Health Services

  1. Overview
  2. A.A.S., Health
    Services
    Administration
  3. A.A.S., Health Services
    Administration - Medical
    Insurance, Billing,
    and Coding
  4. B.B.A., Health
    Services
    Management
  5. B.S., Health
    Services
    Management
  6. Medical Insurance,
    Billing, and
    Coding Certificate

Berkeley College student Marjorie Brown

Confidence Gained at Berkeley College Leads to Experience of a Lifetime in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Berkeley College students

 

 

Look Who's Hiring Berkeley's Health Services Interns and Grads!

Bellevue Hospital Center
Byram Healthcare
Emblem Health
New York Dermatology Group
Newark Beth Israel Hospital
QualCare Inc.
Queens Hospital Center
West Bergen Mental Healthcare
Westchester Medical Group
White Plains Hospital

Help manage the business of health.

The healthcare field is one of the fastest-growing industries. Berkeley College offers degree programs to prepare students with the important business and technology skills needed for positions in administration, insurance, billing, management, and more. A range of curricula explores the operations and challenges of various types and sizes of organizations delivering and supporting health services. Graduates may pursue positions with hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and numerous other types of healthcare-related facilities.

Faculty members in this program are selected for both academic excellence and relevant professional experience in healthcare administration and management. They combine firsthand knowledge and know-how with classroom instruction to help prepare students to enter this in-demand field.

Benefit from:

  • Curricula that focus on the structure and dynamics of the healthcare industry
  • An exploration of the role and contributions of hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, and practitioners
  • Opportunities for student interactions with healthcare providers and private and governmental funding agencies
  • An emphasis on technology and specialized software to collect, process, and use information essential to the industry and its clients
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees

 

Health Services Administration A.A.S.

Health Services Administration
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This program is offered online and at Brooklyn, New York City, White Plains, Dover, Newark, Woodland Park, and Woodbridge.

 

 


A.A.S., Health Services Administration 2015 Course Requirements

Health Services Administration
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the principles of law as applied to the healthcare field. Students learn ethical standards and issues as related to healthcare.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the principles and practices of managed care and health insurance. Students analyze and evaluate private- and government-sponsored programs in relation to systems in other countries.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides the effective health communication skills that are necessary for employment and success in health services, including writing accurate and concise health reports, familiarization with vocabulary of terms commonly used, and verbal communication.

 


4 Credit Hours

Course provides an introduction to various managerial approaches to the delivery of healthcare services. Students learn how to manage the issues of consumers, providers, and insurers, and explore the organization and structure of the current healthcare system with a view toward options for its future direction.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


2 Credit Hours

Explores current and emerging uses of technology in the health services industry. Students learn how to use industry software for medical office management, billing, and coding.

Prerequisites: CIS115, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Involves readings and discussions organized around selected topics in health. Topics will vary each quarter and may include health policy, health services risk management, the politics of health, and professional ethics.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: BUS226

 




BUSINESS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Covers basic financial accounting elements, definitions, and statements. Students learn how to read and understand financial statements and how to use them in making financial business decisions.

 


4 Credit Hours

Explores the nature and scope of business, examines its component parts, and describes how businesses are organized and managed. Students will learn about the various internal and external forces that comprise our business and economic system.

 


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 


4 Credit Hours

Examines operational theories of management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasizes the manager’s role in creating and maintaining an internal environment for performance. Students discuss cases in detail.

Prerequisite: BUS100 or prior approval

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision, and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature, and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 


4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

A required course for first-quarter students that examines basic psychological concepts which can be helpful in adjusting to the college experience. Some of the subtopics covered include stress management, academic challenges, communication skills, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home/college/work.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of macroeconomics. Provides a brief history of economics, from Adam Smith to the present. Students will learn the theories of contemporary macroeconomics, as well as their application and impact in today’s world.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients at any work environment. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


General Education Core Humanities Elective

4 credits


General Education Core Mathematics/Science Elective

4 credits


FREE ELECTIVES

10 credits




90 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.

Eligibility for internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree and employment opportunities in the healthcare field may be contingent upon the results of a post-offer medical examination, which may include drug and alcohol testing, and receipt of satisfactory references. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in a healthcare-related program.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Health Services Administration - Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding A.A.S.

Health Services Administration - Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This program is offered online and at Brooklyn, New York City, White Plains, Dover, Newark, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.

