengths,
2. explain how to use one's "intelligence strengths" to study and learn,
3. identify and demonstrate study skills note taking and how to use one's textbooks,
4. demonstrate basic time management skills in setting up calendars,
5. identify the most stressful events of daily life and ways in which one can reduce those stressors,
6. identify steps in developing learning goals and then develop individualized learning goals, and
7. explain the importance of support systems in being successful and identify one's own support systems.

AHL 775 – MOVEMENT/PATTERNING/UPPER/BODY

Learn how to view and document structural imbalances through an understanding of the Tensegrity concept. Also, learn the impact that structural imbalances cause on related body areas and perform and coach clients through various re-patterning exercises designed to bring the body back to optimum structural objective. This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain how the to view the body through postural analysis techniques,
2. explain and identify the areas of structural imbalance,
3. demonstrate the structural imbalances on the "Four View" chart,
4. explain and demonstrate the concept of "Tensegrity",
5. explain the fascial and anatomical structure of the shoulder girdle and torso,
6. explain the impact of imbalances throughout the upper body, and
7. demonstrate an understanding of how to perform and coach clients through four re-patterning exercises specific for the shoulder girdle and torso.

AHL 776 – CREAT/EVIDENCE/INFORM/PRACTICE

Learn basic concepts necessary for the critical evaluation of health care research literature. Also covered, information on how to search common medical literature databases such as PubMed, determining the credibility of research findings and how to apply these results This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate and identify two Internet resources for locating journal articles of interest,
2. conduct a search using PubMed,
3. explain and identify the structure and function of each section in a typical journal article,
4. demonstrate critical evaluation of the credibility of a journal article, and
5. explain appropriate guidelines for determining whether and how research findings can be applied to individual¿s clients.

AHL 777 – Youth Engagement

This course is designed to develop strategies to engage foster care youth in the child welfare system. Topics to be included are the advocates role in support of foster care youth child welfare system.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the unique needs of youth in foster care,
2. list child welfare services designed to promote the well-being and safety of youth,
3. identify public agencies and services available through the child welfare system that would assist foster care youth,
4. review benefits of engaging foster care youth in child welfare system, and
5. cite data and strategies to help foster care youth take advantage of the child welfare system services.

AHL 778 – SISTA Training of Facilitators

This four day course has been designed to train individuals who want to become a community facilitator of the Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS (SISTA) intervention. Teaching strategies will be used during this course including facilitation skills, lecture, small group activities, and group discussions.

Course Objectives:
1. implement and facilitate the SISTA intervention for women in their communities;
2. identify and describe the two behavioral theories that underlie the SISTA intervention;
3. identify and describe the seven core elements of the SISTA intervention;
4. identify and use effective communication skills, facilitation skills, and teaching strategies for the implementation of the SISTA intervention; and
5. identify and use culturally specific session enhancements within the SISTA intervention.

AHL 779 – AUTHENTIC/THAI/MASSAGE

Learn this massage practice as it is taught in Thailand. Sometimes referred to as 'Thai Yoga' in the West. Traditional Thai massage is a unique form of bodywork which has been practiced for over 2500 years and is an integral part of the traditional Thai Medical practice. This course teaches the meditative practice of traditional techniques using hands and feet: body mechanics and safety, and a protocol for a classic traditional Thai Massage. Pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUs to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain origins and history of Traditional Thai Massage, Nuad Boran;
2. identify 8 primary working postures for optimal body mechanics;
3. demonstrate Thai Massage techniques;
4. identify 8 primary hand techniques;
5. demonstrate short daily routine of therapeutic exercises;
6. identify endangerment areas;
7. identify cautions and contraindications; and
8. demonstrate a traditional Thai Massage session.

AHL 780 – PRACTICE/BASED RESEARCH/REPORT

Learn concepts and critical thinking skills used in designing both qualitative and quantitative research. This course will make emphasis on designing two simple types of research that can be conducted in a clinical practice setting integrating both methodologies: the case report and case series. This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain and define the elements of a case report,
2. explain and list the five steps in planning a case report or series,
3. explain and identify potential problems and solutions in the conduct of practice-based research, and
4. explain and create a project outline that can be used to plan a study and write up the results for publication.

AHL 781 – Qigong for the Massage Therapist

Learn about body opening movements to relax the body and clear an accumulation of tension. Topics include the Eight Pieces of Brocade to cleanse the body and circulate energy to improve the health of the body/mind, stimulate healing, and increase longevity. The student will also learn how to apply these techniques to a current clinical practice. This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. identify major historical, theoretical and scientific foundations of Qigong;
2. identify how to unify body, breath and mind through the use of awareness exercises;
3. identify the individual movement in the Eight Pieces of Brocade;
4. practice and demonstrate unifying body, breath and mind, and the Eight Pieces of Brocade; and
5. apply Qigong to current clinical practice.

