Course Syllabus: Careers in Healthcare


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Course Description

Whenever the field of medicine is mentioned, people generally think about doctors and nurses. In fact, not that many years ago, those medical practitioners just about covered the subject. In recent years, however, the field has grown beyond imagination.

In this course, we will look at Careers in Healthcare as a guide for planning an exciting future. Specialization in the medical profession has produced a need for many trained personnel in specific areas. Even physicians have specialized in one field because over the past few decades the amount of knowledge in medical practice has become so vast that one person cannot know everything.

Unfortunately, this trend has produced an overabundance of specialists and a shortage of primary healthcare physicians (General Practitioners). As the medical field grew, there arose a need for more support staff in hospitals, doctor's offices, and related areas. Whole careers sprang up in the healthcare profession from Medical Billers to Patient Advocates. This course will discuss some of these areas of specialization within the field as an educational guide for Healthcare Career Planning.

Course Requirements

All materials are provided within the virtual classroom itself. You only need Internet access and an up-to-date web browser to access the course.

Course Goals

Learn about the job opportunities available in the healthcare industry.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an assignment (usually a brief essay 100-250 words). Your overall course grade will be determined by your submissions.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the future of the healthcare industry.
  • Know the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Secretary.
  • Know the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Records Transcriptionist
  • Know the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Assistant.
  • Know the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Biller, the Medical Coder, and Insurance Claims.
  • Know the role, job duties, and responsibilities of the Medical Office IT Personnel.
  • Know the role, job duties, and responsibilities of Patient Advocates, Collections, and Medical Applications, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

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