Curriculum: Associate of Applied Business in Healthcare Management

July 01, 2022
August 22, 2022
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The Healthcare Management associate degree provides students with a broad foundational study of the specific skills required in physician office and department management, including marketing, economics, accounting, human resources, business law and statistics. In addition, students will prepare to take the Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM) national credentialing exam by studying healthcare finance, healthcare quality, statistics and research, introduction to physician practice management, healthcare compliance, health information ethics, and healthcare applications.

This credential is a logical next step for those with experience in healthcare who are ready to advance their careers in physician practice management. Current practice managers will also benefit from this certification with increased knowledge and validation of their knowledge and experience in this skilled profession.

Sample Curriculum

A customized curriculum map for the Associate Healthcare Management program is available to fit your schedule and pace. Part-time and full-time options are available to all students. Summer term courses are also offered. The program accepts students six times a year – twice in the spring, summer, and fall.

First Year Business Introductory Course

Choose one Business Introductory Course: MGMT1085 Decision Making Tools, MGMT1080 Problem Solving Tools, or MGMT1050 Introduction to Business.

English Composition

English Composition 1001 is a writing-centered course that emphasizes the careful reading, analytical thinking, and persuasive strategies inherent in researching and writing within an academic community. Students learn that rhetorical knowledge is the basis of composing while learning to write with purpose, audience, context, and conventions in mind. Students develop rigorous academic research practices: how to locate and evaluate primary and secondary sources relevant to their line of inquiry and position their own ideas in conversation with public writing. Students also engage in regular self-reflection: articulating what they know, what they can do, and how to apply their knowledge and skills in various contexts.

Fundamentals of Human Resources

This course is an introduction to human resource management concepts, issues, and functions. Specifically, the concepts and functions of recruitment, selection, training, and development,EEO/Affirmative Action, performance appraisals, reward systems, employee benefits, unions, collective bargaining and employee relations. The course will emphasize on the applied nature of thecourse by focusing on the use case scenarios. Thiscourse is intended for the Associate of Applied Business (AAB) program, and does not apply toward a Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA).

Financial Accounting

This course develops foundational knowledge and skills needed to prepare and analyze basic financial statements. Topics include cash, inventory, fixed assets, current and long-term liabilities and equity. Students will prepare multi-step income statements, classified balance sheets and statements of cash flows. Students will utilize efficiency and effectiveness ratios, as well as vertical and horizontal analysis, to evaluate financial performance.

Introduction to Microeconomics

The course assists students to learn and comprehend (1) economics as a social science that draws conclusions based on hypotheses, theories, and data in order to understand human behavior, (2) basic microeconomics terms and concepts, including scarcity and choice, equilibrium, efficiency and equity, positive and normative economics, comparative advantage, and specialization, (3) the fundamental economic question of allocating scarce resources, (4) opportunity cost and the production possibility frontier, (5) supply and demand, the function of prices in markets, how markets work and sometimes don't work, including market failure and externalities, (6) the effects of government intervention in markets, (7) how consumers make choices, (8) production theory, (9) the costs of production, (10) firm behavior in competitive markets, (11) firm behavior in imperfect markets, (12) elasticity and its application, (13) markets for resources, the determination of wage rates, interest, and rent, (14) the determination of income distribution, including poverty and discrimination, (15) the determinants of international trade flows, (16) to apply economic

Managerial Accounting

This course develops foundational knowledge and skills needed to apply accounting data in planning and controlling business operations. Topics include costs, cost drivers and allocation, contribution margin and managerial budgeting.

Introduction to Marketing

Marketing activities, analysis, strategies, and decision making in the context of other business functions. Topics include: integration of product, price, promotion, and distribution activities; research and analysis of markets, environments, competition, and customers; market segmentation and selection of target markets; and emphasis on behavior and perspectives of consumers and organizational customers. Planning and decision making for products and services in profit and nonprofit, domestic and global settings.