AHL 782 – SomaCentric Dialoguing 2

Learn effective dialoguing with clients, building upon concepts and techniques learned in the first SomaCentric Dialoguing workshop. Also covered are how to use pauses and timing to enhance questions, statements, and body awareness, explore word choices and reframe and restate therapeutic purposes. This course is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUs to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain and identify clients' 'language' and how to speak their language if it is foreign;
2. explain when or when not to ask questions or say anything;
3. demonstrate and explain how to therapeutically use timing and pauses when communicating with clients; and
4. explain various techniques to access the wisdom of the client's body.

AHL 783 – The Fluid Technique Massage for Massage Therapist

Learn how to actively apply protocols that facilitate fluid flow and exchange, eliminate toxins, and influence blood pressure. Fluid facilitation is a technique that can be used to manage pain, increase mobility, increase or decrease blood pressure and decrease edema and bruising. Other topics included. This course is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUs to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to learn techniques that facilitate fluid flow and exchange,
2. review related anatomy and physiology,
3. identify neurological and physiological principles related to fluid movement,
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to modify fluid facilitation for different populations (elderly, athletes), and
5. apply this strategy to current clinical settings.

AHL 784 – Healing Touch Level I

Study toward a certificate of completion in Healing Touch which incorporates a variety of basic to advanced healing modalities. Topics include human energy system in relationship to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health, energy principles, and intervention techniques. Level 1 allows students with varying backgrounds to enter, acknowledge their previous learning and to further develop concepts and skills in energy-based therapy. This course is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUs to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the human energy system in relationship to physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health;
2. explain energy principles basic to healing touch;
3. explain the energy center and field;
4 explain and identify a basic healing touch sequence;
5. demonstrate specific intervention techniques used in healing touch; and
6. explain applications of healing touch in personal and professional practice.

AHL 785 – Fibromyalgia Massage

Learn how Fibromyalgia Massage prepares massage therapists to safely work on clients who have fibromyalgia, providing a thorough understanding of this syndrome and treatment options in order to provide the best possible care to clients. Also, assess a client's symptoms, when to refer to other practitioners, and to select appropriate techniques to help alleviate symptoms. This course includes learning the working definition of fibromyalgia syndrome, and an understanding of theories on why people get fibromyalgia.This course is pending approval by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUS to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. explain and define fibromyalgia techniques and syndrome,
2. explain common symptoms of fibromyalgia,
3. explain appropriate treatment techniques for fibromyalgia massage,
4. explain how to determine appropriate referral to other practitioners, and
5. demonstrate massage for fibromyalgia patients.

AHL 788 – Pharaoh Intervention Training

This is a 3 day course and is designed to train individuals who are representative of various faith and community based HIV prevention organizations. Teaching strategies will be use during this course including facilitation skills, lecture, small group activities, and group discussions.

Course Objectives:
1. create an understanding of the Pharaoh Intervention Core Elements,
2. enhance skills for implementing the Pharaoh intervention effectively through modeling and teach-backs,
3. develop a formative plan for implementing Pharaoh,
4. develop knowledge of appropriate settings for the Pharaoh curriculum and ¿best practices¿ for effective implementation,
5. increase the HIV/AIDS related knowledge and skills of facilitators for the effective delivery of the Pharaoh intervention, and
6. implement and facilitate Pharaoh intervention for men in one's community.

AHL 789 – Pharaoh Intervention Training Extended

This is a 4 day course and is designed to train individuals who are representative of various faith and community based HIV prevention organizations. Teaching strategies will be use during this course including facilitation skills, lecture, small group activities, and group discussions. Training of Trainers (TOT), Teach and Theoretical Approach is included in this training

Course Objectives:
1. create an understanding of the Pharaoh Intervention Core Elements,
2. enhance skills for implementing the Pharaoh intervention effectively through modeling and teach-backs,
3. develop a formative plan for implementing Pharaoh,
4. develop knowledge of appropriate settings for the Pharaoh curriculum and ¿best practices¿ for effective implementation,
5. increase the HIV/AIDS related knowledge and skills of facilitators for the effective delivery of the Pharaoh intervention, and
6. implement and facilitate Pharaoh intervention for men in one's community.

AHL 790 – Person Centered Thinking

This course is designed to enable the student who is a direct support professional learn the skills required to provide person centered services and develop person centered plans for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the roles and responsiblities of staff in implementing plans,
2. implement changes within an organization by creating optimistic discontent,
3. apply and enhance person centered thinking skills in the workplace,
4. implement the use of learning logs, and
5. develop the ability to complete one's own first person centered plan.

AHL 791 – Shiatsu and Beyond: Ohashiatsu Beginning I

Learn this seamless flow of movement through theory and skill development. Shiatsu and Beyond: Ohashiatsu Beginning-I is the seamless flow of energy combining acupressure, healing touch and mediation. Course designed for bodyworkers and massage therapists only.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the concepts of Ki,
2. demonstrate beginning Ohashiatsu techniques in supine and prone positions,
3. describe and explain the twelve traditional meridians,
4. demonstrate and explain the Five Principles of Ohashiatsu, and
5. explain the concept of Yin and Yang.

