Health Administration/Insurance Specialist – Associate in Applied Science

The Health Administration/Insurance Specialist program is a continuation of the Medical Insurance Coder Biller Certificate. This program provides students with additional coding and billing training and practicum experience, along with instruction and skills in health administration. Students of this program may find positions in insurance coding or billing, medical/health administration, or may choose to use this degree as a bridge to a bachelor’s level health administration degree.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 65
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum grades in ACC 115, BUA 221, MIC 101, MIC 141, MIC 150, MIC 201, MIC 211, MIC 242 2.5
Minimum Jackson College credits 15
MACRAO / Michigan Transfer Agreement: No

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)

GEO 1: Write clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

ENG 132 Writing Experience II 3 ENG 131

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed. Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

GEO 2: Speak clearly, concisely and intelligibly (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
COM 231 Communication Fundamentals 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 231)

COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

GEO 3: Demonstrate computational skills and mathematical reasoning (4 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

GEO 4: Demonstrate scientific reasoning (4-8 credits)

Choose one of the following: Please check for any prerequisite requirements.

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

BIO 253 and 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8

Human Anatomy and Physiology I
This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

GEO 5: Understand human behavior and social systems, and the principles which govern them (4 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

GEO 6: Understand aesthetic experience and artistic creativity (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ART 111 Art History: Prehistoric to 1400 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art and architecture from prehistoric times to 1400.

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Present 3 ENG 085*

This course is a survey of art history and aesthetics covering art from the Renaissance through the 20th century.

ENG 210 Introduction to Film 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to film as a visual art and to basic film terms and techniques, such as composition, movement, editing and sound. Readings in film history, genre, theory and criticism. Includes JC Winter Film Series.

ENG 246 Short Story & Novel 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to traditional and contemporary fictional genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and the critical analysis of narrative art. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

ENG 247 Poetry & Drama 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students are introduced to lyric and dramatic genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of poetry and theatre as language performances and literary forms. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

ENG 249 African-American Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Survey of the literature of African-American writers. Emphasis is on the major writers in narrative, poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

ENG 252 Shakespeare 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students read representative plays and are introduced to the Elizabethan world. Course emphasizes developing understanding, appreciation and critical analysis skills.

ENG 254 Children’s Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students survey the various genres of children’s literature from a critical point of view. Course emphasizes developing student competency in oral reading and presentation of children’s literature.

ENG 255 American Literature-19th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students examine the development of a distinctive American literature and culture during the 19th century. Students read selections from many writers, with emphasis on major figures such as Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Douglass and Jacobs.

ENG 256 American Literature-20th Century 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students examine the literature and culture of America from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on the development of organic and post-modern writing in narrative, poetic and critical modes.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

MUS 131 Understanding Music 3 ENG 085*

Lecture and directed listening on the elements, forms and historic chronology of Western music.

THR 116 Introduction to Theatre 3 ENG 085*

Survey of Western theatre and drama. Appreciation of theatre through understanding of historical development and societal function. Theatre architecture, production, costuming and acting styles, and the artists who create them.

GEO 7: Understand and respect the diversity and interdependence of the world’s peoples and cultures (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ANT 131 Cultural Anthropology 3 ENG 085*

Cultural anthropology is a one semester introductory course. The course focuses on the thesis that every society is based on an integrated culture, which satisfies human needs and facilitates survival. The course also explores the ways in which our own culture fits into the broad range of human possibilities.

COM 250 Intercultural Communication 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

(Students cannot receive credit for both COM 250 and COM 350) This course will explore how diverse cultural orientations influence the way we perceive and interact with an increasingly culturally diverse world. We will discuss the causes of intercultural conflicts in different communication settings (interpersonal, small group, school, workplace and global) and how to manage them effectively.

ENG 236 Women In a Changing Society 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

(SAME AS SOC 236) Inquiry into historical and changing roles of women, looking at causes of these changes and their effects on women and society through literature, sociology, biology and history.

