Course Descriptions – Inactive Programs and Courses

Sonoran Desert Institute

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CREDIT BASED COURSES AND LABS

(Listed in alphabetical order, sequence for scheduling will vary)

HSA 102 Medical Terminology: 4 Credit Hours

This course provides students with a foundation to recognize medical terms using the four word part approach (prefixes, word roots, suffixes, combining vowels). Students learn to pronounce, spell, define, analyze, and discuss medical terminology related to disease, diagnosis, and treatment. Medical abbreviations are also included.

HSA 103 Anatomy and Physiology: 4 Credit Hours

This course prepares students with an understanding of the structure and function of the human body with emphasis on the clinical and pathological conditions of all body systems. Special emphasis will be placed on adding to the vocabulary of medical terminology and dialogue with the doctor and other medical staff. The meanings of these terms are described in the context of how the body works in health and disease. The complexity of the medical language is simplified to facilitate the student’s understanding, use, and appropriate context applications.

HSA 104 Medical Office Assistant: 3 Credit Hours

This course prepares students for the skills medical administrative assistants need to know. The course integrates all the frontoffice topics and skills required. It covers relevant material dealing with medical office and medical records, procedures for intake and management of patients in a clinical setting, client-service skills, processing of all necessary and confidential information relating to the patient’s demographics and his/her medical information file, law and ethics in the medical office, accuracy of source documents, bookkeeping, and banking practices in the medical office. The course prepares the student for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification test provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

HSA 105 HIPAA: An Introduction: 1 Credit Hour

The course provides students with knowledge of compliance regulations dealing with topics related to privacy and security within the framework and context of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The students will understand what is required to comply with these regulations in the medical office environment.

HSA 106 Medical Billing: Part I: 4 Credit Hours

This course is the first in a series of two courses and prepares students to increase efficiency and streamline administrative procedures for medical billing and insurance claim processing. It offers guidance for all aspects of submitting, tracing, appealing, and transmitting billing claims for today’s full range of health plans. The course also covers coding, types of health insurance coverage, office and insurance claim processing collection strategies, Medicare, managed care, content review and processing of Explanation of Benefits (EOBs), and more. The course prepares the student for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification test provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

HSA 107 Medical Billing: Part II: 4 Credit Hours

This course is the second in a series of two courses and builds on the knowledge, skills and application of the first course. The course prepares students to increase efficiency and streamline administrative procedures for medical billing and insurance claim processing. It offers guidance for all aspects of submitting, tracing, appealing, and transmitting billing claims for today’s full range of health plans. The course covers coding, types of health insurance coverage, office and insurance claim processing collection strategies, Medicare, managed care, content review and processing of Explanation of Benefits (EOBs), and more. The course prepares the student for the Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) certification test provided by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

HSC 201 Medical Coding: Part I: 4 Credit Hours

This course is the first in a series of two courses and prepares students for the knowledge and skills required for a career in medical coding. The course provides practical, easy-to-follow instructions on how to code using today’s coding systems: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICS-9-CM), ICD-9-CM Official Coding Guidelines and CMS Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System and the application of the rules to code for client services. The course prepares the student for the Certified Coding Professional (CPC-A) certification test provided by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The students will receive the relevant knowledge required for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) certification test provided by the American Healthcare Information Management Association (AHIMA).

HSC 202 Medical Coding: Part II: 4 Credit Hours

This course is the second in a series of two courses and builds on the knowledge, skills and application of the first course. This course prepares students for the more advanced knowledge and skills required for a career in medical coding. The course provides more complicated practical, easy-to-follow instructions on how to code using today’s coding systems: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICS-9-CM), ICD-9-CM Official Coding Guidelines and CMS Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System and the application of the rules to code for client services. The course prepares the student for the Certified Coding Professional (CPC-A) certification test provided by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). The students will receive the relevant knowledge required for the Certified Coding Associate” (CCA) certification test provided by the American Healthcare Information Management Association (AHIMA).

HSC 203 Medical Coding Certification for Physicians’ Offices: Part I: 4 Credit Hours

This course provides a complete review of the medical coding processes and procedures including practice test activities for the purpose of building and preparing for the certification examination. Students are presented realistic coding cases that typify the situations medical coders encounter on the job. This enhances the students’ ability to apply their knowledge of procedural and anatomical coding in an abstract manner. The course prepares the student for the Certified Coding Professional (CPC-A) certification test provided by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

HSC 204 Medical Coding Certification for Physicians’ Offices: Part II: 4 Credit Hours

This course provides a complete review of the medical coding processes and procedures including practice test activities for the purpose of building and preparing for the certification examination. Students are presented realistic coding cases that typify the situations medical coders encounter on the job. This enhances the students’ ability to apply their knowledge of procedural and anatomical coding in an abstract manner. The course prepares the student for the Certified Coding Professional (CPC-H) certification test provided by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

HSA 201 Electronic Health Records: 4 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the Automated Medical Office, the means by which all patient demographics and financial information is entered and managed through final payment.

