Associate of Science in Health Science

College of St. Joseph offers an Associate of Science in Health Science with a concentration in Medical Coding and Billing that can be completed in just two years.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Health Science – Medical Coding and Billing Guided Pathway here.

CourseCreditsDescription
ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens*3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.
Math Elective3The Associate of Science in Health Science requires students to take one of the following:
MAT104 College Algebra
MAT105 Pre-Calculus
MAT204 Introduction to Calculus
English Elective3The Associate of Science in Health Science requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
Fine Arts Elective3The Associate of Science in Health Science requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology or SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of Psychology.
or SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
An integrated and systematic survey of modern sociological methodology and concepts, which include as subject matter: the nature of culture and human society, social processes, social structures, and social changes.
History Elective3The Associate of Science in Health Science requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101 World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I
HIS104 US History II
BIO101 Biology I4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, evolution, the diversity of life, plants and ecology. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College Core Curriculum. Lab coat required.
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.

Health Science Requirements

BIO102 Biology II4This is an introductory Biology course covering basic biological concepts including scientific method, cells, genetics, animal development and animal form and function. This course is suitable for health science and radiography majors. Lab coat required.
BIO201 Medical Terminology1Medical terminology is the specialized language of health care practitioners. In this course, students will be immersed in word roots, prefixes, suffixes, eponyms and abbreviations used in medical language. Students will be expected to discern meanings and pronunciations of medical terms in general, and for medical language specific to body regions, organs and organ systems, tissues, medical diagnoses and procedures and diseases and disease treatment.
BIO211 Health Science Careers3This course requires students to explore, in depth, specific aspects of their chosen health science career. Students are also required to choose two additional health science careers that they may consider potential options for their future profession. For all three careers chosen, students will research the educational requirements, professional licensure requirements, costs, employment opportunities and requirements, potential income, challenges and quality of life expectations. As many health science professional educational programs require hands-on and/or shadowing experiences, students will be provided specific guidance regarding fulfilling those types of requirements. Students will also be required to write a resume and curriculum vita that is appropriate for health professionals. Sophomore standing.
BIO231 Anatomy & Physiology I4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central, unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to the integument and to the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The anatomy and physiology of the integument and the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems will be examined, as will the special senses. Lab coat required.
BIO232 Anatomy & Physiology II4This course is designed as an introduction to anatomy and physiology of the human body. This course will cover chemical, cellular, tissue, organ and organ systems levels of organization. Homeostasis, the central unifying concept of human physiology, is applied to nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The anatomy and physiology of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems will be examined, as will metabolism, fluid electrolyte and acid-base balance and development and inheritance. Lab coat required. Prerequisite: BIO321.
BIO221 Medical Coding & Billing I1This course provides a comprehensive introduction to hospital diagnosis coding concepts, nomenclature and ICD-10-CM classification systems, including discussion of various i-patient reimbursement systems, basic current hospital diagnosis coding systems and guidelines and other pertinent topics. Prerequisite: BIO102, BIO231 and BIO201.
BIO222 Medical Coding & Billing II1This is an advanced coding course that covers complex cases using medical record reports. Students will read and interpret data and apply the principles of reimbursement and coding at an advanced level, utilizing the AHA ―Official Inpatient Coding Guidelines‖ to identify and sequence the principal diagnosis and procedure accurately. Coding discussions will include determining proper diagnoses or procedures, ambulatory coding and ambulatory reimbursement and payment systems. Prequisite: BIO221.
Electives6The Associate of Science in Health Science requires students to choose from an upper-level Health Science Course and MAT105 or MAT204 (if not taken as general education requirement)
MAT202 Statistics3Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation. Sophomore Standing.
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