• Medical Office Specialist - Accounting Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    A Medical Office Specialist in accounting concentrates on accounts receivable, billing and collection procedures, patient and insurance record keeping, and budget and financial records.

    Students interested in accounting work in a medical setting should enjoy working with healthcare professionals, demonstrate strong communication skills, show an interest in medical and health issues, and be dedicated to professionalism. Students should have typing competency and basic formatting knowledge before enrolling in classes in this program.

    Upon graduation, students may be hired to work in physicians’ offices, public and private hospitals, teaching hospitals, clinics, laboratories, insurance companies, and governmental facilities.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Discuss the roles of the healthcare team members, elements of successful leadership and problem-solving strategies
    • Describe medical terminology, including disease processes and pharmacology
    • Differentiate verbal and nonverbal communication, including gender differences, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and the elements of speaking and listening
    • Describe the accounting principles required in a medical office
    • Compare and contrast the billing and coding elements
    • Complete a professional résumé
    • Describe job searches and correct interview techniques

    Medical Office students are required to have a criminal background check (Health Professions CBC) and a current Tuberculin skin test (PPD) at the beginning of the MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team class. Medical Office students must document completion of the three-dose Hepatitis B vaccine series and complete a Measles Immunization Clearance Certificate for School Attendance form prior to beginning the externship placement process. Some externship sites may require further immunizations. See program director for site specific requirements.

    Note: A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA101 Introduction to Business
    4
    MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
    4
    MO114 Medical Terminology I
    3
    MO116 Medical Office Procedures
    4
    15
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA211 Principles of Accounting I
    4
    BA220 Electronic Calculator and 10-Key Operations
    1
    MO115 Medical Terminology II
    3
    MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM
    3
    WR121 English Composition1
    4
    15
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1
    3
    BA212 Principles of Accounting II
    3
    MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures
    3
    MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding
    4
    14
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA213 Principles of Accounting III
    4
    BT116 Communication Technologies
    3
    BA125 Microsoft Word Training1
    3
    MO240 Medical Office Billing I
    3
    WS101

    Introduction to Women’s Studies

    3
    16
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements
    3
    BT118 Records and Information Management
    3
    MO212 Diversity and Healthcare
    3
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio
    1
    MO241 Medical Office Billing II
    3
    MO250 Medical Law and Ethics
    3
    16
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation
    3
    HPE252 Health and Fitness for Life
    3
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,2
    4
    WE280MOAD Cooperative Education Internship2
    4
    14
    Total Credits 91

    1 See course descriptions for prerequisite.
    2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    3 Instructor and dean permission is required.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.