• Medical Office Specialist Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2016-2017

    A Medical Office Specialist as an administrative secretary will gain skills in patient relations, reception, medical records, computers, scheduling, coding, and billing. This option appeals to one who enjoys helping people, wants to work in a professional setting, and prefers a variety of job assignments.

    Students interested in administrative 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 knowledge and skills required of an administrative secretary
    • Compare and contrast the billing and coding elements
    • Complete a professional resume
    • Describe job searches and correct interview techniques.
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BT110 Business Editing
    3
    BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development
    3
    HPE295

    Health and Fitness for Life

    3
    MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
    4
    MO116 Medical Office Procedures
    4
    17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing or
    CIS120 Computer Concepts I and CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab1
    4
    BT116 Communication Technologies
    3
    MO114 Medical Terminology I
    3
    MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM
    3
    WR121 English Composition1
    4
    17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    MO115 Medical Terminology II
    3
    MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures
    3
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation
    3
    MO212 Diversity and Healthcare
    3
    MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding
    4
    16
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA205 Business Communications
    4
    BT118 Records and Information Management
    3
    MO140

    Understanding Medical Insurance for Providers

    3
    MO240 Medical Office Billing I
    3
    MO226 Pharmacology and Disease Processes for Medical Office Occupations
    4
    17
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    AC110 General Accounting I
    4
    BT125 Microsoft Word Training1
    3
    MO241 Medical Office Billing II
    3
    MO250

    Medical Law and Ethics

    3
    MTH065

    Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 1,2

    4
    17
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    AH130 Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology
    1
    MO141 Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance
    3
    MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio
    1
    WE280MO_ Cooperative Education Internship3
    4
    WS101 Introduction to Women’s Studies or PSY201 General Psychology
    3-4
    12-13
    Total Credits 96-97

    Medical Office students are required to have a criminal background check http://www.mhcc.edu/CriminalBackgroundCheck/ 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.

    1 See course description for prerequisite..
    2A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    3 Any combination of WE280MOA, WE280MOB, WE280MOC and WE280MOD to total four credits. Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the correct course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.