AHL 792 – SLEEP BREATHING DISORDERS

Learn basic classification, epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment of sleep disorders. This course emphasizes clinical manifestations and response to neurological, pulmonary, and other sleep-related conditions. Designed for nurses, physicians and other clinical practitioners with no specialized training in sleep medicine.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the pathophysiology and distinguish between different types of sleep disordered breathing syndromes;
2. describe the instruments used clinically to evaluate excessive daytime sleepiness and other correlates of sleep disordered breathing;
3. identify treatments for sleep disorders, including sleep hygiene, PAP therapy, surgery, and other modalities;
4. describe how HST (Home Sleep Testing) devices can be used to screen for sleep disordered breathing;
5. identify prinicples of patient education and support in adjusting to treatments for sleep disordered breathing; and
6. describe clinical decision-making pathways in determining need for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.

AHL 793 – THAI ON THE TABLE MASSAGE

Become schooled in this meditative practice of traditional Thai massage using hands and feet, body mechanics and safety, along with a modified protocol for a Thai massage on the massage table. This traditional form of bodywork has been practiced for over 2500 years and is an integral part of traditional Thai medical practice. Open to LMTs and RMPs only.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the origins and history of traditional Thai Massage, Nuad Boran,
2. identify working postures for optimal body mechanics at the massage table,
3. identify eight primary hand techniques,
4. identify endangerment areas,
5. list cautions and contraindications,
6. practice basic Thai Massage techniques on the massage table, and
7. complete a Thai on the Table Massage session.

AHL 794 – Cardiovascular Technician Clinical Preparation

Practice cardiovascular skills learned in the CVT program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all CVT course work and approval by Program Coordinator.

Course Objectives:
1. review duties that may be assigned to oneself in the clinical placement,
2. identify appropriate steps in operating and caring for cardiovascular equipment, and
3. demonstrate the proper use of and care for cardiovascular equipment.

AHL 795 – Cardiovascular Anatomy, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Learn anatomy and diseases of the cardiovascular system and medications used to treat them. Prerequisites: Acceptance into CVT training and successful completion of Module 1.

Course Objectives:
1. identify anatomical structures of the CVS,
2. explain the physiological functioning of each structure,
3. identify and describe the major diseases that affect the CVS, and explain how they may affect the normal anatomy and physiology of the system,
4. identify the fifty most frequently used CV medications and explain their actions and contraindications, and
5. demonstrate and explain proper medical administration as it relates to the CVS.

AHL 796 – Medical Billing Online

Gain a fundamental knowledge of medical insurance billing, claims processing, major insurance carriers, managed care, accounts receivable management and the basics of coding. This class is entirely online. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology for Health Occupations.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the differences between ICD and CPT,
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of specific insurance carriers,
3. list steps involved in accounts receivable follow up,
4. describe the basics of medical coding, and
3. apply billing guidelines to correctly code and bill insurance claims.

AHL 797 – Medical Billing

Gain a fundamental knowledge of medical insurance billing, claims processing, major insurance carriers, managed care, accounts receivable management and the basics of coding. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology for Health Occupations. ¿

Course Objectives:
1. explain the differences between ICD and CPT,
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of specific insurance carriers,
3. list steps involved in accounts receivable follow up,
4. define the basics of medical coding, and
3. apply billing guidelines to correctly code and bill insurance claims.

AHL 798 – Introduction to Electronic Health Records (EHR) Training

Learn the fundamentals of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and prepare for national certification as a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (EHRS). Prerequisites: Medical Terminology for Health Occupations. ¿

Course Objectives:
1. explain the challenges that electronic health information poses to the privacy and security of patient's health information,
2. list and discuss the factors that led to the emergence of EHR,
3. describe how paper records are converted to EHR,
4. list the advantages of using EHR,
5. identify appropriate electronic means of communication,
6. differentiate types of medical records, and
7. explain how coding is used with EHR .

AHL 799 – NST Theory and Skills Exam Review

Review NST Theory and Skills learned in NST training to prepare students for National Certification Exam.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss nursing support technician skills regarding EKG, phlebotomy, IV tracheosotomy care, certain sterile and non sterile dressing changes, Foley insertion and Foley care, post mortem care, role to play during an emergency ( i.e. codes ), caring for patients in various types of isolation, tube feedings, colostomy care, and specimen collection;
2. demonstrate the application of these skills, as outlined in the Advanced Skills for Nursing Assistants Workbook:
3. describe and apply the scope of practice of a Nursing Support Technician; and
4. list and describe the impact a NST has in an acute care setting, a physician's practice, or other allied health or healthcare setting.

