Course Descriptions

The course prefix is a two-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or subcategory of knowledge. The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered. Rather, the content of a course determines the assigned prefix to identify the course.

The following 4 digits are added for tracking purposes of American Health Institute.

General American Health Institute Rule for Course Equivalencies

Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course number and may be transferable between the participating institutions that offer the course.

In science and other areas, a “C” or “L” after the course number is known as a lab indicator. The “C” represents a clinical course that meets in the same place at the same time. The “L” represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course, having the same prefix and course number without a lab indicator, which meets at a different time or place.

CS 0501 – Introduction to Microcomputer/Keyboarding ~ 4 Units of Credit

This residential course introduces students to basic computer concepts inclusive of hardware components, operating systems, and application software. The Microsoft Office365 is used with a focus on the operation of MS Word and Office, PowerPoint, E-mail, Access and Excel. Students will be introduced to database concepts and the Internet as a resource.

..60 Hours of Instruction

CT 5071 – Basic Arrhythmias/ECG Practical Lab ~ 4 Units of Credit

This residential course will introduce a systematic approach to the interpretation of basic electrocardiogram (EKG) dysrhythmias. Basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including autonomic innervations, the conduction system, and depolarization of the cardiac cell will be discussed. Holter and 12 Lead EKG will be performed in the Laboratory setting. This course could also be used in a clinical setting for Gerontology, Veterinary, Dialysis, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy assistant.

..45 Hours of Instruction | 30 Hours of Lab

CT 5072 – Basic Arrhythmias/ECG ~ 2 Units of Credit

This residential course will introduce a systematic approach to the interpretation of basic electrocardiogram (EKG) dysrhythmias. Basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including autonomic innervations, the conduction system, and depolarization of the cardiac cell will be discussed. Holter and 12 Lead EKG will be performed in the Laboratory setting. This course could also be used in a clinical setting for Gerontology, Veterinary, Dialysis, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy Assistant.

..30 Hours of Instruction/Lab

CT 5071C – PCT Clinical I ~ 1 Unit of Credit

Prerequisite all core courses for PCT – This course includes monitoring patients, 12 lead EKG, logging the procedures as well as the use of correct policy and procedures, infection control and Patient isolation room techniques, etc. phlebotomy techniques by venipuncture and skin puncture. Selection of the tube type for various blood tests; possible interfering substances; hospital hierarchy; professionalism; risk factors for hepatitis, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases; infection control guidelines; and employability skills This course could also be used in a clinical setting for Gerontology, Veterinary, Dialysis, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy assistant.

..60 Hours of Clinical Instruction

CT 5081C – PCT Clinical II ~ 2 Units of Credit

Prerequisite all core courses for PCT – This course includes monitoring patients, 12 lead EKG, logging the procedures as well as the use of correct policy and procedures, infection control and Patient isolation room techniques, etc. phlebotomy techniques by venipuncture and skin puncture. Selection of the tube type for various blood tests; possible interfering substances; hospital hierarchy; professionalism; risk factors for hepatitis, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases; infection control guidelines; and employability skills This course could also be used in a clinical setting for Gerontology, Veterinary, Dialysis, Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy assistant.

..90 Hours of Clinical Instruction

HC 0031 – Fundamentals of Allied Health Occupations ~ 5 Units of Credit

This course introduces the student to skills and procedures common to allied health occupations, including CPR, HIV/AIDS, basic first aid and emergency care, safety, security, proper body mechanics, vital signs, wellness, disease control, blood borne pathogens, positioning, patient care skills, feeding, transfer to wheelchair. Upon completion of this course students may enter the workforce as companions and care-givers and challenge the Certified Nursing Assistant Exam administered by Florida Nursing Board. 60 Hours of Instruction.

..30 Hours of Laboratory

HC 5301 – Medical Terminology ~ 4 Units of Credit

This residential course is directed toward the learning of medical terminology needs for medical personnel or others interested in related medical fields. The learning of the medical language is organized according to body systems including basic word structure, terms pertaining to the body, suffixes and prefixes and body systems are discussed.

..60 Hours of Instruction

HC 6411 – Legal & Ethical Aspects in Health Care ~ 2 Units of credit

This residential introduces the student to legal and ethical aspects of health care delivery systems. Employees’ roles and responsibilities and patients’ rights within the system will be discussed. The student will also evaluate ethical issues as they relate to the health care field.

