Healthcare Documentation and Transcription Specialist - CERT

Allied Health

Contact: CATHY DIGGS (620)665-4946
Department Co-Chair: DEBBIE HACKLER (620)665-4931
Department Co-Chair: TODD SAZAMA (620)665-4939

For course descriptions and course prerequisites, click on the course name.

Total Credit Hours

This certificate requires 45 credit hours.


Course Title Credits
BU128 Intermediate Keyboarding 3

Keyboarding with speed and accuracy, letters, tabulations, rough drafts and business papers and forms.

IS104 Microcomputer Applications 3

Microcomputers and various software applications; hardware and software selection, integration, and implementation; fundamentals of operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and computer problem solving.

Semester Total - 6

First Semester

Course Title Credits
AL153 Pharmacology 3

Basic pharmacology for students pursuing allied health professions-basic drugs as related to diseases, effects of drugs on different systems of the body, interaction of drugs, side effects, contraindications and effectiveness in relation to dosages.

BI103 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6

Basic structure and function of the human body. Four hours lecture and four hours laboratory per week.
Pre-Reqs: BI101 or BI104 or BI105 or BI112, or BI100 Bas Cncpt for AH Studies with a grade of C or better

HR103 Introduction to Health Information 3

Introduction to the health care field and health records with emphasis on the roles of health professionals, functions of the health information department, content and analysis of health records in a variety of health care settings and storage and retrieval of health information and common registries.

HR105 Medical Terminology 3

Elements of medical language including common abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on spelling, pronunciation, correct usage, and meaning relating to body systems, medical science, and medical specialties.

Semester Total - 15

Second Semester

Course Title Credits
HR107 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3

Introduction to the U.S. legal system, laws and ethical issues and how they relate to healthcare.

HR130 Medical Style and Grammar 3

The study and application of the rules of English as it applies to the transcription of medical documentation.

HR204 Healthcare Documentation and Transcription 2

Machine transcription of medical reports that make up the health record emphasizing spelling, accuracy of terminology, proofreading, neatness and format of report.
Pre-Reqs: HR105 Medical Terminology, and BI103 Human A&P, or Departmental Consent

HR212 Pathophysiology 4

Etiologies, signs, symptoms, courses and complications of diseases, and the modern practices of diagnosis and treatment.
Pre-Reqs: HR105 Medical Terminology, and BI103 Human A&P

Semester Total - 15

Third Semester

Course Title Credits
HR199 Healthcare Documentation & Transcription Practicum 2

Learning experience under the supervision of a transcription supervisor at an approved health care facility. A minimum of 90 clock hours including 80 clock hours on site and 10 clock hours of online work. Approval of program coordinator required.
Pre-Reqs: Departmental Consent

HR226 Advanced Healthcare Documentation and Transcriptio 4

This course follows HR204 Healthcare Documentation and Transcription. It enhances medical transcription skills through extensive practical experience in transcription, editing of documented health records and healthcare documentation.
Pre-Reqs: HR204 Healthcare Documentation and Transcription

HR227 Healthcare Professional Development 2

This course focuses on the development of professional work behaviors and self-management, analysis of the dynamics of the work environment, professional work ethics, and exploration of professional development and career opportunities.

HT255 Introduction to Information and Computer Science 2

This course provides a basic overview of computing concepts with periodic ties to the healthcare sector. Topics include computing terms; computer architecture; data organization, representation and structure; structure of programming languages; and networking and data communication. The design and development of a large computing system, such as one for an electronic health record, is also discussed.

HT271 The Culture of Health Care 2

This course introduces students to job expectations in healthcare settings. Topics also include the organization of care inside a practice setting, privacy laws, and professional and ethical issues.

Semester Total - 12

This is a suggested sequence of courses based on the average student load. Not all courses are offered every semester. Consult with your advisor for more information.
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