Accreditation and Credentialing Information
The Curriculum Review Board
The Curriculum Review Board (CRB), which operates under the authority of the Endowment, evaluates medical assisting programs according to Standards adopted by the Endowment and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The CRB then recommends programs to CAAHEP for accreditation. Additionally, the CRB fulfills these functions:
The Accreditation department
The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Accreditation department provides staff support to the CRB in the following activities:
CAAHEP is a non-profit, allied health education organization whose purpose is to accredit entry-level, allied health education programs. For more information, go to www.caahep.org.
The Certificate in Medical Office Administration is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
This program prepares students for potential employment in a physician’s office. This program requires proof of computer literacy.
In order to successfully complete the program, students must earn a “C” or better in the following courses:
Biology, math, medical lab technology, and allied health technology courses must have been taken within three years of admission or transfer into the program, or they must be repeated.
Clinical facilities used by the program may require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before the student will be allowed in the facility. Facilities may refuse a student based on the information obtained. A student’s failure to be accepted into clinical facilities may jeopardize a student’s ability to complete the program.
ALHT 1110. Allied Health Terminology I. 3-0-3 Units.
A study of medical language including word construction, definition, spelling, and proper usage of terms related to most allied health disciplines. (Career Course).(F,S,M)
ALHT 1111. Allied Health Terminology II. 3-0-3 Units.
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include: an overview of each body system, how systems coordinate activities to maintain a balanced state, recognizing deviations from the normal, and medical terminology including basic word structure and terms related to body structure and function are taught as an integral part of the course. (Career Course)
ALHT 1112. Introduction to Health Insurance and Billing. 1-0-1 Unit.
This course is designed to familiarize students with basic functions of health insurance and its impact on medical care in the United States. Major emphasis will be placed on understanding how health insurance influences the management, profitability, accounts receivable and cash flow of physician practices and healthcare facilities. (Career Course)
ALHT 1115. Medicolegal Ethics and Quality Assurance. 1-0-1 Unit.
Medical ethics, legal issues, and methods of quality assurance, including agencies which regulate health care institutions, are carefully reviewed. Students are made aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities to all aspects of professionalism and confidentiality. (Career Course)
ALHT 1150. Introduction to Health Unit Coordinating. 3-0-3 Units.
Documentation of patient care within the hospital is stressed. Students apply techniques of transcribing physician's orders, computer applications of terminology, and appropriate communication skills. (Career Course)
ALHT 1155. Health Unit Practicum. 2-9-5 Units.
The HUC student will be assigned to an area health care facility to apply the techniques learned in the classroom. Students will gather for a problem-solving seminar on a weekly basis. (Career Course)
ALHT 1160. Basic Coding Skills. 3-0-3 Units.
Coding is a uniform language that accurately describes medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. It is the basis for insurance claims and for the development of guidelines for medical care review. Students will identify and properly code medical diagnoses and procedures performed by medical personnel. (Career Course)(S)
ALHT 1170. Caring for Patients. 3-0-3 Units.
Introduces the student to the nuances of working in a multi-cultural healthcare environment, defines culture, the difference between surfaces and deep culture, and the nature of communication between workers of different cultures. Explores rituals surrounding birth, family structure and relationship, and how to deal with visitors and/or demanding families, cultural differences in expressions of pain, and attitudes toward sickness and death. (Career Course)
ALHT 1175. Healthcare Management Practicum. 0-6-2 Units.
The student will be assigned to an area health care facility to apply the techniques learned in the classroom. Students will meet for a problem-solving seminar on a weekly basis. (Career Course)