AHL 802 – Unit Secretary Training

Learn the multidisciplinary role of the Unit Secretary in the health care setting.

Course Objectives:
1. identify and demonstrate proper telephone etiquette and customer service;
2. identify and demonstrate appropriate conflict resolution skills;
3. list proper protocols for admissions, discharges, tranfers, clerical responsibilities, reports and record-keeping, personnel management, safety and security, confidentiality and patient rights;
4. demonstrate the proper use of equipment and technical procedures, including communications, computers, monitoring systems, photocopying machines and fax machines; and
5. explain and demonstrate the proper use of HIPAA in the clinical setting.

AHL 804 – Introduction to Electronic Health Records (EHR) Online

Learn the fundamentals of Electronic Health Records (EHR) and prepare for national certification as a Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (EHRS). This class is entirely online. Textbooks can be purchased at the CCBC Bookstore. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology for Health Occupations. ¿

Course Objectives:
1. explain the challenges that electronic health information poses to the privacy and security of patient's health information,
2. list and discuss the factors that led to the emergence of EHR,
3. describe how paper records are converted to EHR ,
4. list the advantages of using EHR,
5. identify appropriate electronic means of communication,
6. differentiate types of medical records, and
7. explain how coding is used with EHR.

AHL 806 – Direct Muscle Release Technique DMRT 2: The Extremities

Learn muscular restriction and range of motion. Direct Muscle Release Technique allows the therapist to quickly determine which muscles are actually limiting motion and offers a fast and painless way to release them. Also covered are fundamentals of musculoskeletal anatomy and biomechanics. This course is pending approve by the National Certification Board for the Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage therapists must obtain CEUs to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. define biomechanical terms,
2. demonstrate the use of muscle action to evaluate individual muscle stretches,
3. identify specific muscles that need release using gentle passive range of motion tests, and
4. demonstrate a fast and gentle way of releasing restrictive muscles.

AHL 807 – Massage Techniques to Treat the Fully Clothed Client

Learn a massage protocol for the fully clothed client. Teaches massage therapists how to meet the needs of clients who have limited mobility and may have difficulty dressing and undressing, as well as those who are self-conscious and would prefer to remain dressed. Learn hand techniques and body mechanincs. Pending approval by the National Certification Board for the Therapuetic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Massage Therapists must obtain CEUs to maintain licensure.

Course Objectives:
1. identify which populations are better served fully clothed,
2. identify the special needs of clients with limited mobility,
3. practice therapeutic techniques, and
4. demonstrate an understanding of therapeutic protocol for the fully dressed client.

AHL 808 – Sleep Technologist Training

Learn to perform a variety of sleep diagnostic studies. Classroom lectures and clinical demonstrations in a hospital sleep center are included. Topics to be covered include sleep apnea monitoring, Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT), overnight seizure monitoring, and neo-natal screening; familiarity with computerized recording equipment; and treatment modalities such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP).

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to recognize general sleep disorders to include sleep apnea, insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnias, and narcolepsy;
2. identify indicator(s) for sleep disorder testing;
3. demonstrate the ability to attach monitoring devices to patients;
4. develop the ability to verify the integrity of recording devices and equipment calibration;
5. record overnight sleep studies to include O2 application and CPAP/bi-level titrations; and
6. record multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT).

AHL 809 – Physical Therapy Technician Externship

Gain hands on experience under the supervision of a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Prerequisites: Successful completion of online Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide and Coordinator approval.

Course Objectives:
1. utilize effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with staff and clients;
2. perform routine clerical duties and office functions;
3. complete routine client care activities as directed by the treating physical therapist (PT)/physical therapist assistant(PTA);
4. report, record, and document all pertinent information; and
5. demonstrate the ability to function effectively as a team member.

AHL 819 – Working in Teams

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about of the different types of Health Information Technology (HIT) teams and the purpose and functions of their members. Topics to be covered include the stages of team development, integration techniques, leadership and tools for collaboration, barriers to success, and life cycle of HIT teams.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the stages of team development and how they relate to electronic health records (EHR) implementation;
2. explain how collaboration and leadership can influence the effectiveness of a team;
3. identify barriers to the success of a team and develop a plan on how to deal with them; and
4. examine the natural life cycle of an EHR team.

AHL 820 – Electronic Health Records: Process, Design, and Implementation

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to assess health care facilities and work with them to achieve and sustain optimization of health care workflows in an Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. Topics to be covered include practical implementation of meaningful use and clinical decision support systems, clinical process analysis and redesign, EHR functional requirements, and health data interchange standards.

