About Challenge Exams

Do you have outside training or work skills equivalent to one of our courses? We currently have tests in areas not covered by the CLEP test. The full list of HCC Challenge Exams is below. The cost for the test is $30, payable at the Student Accounts office prior to testing. (You must present your receipt to the Testing Center). Please take note of the Student Accounts office hours.  Exams are administered through the Testing Center in the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development.

At present, the credits earned through HCC Challenge Exams are not transferrable to other institutions. Exams are computer-based and have a time limit. To register for a Challenge Exam, please fill out the appropriate form.

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HCC Challenge Exams

ACC 115- Computer Assisted Accounting. Designed to give students with an accounting background a familiarity with accounting spreadsheet applications. System design theory and accounting theory will be integrated to convert a manual accounting system to a computerized system through use of spreadsheet software.

BUS 101 - Introduction to Business. Surveys the wide and complex range of operations that constitute the contemporary United States business scene. The latest business theories as well as brief historical backgrounds complete this overview of the way today's business community provides goods and services within the legal, ethical, and economic framework of the United States.

BUS 112 - Professional Etiquette. A study of the interpersonal and communication skills fundamental for success in the workplace. Students will hone their professional style as they study topics including professional behavior, interpersonal interactions, and civility as they relate to the workplace.

BUS 114 - Money Management. The focus of this course is to develop financially literate students. It will provide a practical introduction to personal finance and money management by focusing on realistic ways to effectively manage and protect personal assets and maximize financial health and stability. Students will learn how to design a personal budget and learn to make appropriate decisions with regard to savings, investments, insurance, credit protection, estate planning and managing personal assets. Students will evaluate the cost of borrowed money, real estate investments, the effective use of credit, tax implications and the effects the economy has on personal financial decisions.

BUS 170 - Mathematics for Business Decisions. A focus on organizing, interpreting, assessing and communication mathematical data for quantitative decision making in the business environment. The problem solving, reasoning, and communication requirements in this course will help students make better decisions associated with common business functions such as: payroll and taxes; accounting; banking; both electronic and store-front retailing; insurance, and finance. The course will stress critical and logical thinking skills, number sense and estimation, evaluating and producing statistical information, basic financial decision making, some fundamentals of probability, and an overview of the important social implications underlying any numerical data.

CRJ 102 - Criminal Evidence. Examination of the rules of evidence, with emphasis on the best evidence rule, the hearsay rule, the exception to the rule, corpus delicti, opinion, evidence, circumstantial evidence, privileged communications, admissions and confessions, witnesses, courtroom procedure, and testifying in court.

CSI 101 - Computer Concepts. Understand the fundamentals of computer nomenclature, particularly with respect to personal computer hardware and software and the World Wide Web; make use of the Web as a repository of the latest information and an integrated learning tool; develop an in-depth understanding of why computers are essential to the business world and society in general; focus on the computer as a valuable productivity tool, recognizing its position as the backbone of the computer industry and as a stand-alone and networked device; learn strategies for purchasing, installing, and maintaining a personal computer system; and learn to plan a career as a knowledge-worker in the information age. 

HIM 103 - Introduction to Health Information Management. An orientation course in record keeping theory and practice including material on the organization and functions of the medical record department and the duties and responsibilities of medical record personnel.

HIM 104 - Health Insurance Reimbursement and Computerized Billing. An introduction course to the health insurance field and the influence of today's managed care environment. Requirements for Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance claims will be discussed. This course provides the opportunity to do medical billing and practice management, utilizing coding software. Includes the principles and application of Evaluation & Management (E&M) coding

HIM 106 - Electronic Health Records. This course presents the use of an integrated medical practice management and electronic health record system (PM/EHR) in a medical office setting. Students will learn the conceptual framework both for medical billing and for the use of electronic health records in medical documentation and patient management. By working through exercises of increasing difficulty that simulate the use of an electronic health record, students develop transferable skills needed to manage the required software tasks across the total patient encounter.

HIM 107 - Human Anatomy, Physiology and Disease Processes. This course presents an overview to Human Anatomy, Physiology and fundamentals of Disease Processes for the Medical Billing student. Human anatomy is presented by body systems, including the cellular components of the body. The discussion of physiology and disease processes include mechanisms of disease process, causes of disease, classifications of diseases and the treatment of representative diseases. Prerequisite: HTH 114

HIM 220 - This course provides students with an understanding of Diagnosis Coding and its accurate utilization. Emphasis is placed on coding and classifying diagnoses using the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM coding classification systems. A Practice Management billing/coding computer software program is also utilized for computerized billing, coding, and insurance claims. Prerequisites/Co-Requisites: HTH 114, HIM 103, HIM 104, HIM 106 & HIM 107.

HTH 114 - Medical Terminology. An introduction to the terminology of medicine and health care, based on the study of medical word roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Terminology is presented according to physiologic systems. In addition to basic medical terminology, the course introduces medical abbreviations and some common pharmacological terms.

MKT 110 - Principles of Retailing. Introduces the basic concepts and methods of retail store management and merchandising. Topics include the various types of retail operations, store facilities management, retail location, logistics systems, retail control systems, customer communications, legal and ethical; aspects of retailing, and human resource management in a retail environment.

MKT 227 - Customer Service and Sales. Demonstrates the strong link between quality service and profitable sales as a means to increase market share. Emphasis is on developing effective sales techniques, communication skills, product knowledge, and consumer behavior.  


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