ENG 249 African-American Literature 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Survey of the literature of African-American writers. Emphasis is on the major writers in narrative, poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

ENG 257 World Literature I 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

Students compare major themes and writers from Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

FRN 131 Elementary French I 4 ENG 085*

Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.

GEO 132 World Regions 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

This course covers all regions of the world from a human perspective. Topics include resources, population, settlements, agriculture, manufacturing and transportation. There is special emphasis on Internet research in the classroom.

GER 131 Elementary German I 4 ENG 085*

Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.

HIS 125 African-American History 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Examines the role African-Americans have historically played in the political, economic and social construction of America.

HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

MUS 130 Music of Non-Western Cultures 3 ENG 085*

Discovering the music of non-Western cultures through lecture and directed listening.

PHL 243 Great World Religions 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Students examine the literature and historical settings of great world religions. The relationship of contemporary thought is considered for representative groups.

PLS 262 International Relations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Survey contemporary world affairs and examine the nation-state system, the struggle for power, and factors creating harmony and hostility among states.

SOC 236 Women in a Changing Society 3 ENG 085* and ENG 131

(SAME AS ENG 236) Inquiry into historical and changing roles of women, looking at causes of these changes and their effects on women and society through literature, sociology, biology and history.

SOC 246 Marriage and Family 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

The position and significance of marriage and the family in contemporary society are examined. Issues are examined within the larger political, historical and social context, including marriage and family values within diverse ethnic, minority and gender identity groups. SOC 231 recommended before enrolling in this course.

SPN 131 Elementary Spanish I 4 ENG 085, ENG 091

Introduces and develops the four skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with special emphasis on listening and speaking.

RELATED REQUIREMENTS (17 credits)

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CIS 201 Advanced Information Technologies 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090* and CIS 101*

(SAME AS ECM 201) This course enhances electronic communication skills and computer concepts essential to using current advanced information technologies. Topics include web collaboration, web conferencing, web 2.0 applications, social media, mobile computing, file conversions and cross-platform compatibility.

CIS 210 Office Administration Systems 4 CIS 101

Develop and integrate administrative support skills in communication, information technologies, administrative procedures and problem solving. Topics include: records management, information/communication systems, including electronic, space management and ergonomics, quality and productivity improvement techniques, meeting/ travel planning, records preparation/presentation and employment skills. Keyboarding skills are essential.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 232 Technical & Business Writing 3 ENG 131

A course designed to provide practice in a variety of written and oral communications to meet the requirements of the workplace. Projects may include descriptions, instructions, résumés, proposals, reports or online documents. It involves frequent writing, both in and out of class, as well as oral presentations, collaborative activities and individual conferences.

MOA 240 Medical Office Procedures 3

Through written and computerized medical office simulations the student will learn basic concepts and medical administrative practices. Topics include: medical office health information management, oral and written communication skills, patient account management, bookkeeping and accounting practices, electronic transmission of data, preparation of correspondence, understanding document content and use, reception and telephone etiquette, appointment scheduling and legal issues. Prerequisites: CIS 095, ENG 131, MOA 112 or MED 112 and MOA 120

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ACC 115 Payroll Accounting 2 CIS 101*, ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Accurate payroll records and timely payroll tax reporting are critical elements for all successful businesses. Learn to apply payroll accounting rules and procedures to support business operations. Learn employment and tax laws that affect payroll preparation. Learn the skills, procedures, and concepts necessary to compute a company’s payroll. Topics include hiring, gross pay, FICA taxes, income taxes, employee deductions and benefits, payroll accounting, earnings records, tax deposits, unemployment taxes, recording payroll transactions, Form 940EZ, Form 941, reporting employee earnings and special situations.

BIO 140 Public Health and Disease 3 ENG 085* ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This lecture/discussion course provides an evidence-based approach to the concepts of public health. Topics covered include infectious and non-infectious diseases along with genetic and environmental factors in health and disease. Students will explore local and national public health resources with an emphasis on how public health data can be used to inform decisions about their own health.