Course Objectives:
1. analyze standards associated with the EHR functional model, the personal health record (PHR) functional model, and the family of profiles associated with specific domain functional requirements;
2. describe data standards required for the interoperable exchange of health care data, including terminology, data elements, document standards, imaging standards, and medical device;
3. demonstrate the ability to document clinic processes to facilitate workflow analysis and redesign and how to migrate to an EHR system;
4. demonstrate the ability to work with practice staff and develop a set of plans to keep the practice running if the EHR system fails;
5. discuss the importance and use of clinical decision support systems for clinical and administrative use;
6. articulate a systems approach to usability and human factors as they apply to health information technology;
7. assess problems associated with a clinical decision support system and various types of errors in order to create or select potential solutions; and
8. evaluate user interface designs and systems evaluation methods in order to diagnose various types of errors and create potential solutions.

AHL 821 – Health Management Information Systems

Learn the basics of HIT systems and how they relate to standards, data structures, and software applications in an EHR. Pre-requisite: Students must be accepted into one of the EHR career trainings and have successfully completed AHL 867.

Course Objectives:
1. describe general functions, purposes, and benefits of health information systems;
2. identify important events that have influenced the evolution and adoption of health information systems;
3. compare and contrast different types of health information systems¿ ability to support an Electronic Health Recorders system (EHR);
4. identify common components of an EHR system and types of applications;
5. describe how data flows across systems and the implication of standards;
6. identify root causes of system induced errors; and
7. define security, confidentiality, and privacy and identify common threats to each in an EHR.

AHL 822 – Installation of Electronic Health Records Systems

Learn how EHR systems are selected and implemented. Students receive experience with an actual EHR system. Prerequisite: student must be accepted into one of the EHR career trainings and have successfully completed AHL 867.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the advantages and disadvantages of different health IT systems;
2. analyze criteria to be considered when recommending vendors and software;
3. design a comprehensive plan to install a health IT system;
4. design a comprehensive plan to maintain and troubleshoot a health IT system, incorporating system updates and user feedback;
5. implement project plans by installing and configuring hardware and software, interacting with vendors and users as needed; and
6. demonstrate the ability to verify plan implementation.

AHL 823 – Introduction to IT and Computer Science

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the basics of computer architecture, data organization, representation, and structure. Topics to be covered include data organization, structure of programming language, networking and data communication, and the development of IT systems in health care and public health.

Course Objectives:
1. describe network computing and commonly used communications hardware and software components;
2. demonstrate proper use of hardware, network, internet, and software computer technology in written and verbal communications;
3. write simple computer programs including constructs such as conditional statements, loops, functions, objects, and simple data structures;
4. design a simple database and querying statements;
5. identify security risks and potential solutions for systems;
6. explain the design and development process of a large system such as an Electronic Health Records (EHR);
7. identify and describe important historical events related to EHRs and systems; and
8. describe the evolution of privacy and security issues related to EHRs in the US.

AHL 824 – Professional Customer Service

Learn critical elements of effective professional communication in the health care setting. Examine how effective communication assists in conflict resolution, cultural sensitivity and teamwork.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the purpose and goal of professional communication within the healthcare setting;
2. identify elements critical to effective communication;
3. demonstrate effective communication;
4. discuss and demonstrate team communication, conflict resolution strategies, and cultural sensitivity in communication; and
5. describe disability etiquette¿s contribution to professional communication.

AHL 825 – Quality Management

Learn how electronic health records (EHRS) will improve the quality of patient care. Prerequisite: student must be in one of the EHR career trainings and have successfully completed AHL 867.

Course Objectives:
1. analyze clinical decision-making requirements, including who, what, when, how, and where information is needed;
2. identify how the design and implementation of electronic health records lead to improved quality of patient care;
3. formulate activation planning that supports and maintains safety and quality; and
4. explain how findings from quality reviews can be used to design and implement electronic health records (EHR) improvements.

AHL 826 – Radiation Safety Update

Renew your state certification as a Dental Radiation Technologist. Gain an update on safety and technological advances related to the placement and exposure of dental radiographs. Topics to be covered include patient safety, operator safety, and fundamental principles of radiography. Approved by Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.

Course Objectives:
1. define the process of ionizing radiation and its use through x-rays to produce diagnostic radiographs;
2. use proper safety techniques to protect patients and office personnel from exposure to radiation during x-ray procedures; and
3. define and implement quality assurance procedures in oral radiography.

AHL 827 – Public Health IT

Learn how the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) will support public health initiatives such as registries, public health reporting alerts, health promotion and disease prevention. Prerequisite: Student must be in an EHR career training and have successfully completed EHR Module I.

Course Objectives:
1. define the strategies, features, and systems needed for public health agencies to implement the necessary connections to EHRs as identified by meaningful use legislation;
2. describe the roles and function of existing public health data and health databases and networks;
3. apply health data definitions and standards, as well as privacy and confidentiality issues, in typical public health scenarios; and
4. identify the role, functions and applications of public health information technology (IT) for health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

AHL 828 – Vendor Specific Systems

Learn about commercial EHR software vendors and ways to evaluate functionality and suitability of EHR systems for various healthcare settings. Prerequisite: Student must be in an EHR career training and have successfully completed AHL 841.

