Business Healthcare Technology Degree (BHT3)  Degree


Program Description:

The Business Healthcare Technology program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in a variety of positions in today's technology-driven workplaces. The Business Healthcare Technology program provides learning opportunities, which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes the use of software and technology. Students are also introduced to accounting fundamentals, electronic communications, internet research, electronic file management, and healthcare regulation and compliance. The program includes instruction in effective communication skills and terminology that encompasses office management and executive assistant qualification and technology innovations for the office. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of administrative technology.





Entrance date: Each semester

Program admission requirements:

Minimum Test Scores



ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION – Reading 236 ACCUPLACER- Sentence Skills 70
Writing 236 Reading Comprehension 64
Arithmetic 229 Algebra 57

Beginning Spring 2022 (January 2022), ALL FIRST TIME college students will be required to take the College Success (COLL 1020) course.

Students may pursue the National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA) certification exam and become a certified medical office assistant.

Please see program advisor for guidance with choosing additional electives. Electives must be BUSN, ACCT, BIOL, CIST, MGMT.

According to BHT standard the Business HealthCare Technology specialization, XXXXxxxx courses for a total of 15-16 credits. Specific courses are listed in catalog, and it is preferred for courses to remain: but any guided occupational/specialization BUSN, MGMT, CIST, ACCT, MKTG, HIMT are acceptable.

General Education Core Courses 16 credits
Area I - Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101

Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.

3
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences
ECON 1101

Provides a description and analysis of economic operations in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of economic concepts and policies as they apply to everyday life. Topics include basic economic principles; economic forces and indicators; capital and labor; price, competition, and monopoly; money and banking; government expenditures, federal and local; fluctuations in production, employment, and income; and United States economy in perspective

3
PSYC 1101

Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.

3
SOCI 1101

Explores the sociological analysis of society, its culture, and structure. Sociology is presented as a science with emphasis placed on its methodology and theoretical foundations. Topics include basic sociological concepts, socialization, social interaction and culture, social groups and institutions, deviance and social control, social stratification, social change, and marriage and family.

3
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111

Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.

3
MATH 1101

Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.

3
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
HUMN 1101
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.

3
Program-Specific Gen. Ed. Course Requirements
Occupational Courses 31 credits
COMP 1000

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

3
ALHS 1090

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

2
MAST 1120
Prerequisites: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L

Provides fundamental information concerning common diseases and disorders of each body system. For each system, the disease or disorder is highlighted including: description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, management, prognosis, and prevention. Topics include: introduction to disease and diseases of body systems.

3
BUSN 1015

This course is designed to increase efficiency and streamline administrative procedures for healthcare insurance billing and reimbursement. Topics include documentation in the medical record, types of insurance, Medicare compliance policies related to documentation and confidentiality, and HIPPA and other compliance regulations.

3
BUSN 2190
Prerequisites: ENGL 1010, ENGL 1101 Corequisite: BUSN 1440

Emphasizes proper proofreading and editing for business documents. Topics include: applying proofreading techniques and proofreaders marks with business documents; proper content, clarity, and conciseness in business documents; and business document formatting.

3
BUSN 2340
Prerequisites: ALHS 1090, ALHS 1011, COMP 1000, ENGL 1010 Corequisite: BUSN 1440

Emphasizes essential skills required for the business healthcare office. Introduces the knowledge, skills, and procedures needed to understand billing purposes. Introduces the basic concept of business healthcare administrative assisting and its relationship to the other health fields. Emphasizes healthcare regulations and ethics; and, the healthcare administrative assistant's role as an agent of the physician. Provides the student with knowledge and the essentials of professional behavior. Topics include: introduction to business healthcare procedures, healthcare regulations ethics, healthcare records management, scheduling appointments, health insurance, billing/collection, work area management, resource utilization, and office equipment..

4
BUSN 2375
Prerequisites: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090

Provides an introduction to medical coding skills and the application of international coding standards as it applies to healthcare billing for insurance purposes. Topics include: current procedural terminology, International Classification of Diseases, code book formats, coding techniques, formats of the ICD and CPT manuals, and collections.

3
BUSN 1440
Prerequisite: COMP 1000

Reinforces the touch system of keyboarding placing emphasis on correct techniques with adequate speed and accuracy and producing properly formatted business documents. Topics include: reinforcing correct keyboarding technique, building speed and accuracy, formatting business documents, language arts, proofreading, and work area management.

4
ACCT 1100

Introduces the basic financial accounting concepts of the complete accounting cycle and provides the student with the necessary skills to maintain a set of books for a sole proprietorship. Topics include: accounting vocabulary and concepts, the accounting cycle for a personal service business, the accounting cycle for a merchandising business, inventory, cash control and receivables. Laboratory work demonstrates theory presented in class.

4
Select from ALHS 1011 or BIOL 2213 & 2113L (Students must take BIOL 2213 & BIO 2113L concurrently ) 4
ALHS 1011

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

5
BIOL 2113
Corequisite: BIOL 2113L

Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.

