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Medical Office Specialist - Unit Secretary
Associate of Applied Science Degree ProgramMedical Office Specialist

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers
Carole Wickham: 503-491-7195
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Carole.Wickham@mhcc.edu
 

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 Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.
First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
MO110   Powerful Strategies for the Office Team
4
MO114   Medical Terminology I
3
AH130   Introduction to Electronic Health Records Technology
1
BA131   Introduction to Business Computing1  
4
BT123A   Keyboarding Skill Development
3
15  
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
MO115   Medical Terminology II
3
MO116   Medical Office Procedures
4
MO230   Medical Coding I - ICD-10-CM
3
BT116   Communication Technologies
3
WR121   English Composition1  
4
17  
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
MO135   Navigating the Use of Healthcare Documentation
3
BI121   Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1,2  
4
BT110   Business Editing
3
HPE295   Health and Fitness for Life
3
MTH065   Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,3
4
17  
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits
MO135   Navigating the Use of Healthcare Documentation
3
BI121   Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology I1,2  
4
BT110   Business Editing
3
HPE295   Health and Fitness for Life
3
MTH065   Beginning Algebra II (or higher)1,3
4
17  
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
MO212   Diversity and Healthcare
3
MO250   Medical Law and Ethics
3
BA205   Business Communications
4
BI122   Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II2  
4
BT118   Records and Information Management
3
BT220   Electronic Calculator and 10-Key Operations
1
18  
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
Course Number  
Course Title  
Credits  
MO123   Pharmacology for Medical Office Occupations
3
MO125   Disease Processes
3
MO214   Building a Professional Portfolio
1
WE280MOS Cooperative Education Internship4  
4
WS101   Introduction to Women’s Studies
3
14  
Total Credits 96  

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 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 22 of the printed catalog.

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