Health Sciences Associate's Degree

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Health Sciences Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Career Development
  • US Healthcare Systems
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Law and Ethics

This course is designed to study the personal and professional characteristics necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The student will assemble a complete jobseeking portfolio including his/her resume and references, letters of application and appreciation, documentation of work and educational history, and demonstration of skills through examples of student work. The course includes an indepth study of self-marketing approaches, job interviewing techniques and professionalism as well as participation in a mock interview.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: E242
Credits: 2


This course provides an overview of the United States healthcare system. The history of the evolution of healthcare will be explored, along with the role of local, state, and federal government in healthcare delivery. An introduction to a variety of provider models and service delivery systems found in both private and public healthcare facilities will be covered, including different types of healthcare facilities. The influence of reimbursement methodologies and finance on healthcare delivery will be explored.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSA 2117
Credits: 4


This is a basic medical vocabulary-building course. An emphasis will be placed on the most common medical terms based on prefixes and suffixes, Latin and Greek origins, and anatomic roots denoting body structures. All body systems will be covered with a focus on word parts, terms built from word parts, abbreviations, and basic disease and surgical terms. Students will be expected to focus on spelling and pronunciation.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSC 1531
Credits: 4


A study of the United States legal system and court process with emphasis on legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment. Fraud and abuse, patient privacy and confidentiality, and professional practice law and ethics will be covered. The course will include a project that is specific to the student's program of study.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSC 2641
Credits: 4

Medical Administrative Assistant Specialization

  • Medical Billing and Insurance
  • Foundations of Medical Administration
  • Customer Service in Healthcare
  • Technology Today for Medical Administration
  • Exploring Healthcare Systems
  • Practice and Professionalism in Health Care
  • Healthcare Administrative Office Procedures
  • Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
  • Pathophysiology

In this course, students will develop knowledge of different components of medical insurance and billing. They will learn skills associated with claim form preparation, processing and submission in addition to an introduction to medical coding. Topics include medical insurance and billing tasks healthcare systems, programs, and commercial insurance plans within healthcare environments.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology, Structure and Function of the Human Body, Foundations of Medical Administration

Course ID: HIM 1507
Credits: 2


This course will explore the scope and dynamics of a career in medical administration and the skills necessary to be successful both in the Medical Administrative Assistant program and profession. This course will emphasize professionalism, communication, and medical terminology. The importance of maintaining patient privacy and handling patient situations ethically and professionally will be developed.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: HSA 1022
Credits: 4


This will prepare students to deliver outstanding customer service in a healthcare setting by providing them with an understanding of the factors that influence the perceptions of external and internal customers. Topics covered in this course include; the psychology of patients, customer service in a diverse world, listening skills and effective communication techniques.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSA 1050
Credits: 1


In this course, students will learn how to utilize computer software to register patients, record accurate patient information, and enter insurance information into the Electronic Health Record (EHR). Topics will include managing code diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement using the tools in the EHR. Students will also learn the essential skills needed to work with the patient schedule by scheduling appointments, cancelling appointments, and tracking patients. This course will also cover patient privacy and data security.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology, Foundations to Medical Administration

Course ID: HSA 1146
Credits: 2


This course provides an overview of healthcare systems and the changing landscape of healthcare access. Topics include analyzing professional specialties, insurance trends and changing roles within medical administration. Students will also apply skills towards working with diverse populations.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSA 1683
Credits: 3


In this course, students will practice and develop skills in professionalism specific to the healthcare field. Students will understand and identify the importance of patient support services and will analyze ways provide comprehensive service to patients. Students will be able to identify methods for practicing effective customer service in medical environments including applying knowledge in confidentiality and health information privacy. Topics include examining possible opportunities for career advancement and growth within the field.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSA 2851
Credits: 3


This course will provide an overview of the administrative tasks that occur in the front office of a medical facility. Topics covered include telephone skills, applications of the electronic health record (EHR), creating and maintaining medical records, and basic business and bookkeeping skills.

Prerequisite:Foundations of Medical Administration

Course ID: HSA 2918
Credits: 3


This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology; Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MEA 1243
Credits: 4


Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MEA 2203
Credits: 5

Pharmacy Technician Specialization

  • Customer Service in Healthcare
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology for the Allied Health Professional
  • Foundations of Pharmacy Practice
  • Pharmacology for Technicians
  • Pharmacy Calculations
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Pharmacy Technician Capstone
  • Pharmacy Virtual Practicum

This will prepare students to deliver outstanding customer service in a healthcare setting by providing them with an understanding of the factors that influence the perceptions of external and internal customers. Topics covered in this course include; the psychology of patients, customer service in a diverse world, listening skills and effective communication techniques.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HSA 1050
Credits: 1


Students will learn basic concepts and terminology related to diseases and disorders of the human body. Focus is on the structure, nature, causes, diagnostic procedures, pharmacology and treatment of common diseases of selected human body systems.