Course Objectives:
1. compare common commercial EHR systems using KLAS ratings;
2. analyze the functionality of a vendor EHR system, given a set of user needs;
3. apply Certified Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) meaningful use criteria, joint commission and national patient safety goals to decisions about commercial EHR vendor selections; and
4. evaluate key factors into workplace decisions for selecting vendor-specific systems.

AHL 829 – Medical Coding I Online

Gain a fundamental knowledge of ICD, CPT & HCPCS coding. This class is entirely online. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology for Health Occupations and Anatomy and Physiology for Health Occupations.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to code to the highest level of specificity,
2. cite reporting guidelines,
3. identify codeable procedures for data capture and billing,
4. articulate complex coding conventions, and
5. identify correct coding guidelines.

AHL 830 – Medical Coding II Online

Develop higher level ICD and CPT coding skills by applying concepts learned in Medical Coding I. Learn to develop an in-depth understanding of complex coding conventions, terminology and rules for ICD & CPT. Prerequisite: Medical Coding I

Course Objectives:
1. apply coding guidelines accurately,
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of disease processes which will improve coding accuracy,
3. list steps involved in coding medical records,
4. discuss the format of each system, and
5. demonstrate the ability to code each system.

AHL 831 – Cardiovascular Technician Clinical Externship

Apply knowledge and skills learned in your Cardiovascular Technician classes in the clinical setting. Students must meet eligibility requirements to attend clinical.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the CV system and its normal functioning,
2. demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of diseases and disorders of the CV system through discussions with patients,
3. develop the ability to correctly perform EKGs stress tests and other clinical diagnoses/screenings for heart disease,
4. develop the ability to correctly establish and maintain IVs,
5. develop the ability to administer appropriate medications under the supervision of a physician, and
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to assist in other duties as assigned at the clinical site.

AHL 832 – Instructional Design for Health IT

Learn the basic architecture of data organization, representation and structure. Students must be accepted into the EHR career training and have successfully completed AHL867.

Course Objectives:
1. plan and conduct student assessments,
2. select appropriate instructional methods and media,
3. design and develop instruction in accordance with sound instructional design principles, and
4. develop instructional lessons using appropriate software packages.

AHL 833 – Planning, Management, and Leadership for Health IT

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about leadership roles and principles of leadership. Topics to be covered include leadership theory, personal traits of successful leaders, components of successful teamwork, and conflict resolution.

Course Objectives:
1. explain leadership traits and theories,
2. recognize leadership's role in IT and EHR project success and project failure,
3. describe the importance of effective leadership of teams, and
4. demonstrate team leadership competencies.

AHL 834 – Anatomy and Physiology Lecture

This course is designed to enable the student in a medical coding series to learn the different anatomical structures of the human body, cell and tissue make-up, and some common diseases involving these different organs. Topics to be covered include level of body organization, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system, sensory organs, digestive system, respiratory system, circulatory system including arteries and veins, lymphatic system and immunity, endocrine system, reproductive system, and urinary system.

Course Objectives:
1. list the different levels of organization based on anatomical position, body planes, body cavities, and systemic composition;
2. list, identify, and locate the different major structure and organ making up a particular system;
3. list, identify, and locate the different accessory structures and organs found in a particular system; and
4. list and identify some of the common diseases afflicting a particular system.

AHL 835 – Eldercare Specialist

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about long term care (LTC). Topics to be covered include present, past and future; effective communication skills; legal and ethical issues; customer service; resident¿s environment; comfort, rest and sleep; caring for the resident with dementia; caring for resident with mental illness; basic emergency care; and caring for the resident at the end of life.

Course Overview:
1. provide effective communication skills;
2. articulate an overview of LTC and assisted living present, past and future;
3. manage a personal and comfortable environment for residents of LTC or assisted living through comfort, rest, sleep, dining experience, and socialization;
4. provide customer service to residents, their families, and their organization;
5. recognize signs of dementia and care for the resident with dementia;
6. provide basic emergency care; and
7. recognize the stages of grief and care for the resident at the end of life stage.

AHL 836 – Fundamentals for the Medical Office

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the theory and principles of the health care delivery system, the health insurance industry and the medical practice. Topics to be covered include the medical office assistant career role and responsibilities, processing insurance claims, and health care payers.

Course Objectives:
1. define abbreviations as they appear on a patient record,
2. describe information necessary to complete insurance forms from patient records and billing statements,
3. locate errors on insurance claim forms,
4. complete insurance claims forms according to insurance regulations,
5. define medical assisting and explain its relationship to other health professions,
6. demonstrate an understanding of medical law and ethics as they pertain to the medical office,
7. prepare legally correct medico legal forms and letters,
8. demonstrate an understanding of the transformation an individual undergoes when becoming a patient,
9. recognize Federal compliance issues as they pertain to the medical office, and
10. demonstrate an understanding of managed care related to the medical office.

