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Medical Office Specialist
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Carole Wickham: 503-491-7195 - Room AC 2772

Medical Office Specialist
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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.

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
MO110 Powerful Strategies for the Office Team 4
MO116 Medical Office Procedures 4
MO133 Healthcare Documentation 3
BT110 Business Editing 3
BT123A Keyboarding Skill Development 3
Second Quarter (Winter)
MO114 Medical Terminology I 3
MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM 3
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing 1 4
BT111 Editing Techniques 3
WR121 English Composition1 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
MO115 Medical Terminology II 3
MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures 4

Navigating the Use of Healthcare Documentation

MO212 Diversity and Healthcare 3
MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding 4
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
M0125 Disease Processes 3
MO240 Medical Office Billing I 3
BA205 Business Communications 4
BT116 Communication Technologies 3

Introduction to Women’s Studies or
PSY201 General Psychology

Fifth Quarter (Winter)
MO241 Medical Office Billing II 3
MO250 Medical Law and Ethics 3
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
BT125 Microsoft Word Training1
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 1,2 4
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
MO123 Pharmacology for Medical Office Occupations 3
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio 1

Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology

BT118 Records and Information Management 3
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
WE280MO_ Cooperative Education Internship3 4
Total Credits 99-100

Medical Office students are required to have a criminal background check 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, page 20 of the printed catalog.

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