ME 181 Medical Terminology I/4
Presents structure of medical words, prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and other terminology basics. Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage, and pronunciation.
ME 182 Medical Terminology II/4
Continues learning format used in ME 181 with introduction of new word parts included to enhance vocabulary already learned.
Prerequisite: ME 181
ME 184 Anatomy I/4
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
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
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 & ME 182 is recommended, but may be taken concurrently. People who are currently working in the medical field may qualify for the course without completing ME 181.
ME 201 Medical Coding II/4
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 any encounter a patient may have in a doctor’s office, with an ambulance service, an outpatient center or any facility other than a hospital.
Prerequisite: ME 200
ME 279 Medical Office Practice/4
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: Word I WP 254
ME 280 Anatomy II/4
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
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 280
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, as well as proper care of the examining 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
ME 283 Clinical Procedures II/4 (30-30)
Summarizes all previous clinical and laboratory courses allowing for additional skill development. Course work includes obtaining CPR certification and administering medication by various injection techniques. Accurate techniques and professionalism are stressed, along with medical law and ethics. Students will be required to participate in random drug tests at their own expense before their externship placement. Please see the college website for additional information.
Prerequisite: ME 282 & ME 285
ME 284 Process of Disease I/4
Entails the identification or definition of a disease and establishing its etiology or cause. It is also involved with 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 this process can be interrupted by the use of medications, therapies, or surgeries to help improve the health of the patient.
ME 285 Process of Disease II/4
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
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 287 Medical Office Management/4 (30-30)
Provides knowledge of how to build patient files, post procedures and diagnosis codes and their meaning when filing insurance forms, schedule and cancel appointments, post hospital procedure codes, do billing routines, and post payments and adjustments to various accounts with the use of a computerized medical management program.
Prerequisite: WP 150
ME 289 Medical Externship/0
Assigns advanced students to work in medical offices or clinical settings to receive 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 to receive a “hands-on” 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.