 

 


A.A.S., Health Services Administration - Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding 2015 Course Requirements

Health Services Administration - Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 


3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the development of medical nomenclature and classification systems. Topics include coding of diseases and procedures, an overview of coding systems, and basic coding rules and conventions.

Prerequisites: HEA200, SCI223

 


3 Credit Hours

Students learn about inpatient coding, the assignment of DRGs, the relationships of coding to reimbursement, and selected nomenclature and classification systems.

Prerequisite: HEA210

 


3 Credit Hours

Covers advanced guidelines and coding conventions with procedural and diagnostic coding. This course will focus on the professional (outpatient) guidelines. The evaluation and management documentation guidelines will be discussed, as well as the proper use of modifiers and the use of cross coding diagnoses with procedures.

Prerequisite: HEA211

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides the effective health communication skills that are necessary for employment and success in health services, including writing accurate and concise health reports, familiarization with vocabulary of terms commonly used, and verbal communication.

 


4 Credit Hours

Course provides an introduction to various managerial approaches to the delivery of healthcare services. Students learn how to manage the issues of consumers, providers, and insurers, and explore the organization and structure of the current healthcare system with a view toward options for its future direction.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Offers an introduction to the medical record. This course assists students in developing a thorough understanding of the content of medical records in order to be able to locate information necessary for billing and coding. Students are exposed to patient records typical of acute, outpatient, and alternate care settings. Students also learn about numbering and filing systems, record storage and circulation, and legal aspects of medical records.

Prerequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides students with an in-depth look at billing third-party payers (Managed Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, and Workers' Compensation). The course will cover specific terminology; the rules and regulations; the submission of the correct claim form; the criteria needed for each payer; the federal laws for each payer; identification of benefits or non-benefits for each third-party payer; and how to calculate payment.

 


4 Credit Hours

Covers the administrative billing procedures performed by medical billing and coding professionals. This course will focus on electronic claims preparation and submission utilizing documentation provided in Electronic Health Records (EHR). This class allows students to perform practical applications of the coding skills learned in coding courses.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HEA252
Prerequisite: HEA210

 


3 Credit Hours

An in-depth study of the advanced administrative procedures performed by medical billing and coding professionals. This course will focus on complex claims submission, EOB interpretation, strategies for dealing with insurance carriers, follow-up practices, and the appeal process. The development of an appropriate and effective collection plan will be discussed.

Prerequisite: HEA252

 


4 Credit Hours

Students focus on integrating the knowledge, skills, and techniques learned throughout the Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding program. This course reinforces the knowledge and skills needed to sit for the national certification exam.

Prerequisites: BUS226 and departmental approval

 


4 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: BUS226

 




BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision, and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature, and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 


4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems, including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 


4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine, including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients at any work environment. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


Humanities Elective

4 credits




90 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.

Eligibility for internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree or certificate and employment opportunities in the healthcare field may be contingent upon the results of a post-offer medical examination, which may include drug and alcohol testing, receipt of satisfactory references, and background checks. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in a healthcare-related program.

To qualify for graduation, students must participate in the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification examination.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Health Services Management B.B.A.

Health Services Management
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A.)

This program is offered online and at Brooklyn, New York City, White Plains, Dover, Newark, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.

 

 


B.B.A., Health Services Management 2015 Course Requirements

Health Services Management
Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (B.B.A.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the principles of law as applied to the healthcare field. Students learn ethical standards and issues as related to healthcare.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides the effective health communication skills that are necessary for employment and success in health services, including writing accurate and concise health reports, familiarization with vocabulary of terms commonly used, and verbal communication.

 


4 Credit Hours

Course provides an introduction to various managerial approaches to the delivery of healthcare services. Students learn how to manage the issues of consumers, providers, and insurers, and explore the organization and structure of the current healthcare system with a view toward options for its future direction.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


2 Credit Hours

Explores current and emerging uses of technology in the health services industry. Students learn how to use industry software for medical office management, billing, and coding.

Prerequisites: CIS115, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Students examine and apply the most recent theories and current practices in the healthcare industry. Emphasis is on encouraging students to develop the vision, problem-solving, and analytical skills essential for leadership in the healthcare environment.

Prerequisite: HEA220

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the foundations of financing health services in a dynamically changing environment. Topics include healthcare costs, reimbursement systems, insurance issues, the roles of budgeting and accounts, the multifunctionality of financial services within the health services industry, and trends in health services financing.