AHL 837 – Medical Terminology Review

This course is designed to enable the student to learn medical terminology as it relates to the medical coding profession. Topics to be covered include combining forms, abbreviations, pathological terms, surgical terms, and pharmacological terms.

Course Objectives:
1. list and define pathological terms,
2. list and define surgical terms,
3. list and define pharmacological terms, and
4. list and define abbreviations and combining forms.

AHL 839 – Psychiatric Rehabilitation Exam Preparation Course

Review the content needed to prepare for the exam including the Seven Practice Domains; Core Principles of Recovery and Integration and exam taking tips.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss ways to approach studying for certification exam,
2. list examination taking tips,
3. demonstrate an understanding of the seven practice domains and principles guiding psychiatric rehabilitation practice, and
4. demonstrate an understanding of the core principles of recovery and integration.

AHL 840 – Medical Coding For Non-Coders

This course is designed to enable the student to learn Medical Coding (ICD-9, CPT-4 and HCPCS). This course is geared to healthcare professionals and others who will not become certified medical coders, and appropriate for individuals in billing and other areas of medical office administration. Topics to be covered include the definition of medical coding; basic ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification, ninth edition) coding set; basic CPT-4 (Current Procedural Terminology, Fourth Edition) coding set; basic HCPCS (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System); and the link between outpatient medical coding and reimbursement.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the importance of coding;
2. explain the difference between outpatient and inpatient coding;
3. recognize the appropriate coding methodology for physicians¿ offices, emergency departments, acute care hospitals, ambulatory clinics, and other healthcare settings;
4. explain the legal and ethical issues of privacy and security as they relate to medical coding;
5. identify the basic parts of a simple outpatient medical record;
6. recognize the difference between the UB-04 and the CMS-1500 medical insurance forms;
7. explain the difference between the ICD-9-CM, CPT-4, and HCPCS codebooks and when to use them in coding different types of medical records;
8. demonstrate an understanding of the application of official coding guidelines and conventions to code selection;
9. demonstrate the ability to accurately code basic medical diagnoses using ICD-9-CM; and
10. demonstrate the ability to accurately code basic medical procedures using CPT-4 and HCPCS.

AHL 841 – RHIT/RHIA Exam Preparation

Prepare to be successful when taking the national registry exam for Registered Health Information Administrator/Registered Health Information Technician (RHIA/RHIT). Students will learn content tailored towards the six content domains on the exam and will develop general test-taking skills. Topics to be covered include: Data Analysis and Management, Coding, Compliance: Privacy, Security, and Confidentiality, Information Technology, Quality: Health Statistics and Research Support, Legal: Legal and Regulatory Standards and Organization and Management.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the origin, structure, content, use, and standards related to the collection/maintenance of health data;
2. identify appropriate institutional resources to ensure the timeliness, completeness, appropriateness, and accuracy of health data;
3. analyze methods to collect, use, store, retrieve, and disseminate health information for paper, electronic, and web-based applications;
4. demonstrate knowledge of clinical vocabularies and terminologies to support facility initiatives to develop institutional information systems; and
5. compare health data management requirements for acute care facilities versus ancillary health facilities.

AHL 899 – Nursing Assistant Extended Studies

This course is designed to enable the student to apply the skills learned in Nursing Assistant Theory to a laboratory setting. Topics to be covered include transporting patients, performing/assisting with routine daily living activities, performing vital signs and documenting care.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate successfully Nursing Assistant Skills, transporting patients, assisting with daily living activities, and performing vital signs;
2. explain the steps involved with each skill demonstrated; and
3. develop proper hand washing techniques, gloving, and universal precautions.

AHL 900 – Explore a Career in Medical Coding

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to use the CPT manual and ICD-9-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedures in preparation for a career as a medical coder. Topics to be covered include privacy issues, CPT manual, codes for various conditions, E/M service, and insurance considerations.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss patient privacy and confidentiality issues;
2. locate codes in the CPT manual and code a diagnosis;
3. describe major features of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems and how to code these conditions;
4. list three components of a E/M service; and
5. use modifiers to inform insurance companies about special circumstances.

AHL 901 – Explore a Career in Medical Transcription

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about the medical transcriptionist field. Topics include common medical reports, inpatient and outpatient settings, grammar review, use of technology, listening skills, terminology, and editing work.

Course Objectives:
1. describe skills needed to be a medical transcriptionist,
2. discuss different types of equipment and software needed,
3. define different types of inpatient and outpatient reports,
4. use grammar properly in reports, and
5. demonstrate the ability to accurately edit a medical report.

AHL 902 – Healing Through Hypnosis

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the history, methods, and application of hypnotic suggestion in today's society. The student will also learn about regression, false memories, and how to recognize situations when the use of hypnosis is not appropriate. Topics include hypnotic suggestion, trance, script, dramatic life changes, weight control, addictions, anxieties, sleep disorders, unwanted behaviors, memory, writer's block, peak performance, and pain management.

