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Medical Office SpecialistMedical Office Specialist
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers
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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.
First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
MO110   Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
4
MO116   Medical Office Procedures
4
BT110   Business Editing
3
BT116   Communication Technologies
3
BT123A   Keyboarding Skill Development
3
17  
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
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
17  
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
MO115   Medical Terminology II
3
MO117   Hospital Administrative Procedures
4
MO133   Healthcare Documentation
3
MO212   Diversity and Healthcare
3
MO231   Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding
4
17  
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
M0125   Disease Processes
3
MO135  

Navigating the Use of Healthcare Documentation

3
MO240   Medical Office Billing I
3
BA205   Business Communications
4
HPE295  

Health and Fitness for Life

3
16  
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
MO241   Medical Office Billing II
3
MO250   Medical Law and Ethics
3
AC110   General Accounting I
4
BT125   Microsoft Word Training1
3
MTH065   Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 1,2
4
17  
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
MO123   Pharmacology for Medical Office Occupations
3
MO214   Building a Professional Portfolio
1
AH130   Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology
1
BT118   Records and Information Management
3
WE280MO_ Cooperative Education Internship3  
4
WS101   Introduction to Women’s Studies or PSY201 General Psychology
3-4
15-16  
Total Credits 99-100  

Medical Office students are required to have a criminal background check http://www.mhcc.edu/AlliedHealthCBC/ 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 22 of the printed catalog.

 

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