Prerequisites: FIN301, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Students gain an awareness of the various frameworks for technical writing and research in the health services field. Emphasizes effective written communication and analytical skills in health services.

Prerequisites: ENG105, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Involves reading and discussions organized around selected topics in health. Topics will vary each quarter and may include health policy, health services risk management, the politics of health, and professional ethics.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisites: BUS226 and departmental prior approval

 


Health Services Electives

12 credits



BUSINESS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Covers basic financial accounting elements, definitions, and statements. Students learn how to read and understand financial statements and how to use them in making financial business decisions.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the use of accounting information for management planning, control in budget preparation, and the evaluation of cost behavior. Students learn how to prepare and interpret cash flow statements and make managerial decisions based on financial statement analyses.

Prerequisite: ACC110 or ACC112

 


4 Credit Hours

Explores the nature and scope of business, examines its component parts, and describes how businesses are organized and managed. Students will learn about the various internal and external forces that comprise our business and economic system.

 


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the fundamental principles of financial theory and practice. Students become familiar with the financial organization and operation of a business. Topics include financial analysis, planning and control, budgeting and forecasting, and short- and long-term financing.

Prerequisites: ACC113, MAT212

 


4 Credit Hours

Examines operational theories of management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasizes the manager’s role in creating and maintaining an internal environment for performance. Students discuss cases in detail.

Prerequisite: BUS100 or prior approval

 


4 Credit Hours

Examines organizational theory and development, corporate culture, factors facilitating or inhibiting organizational change, power, and politics. Students develop an understanding of how these components of organizational behavior may be directed in order to maximize organizational effectiveness.

Prerequisite: MGT220

 


4 Credit Hours

Introduction to the strategic planning and implementation of human resources management. Topics include staffing, development, appraisal, and rewards.

Prerequisite: MGT220

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and practices in the marketing process. Provides a detailed study of each marketing mix tool (product, price, place, promotion) along with an introduction to marketing research and consumer behavior.

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES*


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision, and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature, and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 


4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students will build their reading, writing, and researching skills, while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

A required course for first-quarter students that examines basic psychological concepts which can be helpful in adjusting to the college experience. Some of the subtopics covered include stress management, academic challenges, communication skills, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home/college/work.

 


4 Credit Hours

Introduces students to solving problems by using geometric and algebraic approaches and appropriate technology. Topics include the Cartesian coordinate system, linear equations, absolute value, rational and exponential functions, systems of linear equations, and linear inequalities.

Prerequisite: CSK099 or placement

 


4 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the personal use of mathematics and the applications for various business disciplines including accounting, fashion marketing and management, financial services, and marketing. Explores the business applications of linear functions, quadratics functions, and systems of linear equations. Emphasis will be placed on the use of Excel to solve real-world business problems.

Prerequisite: CSK099 or placement

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

Prerequisite: MAT211

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of macroeconomics. Provides a brief history of economics, from Adam Smith to the present. Students will learn the theories of contemporary macroeconomics, as well as their application and impact in today’s world.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of microeconomics. Focuses on individual markets and the personal choices concerning those markets. Students gain an understanding of what determines the prices of particular goods and services, as well as what determines the output and profits of individual firms, and wages of individual workers.

Prerequisite: SOC201

 


4 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients at any work environment. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


Humanities Electives

8 credits


Mathematics/Science Elective

4 credits


Social Science Electives

8 credits


General Education Core Humanities Elective

4 credits


General Education Core Mathematics/Science Elective

4 credits


FREE ELECTIVES

12 credits




180 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.

*16 Liberal Arts credits must be at the 300/400 level.

Eligibility for internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree and employment opportunities in the healthcare field may be contingent upon the results of a post-offer medical examination, which may include drug and alcohol testing, and receipt of satisfactory references. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in a healthcare-related program.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Health Services Management B.S.

Health Services Management
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

This program is offered online and at Dover, Newark, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.

 

 


B.S., Health Services Management 2015 Course Requirements

Health Services Management
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the principles of law as applied to the healthcare field. Students learn ethical standards and issues as related to healthcare.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides the effective health communication skills that are necessary for employment and success in health services, including writing accurate and concise health reports, familiarization with vocabulary of terms commonly used, and verbal communication.