Prerequisite:Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MEA 2203
Credits: 5


This course is designed for a variety of allied health programs requiring an understanding of pharmacology. It attempts to present a basic rationale for understanding current drug therapy. This course presents drugs according to their therapeutic applications. Pertinent physiology and related diseases are reviewed before the pharmacology of the drug is discussed. The approach by body system in this course serves to provide the necessary background information and to refresh the student's memory of previously learned material through which the therapeutic action of the drugs can be clearly understood.

Prerequisites: Medical Terminology; Human Anatomy and Physiology I, or Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: MEA 1243
Credits: 4


This course serves as an introduction to the history and origins of the practice of pharmacy and the role of a Pharmacy technician. This course will also provide an overview of pharmacy laws and safety guidelines, compounding equipment, billing procedures, mathematical equations, types of medication, and routes of administration. Application of pharmacy terminology and abbreviations will be covered.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology

Course ID: PTN 1009
Credits: 4


This course will provide students with the knowledge of common drugs, classifications, and their impact on various body systems. Topics covered include routes of administration, medication preparations and supplies, basic math calculations, and therapeutic uses for common prescription and non-prescription pharmaceutical agents. Students will study the processes involved with reviewing patient medication orders and will learn about the various equipment used to administer pharmaceutical agents.

Prerequisite:Medical Terminology, Structure and Function of the Human Body

Course ID: PTN 1237
Credits: 4


This course provides the calculations necessary to be a successful member of the pharmacy team. Students will learn how to calculate dosages that meet the safety laws and regulations of the practice of pharmacy. Students will also be prepared to calculate measurements, conversions, rations, and dilutions.

Prerequisite:Foundations of Pharmacy

Course ID: PTN 1146
Credits: 4


The student will learn to prepare sterile and non-sterile compounds. In this course the students will apply pharmacy math skills to calculate the dose necessary to compound sterile and non-sterile products. Emphasis will be placed on proper aseptic technique, compounding non-sterile products, identifying compounding supplies, handling of chemotherapy and biological agents, compounding of total parenteral nutrition (TPNs), and interpreting and labeling of compounded medication orders.

Prerequisite:Pharmacy Calculations, Pharmacology for Technicians

Course ID: PTN 1454
Credits: 2


This course is an overview of all pharmacy technician program courses and concepts, with an emphasis on the reviewing and preparation of materials which comprise the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board examination.

Prerequisite:Pharmacy Technician student in last or second-to-last quarter.

Course ID: PTN 2050
Credits: 3


Students will apply the knowledge gained from the program in a virtual workplace setting. They will be able to provide high quality customer service by utilizing learned communication skills and will gain experience working as a team member within the field of pharmacy. They will apply technical skills learned in the classroom, including but not limited to inventory management, automation, billing procedures, medication preparation, and dosage calculations. They will learn to operate the necessary equipment and software for processing medications and will be able to observe all safety procedures applied in the pharmacy setting.

Prerequisite:Foundations of Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacology for Technicians, Pharmacy Calculations, Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding

Course ID: PTN 2915
Credits: 2

Medical Assisting Specialization

  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Fundamentals in Clinical Techniques
  • Clinical Laboratory Applications & Diagnostic Procedures I
  • Clinical Laboratory Applications & Diagnostic Procedures II
  • Medical Assisting Capstone
  • Medical Assistant Experiential Externship

The Administrative Medical Assistant course is designed to educate students on legal & ethical responsibilities, the importance of critical thinking, intrapersonal and communication skills, office policies, maintenance of office equipment, organization, confidentiality, insurance information, government issued policies and acts, documentation as well as functionality and maintenance of paper & electronic medical records. The students will demonstrate competency of basic computer systems, applications, coding, documentation , legal and ethical responsibilities, customer service skills as well as communication skills throughout the course in various structures such as exams, case scenarios or hands on demonstrations.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: HSA 2264
Credits: 3


In this course, students will begin to develop and apply skills in injections, phlebotomy, and basic vital signs. They will begin to understand reasoning and sequencing of immunizations, basic lab functions, and applied lab skills as well as learn basic CPR. In addition, students will recognize proper techniques in providing efficient patient care within a clinical setting and applied knowledge of basic laboratory coding.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: MEA 1350
Credits: 6


In this course, students will begin to develop and apply learned applied skills and procedure technique within Pulmonary, Audiology, and Opthamology. Students will also learn patient care assessement, procedures, and applicable tests within Women’s Health, the importance of good nutrition in conjunction with an understanding of common eating disorders. In addition, students will learn to work with common injuries and treatment of Orthopedics. Student’s will gain overall knowledge within various clinical department settings.