Course Objectives:
1. describe all the elements of a successful hypnosis session from pre-talking to exiting the trance, including induction, levels of trance, testing, and deepening;
2. explain how hypnosis can be used to successfully change an unwanted or addictive behavior;
3. describe how learning develops and how that learning can be easily facilitated with the understanding of learning styles and the proper use of hypnosis; and
4. explain the principles of medical hypnosis.

AHL 903 – Explore a Career as an Administrative Medical Assistant

This course is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the field of medical assistant administration. This course enables the student to gain knowledge of the essential tasks and responsibilities of an administrative medical assistant. Topics include management of key reception desk responsibilities, application of diagnostic and procedure codes to patient accounts for insurance company billing, development of the "Day Sheet" while learning its importance in patient accounting, and organization of an efficiently-run medical office.

Course Objectives:
1. manage key reception desk responsibilities, such as appointment-scheduling and the hospital admissions process;
2. apply diagnostic and procedural codes to patient accounts for insurance company billing purposes;
3. develop a day sheet, while learning its importance in daily, monthly, and annual patient accounting; and
4. organize a medical office for efficient operation.

AHL 904 – Medical Coding I

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the fundamental knowledge of ICD, CPT and HCPCS coding. Topics to be covered include reimbursement and compliance, reporting guidelines, chapter specific guidelines, national codes, modifiers, and anesthesia coding. Prerequisites: Medical Terminology for Health Occupation and Anatomy and Physiology for Health Occupations.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate the ability to code effectively,
2. cite reporting guidelines,
3. identify codeable procedures for data capture and billing,
4. articulate complex coding conventions, and
5. identify the correct coding guidelines.

AHL 905 – Medical Coding II

Develop higher level ICD and CPT coding by applying concepts learned in Medical Coding I. This course will assist coders in developing an in-depth understanding of complex coding conventions, terminology and rules for ICD & CPT. Prerequisite: Medical Coding I.

Course Objectives:
1. apply coding guidelines accurately,
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of disease processes to improve coding accuracy,
3. list steps involved in coding medical records,
4. discuss the format of each system, and
5. demonstrate the ability to code each system.

AHL 908 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the structure and function of the human body on a more advanced level. Topics to be covered include examination of the four main types of tissue, evaluation of the operations of the four senses, discussion of the important topic of cellular metabolism, and description of lifespan details including the process of fertilization and the aging process.

Course Objectives:
1. examine the four main types of human body tissue,
2. demonstrate an understanding of the operations of the four senses of the human body,
3. discuss cellular metabolism, and
4. describe the details of the lifespan from the process of fertilization to the aging process.

AHL 910 – Explore a Career as a Pharmacy Technician

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the skills needed to work as a pharmacy technician or a pharmacy clerk. Topics to be covered include identification of basic terms for human anatomy and medical conditions, accurate reading of prescriptions and patient records, classification of drugs and how they work in the human body, accurate calculation of formulas and math tools, translating metric measurements into familiar measurements, and explanation of important laws and regulations governing pharmacies.

Course Objectives:
1. identify basic terms for human anatomy and medical conditions;
2. demonstrate the ability to read prescriptions and patient records;
3. classify drugs and how they work in the human body;
4. calculate dosages, accurately, using formulas and math tools, and translate metric measurements into familiar measurements; and
5. explain important laws and regulations governing pharmacies.

AHL 911 – Psychodramatic Techniques to Work with Sexually Abused Children

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to utilize psychodramatic techniques in the treatment of sexually abused children and adolescents. Topics to be covered include post trauma stress disorder, psychodramatic techniques useful when working with sexually abused children and adolescents, values and advantages of psychodramatic techniques, and incorporating expressive therapy into treatment.

Course Objectives:
1. experience an `out of the box,¿ innovative definition to post trauma stress disorder to better understand, design, and facilitate the right approach to the healing process;
2. identify, describe, and experience up to three psychodramatic techniques useful in working with sexually abused children and adolescents; and
3. describe the value and advantages of incorporating psychodramatic techniques and expressive therapies into treatment.

AHL 912 – Becoming a Physical Therapy Aide

Learn about the operation of the human body, varying specific disorders, as well as physical therapy treatments for these disorders. Topics to be covered include identification of the roles, functions, and differences between physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and physical therapy aides; physical therapy-specific language; discussion of the principles of strength, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercise in relation to patient treatment; and assessment of several balance and coordination disorders along with applicable treatments for both child and adult patients.

Course Objectives:
1. identify the roles, functions, and differences among physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and physical therapy aides;
2. recall physical therapy-specific terminology and language as pertaining to the field and practice;
3. discuss the principles of strength, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercise in relation to patient treatment; and
4. assess several balance and coordination disorders and applicable treatments for both child and adult patients.

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