 


4 Credit Hours

Course provides an introduction to various managerial approaches to the delivery of healthcare services. Students learn how to manage the issues of consumers, providers, and insurers, and explore the organization and structure of the current healthcare system with a view toward options for its future direction.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


2 Credit Hours

Explores current and emerging uses of technology in the health services industry. Students learn how to use industry software for medical office management, billing, and coding.

Prerequisites: CIS115, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Students examine and apply the most recent theories and current practices in the healthcare industry. Emphasis is on encouraging students to develop the vision, problem-solving, and analytical skills essential for leadership in the healthcare environment.

Prerequisite: HEA220

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the foundations of financing health services in a dynamically changing environment. Topics include healthcare costs, reimbursement systems, insurance issues, the roles of budgeting and accounts, the multifunctionality of financial services within the health services industry, and trends in health services financing.

Prerequisites: FIN301, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Students gain an awareness of the various frameworks for technical writing and research in the health services field. Emphasizes effective written communication and analytical skills in health services.

Prerequisites: ENG105, HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Involves reading and discussions organized around selected topics in health. Topics will vary each quarter and may include health policy, health services risk management, the politics of health, and professional ethics.

Prerequisite: HEA101

 


4 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisites: BUS226 and departmental prior approval

 


Health Services Electives

8 credits



BUSINESS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Covers basic financial accounting elements, definitions, and statements. Students learn how to read and understand financial statements and how to use them in making financial business decisions.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the use of accounting information for management planning, control in budget preparation, and the evaluation of cost behavior. Students learn how to prepare and interpret cash flow statements and make managerial decisions based on financial statement analyses.

Prerequisite: ACC110 or ACC112

 


4 Credit Hours

Explores the nature and scope of business, examines its component parts, and describes how businesses are organized and managed. Students will learn about the various internal and external forces that comprise our business and economic system.

 


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the fundamental principles of financial theory and practice. Students become familiar with the financial organization and operation of a business. Topics include financial analysis, planning and control, budgeting and forecasting, and short- and long-term financing.

Prerequisites: ACC113, MAT212

 


4 Credit Hours

Examines operational theories of management under the functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Emphasizes the manager’s role in creating and maintaining an internal environment for performance. Students discuss cases in detail.

Prerequisite: BUS100 or prior approval

 


4 Credit Hours

Introduction to the strategic planning and implementation of human resources management. Topics include staffing, development, appraisal, and rewards.

Prerequisite: MGT220

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES*


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision, and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


4 Credit Hours

Strengthens the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG105. Encourages students to develop an appreciation and understanding of various works of literature, and utilize literature to enhance critical thinking and writing.

Prerequisite: ENG105

 


4 Credit Hours

Designed to help students improve oral communication skills. Emphasis is placed on identifying good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students will build their reading, writing, and researching skills, while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG106

 


4 Credit Hours

A required course for first-quarter students that examines basic psychological concepts which can be helpful in adjusting to the college experience. Some of the subtopics covered include stress management, academic challenges, communication skills, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home/college/work.

 


4 Credit Hours

Introduces students to solving problems by using geometric and algebraic approaches and appropriate technology. Topics include the Cartesian coordinate system, linear equations, absolute value, rational and exponential functions, systems of linear equations, and linear inequalities.

Prerequisite: CSK099 or placement

 


4 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the personal use of mathematics and the applications for various business disciplines including accounting, fashion marketing and management, financial services, and marketing. Explores the business applications of linear functions, quadratics functions, and systems of linear equations. Emphasis will be placed on the use of Excel to solve real-world business problems.

Prerequisite: CSK099 or placement

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

Prerequisite: MAT211

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of macroeconomics. Provides a brief history of economics, from Adam Smith to the present. Students will learn the theories of contemporary macroeconomics, as well as their application and impact in today’s world.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to the study of microeconomics. Focuses on individual markets and the personal choices concerning those markets. Students gain an understanding of what determines the prices of particular goods and services, as well as what determines the output and profits of individual firms, and wages of individual workers.

Prerequisite: SOC201

 


4 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients at any work environment. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


Humanities Electives

8 credits


Mathematics/Science Electives

8 credits


Social Science Electives

12 credits


Liberal Arts Electives

12 credits


General Education Core Humanities Elective

4 credits


General Education Core Mathematics/Science Elective

4 credits


FREE ELECTIVES

4 credits




180 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening so as not to interfere with internships.

*24 Liberal Arts credits must be at the 300/400 level.

