• Medical Office Specialist - Unit Secretary Curriculum


  • Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    A Medical Office Specialist as a Unit Secretary functions as the center of the communications hub found in a hospital unit. She/he works in a dynamic medical setting with physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Desirable traits of a unit secretary include strong communication skills, flexibility, professionalism, and responsibility. 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 a unit secretary
    • Compare and contrast the billing and coding elements
    • Complete a professional resume
    • 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
    BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1
    4
    BT110 Business Editing
    3
    BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development
    3
    MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
    4
    MO114 Medical Terminology I
    3
    17
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BT116 Communication Technologies
    3
    MO115 Medical Terminology II
    3
    MO116 Medical Office Procedures
    4
    MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM
    3
    WR121 English Composition1
    4
    17
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BA205 Business Communications
    4
    BI100 Survey of Body Systems1
    4
    MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures
    3
    MO231 Medical Coding II: Procedural Coding
    4
    15
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BI121 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1,2
    4
    HPE252 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies
    3
    MO136 Healthcare Documentation
    3
    MO140 Understanding Medical Insurance
    3
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,3
    4
    17
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    BI122 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II2
    4
    BT118 Records and Information Management
    3
    BT220 Electronic Calculator and 10-Key Operations
    1
    MO212 Diversity and Healthcare
    3
    MO250 Medical Law and Ethics
    3
    15
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    MO141 Patient Advocate for Medical Insurance
    3
    MO226 Pharmacology and Disease Processes for Medical Office Occupations
    4
    WE280MOS Cooperative Education Internship4
    4
    WS101 Introduction to Women’s Studies
    3
    15
    Total Credits 95

    1 See course descriptions for prerequisite.
    2 Alternate selections BI231 and BI232 and BI233, or equivalent Anatomy and Physiology sequence
    3 Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement.
    4 Instructor and dean permission is required

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.