..30 Hours of Instruction

HM 0312 – Introduction to Coding & Billing ~ 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: HM 4501 – This course introduces medical coding and coding principles and presents an overview of procedures using (CPT), (ICD-9-CM) , It is a simple overview of the procedures and practice scenarios.

..60 Hours of Instruction

HM 0401 – Infection Control & Hazardous Material Handling ~ 1 Units of Credit

This course provides student with and introduction to Sterilization and disinfection procedures. Knowledge of the duties required of the assistant in the specialty areas.

..15 Hours of Instruction

HM 4401 – Fundamentals of Body Structures & Functions – 3 Units of Credit

Corequisite: HM 4421 – This course is designed to provide the allied health student with a fundamental understanding of the human body structures and function. The major topics include the basic body systems.

..45 Hours of Instruction

HM 4421 – Fundamentals of Disease Process ~ 4 Units of Credit


Corequisite: HM 4401 – This course emphasizes general principles, classifications, causes, and treatments of disease processes. The course will be presented as a system approach to the study of disease.

..60 Hours of Instruction

HM 4501 – Pharmacology for Health Care Professionals ~ 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: HM 4402 or HM 4401 – This residential course is designed for students who will not be administering medications, but need general knowledge of classifications, common usages and dosages of medications commonly prescribed for patients. This is an introductory course including principles of pharmacology, drug action, and therapy. Correct spelling and format as well as fundamental mathematical skills required for drug calculation are emphasized.

..60 Hours of Instruction

HP1001C – Nursing Assistant Practical ~ 1 Unit of Credit

Pre or Corequisite: HC 0033 – This course is designed to help the student to obtain the skills necessary to work in a nursing home as a CNA, PCA, PCT, is part of training required by the Florida Nursing Boards to complete their training.

..45 Hours Clinical/Instruction

HP 7311L – Phlebotomy Theory & Lab – 3 Units of Credit

This residential course is designed to teach the theory of phlebotomy techniques by venipuncture and skin puncture. The major topics include basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system; selection of the tube type for various blood tests; possible interfering substances; hospital hierarchy; professionalism; risk factors for hepatitis, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases; infection control guidelines; and employability skills.

Blood collection by venipuncture and skill practice. Classroom practice includes handling, labeling, transporting and logging-in of specimens as well as the demonstration of the correct infection control techniques and donor room techniques.

..30 Hours of Instruction | 30 Hours of Lab

HP 7312 – Phlebotomy Theory & Practice Lab ~ 2 Units of Credit

This course is designed to teach the theory of phlebotomy techniques by venipuncture and skin puncture. The major topics include basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system; selection of the tube type for various blood tests; possible interfering substances; hospital hierarchy; professionalism; risk factors for hepatitis, AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases; infection control guidelines; and employability skills.

..30 Hours of Instruction/ Laboratory

HP 7321 – Infection Control & Aseptic Techniques I ~ 0.5 Units of Credit

This course specifically addresses the job of the Health Care Provider with regards to infection control, isolation procedures, aseptic techniques.

..15 Hours of Instruction and Laboratory

HP 7331 – Infection Control & Aseptic Techniques II ~ 0.5 Units of Credit

This course specifically addresses the job of the Health Care Provider in their specific field of work with regards to infection control, isolation procedures, aseptic techniques, sterilization, clean/dirty, grey area in the operating room.

..15 Hours of Instruction and Laboratory

MA 1001 – Introduction to Medical Management Software – 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: CS 0501 – This residential course introduces students to basic Medical Office computer concepts, including a variety of Management systems and EMR software to help the student to familiarize with the field as a Medical Assistant.

..60 Hours of Instruction

MA 2001 – Examining Room Procedures ~ 3 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: HM 4501 – This residential course is designed to provide the Medical Secretary student with instruction in the clinical procedures of a medical office. Emphasis is placed on assisting the physician in patient examination; vital signs; treatment and minor surgery; lab testing; drug administration; and phlebotomy techniques.

