Begin Your Studies in Healthcare Management

Earning your Undergraduate Healthcare Management program certificate is an excellent way to leverage your current skills and to start college-level study in the healthcare field. The curriculum of this accredited program includes courses in medical office management, medical coding and medical terminology.

Our online Healthcare Management Certificate program includes a combination of fundamental courses and career-focused electives developed to ensure you learn practical skills to help you succeed in the real world. With our flexible online program, you learn at your own pace and on your own schedule, which means work and family commitments won’t get in the way of your education. Our program is affordable. Everything you need to succeed is included with your tuition – from course materials to academic support via phone, email and online. Graduate with marketable skills to help you further your career or pursue your associate degree.

Curriculum

Required Course

H03 - Medical Terminology  

This course will familiarize you with medical terminology and the structure of the human body. Lessons are organized based on the systems of the human body: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, digestive, cardiovascular, blood and lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. The special senses, oncology, radiology, nuclear medicine, and mental health are also discussed.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the basic principles of medical word building and describe the organization of the human body.
  • Define and apply medical terminology associated with the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems.
  • Describe and apply medical terminology associated with the digestive, cardiovascular, blood, and lymphatic systems.
  • Describe the structure, components, and pathology of the respiratory and nervous systems.
  • Explain the structure, components, and pathology of the urinary and endocrine systems as well as the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of these systems.
  • Examine the structure, components, and pathology of the eyes and ears of the human body.
  • Describe the structure, components, and pathology of the male and female reproductive systems and the diagnosis, pathology, and treatment of these systems.
  • Describe the basic diagnostic procedures, laboratory tests, and imaging techniques associated with oncology, radiology, and nuclear medicine, and the symptoms, contributing factors, and diagnosis and treatment procedures for mental disorders.

Credit Hours: 3

Electives

H01 - Medical Office Management I  

This course will provide you with an introduction to the administrative activities of a private medical practice, hospital office, or clinic department. You'll learn how to schedule appointments, follow OSHA standards and universal precautions, differentiate between government and commercial health insurance programs, maintain patient records, ensure HIPAA compliance, perform billing and coding duties, and follow typical office management procedures.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Examine the history of modern medicine and the profession of medical assisting, including educational opportunities, accrediting agencies, and administrative and clinical competencies related to medical assistants.
  • Describe the role of the medical office professional with regard to legal and ethical issues within the healthcare environment.
  • Analyze, build, spell, pronounce, and define medical words and terminology associated with body structure and organizational systems.
  • Describe effective communication techniques and standard safety precautions to follow within the medical office.
  • Describe the typical duties required of medical office personnel, including patient greeting/reception, scheduling, drafting correspondence, and using office equipment, supplies, and computers.
  • Manage and update patient medical records and perform billing, collections, and financial management duties within the medical office.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of government and commercial health insurance plans and outline diagnostic and procedural code assignment and claims processing procedures.
  • Identify and discuss office and personnel management duties required of medical office managers.

Credit Hours: 3

H02 - Medical Office Management II  

This course will provide you with an introduction to the clinical competencies required of medical assistants in various healthcare settings. You'll learn about infection control, vital signs, physical examinations, medical specialties, life span specialties, minor surgery, and medical emergencies. They will also learn about the clinical laboratory, microbiology, urinalysis, phlebotomy, hematology, pulmonary function, physical therapy and rehabilitation, pharmacology, patient education and nutrition, mental health, and career opportunities.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify standard precautions and conditions for infections and the normal values and ranges for various vital signs.
  • Describe the proper methods and techniques used to assist physicians with physical examinations and the conditions commonly encountered with medical specialties and life span specialties.
  • Identify surgical procedures and medical emergencies that occur in medical offices, and explain the medical assistant's role in both surgical and emergency preparation.
  • Describe the medical assistant's role in laboratory test preparation, microorganism testing, urinalysis, blood specimen collection, and blood chemistry testing.
  • Identify the preparation procedures and basic positions for X-rays and the function, operation, and maintenance procedures of an electrocardiograph machine.
  • Identify various pulmonary function tests, physical therapy modalities, and rehabilitation procedures for which a medical assistant may prepare a patient.
  • Calculate medication dosages using mathematical conversions, and describe the procedures for administering oral and parenteral medications.
  • Identify teaching strategies for patient education and nutritional guidance, diagnostic categories and therapies for mental disorders, and professional skills and career opportunities for medical assistants.

Credit Hours: 3

H04 - Anatomy and Physiology I  

The anatomy and physiology of the human body is presented as an integrated science. Each major body system is described and analyzed to illustrate normal function as well as pathology. Topics include basic biochemical elements, skin, bone, muscles, the nervous system, the senses, and the endocrine system.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Analyze the basics characteristics and functions of the human anatomy and physiology.
  • Categorize the characteristics and functions performed by the muscular, integumentary, and nervous systems.
  • Prepare a report of a medical disorder using the mentioned software program.

Credit Hours: 3

H05 - Anatomy and Physiology II  

This course will build on the knowledge you gained in Anatomy and Physiology I. After completing this course successfully, you'll have a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology. The course emphasizes critical information and explains difficult concepts in the assigned material.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify the characteristics and functions of the organs in various body systems.
  • Prepare a report of a medical disorder using the mentioned software program.
  • Prepare a lab assignment using the recorded screen captures for this assignment.

