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The following courses are required for Seminole State's Health Information Management/Medical Transcription Applied Technology Diploma Program. Each description includes information about course offerings as well as prerequisite and corequisite requirements. For more information, please refer to the program curriculum.
HSC 1531: Medical Terminology (3 credits)
An introduction to the medical language used by healthcare professionals. Basic word structure and formation are studied. Medical terms, abbreviations, definitions and spelling are explored. Major disease processes and pathological conditions of specific body systems are discussed. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: Minimum scores of 598 and 595 on TABE reading and language; or ENC 0011C and REA 0002C, both with grades of "C" or better if entry test scores indicate need. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms in day, evening and/or online sections.
HIM 1031: Introduction to Medical Transcription (3 credits)
Students will master word processing software and develop basic medical transcription skills by transcribing office medical dictation from physicians. English usage, transcription of digital dictation, medical knowledge, and proofreading and editing skills will be enhanced. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: HSC 1531 with grade "C" or better. Offered Spring and Summer terms in evening and/or online sections.
HIM 1433: Concepts of Disease (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of all body systems diseases and conditions, including etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostics and treatment modalities.
Prerequisite: BSC 1084 or HIM 1453 or BSC 2093C. Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer terms in evening and/or online sections.
BSC 1084: Essentials of Human Structure and Function (3 credits)
This course presents basic information on the structure and function of the human body. It applies principles of anatomy and physiology to demonstrate the interaction of body systems as they maintain homeostasis. This course is designed for non-science majors and does not fulfill the credit requirements for Biology majors.
Prerequisite: TABE reading and language scores of 598 and 586; or CPT or PERT test scores that indicate ENC 1101 eligibility; or completion of appropriate college prep courses for ENC 1101 eligibility; or completion of ENC 1101 with a grade of "C" or better. Offered Fall and Spring terms.
HIM 1475: Medical Style and Grammar (2 credits)
The study, synthesis and application of the rules of English language and medical transcription style as reflected by the Book of Style of the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT) and the Manual of Style of the American Medical Association. Application of rules will be demonstrated by the satisfactory completion of a minimum of three writing assignments.
Prerequisite: HIM 1531. Prerequisite or corequisite: HSC 1031. Offered during the Spring Term only.
HIM 2032: Intermediate Medical Transcription (4 credits)
This course teaches students to transcribe basic medical dictation. Students use English language, proofreading and editing skills. The role of technology, medical knowledge and research in transcribing is explored. Students must meet progressively demanding accuracy standards. This is a hands-on course. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: HSC 1531; HIM 1031; and completion of college prep reading and writing courses, both with grades of "C" or better, if entry test scores indicate need. Offered Fall Term only in online format. On-campus daytime section may also be offered as needed.
CGS 2100C: Microcomputer Software Applications (3 credits)
This course focuses on the concepts and operation of the main components of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will gain fundamental knowledge of the Office suite and develop skills that have practical applications in real-world situations. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: ENC 1101 eligibility or sufficient score on placement test. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms in day, evening, weekend and online sections.
HIM 1000: Health Information Management (3 credits)
Students will learn the purpose, content, and ethical and legal principles of the medical record. Health Information Management Department functions, workflow and quality considerations will be discussed.
Prerequisite: CGS 2100C. Offered Fall, Spring and Summer terms in online format only.
HIM 1442: Pharmacology and Lab Medicine (3 credits)
A study of the principles and language of pharmacology and laboratory medicine, including drugs and drug classes, diagnostic tests, indications, techniques, expressions of values and significance of findings.
Prerequisite: HSC 1531. Offered Fall Term in evening section and Spring Term in daytime section.
HIM 2034: Advanced Medical Transcription (4 credits)
Transcription of advanced original healthcare dictation using advanced proofreading, editing and research skills while meeting progressively demanding accuracy and productivity standards.
Prerequisites: HIM 2032; and BSC 1084 or HIM 1453 or BSC 2094C. Corequisites: HIM 1442 and HIM 1475. Offered Spring Term only in online format. On-campus daytime section may also be offered as needed.
HIM 2920: Medical Transcription Seminar (2 credits)
Industry trends and career options will be covered. Professional networking will be discussed and practiced. Work environment dynamics and professional development opportunities will be explored. Certification readiness will be assessed. During the term, attendance is required at a minimum of two meetings of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Association for Medical Transcription.
Prerequisite: HIM 2034. Corequisite: HIM 2652. Offered Summer Term in evening section only.
HIM 2652: Medical Transcription Technology (2 credits)
This course is designed to study, synthesize and apply technologies used in healthcare documentation, as well as to stimulate an awareness of related emerging technologies.
Prerequisites: HIM 2034 and CGS 2100C. Offered Summer Term in evening section only.
HIM 2802: Medical Transcription Internship (2 credits)
On-the-job medical transcription experience emphasizing a variety of healthcare documents.
Prerequisite: HIM 2034. Offered Summer Term and during other terms as needed.
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