Prerequisite:"Fundamentals in Clinical Technique, Medical Terminology, and Structure and Function

Course ID: MEA 1460
Credits: 6


In this course, students will begin to develop and apply learned patient care assessment, procedures, diagnosis, and treatments within clinical departments to include Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Pediatrics, Urology, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Special Needs and Disability patient care. In addition, students will recognize proper assessment and utilize basic skills in working with patients dealing with a terminal illness in addition to identifying the psychological states of death or dying. In this course, students will also learn basic procedural coding, where applicable.

Prerequisite:"Fundamentals in Clinical Technique, Medical Terminology, and Structure and Function

Course ID: MEA 1570
Credits: 6


In conjunction with the Medical Assisting Externship, students will complete an online Medical Assisting Capstone course. In this course, students will learn job-search techniques and kills for entry-level medical assistants as well as share and learn from their externship experiences with the class. Students will also prepare to sit for a Medical Assisting credential examination during this course (either the CMA or RMA depending on campus accreditation status).

Prerequisite:None

Medical Assisting Externship

Course ID: MEA 2820
Credits: 2


In conjunction with a Medical Assisting Capstone, students will complete 180 hours of a Medical Assisting training experience in a physician’s office/clinic or medical center. While on the clinical site, the extern will perform medical assisting job duties in both the front-office administrative and the back-office clinical areas, in order to develop on-the-job learning skills. Under no circumstances will the student extern receive pay for the externship hours worked.

Prerequisite:"Successful completion of all Medical Assisting core courses except Career Development and Seminar courses

Course ID: MEA 2895
Credits: 6

General Education Courses

Lower Division

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will learn practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: ENC 1101
Credits: 4

Communication (**Required, select 1 additional course)

  • Introduction to Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • English Composition 2

The course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: COM 1002**
Credits: 4


This course will present students with a broad understanding of communication in a variety of contexts. Students will learn the processes and strategies of oral communication by exploring speech anxiety, audience analysis, and organizational speech patterns. Students will research, use supporting materials, and use effective language to develop and present a narrative, informative and persuasive speech.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SPC 2017
Credits: 4


This course builds on students' understanding of the writing process through an exploration of various writing strategies and research. Students will analyze readings and apply critical reading and writing skills. This course will develop argumentative writing and application of research.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: ENC 1121
Credits: 4

Humanities (Select 3 courses)

  • Art Appreciation
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Appreciation
  • Humanities
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • Conversational Spanish

Students will examine the historical, social, and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of art in this course. Using a global and thematic approach, students will be introduced to the basic elements of art, while learning about a full range of media used to make art, and the fundamental concepts of art criticism. Western and non-Western art is represented, with a strong emphasis on a global perspective in relation to culture, communication, politics, and economics.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ART 1204
Credits: 4


This course will develop the student's talents in creative writing. Various forms of writing will be studied, such as short stories, novels, poems, plays and non-fiction. Works by students and others will be critiqued. Students will also develop editorial skills so that each writer may revise and improve his/her work. Students will compose a minimum of 6000 words over the course of the program.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: CRW 2001
Credits: 4


Students will study different elements, forms, techniques and styles of film and will learn a critical approach to film and the motion picture industry. Students will critique films and filmmakers through various approaches and assessments that demonstrate analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills as well as fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding of film as an art form.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: FIL 2000
Credits: 4


This course investigates human creative achievement. It is designed to increase the student's understanding and appreciation of cultural literacy and the pursuit of humanitarian goals. Representative disciplines may include art, music, literature, architecture, drama, and philosophy.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: HUM 2023
Credits: 4


This course offers an introduction to the most common literary genres: Fiction, poetry, drama, and literary non-fiction. Students will study the basic elements of each genre, learn how to compare genres, become familiar with sample texts that illustrate the particularities of each genre, and practice the skills of analyzing and writing about literary texts. Reading and analysis of texts will include a variety of literary forms and periods. Students will engage in approaches to determining literary meaning, form, and value.

Prerequisite:none [English Composition recommended]

Course ID: LIT 2000
Credits: 4


A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional, language-centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements. Logical analysis is applied to concrete problems dealing with our knowledge of reality.