Credit Hours: 3

H06 - Health Records Management  

This course introduces most of the records used in a medical office and health information management. You'll see examples of these records, study their contents, and learn how these records are used, shared, and stored by health information management professionals. You'll also learn about the relationships among these records and medical care, legal, insurance or billing concerns, and the fundamentals of health information systems.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Describe health information management (HIM) and the role of HIM professionals.
  • Describe the different types of filing methods used in the healthcare setting.
  • Explain the development and purpose of health record systems. 
  • Describe the purpose, contents, and components of the health record.
  • Describe administrative and managerial support systems in relation to medical records processing.
  • Explain the concept of information systems and the electronic health record.
  • Discuss regulatory requirements for health record documentation and rationale for HIPAA privacy and security concepts.
  • Discuss other functions of health information management related to secondary health records, registries, and indexes.

Credit Hours: 3

H07 - Medical Coding I  

Medical billing is a crucial function in healthcare, and knowing how to code is an invaluable skill. In this course, you'll be introduced to the skills needed for correct billing in hospital outpatient clinic, inpatient, and physician office settings. Topics include the proper use of forms and billing guidelines to evaluate medical necessity. You'll also be introduced to various reimbursement methodologies and the claims billing process.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Recognize different types of facilities that would employ allied health personnel and discuss options available for certification.
  • Explain the history and impact of health insurance on the healthcare reimbursement process and recognize various types of health insurance coverage.
  • Identify the key elements of a managed care contract and identify the role HIPAA plays in the healthcare industry.
  • Describe coding to the highest level of specificity and explain the steps of accurate code assignment and assigning codes correctly using ICD-10.
  • Explain the steps for accurate surgical and procedural coding in a hospital setting using ICD-10-PCS.
  • Identify E/M services and codes, assign CPT codes correctly, and use the CPT index.
  • Explain coding with HCPCS and describe federal laws, regulations, and penalties relating to coding compliance.
  • Explain how to review and analyze medical records and the importance of audits.

Credit Hours: 3

H08 - Medical Coding II  

Coding is an invaluable skill for medical professionals. This course continues instruction in the skills needed for correct billing in hospital outpatient clinic, inpatient, and physician office settings. You'll also be introduced to government healthcare plans. Topics include the proper use of forms CMS-1450, CMS-1500, and UB-04; Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE; workers' compensation; and filing appeals.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Explain the components of physician medical billing.
  • Identify the differences between inpatient and outpatient hospital billing and describe the UB-04 hospital claim form.
  • Discuss Medicare fee schedules, provider reimbursement, fraud, and abuse.
  • Explain Medicaid eligibility and benefits and the process of submitting Medicaid claims.
  • Identify the different components of TRICARE billing and different types of benefits available to active-duty members, veterans, and their family members.
  • Explain the importance of the Explanation of Benefits and Electronic Remittance Advice forms.
  • Discuss reimbursement follow-up, explain the appeals process for reimbursement, and identify refund guidelines.
  • Discuss the history of workers' compensation and distinguish between federal workers' compensation and state workers' compensation.

Credit Hours: 3

Program Details

Undergraduate Certificate programs provide students the opportunity to earn college credits in a specific discipline without enrolling in a degree program. Our online Healthcare Management Undergraduate Certificate program builds a solid foundation of medical terminology and concepts that you can build upon if you choose to pursue a degree. Elective options include courses in medical office management, anatomy and physiology basics and an introduction to medical coding. Students complete 5 courses of 3 credit hours each in both required and elective subjects. Graduates may apply credit toward a corresponding associate degree at Madison.

Your Healthcare Management Program Includes:

  • Textbook and/or comprehensive online resources
  • Online course materials and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Personalized faculty feedback on all written assessments
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty and staff via Madison’s Online Community
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Opportunity to participate in our live graduation ceremony

Being here made me feel a part of something and I really would recommend it for anybody. There is no reason not to go to school, especially with a place like this, because it’s giving you the opportunity to better yourself and gain a sense of accomplishment.

— Susan Donaldson, Recent Graduate

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Career Outlook

If you’re considering entering the rewarding field of healthcare, there are a wide variety of meaningful Healthcare Management careers that meet your professional goals. Earning an undergraduate certificate is an exceptional first step toward advancement and income growth. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the creation of 56,300 new jobs in medical and health services management through 2024. Some of the most in-demand positions include opportunities such as practice administrator, pharmaceutical sales, medical administrative assistant, health records clerk, health insurance specialist, patient access specialist, healthcare marketing director and more. Earning your Undergraduate Healthcare Management Certificate can be the first step towards embarking on a career in this exciting field.

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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 17% increase in medical and health services manager careers by 2024.

FAQs

Are there any prerequisites for Madison’s healthcare management undergraduate certificate program?

The only requirement to enroll in Madison’s healthcare management undergraduate certificate program is a high school diploma or GED.

What features should I look for in Madison School of Healthcare’s healthcare management undergraduate certificate online program compared to other schools’ programs?

It’s important that the program you choose includes the relevant courses you need to pursue a career in the healthcare management field. Look for a program that covers the important concepts you need to know and focuses on the skills that you need to start your career. Your program should include specific lessons on medical terminology, medical office management, and proper coding of diagnoses and medical procedures, healthcare system information management including electronic health records and other important healthcare topics. Once you graduate, can continue your education and pursue an advanced degree.

Is the training all online or do I get books?

Your course content is delivered via online course materials and assessments. Textbooks and/or comprehensive online resources are also included with your program tuition.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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Career Outlook Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers (May 5, 2016).