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Medical Office Specialist - Accounting
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 in Accounting concentrates on accounts receivable, billing and collection procedures, patient and insurance record keeping, and budget and financial records.

Students interested in accounting 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 accounting principles required in a medical office
  • 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
MO114 Medical Terminology I 3
MO116 Medical Office Procedures 4
AH130 Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology 1
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
MO115 Medical Terminology II 3
MO230 Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM 3
BA131 Introduction to Business Computing1 4
BA211 Principles of Accounting I 4
WR121 English Composition1 4
Third Quarter (Spring)
MO117 Hospital Administrative Procedures 4
MO133 Healthcare Documentation 3
MO231 Medical Coding II - Procedural Coding 4
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BT125 Microsoft Word Training1 3
Fourth Quarter (Fall)

Navigating the Use of Healthcare Documentation

MO240 Medical Office Billing I 3
BA222 Finance 3
BT116 Communication Technologies 3

Introduction to Women’s Studies or
PSY201 General Psychology

Fifth Quarter (Winter)
MO212 Diversity and Healthcare 3
MO241 Medical Office Billing II 3
MO250 Medical Law and Ethics 3
BA177 Payroll Accounting and Payroll Tax Filing Requirements
BT118 Records and Information Management
BT220 Electronic Calculator and 10-Key Operations 1
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
MO123 Pharmacology for Medical Office Occupations 3
MO214 Building a Professional Portfolio 1
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,2
WE280MOA_ Cooperative Education Internship3 4
Total Credits 97-98

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 descriptions for prerequisite.
2 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
3Any combination of WE280MOAA, WE280MOAB, WE280MOAC and WE280MOAD 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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