Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Office Programs
Do I need to take courses or have previous college course work before I start a medical office program at Mt. Hood Community College?
It is helpful to read the course descriptions in the MHCC College Catalog to find any prerequisites for the courses in your program. Keyboarding skills are recommended prior to enrolling in the Medical Office Programs.
How long do the programs take to complete?
You can finish the MEDICAL ASSISTANT, MEDICAL OFFICE SPECIALIST, and MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION programs in 18 months to 2 years (6 terms). The MEDICAL BILLING/CLAIMS ANALYST, MEDICAL CODING, and MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST programs take 6 to 9 months (2 to 3 terms).
How much do the programs cost?
To calculate the total cost of a program, multiply the number of credits needed to complete the program by the per credit tuition rate. Additional costs include books, lab fees, etc.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available for all students who qualify. Visit the Financial Aid home page or call (503)491-7262 to ask how you may obtain financial aid. Scholarships are also available.
What job opportunities might be available after graduation?
Possible job opportunities range from working in doctors' offices, medical centers, hospitals, clinics, laboratories, government healthcare centers, or health insurance companies.
Are the programs limited entry?
The Medical Assistant Program is a limited-entry program. The Medical Office programs are open entry which means you can start any term. Any student who qualifies as a MHCC student qualifies to enter the Medical Office programs.
Will I receive a degree upon completion of the program?
Yes. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) will be granted for the MEDICAL ASSISTANT, MEDICAL OFFICE SPECIALIST, and MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION programs. A Certificate will be given for MEDICAL BILLING/CLAIMS ANALYST, MEDICAL CODING, and MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST.
When can I begin the program?
The Medical Assistant Program begins in fall term only. You may begin all other Medical Office programs any term you choose, but the ideal time to begin is fall or winter term.
Where can I get more information?
For general information call (503)491-7113. To speak with Carole Wickham, Coordinator of the Medical Office Programs, call (503)491-7195. To speak with Sue Boulden, Coordinator of the Medical Assistant Program, call (503)491-7136.