Eligibility for internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree and employment opportunities in the healthcare field may be contingent upon the results of a post-offer medical examination, which may include drug and alcohol testing, and receipt of satisfactory references. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in a healthcare-related program.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding Certificate

This program will be offered at Clifton and Dover beginning in winter 2015.


Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding Certificate 2015 Course Requirements

Medical Insurance, Billing, and Coding
Certificate Program

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR COURSES

Qtr. hrs. credit

4 Credit Hours

Students study the American healthcare system, its structure and operations, the forces responsible for shaping it, and the policies influencing its current and future performance.

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation and understanding of the medical language used by healthcare professionals. This is accomplished through the introduction, reinforcement, and combining of medical word parts including prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Emphases are on word building, analysis of parts of the word, abbreviations, spelling, and correct pronunciation of various body systems including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the medical terms that are used regarding various body systems. There is an emphasis on combining word parts (prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms) to create full medical terms including the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: HEA200

 


3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the development of medical nomenclature and classification systems. Topics include coding of diseases and procedures, an overview of coding systems, and basic coding rules and conventions.

Prerequisites: HEA200, SCI223

 


3 Credit Hours

Students learn about inpatient coding, the assignment of DRGs, the relationships of coding to reimbursement, and selected nomenclature and classification systems.

Prerequisite: HEA210

 


4 Credit Hours

Offers an introduction to the medical record. This course assists students in developing a thorough understanding of the content of medical records in order to be able to locate information necessary for billing and coding. Students are exposed to patient records typical of acute, outpatient, and alternate care settings. Students also learn about numbering and filing systems, record storage and circulation, and legal aspects of medical records.

Prerequisites: HEA201, SCI224

 


4 Credit Hours

Provides students with an in-depth look at billing third-party payers (Managed Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Tricare, and Workers' Compensation). The course will cover specific terminology; the rules and regulations; the submission of the correct claim form; the criteria needed for each payer; the federal laws for each payer; identification of benefits or non-benefits for each third-party payer; and how to calculate payment.

 


4 Credit Hours

Covers the administrative billing procedures performed by medical billing and coding professionals. This course will focus on electronic claims preparation and submission utilizing documentation provided in Electronic Health Records (EHR). This class allows students to perform practical applications of the coding skills learned in coding courses.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: HEA252
Prerequisite: HEA210

 


3 Credit Hours

An in-depth study of the advanced administrative procedures performed by medical billing and coding professionals. This course will focus on complex claims submission, EOB interpretation, strategies for dealing with insurance carriers, follow-up practices, and the appeal process. The development of an appropriate and effective collection plan will be discussed.

Prerequisite: HEA252

 


4 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: BUS226

 




BUSINESS COURSES


2 Credit Hours24 Clock Hours

24

Explores career development opportunities and strategies. Stresses entry-level job requirements and upward career paths. Covers resume writing skills, interviewing techniques, and the importance of professionalism. Continues the student's orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes content collection and compiling a professional ePortfolio.

 


4 Credit Hours

An introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn how to use software packages, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Includes an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework, which includes Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 




LIBERAL ARTS COURSES


4 Credit Hours

Study of the structure, function, and pathology (disease) of the human body. Students are introduced to various body systems, including the musculoskeletal, digestive, nervous, and integumentary, as well as the senses.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students continue to develop their understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology (diseases) of the human body. Topics covered include the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, lymphatic, and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite: SCI223

 


4 Credit Hours

This course provides an understanding of the legal, moral, and ethical issues involved in the healthcare environment, including laws and standards that protect both the healthcare professional and patient. In addition, the bioethics component of the course focuses on the study of the ethical controversies involved in the practice of medicine, including euthanasia, abortion, doctor-patient confidentiality, human and animal experimentation, genetic engineering, stem-cell research, cloning, and access to healthcare.

 


4 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients at any work environment. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 








59 QUARTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

In the final quarter, most on-site courses are offered only during the late afternoon and early evening as not to interfere with internships.

Eligibility for internships required to obtain a Berkeley College degree or certificate and employment opportunities in the healthcare field may be contingent upon the results of a post-offer medical examination, which may include drug and alcohol testing, receipt of satisfactory references, and background checks. Applicants for whom such requirements may be matters of concern are strongly advised to contact an Admissions counselor prior to enrolling in a healthcare-related program.

To qualify for graduation, students must participate in the Certified Coding and Billing Administration (CBCS) certification examination.

 


SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE