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ALH108 Medical Terminology and Pharmacology 3 Credits
This course provides the student with the ability to recognize, analyze, define, spell, and
correctly utilize the medical language used to convey information about anatomy, physiology,
disease control, and treatment of alteration in one’s state of health. Medical Terminology
applies in describing normal as well as abnormal; study begins with the normal as a base and
adds to this the terms that describe pathological changes. The student specifically becomes
aware of the medical prefixes, roots, and suffixes in forming a medical vocabulary. Students
will develop appropriate communication skills within the healthcare field. The classification of
medications by action will be studied.
Terms Offered: WI & SU (online)

ALH112 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I* 3 Credits
This course examines the structural organization and the functioning of the human body. The
human cell is described in detail as it is the basic building block of the body. Body planes,
directional terms, quadrants, and cavities are illustrated and located. The components and
normal processes of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, and lymphatic
systems are discussed. Common pathology and aging are related to structure and function.
Terms Offered: FL (on ground); WI & SU (online)

ALH115 Medical Insurance* 3 Credits
In this course the student is introduced to the major nationwide medical insurance plans. An
overview of eligibility and benefits of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE,
Workers’ Compensation, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), and Preferred Provider
Organizations (PPO) will be discussed. This course will also familiarize the student with the
purpose and use of ICD-10 diagnostic and CPT procedural coding. Other procedural/diagnostic
coding systems currently in use are presented. The student will learn to prepare medical
insurance claim forms for reimbursement.
Medical Assisting students must successfully complete ALH145 prior to this courses as
required by MAERB Standard for CAAHEP accreditation.
Terms Offered: WI & SU (online)

ALH120 Anatomy and Physiology I+ 3 Credits
This course is a study of the normal structure and function of the human body. The course
covers the basic cell, body chemistry, and then provides and in-depth investigation into the
integumentary system. The skeletal system, and the muscular system. The lab will consist
of demonstration and hands-on learning in the following areas: cell structure, planes of
movement, axis of rotation, wound care, sterile techniques, isolation precautions, joint system
bone structure and landmarks, and the musculoskeletal system of the body. Emphasis
will be placed on the practical application, skill development, and effective communication
techniques. Successful completion of competency examinations in an ethical, safe and
effective manner is required for this course. Through the competency examinations, students
will perform appropriate measurement and assessment techniques, demonstrate good clinical
judgment, and display a professional attitude.
Co-requisite: ALH120L

ALH120L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab+ 1 Credit
This course is the practical laboratory application of the concepts learned in ALH120 which
is a study of the normal structure and function of the human body. The course covers the
basic cell, body chemistry, and then provide an in-depth investigation into the integumentary
system, the skeletal system, and the muscular system. The lab will consist of demonstration
and hands-on learning in the following areas: cell structure, planes of movement, axis of
rotation, wound care, sterile techniques, isolation precautions, joint system, bone structure
and landmarks, and the musculoskeletal system of the body. Emphasis will be placed on
practical application, skill development, and effective communication techniques. Successful
completion of competency examinations, student will perform appropriate measurement
and assessment techniques, demonstrate good clinical judgment, and display a professional
attitude.
Co-requisite: ALH120

ALH122 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology II* 3 Credits
This course builds on knowledge obtained in Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology I by
investigating the anatomical structure, organization, general physiology, and changes across
the life span of the digestive, reproductive, urinary, cardiovascular, and the respiratory
systems. Fluid/electrolyte and acid/base balance in the human body are presented.
Prerequisite: ALH112
Terms Offered: WI (on ground); SP/FL (online)

ALH130 Anatomy and Physiology II+ 3 Credits
This course builds on knowledge obtained in Anatomy and Physiology I by investigating the
anatomical structure, organization and general physiology of the digestive, lymphatic, urinary,
and endocrine systems. This course emphasizes the anatomy and physiology of the nervous
system, cardiovascular system and the respiratory system. Medical terminology will be
incorporated into the weekly topics. The lab component will consist of hands-on learning in
the following areas: Nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and vital
sign assessment. Emphasis will be placed on practical application, skill development, and
effective communication techniques. Successful completion of competency examinations
in an ethical, safe, and effective manner is required for this course. Through the competency
examinations, students will perform appropriate measurement and assessment techniques,
demonstrate good clinical judgment, and display a professional attitude.
Co-requisite: ALH130L
Prerequisites: ALH120 and ALH120L