..45 Hours of Instruction

ML 1001 – Introduction to Lab Assistant ~ 3.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: HM4501, Pharmacology for Healthcare Professional – Theoretical concepts and principles of waived test in microbiology, viruses, bacteria, parasites; urinalysis and the urinary system; clinical chemistry, proteins, enzymes, and lipids and hematology, with emphasis on their relationship to various disease states.

..45 Hours of Instruction | 15 Hours of Laboratory

ML 1005C – Lab Assistant Clinical ~ 2.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite or corequisite ML 1001 – Clinical correlations, professional issues, updates in Medical Laboratory Assistant, spin blood, accessioning, etc. with student’s reports on recent professional journal articles, and the use of microcomputers in the laboratory.

..120 Hours of Clinical

MT 1000 – Introduction of Laboratory Medical Technician ~ 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite ML 1005C – Collection of blood by venipuncture, skin puncture and donor room techniques. This includes handling of specimens, professional ethics, basic anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system, medical terminology and safety practices including those for AIDS patients.

..60 Hours of Instruction

MT 1000L – Medical Laboratory Technician Lab ~ 3 Units of Credit

Prerequisite or corequisite MT 1000 – Clinical correlations, professional issues, updates in Medical Laboratory Technician with student’s reports on recent professional journal articles, and the use of microcomputers in the laboratory.

..90 Hours of Clinical/Laboratory

MT 1001 – Principles & Procedures of Microbiology ~ 2.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000. This residential course will provide a working knowledge of clinical bacteriology and should complement the Microbiology Lab. The student will be exposed to some of the indigenous flora and the pathogenicity of microorganisms as they affect various body sites. Specimen transport, collection, laboratory identification techniques and antimicrobial therapy also provide the knowledge base necessary for working in a clinical setting.

..40 Hours of Instruction/Lab

MT 1002 – Principles & Procedures of Urinalysis ~ 1 Unit of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course present theoretical concept and practice in the collection and analysis of urine and other body fluids by combination didactic and laboratory instruction. Performance of routine urinalysis procedures including microscopy with identification of related disease states also provide the knowledge base necessary for working in a clinical setting.

..15 Hours of Instruction

MT 1003 Principles and Procedures of Clinical Chemistry ~ 2 Units of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course presents theoretical concepts and principles of carbohydrate, non-protein nitrogen, and electrolyte chemistry analyses with emphasis on their relationships to various disease states. Analytical procedures to assess liver function and acid-base balance are also included. The principles and performance of radioimmunoassay, EMIT, ELISA, and toxicological techniques for thyroid function, hormones and toxic substances.

..30 Hours of Instruction

MT 1004 – Principles & Procedures of Hematology ~ 2 Units of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course presents Didactic study of blood cells to include the origin, morphology, function and dysfunction of cells and related disease states of the blood. Theoretical concepts and principles of routine hematology procedures, quality control and instrumentation.

..30 Hours of Instruction/Lab

MT 1005 – Principles & Procedures of Hemostasis (Coagulation) ~ 1 Unit of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course presents Didactic study of hemostasis, various clotting mechanisms and related disease states.

..15 Hours of Instruction

MT 1006 – Principles & Procedures of Immunohematology (Blood Bank) ~ 3 Units of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course presents theoretical concepts involving blood group systems, hemolytic diseases and blood bank procedures relating to transfusion and component therapy.

..45 Hours of Instruction

MT 1007 – Principles & Procedures Immunology/Serology ~ 1 Unit of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 This residential course presents theoretical concepts of the human immune system in health and disease. Relationships to immunohematology, infection, and serological procedures are analyzed. The clinical significance of test results to disease states is included.

..15 Hours of Instruction

MT 1008 – Principles & Procedures Body Fluid Analysis ~ 1 Unit of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course presents theoretical concepts and practice in the collection and analysis of body fluids by combination didactic and laboratory instruction. Performance of routine body fluid analysis procedures including microscopy with identification of related disease.

..15 Hours of Instruction

MT 1009 – Principles & Procedures of QualityAssurance & Safety Protocols ~ 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite MT 1000 – This residential course presents emphasis on mathematical computations related to procedures in the clinical laboratory including dilutions, solutions, colorimetry, hematology math, enzymatic calculations, calculations relating to renal function tests and mathematical principles related to ionic solutions. The student will also be given specific statistical tools necessary for quality control procedures as well as interpretations of Levy-Jennings charts and troubleshooting tools. This course will focus on the principles of transmission and control of diseases with an emphasis on infectious tissue specimens.