3
BIOL 2113L
Corequisites: BIOL 2113, ENGL 1101, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.

1
Select one of the following courses for min. 2 cr.: 2
BUSN 2350
Prerequisites: ALHS 1011, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000 Corequisite: BUSN 1440

This course provides a study of the content, code sets, storage, retrieval, control, flow, retention, maintenance of electronic health records, and computerized office management. Topics include: electronic healthcare information management, electronic data interchange, coding standards, health record and office management software, point of entry data entry, electronic coding from health records, speed data entry in processing healthcare records, analysis of records to improve patient care, confidentiality, release of information, security of electronic healthcare record, communication, technology, insurance payment, managed care, posting to accounts, appointment schedules, practice management, report generation, customizing medical documents, claims management, collections management, and HIPAA security.

3
HIMT 1250

This course provides a study of content, storage, retrieval, control, retention, and maintenance of health information. Topics include: health data structure, content and standards, healthcare information requirements and standards.

2
Completion of one of two Specializations: 15
Business Healthcare Specialization-8BH3 15
BUSN 1240
Prerequisite: COMP 1000

Emphasizes essential skills required for the business office. Topics include: office protocol, time management, telecommunications and telephone techniques, office equipment, workplace mail, records management, travel/meeting arrangements, electronic mail, and workplace documents.

3
BUSN 1400
Prerequisite: COMP 1000

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to use word processing software through course demonstrations, laboratory exercises and projects. Minimal document keying will be necessary as students will work with existing documents to learn the functions and features of the word processing application. Topics and assignments will include: word processing concepts, customizing documents, formatting content, working with visual content, organizing content, reviewing documents, sharing and securing content.

4
BUSN 1410
Prerequisite: COMP 1000

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to use spreadsheet software through course demonstrations, laboratory exercises and projects. Topics and assignments will include: spreadsheet concepts, creating and manipulating data, formatting data and content, creating and modifying formulas, presenting data visually and, collaborating and securing data.

4
BUSN 1420
Prerequisite: COMP 1000

This course covers the knowledge and skills to required to use database management software through course demonstrations, laboratory exercises and projects. Topics and assignments will include: database concepts, structuring databases, creating and formatting database elements, entering and modifying data, creating and modifying queries, presenting and sharing data and, managing and maintaining databases.

4
BUSN 1430
Prerequisite: COMP 1000

This course covers the knowledge and skills required to use desktop publishing (DTP) software and presentation software to create business publications and presentations. Course work will include course demonstrations, laboratory exercises and projects. Topics include: desktop publishing concepts, basic graphic design, publication layout, presentation design, and practical applications.

4
BUSN 2380

Provides student work experience in a medical office environment. Topics include: application of classroom knowledge and skills, work environment functions, and listening/following directions. Students will be under the supervision of the Business Technology program faculty and/or persons designated to coordinate work experience arrangements.

4
BIOL 2114
Prerequisites: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L Corequisite: BIOL 2114L

Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system,and reproductive system.

3
BIOL 2114L
Prerequisites: BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L, BIOL 2117, BIOL 2117L Corequisite: BIOL 2114

Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

1
Practice Management Specialization-8PM3 15
BUSN 2800
Prerequisite: BUSN 2340

Emphasizes essential skills required for the management of healthcare practices. Introduces the functions, practices, and advanced administrative skills. Emphasis is placed on management skills including practice management, personnel supervision, marketing, financial planning, and addressing health disparities. Topics include: introduction to healthcare management, management and motivation, organizational behavior, strategic planning, healthcare marketing, quality improvement basics, information technology, managing costs and revenues, managing healthcare professionals, addressing health disparities, and healthcare fraud and abuse.

3
BUSN 2810
Prerequisites: ALHS 1090, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1101

This course covers how healthcare law and related regulations are formulated, and the impact of those laws on payers, providers, patients, and healthcare businesses. Emphasis is placed on legal compliance in the healthcare industry.  Topics covered included in-depth coverage and analysis of implementation of the healthcare reform law, fraud and abuse laws, anti-kickback, false claims, Stark anti-referral provisions, Medicare and Medicaid, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the HITECH Act and related regulations, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).

3
BUSN 2820
Prerequisites: ALHS 1090, ALHS 1011, MAST 1120, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1101, COMP 1000

Introduces the complex ethical, moral, and legal issues involved in providing healthcare services. Emphasis is placed on legal requirements of medical practices, professional relationships, professional liabilities, and medical practice liability. Provides the student with a working knowledge of current healthcare law and accepted ethical behavior.

3
BUSN 2830
Prerequisites: ALHS 1090, ALHS 1011, MAST 1120, COMP 1000, BUSN 1440

Provides students with a comprehensive overview of healthcare delivery systems and the economic, historic, political, and ethical issues that influence the accessibility, expense, and quality of healthcare services. Introduces provider organization and structure in a healthcare setting, healthcare funding, and rules, regulations, and governing bodies that monitor and protect the usage of health care systems in the United States.

3
BUSN 2440
Corequisite: BUSN 2340

Emphasizes essential skills required for leadership and professional success in healthcare organizations. Introduces the functions, practices, and advanced interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, and problem solving. Provides the student with knowledge and the essentials of professional leadership behaviors. Topics include: introduction to the supervisory role, the volatile healthcare environment, the dual nature of supervisory roles, basic functions of management, delegation, empowerment, self-management, interviewing, recruitment, professionalism, decision making managing change, professional meetings, quality, productivity, teams, and continuing education.

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Chair/Instructor/Business Healthcare Technology
Prosperity Hall, Room 107

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