BUA 221 Human Resources Management 3 CIS 095*, ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Create and maintain a desirable and productive work place by applying management skills with emphasis on improving performance and career development. Topics include: employment law, recruitment and selection, placement techniques, interview methods, job analysis, staffing, training and development, performance appraisals, team building, benefit administration, government regulation, compensation systems, health and safety, and labor-management issues.

MOA 120 Medical Terminology 3 ENG 085*

A programmed learning word building system approach is used to teach basic medical terminology word roots, prefixes, suffixes, language origins, plural formation and grammar rules are studied. Emphasis is placed on word building, definitions, spelling, usage, pronunciation and acceptable medical abbreviations.

CORE REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MIC 101 ICD-CM Coding 3 BIO 132 or BIO 254 or MOA 141 or LPN 141 and MOA 112, MOA 120, MIC 141, and HOC 132 or NUR 121

This course is an introduction to basic coding principles utilizing the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification Coding System, with an emphasis on ICD-CM conventions, coding steps and guidelines, V and E codes, symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions and use of the medical record as a source for coding. The Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) and guidelines for coding neoplasms, injuries, burns, poisonings, adverse effects of drugs, and complications of surgery and medical care are also included.

MIC 141 Principles of Medical Coding and Billing 3

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and health care finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

MIC 150 CPT Coding 3 BIO 132 or BIO 254 or MOA 141 or LPN 141 and MOA 112, MOA 120, MIC 141, and HOC 132 or NUR 121

This course provides an introduction to the study of Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) Coding. Simulation of outpatient coding, including ambulatory surgery, diagnostic testing and procedures, physician services using patient records, and encoder software are essential parts of this course. Emphasis is placed on the use of official CPT coding guidelines, compliance and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) calculations.

MIC 211 Advanced Coding 3 MIC 101 and MIC 150 and MOA 242 and HOC 132 or NUR 121.

This course serves as a continuation of basic ICD-CM Coding with application of guidelines in more advanced case scenarios. The content includes simulation of inpatient and outpatient coding of diseases, procedures and services of all body systems using patient records and encoder software. Emphasis is placed on the use of official coding guidelines and compliance.

MIC 242 Advanced Medical Billing 3 ACC 216 or ACC 231 and MIC 141

Designed to teach advanced skills in medical insurance billing. Correct preparation of major carrier claims including use of modifiers and rebilling skills emphasized.

MOA 112 Medical Law and Ethics 3 CIS 095* and ENG 090*

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government healthcare programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MIC 255 Coder/Biller Capstone 3 MIC 211 and Instructor Permission

A student may choose to take the capstone instead of the practicum. In the capstone, you will not be performing hours at an external site, but rather perform extensive coding and billing exercises to prepare for the CPC exam, build a portfolio, and prepare for employment. Expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week minimum, outside of class time working on assigned items.

MOA 255 HAIS Practicum 3 MIC 211 and Instructor Permission

The practicum is a non-paid practical experience in which the student is placed in a medical office, clinic or hospital setting under the supervision of a health care practitioner for 180 hours total. The student has the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill learned in the classroom in a real life clinical situation. Depending on the placement, the student may perform medical office duties, coding/billing, or other administrative tasks learned in the program. The student will work with the program director to determine what type of practicum/placement they would prefer.

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
HOC 150 Electronic Health Records Specialist 3 ENG 085 and MAT 020 or Higher, CIS 095

This course provides students with skills necessary to work with Electronic Health Records. This course is ideal for those currently working in the health field or those looking to enter into a health-related program who are hoping to learn more about key concepts and the use of Electronic Health Records in the medical setting. Topics include the cost and needs to consider when implementing an EHR system, how to utilize an EHR system to meet government requirements and medical practice needs, and practical application of various EHR tasks. The course will also cover basic medical terminology and basic medical coding principles. Students who complete this course with a passing grade will be eligible to sit for the Certified Electronic Health Record Specialist exam.