..60 Hours of Instruction

MT 1010C – Laboratory Technician Clinical ~ 11.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: all core courses – Each section consists of supervised laboratory rotation in a clinical facility. This provides the student an opportunity for the practice of skills previously learned and for the acquisition of new procedural skills. The development of interpersonal skills and the transition from student to professional are emphasized.

..520 Hours of Clinical

OA 6091 – Medical Office Procedures/Lab ~ 4.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite HM 4501 – This residential course is directed toward the learning of medical office duties, communication, filling systems, office equipment, and computers, maintain medical records, screen and process mail, appointments, regulations, inventory, office policies, housekeeping duties, security policies, instruction also includes laboratory procedures common to most doctor’s offices and clinics.

..45 Hours of Instruction | 45 Hours of Lab

OA 6271C – Medical Secretary Clinical ~ 6 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: MA 2001, OA 6091 – Successful completion of all other courses required in the program or consent of instructor, a valid CPR card, and an approved four-hour AIDS seminar. This residential course is designed to provide the Medical Secretary student with practice in administrative procedures in a medical office. Emphasis is placed on proficiency in filing, telecommunications, insurance reporting and coding, medical accounting procedures and record processing. Student achievement in this course is based on “Pass/Fail.” Professional liability insurance fee required.

..270 Hours of Clinical

PN 4501 – Pharmacology for Practical Nurses ~ 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HM 4402 and PM 0301 – This residential course is designed for PN students to administer medication, general knowledge of classifications, common usages and dosages of medications commonly prescribed for patients. This is an introductory course including principles of pharmacology, drug action, and therapy. Correct spelling and format as well as fundamental mathematical skills required for drug calculation are emphasized.

..60 Hours of Instruction

PN 0011 – Fundamentals of Nursing I ~ 3 Unit of Credit

Prerequisite PM 4502 – This course provides an introduction to the profession of nursing, the roles basic to nursing practice, nursing process, and how nurses are involved in health-promoting activities to meet client needs. This course provides opportunities for the explanation, demonstration and practice of care provider activities essential to the basic practice of nursing. Learning experiences are provided in the skills laboratory.

..45 Hours of Instruction | 45 Hours of Clinical

PN 0301 – Medication Administration/Pharmacology ~ 1.5 Units of Credit

Pre or Corequisite PM 4502 – This course provides an introduction to Medication administration, one of the roles basic to nursing practice to meet client needs. This course provides opportunities for the explanation, demonstration and practice of care provider activities essential to the basic practice of nursing. Learning experiences are provided in the skills Laboratory.

..30 Hours of Instruction/Laboratory

PN 1201 – Maternal-Child Nursing ~ 7.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite PN 0011 – This course provides a family-centered approach to the nursing care of pediatric clients and their families. The course will focus on the nurse’s role in meeting the short and long term needs of the pediatric client, family, and community through preventive, therapeutic and palliative care, with recognition of the multicultural aspects of client needs. Maternity resources to the care of childbearing/ childrearing families. There is special emphasis on the understanding of cultural influences on health practices and beliefs within the family.

..80 Hours of Instruction/Lab | 150 Hours of Clinical

PN 2041 – Medical Surgical Nursing I ~ 7.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite PN 0011 – This course provides students with opportunities to apply advanced concepts of medical-surgical nursing. Experiences in both in-patient and community settings will be provided focusing on the nurse’s role in meeting the needs of the client, family and community. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in projects assisting clients in preventive care and maintenance of health. This course provides opportunities for the explanation, demonstration and practice of skills related to adult health nursing. Learning experiences are provided in the School of Nursing Skills Laboratory.

..60 Hours of Instruction/Lab | 180 Hours of Clinical

PN 2051 – Medical Surgical Nursing II ~ 7.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite PN 2041 – This course explores the medical surgical nursing care of clients with complex alterations in health. Advanced concepts in medical- surgical nursing will be discussed within a body systems framework focusing on the nurse’s role in meeting the needs of the client, family and community. This course provides students with opportunities to apply advanced concepts of medical-surgical nursing. Experiences in both in-patient and community settings will be provided focusing on the nurse’s role in meeting the needs of the client, family and community. Students will be encouraged to actively participate in projects assisting clients in preventive care and maintenance of health.