ALH130L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab+ 1 Credit
This course is the practical laboratory application of the concepts learned in ALH130 which
builds on knowledge obtained in Anatomy and Physiology I by investigating the anatomical
structure, organization and general physiology of the digestive, lymphatic, urinary, and
endocrine systems. This course emphasizes the anatomy and physiology of the nervous
system, cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system. Medical terminology will be
incorporated into the weekly topics. The lab component will consist of hands-or learning in
the following areas: Nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and vital
sign assessment. Emphasis will be placed on practical application, skill development, and
effective communication techniques. Successful completion of competency examinations
in an ethical, safe, and effective matter is required for this course. Through the competency
examinations, student will perform appropriate measurement and assessment techniques,
demonstrate good clinical judgment, and display a professional attitude.
Co-requisite: ALH130
Prerequisites: ALH120 and ALH120L

ALH145 Allied Health Procedures* 3 Credits
This course provides the student with an overview of basic health procedures. Emphasis is
placed on developing therapeutic communication in the clinical setting. Students will learn
the components of a medical record and principles of medical documentation. Application of
HIPAA, principles of Standard Precautions, vital sign assessment, and monofilament testing
will be presented.
Prerequisite: ALH112 or ALH120
Terms Offered: SP & FL (on ground)

ALH155 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I+ 3 Credits
This course is a study of the normal structure and function of the human body. The course
covers the basic cell, body chemistry and then provides and in-depth investigation into the
integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, and
the special senses.
Co-requisite: ALH155L
Terms Offered: FL

ALH155L Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I+ 1 Credit
This course is the practical laboratory application of the concepts learned in ALH155,
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology I. The focus of this course is the normal of the human
body including the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the
nervous system, and the special senses.
Co-requisite: ALH155
Terms Offered: FL

ALH165 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II+ 3 Credits
This course builds on knowledge obtained in Anatomy and Physiology I by investigating the
normal anatomical structure, function, organization, and physiology of the cardiovascular,
respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, urinary, endocrine and reproductive systems.
Prerequisite: ALH155 and ALH155L
Co-requisite: ALH165L
Terms Offered: WI

ALH165L Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II+ 1 Credit
This course is the practical laboratory application of the concepts learned in ALH165,
Advanced Anatomy and Physiology II. The focus of this course is the normal of the human
body including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, urinary, endocrine and
reproductive systems.
Prerequisites: ALH155 and ALH155L
Co-requisite: ALH165
Terms Offered: WI

ALH180 Medical Administrative Procedures* 3 Credits
In this course, the allied health student is trained in the most up-to-date administrative
functions in physicians’ offices. Important aspects of office procedures include
communicating and interacting with patients, the role of the receptionist, effective telephone
usage, administrative planning, supply and task organization, and time management.
Scheduling appointments, processing mail, filing, treatment of clinical and financial records,
accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, and credit and collection procedures are
studied as well This course will also expose the student to the operation of a computerized
medical office management program. Applications of medical practice software will
be explored.
Prerequisites: ALH108, ALH145 and ENG101
Terms Offered: SP & FL (online)

ALH208 Clinical Procedures* 3 Credits
This course emphasizes the information on the medication label and the physician’s order.
Identification of the classifications of medications including indications for use, desired
effects, side effects, and adverse reactions will be studied. Students will learn the concepts
used to calculate medication dosages. A comprehensive review of basic math theory is
given. Wound care and dressings will be discussed. Additional topics include surgical asepsis,
assisting with minor surgeries, and theory of IV therapy.
Prerequisites: ALH108 and ALH145
Terms Offered: WI & SU (on ground)

ALH210 Clinical Techniques* 3 Credits
This course will outline the principles and procedures of complete physical, gynecological,
obstetrical, and pediatric examinations. The student is given the opportunity to gain
basic knowledge and understanding of the purposes, techniques, and the procedures of
electrocardiography, radiology, pulmonary function testing, and medication administration that
are commonly associated with the physician’s office.
Prerequisites: ALH122, ALH145, and ALH208.