MIC 201 Billing Systems 3 CIS 101, MIC 101, MIC 150, and MOA 242

This course provides an introduction to the study of the billing and reimbursement processes of hospitals and ambulatory health care settings including: scheduling, registration, insurance verification, fee schedules, encounter forms, charge capturing, billing process, reimbursement process, patient payment and collections. Computer laboratory work with billing software is included.

Sample Course Map

The following is a sample course map for informational purposes and will not suit every student’s situation. A detailed, individualized course map will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.

SEMESTER 1

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 132 Human Biology 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

Students focus on the structure and function of the human body, the unity and diversity of life, the nature of scientific inquiry, and the principles and processes of evolution as well as contemporary issues that relate to biology. Course includes a laboratory component which focuses on human anatomy.

ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MOA 120 Medical Terminology 3 ENG 085*

A programmed learning word building system approach is used to teach basic medical terminology word roots, prefixes, suffixes, language origins, plural formation and grammar rules are studied. Emphasis is placed on word building, definitions, spelling, usage, pronunciation and acceptable medical abbreviations.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

SEM 140 Seminar in Life Pathways 3

Seminar in Life Pathways is a gateway course to Jackson College. This course is designed to help all students develop the skills, inner qualities and external behaviors needed to take charge of their academic and career success. Students will be guided through an extensive process in making career choices and selecting an academic program of study at Jackson College and beyond. With the exception of second-admit programs, SEM 140 is required of all students.

SEMESTER 2

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MIC 101 ICD-CM Coding 3 BIO 132 or BIO 254 or MOA 141 or LPN 141 and MOA 112, MOA 120, MIC 141, and HOC 132 or NUR 121

This course is an introduction to basic coding principles utilizing the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification Coding System, with an emphasis on ICD-CM conventions, coding steps and guidelines, V and E codes, symptoms, signs, and ill-defined conditions and use of the medical record as a source for coding. The Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) and guidelines for coding neoplasms, injuries, burns, poisonings, adverse effects of drugs, and complications of surgery and medical care are also included.

MIC 150 CPT Coding 3 BIO 132 or BIO 254 or MOA 141 or LPN 141 and MOA 112, MOA 120, MIC 141, and HOC 132 or NUR 121

This course provides an introduction to the study of Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) Coding. Simulation of outpatient coding, including ambulatory surgery, diagnostic testing and procedures, physician services using patient records, and encoder software are essential parts of this course. Emphasis is placed on the use of official CPT coding guidelines, compliance and Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) calculations.

MOA 112 Medical Law and Ethics 3 CIS 095* and ENG 090*

Principles and concepts of medical law and bioethics, as well as an overview of health care financing through third party payers are the main focus of this course. Topics include: medical practice management, medical law, liability and malpractice prevention, health information management, HIPAA and confidentiality of patient information, employment practices, consent, billing collections, insurance and government healthcare programs, codes of ethics and contemporary bioethical issues.

MIC 141 Principles of Medical Coding and Billing 3

Study principles and practices in health information management as it relates to documentation for medical billing. Introduction to ICD and CPT coding, private insurance, and government program claim processing, legal and health care finance issues, HIPAA and release of information guidelines are emphasized.

SEMESTER 3

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
MIC 201 Billing Systems 3 CIS 101, MIC 101, MIC 150, and MOA 242

This course provides an introduction to the study of the billing and reimbursement processes of hospitals and ambulatory health care settings including: scheduling, registration, insurance verification, fee schedules, encounter forms, charge capturing, billing process, reimbursement process, patient payment and collections. Computer laboratory work with billing software is included.

MIC 211 Advanced Coding 3 MIC 101 and MIC 150 and MOA 242 and HOC 132 or NUR 121.

This course serves as a continuation of basic ICD-CM Coding with application of guidelines in more advanced case scenarios. The content includes simulation of inpatient and outpatient coding of diseases, procedures and services of all body systems using patient records and encoder software. Emphasis is placed on the use of official coding guidelines and compliance.

MIC 242 Advanced Medical Billing 3 ACC 216 or ACC 231 and MIC 141

Designed to teach advanced skills in medical insurance billing. Correct preparation of major carrier claims including use of modifiers and rebilling skills emphasized.

