The Health Care Administration program, which grants students an Associate of Occupational Science degree, launched last week and has piqued the interest of students and faculty alike.
“We’re super excited about it,” said instructor Dori Ernstsen.
Ernstsen, who will be teaching several of the courses in the program, said the new degree is similar in nature to the Health Service Administration (HSA) program offered by the school from 2006 to 2012. According to Ernstsen, there are enough differences to even potentially attract students of the former HSA program. Former students would only need to take a few new classes to be able to pick up this new degree that CCC hopes will make students even more marketable in the professional world.
With this degree offering, new courses in technology and software applications will be offered.
“This new program has an electronic health records focus,” said Ernstsen. “That’s a major selling point.”
“[It’s] like a virtual externship in a way,” added Misty Green, who also teaches in the program.
While enrolled in the program, students will also take a diagnostic coding course that will provide them instruction on the new ICD-10 coding, material not mandated until October of 2014. Ernstsen and Green explained these new classes are developed to ensure students are prepared with the skills needed to compete in the real world job market; exposure to this new coding is part of that initiative.
Also offered will be a class in career and life development. This course has been developed to help students get acclimated to the school environment and give them valuable information with real world applications on topics ranging from financial literacy to study tips.
“It’s real world stuff people don’t always take into account. We’re setting them up to be successful,”
Students who receive their degree in Health Care Administration can enjoy work in most any administrative or managerial role that exists within a medical office from front desk and reception work to scheduling, referrals, collections and data entry. Some students go on to work in the insurance field.
Health Care Administration is an 84-week program and is offered entirely online. Enrollment is now open.
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