ALH122 can be taken concurrently with ALH210. Terms Offered: SP & FL (on ground) ALH230 Disease and Diagnostic Methods 3 Credits
This course introduces pathology and disease by investigating the etiology, pathophysiology,
and clinical manifestation of a wide variety of diseases affecting the various body systems
of the human body. Diagnostic procedures and treatments for various disorders will
be discussed. Students will develop sensitivity for persons with various disabilities.
Communication skills between patient, family, and healthcare personnel will be addressed
through student presentations.
Prerequisites: ALH122 or ALH130 or ALH165
Terms Offered: WI & SU (online)

ALH255 Medical Law and Ethics* 3 Credits
This course is an in-depth study of law and ethics as they pertain to health care and related
fields. There are extensive discussions of legal, ethical, and bioethical issues which affect all
aspects of medical office personnel. An emphasis on laws affecting liability, licensure, and
health care directives is presented. Students will discuss and develop sensitivity for persons
with disability, and cultural and socioeconomic differences.
Terms Offered: SP, FL

ALH280 Professional Behaviors for the Allied Health Professional+ 3 Credits
This course teaches the concepts and scope of physical therapy and its relationship to
other health care professions. The role the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant,
and physical therapy aide are discussed with emphasis on supervisory relationship,
professionalism, and communication. Students will be able to analyze the societal,
professional and personal belief systems, as they discover the relationships of psychology,
ethics and the law. Cultural diversity, and socioeconomic differences will also be discussed.
Student will develop appropriate communications skills within the healthcare field.
Prerequisites: ALH108 or PTA100
Terms Offered: SP & FL

ALH299 Medical Assisting Internship* 6 Credits
The Medical Assisting Internship experience at Central Penn includes an on-the-job
educational experience. This hands-on opportunity allows students to apply the knowledge
and skills learned in the classroom to the working environment. The student will complete a
formal program review and sit for the certification exam.
Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses with a “C” or higher and passing grades in all
general education courses and STS300.

ALH310 Medical Laboratory* 3 Credits
This is a clinical laboratory course designed especially for the medical assistant student and/
or other medical personnel employed in physicians’ offices. Emphasis is placed on quality
assurance and safety requirements following OSHA guidelines. Instruction and practice will
be provided in specimen collection and in CLIA Waived testing in urinalysis, hematology,
clinical chemistry, immunology, and microbiology. While being observed by the instructor, the
student will perform 25 successful venipunctures. The CPT exam is offered at the completion
of this course. Electronic medical records will also be presented.
Prerequisites: ALH108, ALH145 and ALH122 or ALH130
Terms Offered: WI & SU (on ground)

ALH320 Health Services Organization and Management* 3 Credits
This course involves the organization of the U.S. healthcare delivery system, and the basic
management strategies and practices, which are implemented to administer its component
parts. Dynamics of the interrelated components of the system are considered in terms of
the impacts of social, political and economic change, and evolving system components to
effectively accommodate and manage these changes.
Prerequisite: BUS220
Terms Offered: WI, SU

ALH330 Healthcare Policies and Politics* 3 Credits
This course is the study of conflict resolution and resource allocation (or reallocation) by
legislatures, courts, and “public” opinion. Healthcare policies include statutes and court
decisions that define principles of legal liability in health, healthcare, and health insurance.
It also involves consideration of accepted norms of conduct that influence the law and are
influenced by the law, but do not have the traditional attributes of legal structures. Legal
aspects include common law court decisions, as well as statutory law and administrative
regulations that impact the healthcare system.
Prerequisite: BUS220 (for Healthcare Management and Business Administration
Students Only)
Terms Offered: WI, SU

ALH350 Medical Seminar* 3 Credits
In this upper level course, the students will practice administrative and clinical skills from
the program in the Medical Assisting Laboratory. The course is designed to illustrate and
explore the role of medical personnel within the framework of the health care profession and
to assist the student in the transition from student to health care team member. The student
becomes aware of the role the MA plays in promoting a professional image for the practice
and of health care resources. Nutrition and diet therapy are studied. The law and ethics of
healthcare are discussed. CPR, first aid training, emergency management, and emergency
preparedness are presented.
Prerequisite: ALH210 or concurrent registration
Terms Offered: SP & FL (on ground)

