Introduction to Allied Health 1 credit
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and get an introduction to health care, the health information management industry, and the role that health information technicians play in that industry.
- Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
- Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
- Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
- Describe reimbursement systems and the role health information management technicians play in reimbursement.
- Describe how technology is used in health information management.
- Discuss different professional organizations and certifications for health information management technicians.
- Explain the different roles, opportunities, and settings for health information management technicians.
Information Literacy 1 credit
Get better at finding and using information!
- Search the Internet more effectively.
- Get tips about search engines and reliable websites.
- Learn how to search libraries and other information centers for important, useful information.
Law and Ethics in Medicine 3 credits
In this course, you’ll learn how law affects medical offices, the origin of law that affects medical professionals, and some basics about the process of litigation and its alternatives.
- Describe civil and criminal law, sources of law, and the steps of litigation.
- Distinguish between liability, negligence, and malpractice and explain how they relate to medical assistants.
- Explain defenses against medical malpractice and against criminal charges.
- Identify the various ethical issues that health-care professionals face.
- Explain the uses and content of medical records.
- Describe the legal significance of confidentiality obligations.
- Explain the core concepts of HIPAA’s final Privacy Rule.
- Summarize the role of peer review in confidentiality issues.
- Describe confidentiality and security issues related to electronic medical records.
- Describe the public duties of health care professionals and workplace legalities.
- Define and differentiate living will, health care proxy, DNR orders, and durable power of attorney.
- Discuss legal and ethical issues at the beginning of life and childhood and those related to death and dying.
- Describe health-care trends and the future of health-care delivery.
Textbook: Ethics for Medical Careers
Medical Terminology 3 credits
This course covers the medical terms that you will encounter as a medical assistant. You will complete a research project at the end of the course.
- Define word elements, roots, prefixes, suffixes, combining vowels, and combining forms.
- Describe the basic rules for building a medical word.
- Describe the uses and effects of drugs on the body.
- Distinguish among generic drug names, official drug names, trade names, and chemical names.
- Identify and spell word elements, names of diagnostic procedures, diagnoses, treatment procedures, and abbreviations related to the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems; cardiovascular system; the blood and lymph system; the respiratory system; the digestive and urinary systems; the reproductive system; the endocrine system; and the nervous system.
- Define terms related to the psychology and psychiatry fields.
- Identify and define terms associated with conditions of the eyes and ears.
- Identify and define terms commonly used on operative reports.
- Discuss the field of oncology and potential careers in the oncology field.
- Identify diagnostic procedures related to radiology and nuclear medicine.
Textbook: Medical Terminology, A Living Language
Anatomy and Physiology 1 3 credits
In this course, you’ll begin your study of anatomy and physiology. You’ll learn about general body terms, structures, functions, and processes as well as the skeletal and muscular system. Continue your studies with the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, the senses, and the endocrine system.
- Define terms referring to location, position, direction, body planes, and sections.
- Identify and describe the basic anatomical structures and major cavities of the human body.
- Discuss the process and mechanics of homeostasis.
- Explain how human anatomy and physiology are related.
- List and discuss the organizational levels of the human body in order of increasing complexity and explain how these levels are related to each other.
- Explain the structures, functions, and diseases of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems in humans.
Textbook: Body Structures and Functions (with accompanying CD-ROM)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 3 credits
This course will cover the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system, immunity, infection control, respiration, digestion, nutrition, the urinary system, the reproductive system, and genetics.
- Identify and describe the components, functions, and disorders of blood, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system, the reproductive system, and genetics.
- Describe the processes of inflammation and coagulation.
- Explain the disease mechanisms involved in the human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
- Describe different types of microorganisms.
- Discuss the body’s defense mechanisms against infection.
- Identify and describe the functions of water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, trace elements, and vitamins.
- Explain the principles of healthy nutrition and describe nutritional disorders.
- Identify and explain the functions of the reproductive system.
- Describe the disorders of both male and female reproductive systems.
- Define genetics, mutation, and lethal genes.
- Describe selected genetic disorders.
- Explain the potential of genetic engineering.
Mathematics for Business and Finance 3 credits
This course will hone your math skills so you are able to successfully use them in business and finance industries.
- Use percentages, discounts, and interest formulas.
- Analyze present worth and sinking funds.
- Understand how to buy in installments and price merchandise.
- Explain depreciation, insurance, equations, and formulas.
- Discuss an overview of investments and statistics.
Textbook: Practical Business Math Procedures
You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.