Introduction to Macroeconomics

The course assists students to learn and comprehend (1) economics as a social science that draws conclusions based on hypotheses, theories, and data in order to understand human behavior, (2) basic macroeconomic terminology and concepts, including the distinction between real and nominal magnitudes, (3) the national income accounts, (4) the nature of the business cycle, (5) the determinates of important macroeconomic variables,including the level of income, the level of employment, the unemployment rate, the natural rate of unemployment, the price level, the inflation rate, productivity and the rate of interest, (6) the supply and demand for money, (7)the Federal Reserve System, (8) aggregate demand and aggregate supply, (9) the effects of fiscal and monetary policies, (10) the basics of theories of macroeconomic instability, (11) unemployment and inflation tradeoffs, (12) the effects of the federal government's budget deficit, (13) long run growth and policies to affect growth, (14) comparative advantage, (15) the determinants of foreign trade flows and exchange rates, and their effects on the domestic economy, (16) to apply economic reasoning to better understand and critically evaluate real world circumstances and events.

Introduction to Statistics

A one-semester comprehensive introduction to statistics suitable for students in biology, nursing, allied health, and applied science. Discussion of data, frequency distributions, graphical and numerical summaries, design of statistical studies, and probability as a basis for statistical inference and prediction. The concepts and practice of statistical inference including confidence intervals, one and two sample t-tests, chi-square tests, regression and analysis of variance, with attention to selecting the procedure(s) appropriate for the question and data structure, and interpreting and using the result. Prerequisite: at least 30 on the ALEKS Math test or 420 on the Math Placement Test (MPT) is recommended.

Computer Applications

In this course, students perform basic business and academic tasks on a PC running the Windows operating system. Students are provided instruction in the Microsoft Office suite that covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. Students learn how to work with a word processor, spreadsheet, data tables, and presentation software.

Healthcare Finance

This course will prepare the health care manager for the responsibilities involved in maintaining awell-managed, financially strong health care organization. Basic vocabulary, processes, functions and reports are presented in this course, including financial statements as commonlyseen in health care environments. Topics covered include types of budgets; considerations for cash flow, payables and receivables; and process for working with various types of revenue streams, practice and project financing.

Physician Practice Management

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the breadth of knowledge required to effectively manage a medical group practice today. The course covers a range of topics while taking into special consideration the need for a broader and more detailed knowledge base among practice managers. Topics covered include: physician leadership, judgment in management decisions, bioterrorism preparedness, financial management, health care information technology, regulatory issues, compliance programs, legal implications of business arrangements, medical malpractice, facility design, and capital financing for physician group practices.

Healthcare Compliance

Healthcare compliance introduces the core elementsand strategies for compliance plan development, implementation and monitoring. The course will review key statutes, regulations and governmental policy guidelines.

Humanities and Literature Elective

Student will select a Humanities and Literature Elective.

Healthcare Quality, Statistics and Research

An applied course in healthcare quality, basic statistics and research methods with emphasis on the ability to analyze and interpret clinical and other health data for use in research, and health care decision making.

Intermediate Composition

Intermediate Composition is a writing-centered course that builds on what students learn in first-year composition and focuses students’ attention on theoretical underpinning of how meaning is made, understood, and communicated within and across various discourse communities and genres. The course emphasizes critical reading and writing, advanced research and analysis skills, and rhetorical sensitivity to differences in academic, professional, and public composing. This course challenges students to engage in substantive projects drawing on primary research and source analysis methods and asks students to document, communicate, and reflect on their research.

Health Information Ethics

This course covers legislative and regulatory processes, legal terminology, and medical professional-related and medical practice-related ethical issues. Topics include confidentiality, privacy and security policies, procedures and monitoring; release of information policies and procedures; and medical ethical issues. This course consists of a discussion and case review of codes of ethics, patient's bill of rights, medical malpractice cases, and legal and ethical issues for health care workers. The course will exam the most controversial and important issues in modern medical ethics.

Healthcare Applications

This course covers electronic health information systems and their design, implementation, and application. Topics include voice recognition and imaging technology, information security and integrity, data storage and retrieval systems, data dictionaries, modeling, and warehousing to meet departmental needs. Planning, design, integration, testing, evaluation and support for organization-wide information systems will be explored. The principles of ergonomics and human factors in work process design will be reviewed. This course also covers communication and internet technologies as well as common software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics.

Natural Sciences Elective

Student will select a Natural Science Elective.

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