Start September 5

Kick-start a career in healthcare with this short micro-credential program.

In just 12 weeks students will gain:

  • Essential features and structures of the healthcare system.
  • An understanding of the larger human body system as it relates to health occupations.
  • Comfort using medical terminology and electronic health systems for day-to-day patient care support.
  • Strategies and systems for communicating clearly in healthcare workplaces.
Required Courses:
Introduction to Allied Health
Medical Terminology
Communication for Health Professionals
Human Body System
Medical Clinic Workflow: An Introduction to the Electronic Health Record

Completion of these courses provides skills necessary to provide entry-level preparation for a career in healthcare-related fields such as medical assistant, medical record and health information technician, medical coder, medical administrative support professional, medical scribe, and medical call center representative.

Introduction to Allied Health

In this course, learners will develop the necessary skills to ensure their success in the certificate program. Tools to improve study skills and other keys to success will be covered. Introduction healthcare professions involved in the United States healthcare system will be introduced as well as duties and responsibilities, common tasks, where they typically work, and how each role contributes to the patient experience. The course will also explore an overview of the United States healthcare system, including a brief history, the differences between public and private healthcare, how facilities bill for services, and how laws and regulations govern healthcare practices.

Medical Terminology

Through this course, learners will develop a foundation of medical language necessary for communicating with healthcare professionals. Learners will become proficient in describing the origin of medical terms. Building, analyzing, and defining medical terms using word parts. Describing organizational components of the body, directional terms, anatomic planes, regions, and quadrants. Identifying the major body system structures and their related word parts. Defining medical terms related to diseases and disorders. Defining diagnostic terms for each body system. Recognizing common abbreviations used in each body system and specialty area. Pronunciation and spelling of medical terms will be stressed.

Communication for Health Professionals

In this course, students will learn and practice the communication skills needed for the various healthcare settings and between healthcare professionals.  Various types of communication will be reviewed including phone etiquette, electronic, written, and in-person communication.

Human Body System

This course is designed for students who are currently functioning in healthcare or those who plan to enter the allied health workforce (e.g., medical transcription, medical coding, nursing assistant, etc.), to provide an overview of anatomy, physiology, and basic pathology.

Medical Clinic Workflow: An introduction to the Electronic Health Record

This course provides an overview of medical clinical workflow, with emphasis on inter-professional electronic documentation and functionalities of the electronic health record (EHR). Through hands-on experience, this course advances the students’ understanding of the electronic health record, Health IT Policies, Data and Database Management Systems in support of the EHR.

  • Kilinyaa L. Cothran, Academic Director of Health Programs
  • Kelli Roberts, Instructor of Health Programs
  • Pat Sherman, Instructor of Health Programs
Class Structure

Fully online, asynchronous learning

Face-to-face study groups and networking sessions


Please contact the Academic Director of Healthcare programs at the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Kilinyaa Cothran

Kilinyaa Cothran

Interim, Associate Dean for Academics; Academic Director, Health Programs, Professional and Community Education; Interim PEP Program Director