Health Care Technologies Courses

HTCH 1: Introduction to Health Care

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

This course is a survey of the health care delivery system, the history of medicine and the development of the health care ancillary fields. It is recommended that students take this during their first semester in the Health Care Technologies Department. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 2: Medical Information Processing

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

In this course, students have the opportunity to receive instruction in medical information processing. The areas covered are applications and use of medical terminology, abbreviations, symbols, numbers and appropriate formats in medical communications such as medical chart notes, history and physicals, consultations and operative reports.

HTCH 4: Structure and Function of the Human Body

3 units: lecture 2.5 units; lab 0.5 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed specifically for, but Technology programs. The students have the opportunity to learn the basic anatomical and physiological components associated with each body system.

HTCH 5: Basic Medical Terminology

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides a basic understanding of word parts, including root words, prefixes and suffixes, and how they are combined to form medical terms. Emphasis is on how medical terms relate to the major organ systems in the body, and related medical specialties and pathologies with intensive practice in vocabulary building, pronunciation and usage. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 6: Advanced Medical Terminology

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: HTCH 5

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an introduction to the nature of diseases and terms of the clinical procedures, laboratory tests, and abbreviations connected with them. Students have the opportunity to explore the terminology related to anatomy and physiology of the body systems. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 7: Medical Ethics and Law

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers medical ethics and law in the Health Care Profession. The areas covered are: bio-ethical issues, medical practice acts, legal relationships and responsibilities, invasions of privacy, medical professional liability, the litigation process, avoiding unjustified malpractice/ negligence claims, and the exploration of relevant current issues.

HTCH 8: Communication for Health Care Personnel

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

This course provides instruction for the health care provider in the area of team membership. Styles of communication, human needs, individual differences and cultural biases are examined. The behavior, needs, and method of communication required by different groups of patients (children, youths, elderly as well as those suffering from violence, homelessness, life altering illness or injury, chemical dependency, anger or depression, and those who are dying) are represented.

HTCH 41: Medical Office Business Procedures

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: HTCH 5

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides instruction and practical application of administrative procedures in a medical office. These procedures include management of appointment schedules, telephone communications, medical record management, credit and collections, accounts receivable, accounts payable, personnel selection, training and supervision, and payroll record keeping.

HTCH 42: Insurance Billing and Coding

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: HTCH 5

This course covers the theory and practice: of ICD-10-CM (diagnostic) and CPT (procedural) coding; billing of private and government health insurance programs for the medical office. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 43: Basic Medical Accounting and Record Keeping

3 units: lecture 2.5 units; lab 0.5 units

Prerequisite: HTCH 42

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course includes a review of basic mathematical principles of decimals, fractions and percentages as they apply to the business office (discounts, commission, markup, depreciation, simple and compound interest). Other topics include: instruction in medical office financial records control: cash control, office record keeping, payroll accounting, and the application of concepts and procedures of office record keeping through the use of a practice set or computer program. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 44: Electronic Medical Records

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Prerequisite: HTCH 5

Advisory: HTCH 41

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers instruction on eClinicalWorks (one of the leading Electronic Medical Software Programs in the Health care setting). Students have the opportunity to work hands on with the front office aspects of an EMR, such as scheduling, communicating with patients, referrals, telephone encounters, web encounters, using alerts, and using the interoffice messaging. It also gives students the opportunity to work hands on with tools such as a fax server and a scanner. Students have the opportunity to develop progress notes, templates, flow sheets, smart forms, order sets using features in the eClinicalWorks. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 54A: Internship for Health Care Technologies

2 units – Work Experience Units: 2

Advisory: Completion of all critical program courses for the certificate program and demonstrate subject matter proficiency. See instructor for transcript evaluation to determine internship readiness. Background checks and drug testing (paid by the student) may be required.

This internship course provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical experience, under supervision, in a physician’s office or clinic with critique. Pass/No Pass Only

HTCH 55: Vital Signs and Charting

2 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 1 unit

Advisory: HTCH 5, MATH 902, MATH 902P

This course covers the duties and responsibilities of the clinical area of a medical office. Topics include equipment and supplies control; medical aspects; assisting with physical examinations including positioning, height, weight, and vision screening; vital signs determination (temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure); and pharmacology. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 57: Sterile Techniques

2.5 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: HTCH 5

This course provides students with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice in sterilization, sterile technique, assisting with minor office surgery, and assisting with examinations and procedures in pediatrics, proctology, gynecology and obstetrics. Instruction in basic nutrition and diet therapy are taught.

HTCH 58: Laboratory Techniques

3 units: lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

This course is designed to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of basic laboratory tests that may be done in a Medical Office, or sent to a reference laboratory. Other topics include specimen collection, analytical techniques, normal values and interpretation of abnormal values. Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 63: Medication Administration

1.5 units: lecture 1 unit; lab 0.5 units

Advisory: HTCH 5

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the theory and practice of administration of parenteral medications including site selection, safety factors, and techniques, as well as medication dosage calculations (medication math). Pass/No Pass Option

HTCH 64: ECG & Ortho Technician

2.5 units: lecture 1.5 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: HTCH 5, MATH 902, MATH 902P

This course covers the didactic and practical skills necessary to perform 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) and provide care for orthopedic patients in acute and clinical settings. In addition, this course introduces medical office first aid procedures and basic physical therapy modalities. Pass/No Pass Option

Last Updated 4/19/19