MIC 255 Coder/Biller Capstone 3 MIC 211 and Instructor Permission

A student may choose to take the capstone instead of the practicum. In the capstone, you will not be performing hours at an external site, but rather perform extensive coding and billing exercises to prepare for the CPC exam, build a portfolio, and prepare for employment. Expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week minimum, outside of class time working on assigned items.

SEMESTER 4

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ACC 115 Payroll Accounting 2 CIS 101*, ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Accurate payroll records and timely payroll tax reporting are critical elements for all successful businesses. Learn to apply payroll accounting rules and procedures to support business operations. Learn employment and tax laws that affect payroll preparation. Learn the skills, procedures, and concepts necessary to compute a company’s payroll. Topics include hiring, gross pay, FICA taxes, income taxes, employee deductions and benefits, payroll accounting, earnings records, tax deposits, unemployment taxes, recording payroll transactions, Form 940EZ, Form 941, reporting employee earnings and special situations.

BUA 221 Human Resources Management 3 CIS 095*, ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Create and maintain a desirable and productive work place by applying management skills with emphasis on improving performance and career development. Topics include: employment law, recruitment and selection, placement techniques, interview methods, job analysis, staffing, training and development, performance appraisals, team building, benefit administration, government regulation, compensation systems, health and safety, and labor-management issues.

CIS 210 Office Administration Systems 4 CIS 101

Develop and integrate administrative support skills in communication, information technologies, administrative procedures and problem solving. Topics include: records management, information/communication systems, including electronic, space management and ergonomics, quality and productivity improvement techniques, meeting/ travel planning, records preparation/presentation and employment skills. Keyboarding skills are essential.

COM 240 Interpersonal Communication 3 ENG 085, ENG 091

(FORMERLY SPH 240) Students will learn to improve communication in one-on-one and small group situations. In this course, students will examine basic verbal and non-verbal elements affecting communication between individuals in family, peer group and work contexts. Specific units of discussion include intrapersonal perspective, conflict resolution, self-disclosure, message generation, intercultural messages and non-verbal communication.

PSY 140 Introduction to Psychology 4 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Overview of the field of psychology, including learning, development, emotion, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior and psychotherapy.

SEMESTER 5

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 140 Public Health and Disease 3 ENG 085* ENG 090* and MAT 020* or higher

This lecture/discussion course provides an evidence-based approach to the concepts of public health. Topics covered include infectious and non-infectious diseases along with genetic and environmental factors in health and disease. Students will explore local and national public health resources with an emphasis on how public health data can be used to inform decisions about their own health.

ENG 232 Technical & Business Writing 3 ENG 131

A course designed to provide practice in a variety of written and oral communications to meet the requirements of the workplace. Projects may include descriptions, instructions, résumés, proposals, reports or online documents. It involves frequent writing, both in and out of class, as well as oral presentations, collaborative activities and individual conferences.

HIS 211 Minority Groups in America 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Sociology of dominant-minority relations in contemporary American society. Attention to specific ethnic, religious, and racial minorities in terms of prejudice and discrimination.

HUM 131 Cultural Connections 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This interdisciplinary course examines contemporary issues, their human and technological components, and their historical precedents through art, music, literature and philosophy.

MOA 255 HAIS Practicum 3 MIC 211 and Instructor Permission

The practicum is a non-paid practical experience in which the student is placed in a medical office, clinic or hospital setting under the supervision of a health care practitioner for 180 hours total. The student has the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skill learned in the classroom in a real life clinical situation. Depending on the placement, the student may perform medical office duties, coding/billing, or other administrative tasks learned in the program. The student will work with the program director to determine what type of practicum/placement they would prefer.

The first three semsmeters are classes required to complete the Medical Insurance Coder/Biller Certificate. Students may choose to complete the MICB certificate first and then continue with HAIS.

All MIC courses are only offered online. Students may potentially complete entire certificate and degree online.