BMA 101 Start Your Own Business: 4 Credit Hours

This course provides an outstanding introduction to the management of a small medical billing and coding business. The course also provides direction and practical pointers for opening a new business. As such, the course covers a range of topics as related to the necessary management skill-sets for running a small business as well as key issues to understand and monitor. From personnel management to financial administration and marketing, this course offers proven techniques and ready-to-implement strategies for running a small business in this field. Discussions focus on basic financial management, investment, cash flow, marketing principles, finding customers and customer service, managing, motivating and dealing with employees. This course is meant to provide a basic framework and direction as well as highlighting issues for starting and running a small business that will providing billing and coding services. It by no means is a substitute for traditional business administration courses dealing in a more in-depth manner with such topics as accounting, finance, legal and marketing strategies and management. The course is an excellent beginning point for students wanting to eventually have their own business.

GE 101 Professional and Career Development: 2 Credit Hours

The Professional and Career development course has been designed to develop and enhance the students’ skills and attributes thereby optimizing his/her chance of succeeding in the workplace.

SCHOOL OF CONSTRUCTION SCIENCES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

IHI 2462 – Introduction to Home Inspection: 3 Credit Hours

This course is an introduction to the business of home inspection. Different types of buildings and building materials will be presented and evaluated. Additionally, the student will be introduced to the reading and interpretation of construction plans and drawings. Building foundations will be reviewed in order to develop an appropriate methodology for initial inspection.

FRI 2468 – Framing, Roofing, Interior and Exterior Finishes: 3 Credit Hours

In this course, the construction of walls, floors, ceilings and the roof of the house are explained. Expectations for the home inspector are identified regarding the methodologies for the inspection of these finishes. Additionally, building requirements for chimneys and flues will be reviewed. You will also learn about walkways and driveways near a home.

MCS 2601 – Mechanical Systems: 3 Credit Hours

In this course, you’ll learn how mechanical systems work within a home and identify the electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems of a house. You’ll learn how to identify different types of pipe, how heating and cooling systems operate, and how to identify faulty wiring.

HIP 2677 – The Home Inspection Process: 3 Credit Hours

In this course, techniques for the inspection of homes will be explained. An overview of other inspection considerations such as radon termites will be identified. In addition, the inspection of swimming pools and spas will also be covered.

HIB 2704 –The Home Inspection Business: 3 Credit Hours

This course organizes the required strategies to establish, manage, and expand the Home Inspection business. Included in the lessons are approaches to advertisement, marketing, and business development. Also examined are bookkeeping practices and suggested software that may be used as a business management tool.

Solar Technology: Certification Preparation & Solar Power: Photovoltaic Installer Course Description

Solar Technology: Certification Preparation

This course serves as part one of a two-course program that provides students with basic knowledge of photovoltaic (PV) systems. In this course, students are introduced to solar technology, its benefits and many applications. Participants examine the history of photovoltaics and gain a sense for where the PV industry is headed. The course starts with basic safety, including how to avoid potential accidents and how to create a safe work environment as well as the use of protective equipment. Students learn the fundamentals of electricity and solar energy, including how to calculate simple circuit values and predict solar position using solar path diagrams. Upon completion of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of PV applications, working safety as it pertains to this field, basic electricity, and PV module fundamentals. Students will be prepared for success in part two: Solar Power: Photovoltaic Installer.

Solar Power: Photovoltaic Installer Course Description

This course serves as part two of the two-course program that provides students with basic knowledge of photovoltaic systems. In this course students pick up where they left off in the Solar Technology Certification Preparation course. We move from photovoltaic (PV) modules and examine the PV system as a whole. Students compare the features and benefits of system designs and mounting techniques. Students learn about the purpose and operation of main electrical components and identify specifications of inverters, charge controllers, ground fault controllers and battery banks. Students analyze typical system loads and power outputs and learn to calculate PV system size. Students study the mechanical and electrical design of common PV systems and learn to analyze performance and troubleshoot common problems. Completion of this course will give students a substantial knowledge base.

SCHOOL OF FIREARMS TECHNOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS: GUNSMITHING CERTIFICATE

NON- CREDIT COURSES AND LABS

(Listed in alphabetical order, sequence for scheduling will vary)

IGS 2163 Introduction to Gunsmithing

This course is an introduction to the business of Gunsmithing. In this course the student will learn firearm fundamentals and firearm types. The student will also learn techniques to establish a firearms shop and examine the tools required to repair firearms. Lessons include: Introduction to Gunsmithing; Types of Firearms; Firearm Fundamentals; Setting Up Your Shop; Gunsmithing Tools and Their Uses; and Firearms Identification.