..60 Hours of Instruction/Lab | 180 Hours of Clinical

PN 5001 – Gerontological Nursing ~ 3.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisite PN 0011 – This course is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to perform an in-depth nursing history and a complete physical examination on an elderly client. The focus will be on clients with minimal or no alterations in their health state. Students will be introduced to and will demonstrate the techniques used in physical and mental examination, the student will be able to asses the needs of the geriatric patient and recognize the normal and abnormal findings of the aging client.

..30 Hours of Instruction | 75 Hours of Clinical

SS 3411 – Essentials of Health Career Success ~ 3 Units of Credit

This course is designed to teach communication and career enhancement skills as applied to healthcare settings. Topics include reading comprehension, listening skills, verbal and non verbal communication, computer skills, presentation skills, proper punctuation, grammar and spelling, math symbols, and using reference materials as practiced in health care field. Resume making, being marketable, job hunting, resignation, promotions, ethics in the work place.

..45 Hours of Instruction

US 0101 – Mathematics & Physics ~ 3 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: HM 4401 – This residential course presents basics math and physics. Solving applications using algebraic equations and analysis. Demonstrating an adequate knowledge of acoustical and light wave theory and application as related to imaging, performance of metric conversions through the use of dimensional analysis, application of basic physics theories to the medical workplace.

..45 Hours of Instruction

US 1202 – Acoustic Physics & Instrumentation ~ 6 Units of Credit

Prerequisites US 0101 – This residential course presents physical principles of ultrasound including continuous wave and pulsed wave parameters, propagation of sound, artifacts, wave strength, system components, transducer architecture, Doppler basics and practical application of the principles associated with operating the ultrasound system. Course includes orientation to equipment in the imaging lab.

..90 Hours of Instruction

US 1001 – Introduction to Diagnostic Medical Ultrasonography I/L ~ 4 Units of Credit

Prerequisite: US 1202 – This residential course presents basic scanning techniques to include patient preparation, patient history, positioning, and breathing techniques. Image orientation to include cross sectional anatomy, screen image orientation, and transducer orientation using abdominal vascular landmarks and abdominal organs. Use of acoustic windows, transducer selection related to deep organ scanning. Techniques to prevent musculoskeletal injury. Technical writing skills development. Course includes orientation to equipment and some abdominal scanning in the lab.

..45 Hours of Instruction | 30 Hours of Lab

US 1305 – Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound, I/L ~ 3.5 Units of Credit

Prerequisites US 1202 – This residential course introduces the use of diagnostic imaging with the use of Doppler for examining the vasculature of the human body. In this class the student will learn about diseases that affect the circulatory system. The course provides a history of diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions. In addition, the course gives the student an awareness of alternative diagnostic tools used in conjunction with ultrasound. The student will learn how to perform vascular tests commonly performed in vascular laboratories and develop an awareness of tests that are routinely performed.

..45 Hours of Instruction | 45 Hours of lab

US 1306 C – Ultrasound Clinical Rotation I ~ 10 Units of Credit

Prerequisites US 1302 and US 1303 – This residential course shall review their knowledge base of gross anatomy, scan planes, patient positions and the proper terminology as related to sonographic imaging. This course prepares students for clinical practicum courses by reviewing disease processes as they appear on sonographic images. Students will review videotapes, paper printer images and transparency films, and correlated studies from other imaging modalities demonstrating medical and/or surgical diseases. In addition, students shall review clinical signs and symptoms and related lab tests associated with the disease processes.

..450 Hours of Clinical

US 1307C – Ultrasound Clinical Rotation II ~ 10 Units of Credit

Prerequisites: US 1306C – This residential course presents observation and participation in those tasks required of a Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound Tech. in the clinical environment. Students will be expected to correlate didactic knowledge with patient history, protocols and pathologies found in the clinical environment. Students will focus on acclimation to the extern site, procedures, and protocols and begin to perform partial studies on technically average patients. Students will be expected to complete competencies as directed by the clinical education plan.

..450 Hours of Clinical

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