ALH365 Issues and Trends in Healthcare 3 Credits
This course examines the challenges that have shaped the healthcare delivery system in the
United States. The course will focus on key issues facing healthcare such as cost, access and
quality and their impact on the issues and trends within the current environment of healthcare
systems. In addition, this course will explore how the changing dynamics of healthcare
directly impact patient care.
Prerequisite: ALH320 or ALH330
Terms Offered: SP, FL

ALH370 Healthcare Informatics 3 Credits
Medical information is an important part of healthcare delivery. Healthcare professionals must
have an understanding of how computers are used to deliver healthcare. This course will
provide students from across a range of healthcare professions an exploration of information
technology as it applies to healthcare, the knowledge and skills to manage health information
technology to improve patient care, comply with accreditation and government regulations,
and achieve efficiencies.
Prerequisite: ALH330
Terms Offered: WI, SU

ALH375 Interprofessional Healthcare Team 3 Credits
This course explores theoretical concepts of leadership in an interdisciplinary health care
environment and provides practical examples of these concepts from the perspective
of health care scholars, scientists, faculty, and health administration professionals. It will
introduce multidisciplinary collaboration in three modules: Teamwork and Group Development,
Leadership in Interdisciplinary Groups and Building Sustainable, Collaborative Cultures.
Prerequisite: ENG220 or NUR330
Terms Offered: SP, FL

ALH388 Healthcare Quality Management* 3 Credits
Efficient organizational processes, product and service quality, and customer satisfaction are
consistently moving targets. This course will explain the basic principles and techniques of
quality management (QM) in healthcare and how healthcare organizations can create a cycle
of continuous process improvement. A range of topics will be covered including measuring
performance to creating high-quality services that satisfy customer expectations, use of QM
to aid in identification and quality problem-solving, and compliance with government and
accreditation standards. This course will prepare Allied Health students to understand their
role in the QM process and how QM can be applied in their respective areas within
the organization.
Prerequisite: ALH320
Terms Offered: WI, SU

ALH400 Hospital and Health Services Administration 3 Credits
This course prepares the student to carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of a hospital or
healthcare facility administrator. Issues of personnel policy, staff interactions, record keeping,
reporting requirements, quality initiatives, reimbursement, resource allocation, security,
organizational leadership and communication are examined. There is a project requiring the
student to interview an administrator in a healthcare facility.
Prerequisites: BUS220 and BUS365
Terms Offered: SP, FL

ALH405 Healthcare Leadership 3 Credits
The rate of change in healthcare organizations requires development of leadership
competencies. To meet these challenges, skilled leadership is needed that understands
emerging best practices in relation to relevant leadership theories. This course is designed
for students to understand and apply leadership theory including transformational and
servant leadership, and address the specific issues related to healthcare leadership. Particular
emphasis is placed on the leadership process, strategy development and
conflict management.
Pre-requisite: ALH255 and BUS365
Terms Offered: SP, FL

ALH410 Health Economics and Financing Strategies* 3 Credits
This course includes analysis of financial flows, third-party payment programs, and
reimbursement practices in the health sector. An economic analysis of the U.S. healthcare
system regarding organization and financing policy issues will also be considered.
Prerequisites: BUS100 and BUS365
Terms offered: WI, SU

ALH420 Healthcare Planning and Marketing 3 Credits
This course considers planning and marketing from the perspective of an administrator with
responsibility for delivery of a particular healthcare service to the public. The product may be a
general hospital, a specialized clinic, or a residence and long-term care facility. Consideration
is given to differences of approach to each of these various services, and also to the planning
and marketing strategies, which are common to all. Public policy and government planning
functions are also considered, as well as direct and indirect inputs from professional
organizations, insurance providers, and other relevant parties. The student will estimate
public utility and benefits provided vs. actuarial cost incurred, means of financing and costing
long-term facilities, staffing needs, major equipment, supplies, indirect costs in the planning
process, cost recovery strategies and marketing plans, and philosophical policy ideas.
Prerequisites: BUS220 and BUS230
Term Offered: SU

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