University of Pittsburgh
Term: Spring Term 2013-14 (2144)
Catalog Number: 5538
Class Number: 27758
Class Schedule:
  • Instructor: William McKendree
    Type: Practicum
    Credits: 2.0 Credits
    Catalog Requirements: Professional Skills.
    Enrollment Limit: 20.
    Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

    Course Description from Course Catalog 5538

    Additional Info

    Students may enroll in this course for either the fall semester, or the fall and spring semesters (but not the spring semester alone). Registration for both semesters is preferred, and preference in enrollment will be given to students who enroll in both semesters. The fall semester focuses on introducing the students to the concepts, structure, function, and vocabulary of the Medicare and Medicaid systems and emphasizes the development of client counseling skills. By the end of the fall semester, the students will be prepared and should be confident to tackle the more complex and difficult cases that they will receive during the spring semester.

    Grading

    Attendance and participation in client counseling = 100% of grade

    (For this semester, the entire grade is dependent upon being present for the scheduled rotation sessions and the student’s actual participation in the counseling process. Elements for evaluation are the same as the fall semester: did student fulfill require attendance hours; did student accept and complete all counseling assignments; did student follow the client counseling protocol for each counseling session; did student correctly and completely maintain a client file for each counseling assignment, or properly up-date existing client files. The cases assigned to students this semester, however, will generally be more complex and more difficult than the fall semester’s cases, and will require a greater amount of time to complete. Because assigned cases will require several hours to complete and span multiple rotation sessions this semester, emphasis will be placed on creating and maintaining a comprehensive and up-dated client files.)

    Research Option = 25% of grade

    (At the beginning of the semester students may request to do a research project that will represent one quarter of their course hours and one quarter of their grade. The project must be pre-approved by the instructor before the beginning of the spring semester. The topic and direction of the project must have practical application in expanding the APPRISE program’s knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid, and expanding the program’s capability of assisting clients with Medicare and Medicaid issues. Elements for evaluation are: the project’s written description and time line with specific deliverable dates; adherence to the deliverable deadlines; and the content and form of the final presentation.

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