Healthcare Administrative Specialist Diploma

Healthcare Administrative Specialist Diploma

Program Description

The 31-credit Healthcare Administrative Specialist Diploma program prepares students to assume duties in the healthcare field including patient service representative, registration, scheduling, and release of information. Graduates of the diploma program will be able maintain accuracy and completeness of the patient record as defined by organizational policy and external regulations and standards, apply policies and procedures for access and disclosure of personal health information, and apply confidentiality and security measures to protect electronic health information.

Program Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how their role fits into and affects their department, other departments, and the organization;
  • Identify and utilize appropriate technologies used to capture, retrieve, and maintain information from internal and external sources;
  • Apply knowledge of human structure and function, diseases and disorders, and medical terminology as it relates to their healthcare role;
  • Apply policies, procedures, and regulation standards surrounding issues of access and disclosure of protected health information and organizational compliance;
  • Analyze documentation in the health record to ensure it supports the diagnosis and reflects the patient’s progress, clinical findings, and discharge status;
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication within the healthcare environment;
  • Describe positive work behaviors, personal traits and attitudes desirable in members of a healthcare team;
  • Understand accepted ethical practices with respect to cultural, social, religious and ethnic differences within the healthcare environment.

Career Opportunities

Healthcare Administrative Specialist is ideal for individuals interested in healthcare careers, but are not interested in hands-on patient care. The medical community depends on educated staff to collect, interpret, analyze, protect and organize medical information so that it may be used for continuity of care, reimbursement, and quality improvement. Health administrative professionals work closely with providers, nurses, and other healthcare staff to contribute to quality patient care behind the scenes. Opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, behavioral health facilities, insurance agencies, home health agencies, consulting firms, government agencies, and medical supply organizations.

Program Admission Requirements

The A.A.S. degree and diploma are offered as full-time programs. Students can start at the beginning of fall or spring. This program is a combination of in-classroom, hybrid (both in-class, LiveOnline and online), and online formats. Students pursuing the A.A.S. degree will find the second year courses are offered in an online format to allow for employment while completing the degree.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0;
  2. College Technical Core GPA Requirement: cumulative GPA of credits attempted and completed towards the technical core of the diploma or degree must be at least 2.0;
  3. Residency Requirement: students must complete 25% of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Employment Statistics

For more information regarding employment statistics, career salary information and estimated job growth, follow the resource links below:

https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/ces/
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm
http://www.iseek.org/jobs/jobmarket.html

Program Course Requirements

HINS 1122** Body Structures and Functions for Healthcare Professionals OR
BIOL 1404** Human Biology (Goal 3)…………………………… 3 cr
BUSN 1166   Business Communications……………………….. 3 cr
COMP 1120  Introduction to Computer Applications…… 3 cr
HINS 1120     Introduction to Health Information Privacy and Security………………………………… 1 cr
HINS 1142     Healthcare Information Systems……………… 3 cr
HINS 1144*   Pharmacology for Healthcare Admin………. 1 cr
HINS 1150*   Introduction to DX and Procedure Coding……………………………………. 3 cr
HINS 1152     Medical Insurance and Billing………………….. 2 cr
HINS 1154     Introduction to Health Data Analysis……….. 3 cr
HINS 1156     Interpersonal Skills for Healthcare Professionals…………………………………………… 1 cr
HINS 1163     Medical Office Procedures ……………………… 2 cr
HINS 1165     Medical Records Management………………… 3 cr
HINS 1360     Medical Terminology……………………………….. 3 cr

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT – 31 CREDITS

*Denotes Prerequisites
**Students intending to transfer or pursue medical coding certification should take BIOL 1404.

Program Instructors

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Susan Bremer

Healthcare Admin Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8094
Brainerd W214
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