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Are you ready to embark on a rewarding journey towards a career in healthcare administration? At National Career College, we understand the importance of equipping our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the dynamic and vital field of healthcare administration. Our Healthcare Administration Program is meticulously crafted to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in various healthcare settings, providing comprehensive training in both front and back-office roles within healthcare institutions, hospitals, clinics, medical offices, and health maintenance organizations. 

Now, let's delve into the specifics of the courses that make up our Healthcare Administration Program. Each module is carefully designed to provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to succeed in the challenging and rewarding world of healthcare administration. Let's explore the exciting journey that awaits you in our program. 

Operating Systems 

In this foundational course, students dive into the fundamental concepts and terminology of computers. The curriculum introduces commonly used sections of the MS Office Suite, providing a solid foundation in the use of the Internet, Email, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Windows XP Operating System, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Additionally, students develop essential keyboarding and typing skills. By the end of this course, you'll not only be proficient in navigating the digital landscape but also well-versed in the tools crucial for success in healthcare administration. 

Word Processing 

The Word Processing module focuses on honing essential skills in creating business documents using Microsoft Word. Through hands-on laboratory exercises, students become proficient in formatting text, paragraphs, and tables. The course emphasizes the practical application of word processing concepts, ensuring that graduates are adept at crafting professional business letters and memos. These skills are vital for effective communication in a healthcare administrative setting. 

Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology I, II, III 

This series of modules provides a comprehensive understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology. Students acquire knowledge of prefixes, combining forms, and suffixes associated with various body systems. From the skeletal and cardiovascular systems to the nervous and reproductive systems, these modules cover the recognition, definition, spelling, and pronunciation of medical terms. This foundational knowledge is essential for effective communication within the healthcare industry. 

Medical Insurance 

The Medical Insurance course offers an overview of basic insurance concepts and various types of medical coverage. Through explanation and case studies, students gain insight into the distinctions between Private Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and other governmental programs. The curriculum delves into Workers Compensation, disability insurance, and hospital billing as separate disciplines, with a heavy emphasis on practical, computer-based applications. 

Medical Coding 

This course prepares students for the intricate field of medical coding, covering different diagnoses and procedures used by healthcare providers. Students master the use of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM) manuals through a step-by-step approach. Proficiency in medical terminology across these manuals is a key outcome of this course. 

Electronic Medical Billing 

In the Electronic Medical Billing course, students engage in a computerized, job-simulated billing exercise using MediSoft. This comprehensive learning package equips students with the fundamental knowledge of applying patient demographics through computer software. The course emphasizes minimizing errors in submitting claims to different insurance companies, providing a nuanced understanding of manual versus computerized claim form generation. 

Medical Office Procedures 

The Medical Office Procedures course provides an insightful overview of healthcare roles and responsibilities within an office setting. Students are trained in telephone procedures and etiquette, patient reception, and scheduling techniques. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, medical ethics, and the legal aspects associated with medical records, ensuring graduates are well-prepared for the administrative challenges of a healthcare environment. 

Electronic Medical Records 

This course delves into an in-depth study of Electronic Health Records (EHR) with a brief overview of Introduction to EHR in connection with the operation and management of medical facilities. Students learn about problems, medications, allergy lists, examinations, treatment plans, as well as orders and results. This knowledge is essential for maintaining accurate and organized electronic records in a healthcare administrative role. 

Medical Assistant I and II 

The Medical Assistant courses prepare students for clinical roles, covering healthcare clinical settings, laboratory procedures, vital signs, measurements, medical history, physical examination, assessment procedures, injections, phlebotomy procedures, and basic management skills for emergencies. These courses provide a comprehensive foundation for those looking to excel in clinical medical assistant roles. 

Management Skills 

The Management Skills course introduces students to medical management concepts and strategies used in modern medical businesses. The curriculum familiarizes students with accepted standards, procedures, and techniques employed by corporate, business, and functional level medical managers. This understanding equips graduates with the skills to develop plans and execute strategies in pursuit of organizational goals. 

Employment Preparation 

In this advanced course, students learn how to prepare resumes covering the skills taught in the Associate Degree program. The curriculum also includes locating sources of employment using internet sources, posting and emailing resumes, conducting job interviews, and following up with procedures. This comprehensive approach ensures that graduates are not only equipped with technical skills but are also well-prepared for the job search and application process. 

Externship 

The Externship is the culmination of the program, providing students with an excellent employment opportunity. Under the guidance of an externship coordinator, students are assigned to a hospital and/or clinic, where they can apply their hands-on training and academic knowledge in a real-world setting. This experience allows students to hone the skills acquired throughout the program and develop crucial relationships with patients, doctors, and other medical personnel. 

General Education Courses 

Mathematics

This course provides students with basic skills and understanding of mathematics, including practices and the use of common formulas. Emphasis is placed on practical mathematical problems relevant to business accounting formulas. 

Communication Skills

Learn the principles of expository writing and rhetorical style through coordinated reading and writing assignments. Various expository writing techniques, such as argumentation, description, and narration, are discussed. 

Psychology

Gain basic knowledge of behavior and mental processes, with an emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary psychological investigation. 

Economics

Study the nature and methods of economics, including the economizing problem, American capitalism, national goals, money and banking, supply and demand, market structures, national income, inflation, employment theory, and monetary and fiscal policy. 

American History

This survey course covers American history from the Age of discovery to the end of Reconstruction. Topics include the transplantation of European culture to America, the rise of American society, slavery, and the emergence of an industrial society. 

For more details on the classes offered in the Healthcare Administration Program see the National Career College Course Catalog. 

Unlock Your Future in Healthcare Administration: A Comprehensive 61-Week Program with Real-World Experience at National Career College! 

The National Career College Healthcare Administration Program spans a comprehensive 61 weeks, offering a full-time schedule that ensures a thorough immersion into the intricacies of healthcare administration. What sets our program apart is the inclusion of a hands-on externship, a vital component that goes beyond classroom learning to provide real-world experience. This externship is a unique opportunity for students to apply the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program in actual healthcare settings, solidifying their understanding of the complexities and demands of the industry. 

Whether you aspire to play a key role in the frontlines of patient care or prefer the behind-the-scenes operations of healthcare institutions, hospitals, clinics, or medical offices, our program is designed to cater to your specific interests. By choosing the National Career College Healthcare Administration Program, you're not just enrolling in a course – you're embracing an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the healthcare sector. This program equips you with the tools necessary for success in a field where precision, compassion, and efficiency are paramount. Take that pivotal first step towards a fulfilling career by applying today and unlock your future in healthcare administration at National Career College! Apply now!