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ME 181 Medical Terminology I/4 (30-30)
Presents structure of basic medical terminology. Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content. A word building system will be used to learn word parts that are used to construct and analyze new terms. This system provides the opportunity to decipher unfamiliar terms and check their spelling. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation. Abbreviations will be introduced as related terms are presented.

ME 182 Medical Terminology II/4 (30-30)
Continues learning format used in ME 181 with introduction of new word parts included to enhance vocabulary already learned. Emphasis again is placed on spelling, definitions, usage, and pronunciation.
Prerequisite: ME 181

ME 184 Anatomy I/4 (30-30)
Introduces students to fundamentals of life and life maintenance, the organization and workings of the typical animal cell, the basis of metabolism, and the organization of the body, as well as selected body systems.

ME 191 Medical Ethics and First Aid/4 (30-30)
Introduces the issues of law and ethics that the rapid advances in technology and increased specializations demand in the medical profession. This course also provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional help arrives.

ME 200 Medical Coding I/4 (30-30)
Focuses specifically on a physician’s office or outpatient facility. The students will learn the history of coding, what part HIPAA plays in the administration of coding and the appropriate use of the ICD-9-CM to find diagnoses, co-morbidities and complications for billing purposes. Case studies are used to simulate the real-life circumstances of an office.
Prerequisite: ME 181 Students must have completed 48 quarter-credit hours.

ME 201 Medical Coding II/4 (30-30)
A continuation of Medical Coding I, the students will use the ICD-9-CM to find the primary and secondary diagnoses and the CPT to appropriately bill the office calls and procedures encountered in the office or outpatient facility. The HCPCS will be used to code and bill supplies, medicines, durable medical equipment, pathology and laboratory reports, etc. Upon completion, the students will have obtained knowledge about coding and billing, as well as any encounter a patient may have in a doctor’s office, with an ambulance service, outpatient center or any facility other than a hospital.
Prerequisite: ME 200

ME 203 Medical Coding III/4 (30-30)
Medical coding is the ability to translate medical terminology into medical codes.  Coding III involves advanced ICD-9-CM (inpatient coding), along with the CPT coding system.  Also a detailed coverage of ICD-10-CM.  Medical Coding III includes tips for preparing for the CPC exam.
Prerequisite: ME 201

ME 279 Medical Office Practice/4 (30-30)
Provides students with the necessary skills to manage the front office. Emphasis is placed on patient communication, clerical skills, operational procedures records management, charting, patient history reports, diagnostic and procedural coding, and insurance.
Prerequisite: WP 254

ME 280 Anatomy II/4 (30-30)
Presents a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the muscular system, nervous system, respiratory system, nerve tissue, brain and spinal cord, and sense organs. Emphasis is placed on normal anatomy and physiology of these systems in order to understand clinical applications of the disordered physiology of these systems.
Prerequisite: ME 184

ME 281 Anatomy III/4 (30-30)
Presents a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the urinary, endocrine, reproductive, and circulatory systems, with emphasis on the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems. Special emphasis is placed on normal anatomy and physiology of these systems in order to understand the clinical applications of disordered physiology.
Prerequisite: ME 184

ME 282 Clinical Procedures I/4 (30-30)
Provides knowledge of patient preparation, taking and recording of vital signs, and assisting the physician with examinations, treatments, and minor surgeries. Student learns to perform visual exams and electrocardiograms, take standard precautions for medical asepsis and infection control, and care for the exam room. Emphasis is also placed on medical and ethical standards relative to medical assisting, including the maintenance of
professional skills.
Prerequisite: ME 184 & ME 181. Students must have completed 32 quarter-credit hours.

ME 283 Clinical Procedures II/4 (30-30)
Summarizes all previous clinical and laboratory courses allowing for additional skill development. Accurate techniques and professionalism are stressed. The course includes administering medication by various injection techniques and respiratory testing. Course work also includes obtaining CPR certification. Medical law and ethical behavior are reviewed also.
Prerequisite: ME 285

ME 284 Process of Disease I/4 (30-30)
Entails the identification or definition of a disease and establishing its etiology or cause, discussing which populations are at risk, what the signs and symptoms are, and what the prognosis or outcome will be. After the disease has been totally investigated, the possible treatments are discussed. This class is beneficial in helping the students understand the disease process and how it can be interrupted by the use of medications, therapies, or surgeries to help improve the health of the patient.

ME 288 Process of Disease II/4 (30-30)
Process of Disease II is similar in structure to ME 284 except different systems are covered. The students will be involved in discovering the etiology of diseases, some of the signs and symptoms of diseases, what the prognosis of diseases are and what treatments may be used to help cure or arrest diseases. This is beneficial in helping the students to understand the process a disease follows when it attacks the body.

ME 285 Laboratory Procedures/4 (30-30)
Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of diagnostic medicine. Emphasis is placed on safety, proper specimen handling, and protocol, as well as practice in basic techniques such as phlebotomy, urinalysis, and some hematology determinations. Uses some rapid diagnostic laboratory tests.
Prerequisite: ME 282

ME 286 Pharmacology/4 (30-30)
Covers drug actions, the history of drug control in the U.S., routes of administration, drug preparations, dosage calculations, use of drug references, drug classifications, and interpretation of medication orders.
Prerequisite: ME 282

ME 289 Medical Externship/0
Assigns advanced students to work in medical offices or clinical settings to satisfactorily 
complete an actual in-service experience.
Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C in major subject areas is necessary to participate.

ME 290 Medical Coding Practicum/0
Students will be assigned to a facility or complete program through online component to receive practical experience in coding.
Prerequisite: The student has to have achieved a minimum grade of “C” in major subject matter in order to participate in the practicum experience.

ME 291 Electronic Health Records/4 (30-30)
Provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the history, theory, and functional benefits of Electronic Health Records through practical applications with the use of medical software.
Prerequisite: WP 150 with 25+ WPM.