SAB 2169 Sights, Accuracy, and Black Powder

This course presents the appropriate techniques to clean and store firearms. Discussed in the course’s lessons are the reasons for the restoration of a firearm’s performance by regular and comprehensive cleaning. Also presented are materials to introduce sights on firearms and how to repair black powder firearms. Lessons include: Care, Cleaning, and Storage of Firearms; Metallic Sights: Design and Application; Telescopic Sights: Design and Application; Accurizing Firearms; Black Powder Gunsmithing; and Cleaning Firearms Lab.

TSF 2174 Troubleshooting Firearms

This course is an introduction to methods for the troubleshooting of firearms. Examined in the lessons are rimfire and centerfire rifles, handguns and shotguns. Also demonstrated is a methodology to convert military rifles to sporting arms. Lessons include: Troublshooting Rimfire Rifles; Troubleshooting Centerfire Rifles; Troubleshooting Shotguns; Troubleshooting Handguns; Converting Military Rifles to Sport; and Basic Hand Tools Lab.

RRT 2179 Rechambering, Rebarreling, & Trigger Work

This course focuses on the methods to replace the barrel of firearms. The lessons will provide instruction on techniques to fit the chamber and adjust the free bore and headspacing. Also included are methods to adjust the trigger pull on rifles, handguns and shotguns. Lessons include: Rebarreling and Headspacing, Chambering, Free Boring and Trigger Work, Shotgun Chokes, Chambers, and Ribs, Custom Fitting the Shotgun, Restoring Rifle and Shotgun Barrels, Making and Replacing Obsolete Gun Parts and Stock Fitting and Metal Work Lab.

GNS 2185 GunstockS

In this course, the student will learn how to repair and/or replace gunstocks. Techniques for the selection of wood type and the shaping of the stock are included. Additionally, the student will review methodologies for fitting the new stock to the action of the firearm and how to checker the stock. Lessons include: Selection of Wood and Woodworking Tools, Design and Layout, Inletting and Shaping, Finishing, Bedding, and Checkering, Sling Swivels, Buttplates, and Receivers, Repair and Restoration, and Gunstock Carving.

MPR 2191 Metal Polishing, Refinishing, and Engraving

In this course, the student will learn methods for the finishing of metal. Included are polishing, bluing, Parkerizing, and browning. Also, techniques for the engraving of metal in order to customize firearms are discussed. Lessons include: Metal Polishing and Preparation, Bluing Gun Metal, Browning Gun Metal, Plating and Parkerizing, Metal Engraving and Jeweling, and Restoring Metal Finishes and Hydrographics.

REL 2197 Reloading

In this course, the techniques for the making of ammunition will be presented. Included in the lessons are techniques for the reloading of centerfire and shotgun ammunition. Also in the materials is an overview of casting and swaging techniques. Lessons include: Basic Ballistics, Development of the Modern Cartridge, Advanced Ballistics, Metallic Cartridge Reloading Fundamentals, Reloading the Bottleneck Case, Reloading the Straight-Wall case, Shotshell Reloading Fundamentals, Reloading the Shotshell, Casting, Introduction to Bullet Swaging, and Bullet Swaging. Scope mounting is also covered.

GSB 2203 The Gunsmithing Business

In this course, strategies for establishing a gunsmithing business will be presented. Included in the lessons are materials that outline laws and regulations that govern the operation of a firearms repair business. Additionally, lessons include materials about business records, bookkeeping, and marketing. Lessons include: Gun Laws and Legislation, Setting up a Business, Promoting a Business, Business Records and Bookkeeping, Appraising Firearms, Selling and Trading Used Guns, Selling New Guns, Importing Firearms and The Rotary Tool Lab.

ARC 2211 Advancement in Firearms – AR 15 Armorer

This course presents a comprehensive overview of AR-15-style firearms. Discussed in the course’s lessons are the history, development, and practical applications of AR-15-style firearms, including their parts, the function of each part, ammunition types and calibers, trouble shooting, maintenance and repair. Also presented are sight options, considerations for building or buying your AR-15-style firearm, customizing the AR-15 with coatings and accessories, and a step-by-step lab for completing an 80% lower receiver. Lessons include The Modern Day Semi-Automatic Sporting Rifle: AR-15, Parts and Functions, Ammunition, Tools, Maintenance and Repair; Iron Sights, Optics, and Night Vision; Buy vs. Build; Accessories; and Finishing an 80% Lower Receiver Lab.

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