Prerequisite:English Composition

Course ID: PHI 2103
Credits: 4


This course focuses on common words and phrases students need to develop a working vocabulary which will enable them to communicate with Spanish-speaking individuals in their personal and professional lives. Although oral communication is stressed, included is an overview of Spanish grammar, phonetic pronunciation, and Hispanic culture.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SPN 271
Credits: 4

Math/Natural Sciences (**Required, select 2 additional courses)

  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Human Biology
  • Introduction to Geology
  • College Algebra
  • General Education Mathematics
  • Scientific Literacy

This course provides a working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. A general introduction to cells and tissues is followed by study of the anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems. The student is introduced to the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PHA 1500**
Credits: 4


Examines astronomical phenomena and concepts, including the solar system, stars and galaxies, planetary motions, atoms and radiation and the origin and evolution of the universe.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: AST 2002
Credits: 4


Students will explore fundamental concepts of human biology. They will examine cell structure and function, body systems, and biochemistry. They will also learn basic concepts of genetics and evolution. Students will explore the relationship of human populations and the ecosystem.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: BSC 2145
Credits: 4


Examines basic geologic principles from a physical or historical perspective. Includes such topics as the formation of rocks and minerals; internal and external processes modifying the earth's surface and phenomena; and the evolutionary history of the earth, including its life forms, oceans and atmosphere.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: GLY 1000
Credits: 4


This course provides students with the skills to achieve mastery of algebraic terminology and applications including, but not limited to, real number operations, variables, polynomials, integer exponents, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, and word problems.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT 1031
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to topics from modern mathematics that are relevant to everyday life and not typically covered in the standard college math sequence. Students will be exposed to a variety of mathematical tools from diverse branches of mathematics. They will utilize these tools to solve interesting real-world problems. Topics may include, but are not limited to, game theory, graph theory, the mathematics of growth, applications of geometry, probability, and statistics.

Prerequisite:Passing grade in Foundation coursework or placement determined by Rasmussen College entrance placement exam score

Course ID: MAT 1402
Credits: 4


In this course students will explore the role that science plays in the world. Students will survey different natural sciences such as: biology, health sciences, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geology; as well as analyze specific case studies from these fields. Throughout the course students will develop their scientific reasoning skills. They will learn about the scientific method as well as how to detect common fallacies and misuses of science.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SCE 1528
Credits: 4

Social Sciences (Select 3 courses)

  • United States History: 1900 to the Present
  • Florida History
  • Principles of Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Human Geography
  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

This course provides an overview of the history of the United States during the 20th century up until the present day. The political, social, and economic aspects of this time will be explored amid a variety of human cultures, values, and perspectives within the United States.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: AMH 2030
Credits: 4


This course is a study of the historical development of the state of Florida. Students will explore various elements in the state's development such as demographic and economics.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: AMH 2070
Credits: 4


This course offers a broad overview of economic theory, history, and development. Philosophies, policies, and terms of market economies will be explored. This course includes microeconomics and macroeconomic concepts.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ECO 1000
Credits: 4


In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of macroeconomics, which deals with the economy as a whole. An overview of the American economy will be explored through a study of basic supply and demand analysis and a review of fiscal and monetary policy to phases of the business cycle. Unemployment, inflation, GDP, and policy decisions which affect the American economy at home and abroad will be covered.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ECO 2013
Credits: 4


Students will be introduced to the field of microeconomics in this course, including theories of production, determination of prices, and distribution of income in regulated and unregulated industries. Other topics may include industrial relations, monopolies, and comparative economic systems.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: ECO 2023
Credits: 4


This course will introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: GEA 1000
Credits: 4


This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: PSY 1012
Credits: 4


This course teaches students the applied discipline of abnormal psychology. Students will explore abnormal behavior in disparate societies and cultures. Applications include individuals who have difficulty functioning effectively in everyday life, the impact of family dysfunction on the individual, and the influence of mental illness on criminal behavior. Variables which may affect a person's ability to adapt and function in a community will be considered, such as genetic makeup, physical condition, reasoning, and socialization.

Prerequisite:General Psycology

Course ID: PSY 2420
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.

Prerequisite:none

Course ID: SYG 1000
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 48

Major and Core Credits: 14

Specialization Credits: 29

Total Associate's Degree Credits: 91*

* Credit totals do not include Foundation Courses. Students must either demonstrate mastery of the subject matter in Foundation Courses through a Rasmussen College entrance placement exam or by successful completion of Foundation Courses.

* Minnesota students must take PTN 2873 Pharmacy Retail Practicum (2 credits) instead of PTN 2915 Pharmacy Virtual Practicum.

* Minnesota students must take MEA 2976 Medical Assisting Professional Externship (6 credits) instead of MEA 2895 Medical Assisting Experiential Externship.

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